Posted by Adam Jacobi
Following another lackluster season and his team's embarrassing 52-14 loss in the Gator Bowl on Saturday, questions swirled around Rich Rodriguez about whether he'd be back at Michigan next season. Now, it appears those questions have been answered.
According to Fox 2 in Detroit, Rich Rodriguez was fired today after a short meeting with athletic director Dave Brandon this afternoon. Michigan players were reportedly scheduled for a team meeting this evening to learn about Rodriguez's future with the program; such a meeting would probably be unnecessary now, with the news out.
[UPDATE: The Detroit Free Press is also reporting that Brandon will fire Rodriguez.]
Rodriguez's tenure at Michigan, then, will stand as follows: 15-22 overall record, 6-18 Big Ten record, and a litany of off-field problems including Michigan's first major NCAA violations. It's probably not much of a stretch for Brandon to declare those results unfit for Michigan football.
24 hours ago, any replacement talk would have started with Stanford head coach Jim Harbaugh (a former Michigan quarterback), but reports came out late last night that Harbaugh was extremely unlikely to leave Stanford for Michigan. Who that leaves as a potential replacement now is, at this point, anybody's guess.
We'll have more on this story as it develops.