"I think it's easy to go back now and say, 'Gee, made a mistake.' And you can say that now because of hindsight," Rodriguez told CBSSports.com. "But at the time, some of the things I was looking to do and the opportunity that was there, you kind of make the move."
After seven years at West Virginia, where he compiled a 60-26 record with two BCS bowl appearances, Rodriguez became a hot coaching commodity. He chose to leave Morgantown for Michigan.
"Hindsight is always easier to look back and say, 'It was a mistake,' " Rodriguez said. "Because we did have a good thing going at West Virginia, and we really enjoyed it. As you look back at it, wasn't the best move. Easy to say now."
In his three seasons at Michigan, Rodriguez was 6-18 in the Big Ten, including three straight losses to rival Ohio State, and was never fully accepted by the Wolverines' alumni base.
Michigan has turned to former San Diego State coach Brady Hoke, who was an assistant at Michigan from 1995-2002, to turn around a program that has not been to a BCS game since the 2007 Rose Bowl.
Although things soured for him at Michigan, Rodriguez, now a CBS Sports guest analyst, said he still hopes to coach again.
"I still love coaching, I'm open to another opportunity, but we'll see," Rodriguez said. "If something comes open after this season, and it seems like it may be a good opportunity for me and someone is interested, I'm sure I'll look into it."