My copy only just arrived down under and I'm about 100 pages in so far, which gets you right up through RichRod's first game at Michigan. Lots of interesting tidbits revealed so far, such as the fact that his silence through the period immediately following his departure was the result of a gag order put in place by Michigan's president, who did not want people to know that she had committed the university to paying $2.5 million of Rod's buyout. He wanted to defend himself in the media, but would have had to eat the entire buyout himself if he did so.
Other interesting (maybe already-known) points:
- Casteel stayed because Stewart offered him a contract. Michigan's offer was $10K less with no contract.
- Carr was the first Michigan rep to call Rod, and then one of the first to screw him over by signing transfer papers for players that wanted to bail (some of whom he encouraged to leave) before Rod even arrived on campus or had met any of them.
- Miles would have been their coach if they would have waited until after the NC game... and kept a lid on their meetings, neither of which Michigan could handle.
- All Rod wanted to stay at WVU was a pay rise for his assistants. Garrison essentially told him that wouldn't be happening and that he could take the situation or leave it.
The author, John Bacon, describes WVU's administrators (and that state's politicians, particulary Manchin) as being afraid of Rod's growing influence. It's an interesting take, and one that he backs up through interviews with Rod. Nobody but the boosters wanted to deal with Rod. WVU admins did so little that they might as well have held the door open for him to exit.
Anyway - anybody else making their way through?