After getting ceremoniously canned, Rich Rodriguez gave 432 items of his Michigan threads to a local branch of the Salvation Army who subsequently set up an auction this past weekend. The Coach's Closet tent sale was in the Wayne location's parking lot of the Salvation Army Thrift Store on Saturday from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. where, according to the Detroit News, over 300 people showed up to bid on the ex-coach's remains:â†µ
Included were many shirts and jackets, three autographed hats and a varsity jacket. Most of the items were brand-new. The auctioneer joked one shirt came with a complimentary coffee stain.â†µ
Most of the 160 lots went from $50 to $100. The highest bid was $275 for the varsity coat. The three autographed hats went for a combined $260.â†µ
Maj. John Aren, Salvation Army administrator for the region, said the auction raised $12,930 Not all 432 items were auctioned; some were available afterward as general merchandise.â†µ
That's a lot of money spent on the likely hexed scraps of the coach who has the lowest winning percentage of any coach in Michigan's history.â†µ
UPDATE: AnnArbor.com is reporting that the auction netted $16,200.