Ross Kelly, CBS Local Sports

Rich Rodriguez knows that the best teams are the happiest teams. That point was further enhanced by his tumultuous run in Michigan which was pretty much all doom and gloom. Since moving to the desert, Rodriguez has been all smiles – whether that be leading the Wildcats to their highest ranking in 16 years or hitting that whip/nae nae alongside UA cheerleaders.

On Thursday Rodriguez decided to spread some of that joy to his players. After practicing for 15 minutes he gathered the team up and started a speech on competition and being uncomfortable. What came next was entirely unexpected, but certainly welcomed:


The team reacts as if they just completed an undefeated, championship-winning season. The joy of not having to crash into your teammates for the next two hours is an unrivaled joy. This is like being in college and getting an email from your professor saying that class is cancelled multiplied by 10.

In all honesty, UA could probably cancel every practice until their opener vs. UTSA and still have no problem against the Roadrunners who were 4-8 last season in the lowly Conference USA.

Ross Kelly is an Associated Producer for CBS Local Sports. He is from Louisiana and is a fan of all sports, but not of any teams (except LSU). He can be reached at