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The Florida Gators and Michigan Wolverines have two things in common: Both have new coaches and both are, once again, nationally relevant.
After going 11-13 the past two seasons, Florida is in the College Football Playoff talks, and after going 12-13 in the same span, Michigan is a trendy dark horse to get into the playoff as well.
So what changed in both programs? Did they get better recruits? Possibly. Did their competition get worse? Definitely not. The biggest difference is simply the head coach.
Remember back to 2012, Rich Rod’s first season in Tucson, Arizona was in disarray after a 4-8 season and coming out of the Mike Stoops era had which had a lot of potential but never came to fruition.
Looking at where the program is now compared to then, and while, also looking around to the rest of the nation, we are lucky to have Rich Rodriguez as our head coach.
Rodriguez has not only resurrected the program, but he has also done it within the rules. In four short years Arizona has turned from a basketball school to being elite at both.
Sean Miller has done a great job and deserves to be considered one of the best in the college game today. Rich Rod has made Arizona a force to be reckoned with in the Pac-12 after being just another easy win on most team’s schedule for the past decade or so.
Just two years ago Steve Sarkisian was hired by USC. He was well liked by the USC boosters and they believed that he could bring the program back to the dominance that the Trojans were used to under Pete Carroll. But now after two years on the job he got relieved of his duties because of a possible drinking problem .
The day he got fired he checked into rehab. There is also a possibility that he was drunk during the ASU game, which is amazing to me that someone can be intoxicated and still dominate a game like that. But then again, it was just ASU.
— NBC Sports (@NBCSports) October 12, 2015
The LA Times w/ a extensive look at Steve Sarkisian's heavy drinking at Washington. http://t.co/U8zVs1kfb2
— Stewart Mandel (@slmandel) October 12, 2015
USC’s Steve Sarkisian suspected by his staff to be "under the influence" during USC's win vs. Arizona State on Sept. 26 @mortreport reports
— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) October 12, 2015
So before people start questing Rich Rod and his 3-3-5 defense, just look across state lines to see how lucky we truly are to have him in Tucson.
Nick Latta is an accomplished youth golfer from Tucson who follows high school sports and the University of Arizona closely. Currently on the golf team at The Master’s College in Santa Clarita, CA.