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Even with increased parity, lure of traditional powers is hard to resist

Originally Published: December 16, 2007
By Ivan Maisel | ESPN.com

Rich Rodriguez said he wouldn't leave West Virginia, his alma mater. He said it a year ago when Alabama offered him a lucrative contract. He said it earlier this month. On Sunday, Rodriguez left for the University of Michigan.

Earthquakes have the Richter scale. Coaching moves have the newly developed, very scientific Petrino-Saban scale. Rodriguez's decision to leave barely caused the needle to move. This move is justifiable, even if Rodriguez, 44, had to leave home to make it.

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