Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Rich Rodriguez Reportedly Fired at Michigan ... or Maybe Not

Rich Rodriguez will reportedly be fired by the University of Michigan three days after a 52-14 blowout loss at the hands of Mississippi State in the Gator Bowl. The two sides are apparently working out the details of the firing.

MyFoxDetroit.com cited unnamed sources in its report.

Of course, The Wolverine, Michigan's Rivals.com site, is reporting that no decision will be made until Wednesday. Do note that this report doesn't say the other one is errant, only "premature."

The Wolverine does pass along that there is a players' meeting that had been scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday and has been postponed until Wednesday afternoon at 4:00.

Rodriguez's future with the team has been heavily questioned of late. Reports even linked Stanford coach Jim Harbaugh to a possible opening at Michigan, his alma mater, while Rodriguez was still employed. Recent reports indicate Harbaugh isn't interested in the job, however.

Rodriguez brought a lot of hope to the Wolverines when he arrived from West Virginia in 2008, but the results have been very disappointing. Michigan is 15-22 in three seasons under Rodriguez. During that time, they've gone 1-10 against ranked teams and 0-3 against rivals Michigan State, Ohio State and Wisconsin.

Michigan (7-6) opened the season on a five-game win streak, but collapsed down the stretch with three straight lopsided losses.


Besides Harbaugh, San Diego State coach Brady Hoke has been linked to the job

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