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Posted at 12:51 PM ET, 12/ 3/2010

Michigan Coach Rich Rodriguez gets emotional at football banquet

By Cindy Boren

Oh, Rich Rodriguez, nobody wants a football coach who plays/quotes/repeatedly listens to "Feelings" Josh Groban's "You Raise Me Up."

Nobody. Especially nobody who's trying to enjoy dinner.

Rodriguez, the Michigan football coach who's 15-21 in three seasons, got a little too personal and very emotional, tearing up at the team's annual football banquet and reading the first verse of the lyrics to "You Raise Me Up."

"This may seem kind of cheesy or sappy or what have you, but I've been listening to it the last few weeks, and it kind of fits the mood of what we're in right now."

Yikes. Terry Foster of the Detroit News was, um alarmed by the dinner. (You can listen, if you dare, here.)

His actions made the program look weak and soft. And now maybe we can see why Michigan lacked enough toughness to compete with the better teams in the Big Ten.
This was one of the most embarrassing moments in Michigan football history. It is something Buckeyes and Badgers and Spartans will laugh at for years to come.

(via Spencer Hall at EDSBS and MrChappySinclair.

By Cindy Boren  | December 3, 2010; 12:51 PM ET
Categories:  College football  
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I'm not a fan of the culture that says sports people can't express emotions other than anger without being perceived as weaklings or whatever... but still, this is pretty funny.

I confess to being delighted at anything ill that should befall this weaseliest of weasel coaches. Richrodenfreude?

Posted by: NateinthePDX | December 3, 2010 3:29 PM | Report abuse

Still cant beat his rivals. Cry me a Monongahela River why dont ya...

Posted by: Stu27 | December 3, 2010 4:11 PM | Report abuse

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