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Michigan Football

Scott Bell: Rodriguez: All business from the get-go

Maureen Sullivan

BY SCOTT BELL

The Rich Rodriguez media tour is in full force. If you went all weekend without seeing or hearing from the new Michigan football coach, congratulations: You live in a cave.
Whether you saw him on ESPN, heard him on talk radio or ran into him at Friday night's hockey game (Coach, we'll forgive you for the 0-fer in Score-O if you beat Ohio State), Rodriguez has seemingly been everywhere the past week.
But as impressive and exciting as Rodriguez's public antics are, his antics behind closed doors are even more encouraging.

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Rodriguez finalizes staff

BY DAN FELDMAN

With hiring of Shafer as 'D' coordinator, Michigan fills final coaching vacancy

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Mallett, Arrington, Manningham to leave football team

BY SCOTT BELL

It seems that Adrian Arrington, Mario Manningham and Ryan Mallett have all played their last downs for the Michigan football team.
Clarifying comments he made during a radio interview yesterday afternoon, newly hired Michigan coach Rich Rodriguez told reporters at last night's Michigan-Indiana basketball game he believed all three plan to leave the program.

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Ohio State drops second straight in BCS title game

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Too easy.
No. 2 LSU danced, dodged and darted its way into the end zone last night, turning the BCS national championship game into a horrible replay for No. 1 Ohio State. It was over early, with Matt Flynn throwing four touchdown passes in a 38-24 win.
Playing at their home-away-from-home in the Big Easy, LSU (12-2) became the first two-loss team to play for the title.

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SportsMonday Column: Pryor's Buckeye sticker reheats rivalry

BY SCOTT BELL

Less than a week after one of the most impressive wins of the Lloyd Carr era, the positive momentum from Michigan football team's Capital One Bowl victory quickly stopped Saturday afternoon.
What thwarted this seemingly unstoppable force? A sticker.
Yes, the mood within Wolverine Nation shifted from optimistic to enraged because of a simple prank.
At the Army All-American Football Bowl, during which four-star safety Brandon Smith committed to Michigan, it was another high school senior's attire that drew the ire of Wolverine fans.

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Notable Quotable

"I'm going back. I want to get my degree. ... I'm being for real."
- Michigan wide receiver Mario Manningham told the Associated Press on whether he'll return for a senior season with the Wolverines.

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With new coach watching, waiting, an era ends in Triumph

BY DANIEL BROMWICH

In upset, team gives Carr his last hurrah

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Two weeks into job, Rodriguez feels heat

BY SCOTT BELL

ORLANDO, Fla. - When Rich Rodriguez got a chance to sit down and watch a little football after a whirlwind couple of weeks, the newly hired Michigan football coach thought he'd finally get a chance to relax.
But Rodriguez's moment of rest was short-lived.
Less than two weeks after being introduced as Michigan's fourth head coach in 40 years on Dec. 17, Rodriguez found out he was being sued by the university he had just left when he saw the news scroll across the bottom of ESPN during a bowl game.

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Pair of receivers display NFL potential

BY JACK HERMAN

ORLANDO, Fla. - Whether Adrian Arrington and Mario Manningham will play in the NFL next year remains undetermined after Michigan's 41-35 win over Florida.
But if either does decide to go pro, there definitely won't be any question to whether he is pleased with how he played in his final games.
Teaming with game MVP Chad Henne, the duo led a Wolverine attack that recorded more yards in a bowl game (524) than any other Michigan team since the Point-a-Minute squad in the 1902 Rose Bowl. Together, Manningham and Arrington accounted for more than half of those yards.

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SportsThursday Column: A spread surprise

BY SCOTT BELL

ORLANDO, Fla -
Heading into the Capital One Bowl, I was pretty excited.
No, I wasn't exactly thrilled about Michigan's chances - or lack thereof - against the defending National Champion Florida Gators.
Instead, I was looking forward to getting a glimpse into what Michigan football might look like in the future - by watching Florida's offense.
Though most of the attention was on Michigan coach Lloyd Carr and the hoopla surrounding his retirement, it was hard to ignore the buzzword that had swept through Ann Arbor since Dec. 17.
Spread.

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