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RichRod likes Harbaugh hire: 'He’s a ball coach … and he wins'

I caught up with Arizona coach Rich Rodriguez recently for a story I’m working on. While I had him on the phone, I had to ask him about Michigan’s hiring of Jim Harbaugh. “It didn’t surprise me,” Rodriguez said. “The time in San Francisco is done. I think he’ll do well. They have a lot of resources. He’s a ball coach … and he wins.” Rodriguez knows there can be pitfalls coaching his alma mater, which he did at West Virginia and had great success from 2001-07. But that doesn’t have to be an issue. A key is having unity

Mike Riley's offense, Michigan staff & more in Tuesday's links

Attention, Nebraska fans: Here is a good look at Mike Riley’s offense at Oregon State from Sam McKewon of the Omaha World-Herald. This much is certain: Riley knows he needs to change his attack. McKewon points out that teams in the Pac-12 – perhaps the nation’s strongest conference this year – averaged 33.5 points per game. Oregon State was last in the league at 25.7 points per game. Last in the league with 23.7 points per Pac-12 game. Last in the league with 25.4 points per game against FBS teams. Miserably last in third-down conversions at 31.74 percent. Last in