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Tuesday, September 7, 2010
RICH RODRIGUEZ PROFILE
Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson celebrates with the student section at the Big House after the Wolverines bested UConn 30-10. In his first start Saturday,
Robinson electrified the crowd, posting 383 yards and scoring two touchdowns.
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On Saturday, sophomore quar-
terback Denard Robinson was
Michigan coach Rich Rodri-
that the game
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ines and their
were playing at normal speed.
Press fast-forward, and that's
when you see Robinson.
Robinson posted 383 total
yards - more than Connecti-
cut's entire team - and scored
two touchdowns at the Huskies'
expense in his first career start.
He proved a few things:
- The quarterback competition
is over. (Maybe it was over after
Robinson's first pass this spring?)
- He's no longer one-dimen-
sional. His 19 completed passes
eclipsed his total from last season
- Rodriguez finally found his
guy to fit his system. Let the Pat
White at West Virginia compari-
sons begin - they certainly did
during postgame interviews.
Saturday's game was a must-
win for Michigan, rare to find in
a week-one matchup. For the first
time in the Rodriguez Era, the
Wolverines not only got the 'W,'
they did it in a completely domi-
nating fashion against a talented
team. Perhaps more important,
they did it with a quarterback
who, despite making his first
start, already exhibits the poise
and patience of a veteran.
It's just one game, and Notre
Dame awaits this week, but it's
OK to get excited about a quar-
terback who doesn't tie his shoe-
The most terrifying moment of
the game came late in the third
quarter. Robinson, naturally, had
taken off for a 15-yard burst up
the middle of the field. The play
ended with Connecticut crunch-
ing his hip. He stayed down for a
few moments before walking off
> In SportsTuesday
For more coverage of Michigan's
season-opening win, see Page 18.
the field under his own power.
Of course, he'd get up. Of
course, he would come back to
start the fourth quarter.
"He's such a resilient player,"
sophomore linebacker Craig Roh
said after the game. "He's always
going to get back up."
But will he always? Should
Michigan fans worry?
Robinson had 29 (!!!) rush
attempts against Connecticut.
Michigan's top two running
backs, Michael Shaw and Vincent
Smith, had exactly 29 combined
See AUERBACH, Page 5A
In exclusive interview,
coach bluntly talks
NCAA probe, his
troubled tenure and
By JACOB SMILOVITZ
Editor in Chief
"Everyday I get up, everyday I
go to bed thinking about what I
can do to make this the best pro-
gram in America," a visibly emo-
tional Rich Rodriguez said in his
Schembechler Hall office during
a 30-minute interview with The
Michigan Daily last week, hands
striking the table for emphasis.
The coach became slightly agi-
tated when the conversation turned
to his job security. This is his third
year, the critics have said, if he
doesn't win this year, he should be
gone. Before he was leaning back,
relaxed, free-wielding. Now he sits
upright, chooses his words with
a pause, hands driving his points
He cuts himself off here, pauses
"That's all I think about," he cor-
rects himself, "that's all we think
about. So the rest of it is drama - I
don't need to deal with it."
Since he arrived at Michigan
more than two years ago, there's
been a lot of talk about Rodri-
guez: He's not Ann Arbor enough.
He doesn't fit in here. His offense
doesn't belong in the Big Ten. The
criticism has come from all angles
and in all shades of displeasure.
And there's no denying that
some of that criticism has been
well-founded : as Rodriguez has
been stuck in a swirl of troubles
from an NCAA investigation into
his program to winning just three
Big Ten games in his first two years
But after two turbulent years
as Michigan's head football coach
and an offseason full of speculation
and "make-or-break season" dic-
tums, Rodriguez is eager to move
forward. He got his first chance to
do that on Saturday, abating some
of the most immediate calls for his
firing with the team's impressive
30-10 rout of Connecticut at the Big
As the season approached last
See RODRIGUEZ, Page 5A
For Daily Sports Editor Ryan
Kartje's take on the interview,
see SportsTuesday, Page 2B.
THE PORCH COUCH DEBATE
City Council plans to vote on
porch furniture ban tonight
A brief look at construction around campus
ichigan Student is being formally opposed by
the Michigan Student Assembly
embly Executive Executive Board, was re-hashed
in response to a deadly house
3oard formally fire near campus last April that
authorities believe started with
poses ordinance an outdoor porch sofa catching
fire. The fire - which occurred
By DYLAN CINTI at a rental house on South State
Daily StaffReporter St. - killed one tenant, an Eastern
Michigan University student, and
e Ann Arbor City Coun sent two others to the hospital.
set to vote tonight on an City Council approved a first
ance that if passed, would reading of the ordinance at its
pholstered furniture from Aug. 6 meeting.
es across the city. According to Council member
e proposed ordinance, which Christopher Taylor (D-Ward 3),
who backed the ordinance, the
council decided to vote on the
resolution tonight so that students
concerns. Taylor said the council
normally votes on resolutions at
the council meeting immediately
following the first reading.
"The (postponement) allows
students to have a say," Taylor said
in an interview yesterday.
But despite City Council's deci-
sion to postpone voting, MSA vice
president Jason Raymond said
council members haven't done
enough to get student input on the
See COUCH BAN, Page 5A
BURTON MEMORIAL KRESGE COMPLEX
TOWER Thefacility, which University officials sayi
Repairs are beingmadeto ed, is being demolished and replacedby
the tower's deteriorating area with sidewalks. The project reported
stone work and the steel impact on parking and willbe finished in N
structure that supports
the carillon, as well as
replacement and water- NORTH UNIVERSITY AVE.
proofing of the bell cham-
ber floor. Work on the
project, which is expected
to be finished by fall 2011, DIAG,
is being scheduled around ,
the migratory habits of W
Peregrine Falcons. -
dly has no
As part of the residential life and learn-
ing initiative, the hall is being extensively
renovated to include more living and
learning spaces, air conditioning and
Wi-Fi throughout the building. The hall is
expected to be reopened for the fall 2011
ALUMNI IN THE NEWS
Westin leaving top post at ABC News
Ann Arbor native will step down after a 13-year time here, there are some other
reign in the top position - a job things I want to do professional-
and 'U' alum took he managed to earn with almost ly - things that I cannot explore
no television while fulfilling my responsibili-
unlikely route to background. ties here," Westin wrote in the
Stating that e-mail as posted online by The
lead network he felt it was New York Times. "I'm announc-
time to move ing my decision now so that I can
By CAROLYN KLARECKI on, Westin pursue those possibilities, some-
DailyArts Editor will remain thing I couldn't do in fairness to
as president all of you until Id told you of my
University alum David Westin of ABC News plans to step down."
anounced his intent to resign until the end Westin has a deep-rooted his-
As president of ABC News in an of the year, tory in Ann Arbor. He graduated
e-mail sent to his staff Monday leaving the next few months from Pioneer High School in 1970
night. Westin, who grew up in to continue the search for his and enrolled in the University
Ann Arbor and earned multiple replacement. where he studied the oboe. He
V degrees from the University, "As rewarding as I've found my See WESTIN, Page 5A
The new academic build-
ing will add about 100,000
square feet of academic
and support space, while
the commons will provide
1600 square feet of stu-
dent interaction spaces.
Work on the two projects
began in spring 2009 and is
expected to be completed in
SOUTH UNIVERSITY AVE.
CRISLER ARENA AND PLAYER
A 57,000-square-foot addition will be add-
ed to house basketball practice facilities
and support spaces. Major updates to the
arena infrastructure and upgrades to seat-
ing and aisles will also be made. Construc-
tion on the Player Development Center is
scheduled to be finished in fall 2011.
C.S. MOTT CHILDREN'S AND
VON VOIGTLANDER WOMEN'S
A new facility is being built to better
accommodate the growing needs of
the Childrens and Womens Hospital.
Construction began on the project in
October 2006 and is expected to be
finished in spring 2011.
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