Today (January 1, 2010) marks the two-year anniversary of Coach Carr's swan song in the 2008 Capital One Bowl in which Michigan defeated Florida 41-35. Coach Rod was on the Michigan sidelines for the game as a "guest" and he officially took over as the 18th coach in Michigan Football history the following day (January 2, 2008). Ironically, Coach Rod's appearance on the sidelines watching Coach Carr lead the Wolverines to victory is the closest that Rich Rod has gotten to a bowl game since being hired by Michigan on December 17, 2007. Coach Rod (8-16 in two seasons) has nowhere to go but up after guiding the Wolverines to a 3-9 record in 2008 and to a last place finish in the Big Ten Conference (1-7 in conf. play, tied-10th place) in 2009. In fact, Coach Carr won more games in his final season (9 in 2007 season) than Coach Rod has won (8) in TWO seasons. This week Coach Rod will commence his third year at the helm. Here's hoping the Wolverines can return to a bowl game in 2010 with Coach Rod at the reins rather than as a spectator watching Coach Carr. Go Blue!
*Note: Photo of Coach Rodriguez on sidelines during 2008 Capital One Bowl by REINHOLD MATAY/AP Photo.