Rich Rodriguez You're Not in West Virginia Anymore...

During his seven-season stint as the head coach at West Virginia, Rich Rodriguez transformed the program into an annual national contender -- taking the Mountaineers to four consecutive New Year's Day Bowls, winning three Big East championships and the first back-to-back top 10 finishes in school history.

However, since skipping town to come to Ann Arbor, Rodriguez has found that trying to use the same techniques that brought him top recruits to Morgantown is met with as much resistance and unwelcoming as he would face should he try to step foot back in West Virginia today.

I'm sorry to say it Dick-Rod, but you're not in West Virginia anymore.

Recruiting is a whole different monster at a school like Michigan -- and he has been rudely reminded that players of the questionable academic and criminal standing that were shuffled into the back door at WVU won't even set foot on campus in Ann Arbor.

Rodriguez's most-prized asset from his 2010 football recruiting haul, DeMar Dorsey, is having quite a bit of trouble getting the same thumbs-up from the university admission's office as he did from the football staff. Dorsey, the Big Ten's highest-rated recruit according to ESPN recruiting, has not yet been admitted to the university -- probably due to a legal past that includes two arrests as a juvenile. (He was acquitted on a charge of robbery with a deadly weapon in 2008 and had a previous charge of burglary dismissed.)

While Dorsey has been given the academic clearing to play at a FBS program, he hasn't been given one from Michigan and may have to re-open his recruitment should he not be admitted to U-M -- something you never want to hear from one of your top-impact players.

For years, Rodriguez was allowed to bring in controversial recruits to West Virginia -- such as Pacman Jones and RB Noel Devine -- who had a questionable academic and legal past in his native Florida. Since his departure from Morgantown, head coach Bill Stewart has had more than his share of troubles trying to straighten out Rodriguez's recruits, but has somehow managed to keep the program on an even keel despite the mess left for him.

While Rodriguez may have more name-brand impact to use in recruiting across the nation now that he's in Ann Arbor, he's found that getting borderline-eligible prospects into the school is two times more difficult than it was in Morgantown. There are no exceptions at a university that prides itself on its academic reputation like U-M.

DeMar Dorsey may be a blue-chip recruit and an impact player at a position that is of need (of many) at Michigan, but it's more than likely that the guy will never wear maize and blue in his life. With Rodriguez already teetering on the edge with both fans and university members for a terrible product on the field and NCAA rule violations, Rich better not force this issue in too hard and push any more buttons in Ann Arbor.

Ah, it's a great time to be a Spartan.
Posted by Mike Briggs