Rodriguez sheds some light on opponent for 2010 home opener

BY RUTH LINCOLN
Daily Sports Editor
Published July 27, 2009

CHICAGO — The first team to play in the renovated Michigan Stadium on Sept. 4 2010 became less mysterious today.

The 2010 home opener will be a “BCS home and home” Michigan coach Rich Rodriguez confirmed today at Big Ten Football Media Day. (A home and home is when two teams play each other in each other's stadium two consecutive years.) Rodriguez said contracts are still in the works, but there should be an announcement in the coming weeks.

The game will be a bold move by an Athletic Department which has received significant criticism in recent years for padding nonconference schedules with non-BCS opponents.

Virginia, Duke, Oregon State and Pittsburgh have an open date in 2010.

The Detroit News reported in April that Massachusetts (a Division-1AA school) was an option for the 2010 home opener. Massachusetts was later announced as a 2010 opponent, but not the opener.

Keep checking michigandaily.com for more updates from Big Ten Football Media Day.