Word broke today from several sources that Rich Rodriguez had been fired from his job as the Michigan football coach. That wasn't much of a surprise, considering the turmoil of his entire three-year tenure in Ann Arbor and the egg his team laid in the Gator Bowl, but any time a coach gets canned from such a high-profile school it's a bit of a shock to the system.
After the multiple reports came out that Rodriguez was through, a slightly different story started coming out: that Rodriguez was about to be fired and that a decision was already in place, but his final meeting with AD David Brandon was still ongoing. It seemed a little cruel that the meeting would be taking place hours after the firing decision was made -- couldn't Rodriguez save everybody some time by just getting on Twitter, finding out the bad news, and walking out once and for all? -- but on the meeting went all the same.
Now, word from TheWolverine.com (the Michigan affiliate on the Rivals.com network) is that Rodriguez still isn't fired, won't be fired today, and the player meeting scheduled for the team to find out about Rodriguez's future with the program has been delayed until tomorrow afternoon.
Of course, this doesn't mean Rodriguez's job is safe yet. He could be fired tomorrow, and the only problem fans could have with the decision is that it took one day longer than it had to. In the grand scheme of things, that probably won't mean a whole lot at all. For whatever reason, be it a need for more information or a desire to control the message, Brandon's not pulling the proverbial trigger yet. One thing's for sure: it's going to be a tense night in Ann Arbor.