Following-up the discussion on Trotwood-Madison and Rich
Rodriguez being criticized by Joe Tiller, I talked to Jeremy Beckham from
Trotwood-Madison about the Indy Star article.
Jeremy Beckham the offensive coordinator for the
Trotwood-Madison Rams provided his position on the Joe Tiller comments in the
Indy Star earlier this week.
“I think it’s a shame that Coach Tiller made those comments.” Beckham told us. “He
is well respected around the nation.
However, I have to believe those comments were made in the heat of the
moment and he would have preferred to not have made them.” Tiller criticized
Head Coach Rich Rodriguez for stealing away wide receiver Roy Roundtree at the
last minute and the Trotwood coaching staff for allowing the students to switch
so late in the process.
“What it boils down to is that Rodriguez out recruited him for Roundtree. It
has nothing to do with him (Rodriguez) being honest or not.” Beckham explained.
“He extended an offer and an opportunity to visit officially. And Purdue could have told Roy
that if he visits Michigan
that he is no longer offered at Purdue.” Roundtree visited Michigan the weekend prior to National
Letter of Intent Signing Day.
“They did not and allowed him to visit.
My analogy is that if your engaged, you don't let your finance go out on
a date with a model. After all it was Michigan
not Ball State.”
“And also for him to make those comments and have stolen 2 other recruits away
from BCS schools is a little like the pot calling the kettle black.”
“I have nothing but respect for Coach Tiller and Purdue, but it all comes back
to them because they had the power not Rodriguez.”