Monday, November 9, 2009

Hope, Rich Rod and cheap shots

We're thinking Purdue coach Danny Hope won't be invited to Rich Rodriguez's house for Thanksgiving dinner this year.

After Purdue rallied to defeat Michigan 38-36 Saturday - the Boilermakers' first win in Ann Arbor since 1996 - Hope and Rodriguez were meeting on the field when the Purdue coach made sure to bring over offensive lineman Zack Reckman. It was Reckman who was suspended for a game earlier this season after delivering a late hit against Northern Illinois. It seems that Hope and the Boilermakers believe Rodriguez is to blame.

So Hope wanted Rodriguez to know that he didn't appreciate him ratting out his player. After Michigan’s Jonas Mouton was suspended for a game early in the season for punching Notre Dame’s Eric Olsen, Rodriguez made sure to let everyone know he’d be turning in anybody he saw playing dirty.

So Hope brought Reckman over today to tell Rodriguez “Thanks, coach. We appreciate what you did.”

Rodriguez did not take too kindly to Hope’s antics and mentioned it after the game.

"I was a little disappointed that, after the game, their coach seemed to bring the lineman over like I was the reason that his lineman got suspended for that one game," Rodriguez said. "I don’t know where that came from. I talked to him on the phone and told him that wasn’t me – that this is way back when. I didn’t have anything to do with that young man getting suspended for that one game."

You can view the Purdue player's shot shot here:

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