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An emotional Rich Rod gives speech at Michigan banquet (Audio added)

Update> Audio of Coach Rod's speech is available by clicking here now (13 minutes).

Near the end of the Michigan football year-end banquet on Thursday night, head coach Rich Rodriguez fought back tears while he addressed the audience.

“My name is Rich Rodriguez,” he said. “I’m honored to be the football coach at Michigan. I hope you realize I want to be a Michigan man.”

“I came here three years ago, leaving my comfort zone, because I thought this was a great opportunity,” he said. “… I knew after being on the job for a few months there were going to be some challenges. And more come out in front of us. We never ran away from it.”

“It’s going to happen, and it’s going to happen in a big way,” he continued. “I wish it happened yesterday, last year, the first year. Believe me, my life would be a lot easier.”

Rodriguez brought the crowd in unison with raised arms.  Pete Bigelow of AnnArbor.com has the full story.

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