Tag:Michigan coaching search
Posted on: January 8, 2011 10:43 pm
Edited on: January 8, 2011 10:44 pm

Report: Michigan to interview Les Miles

Posted by Adam Jacobi

The Michigan coaching search may still be in its infancy, but already there's a prominent name attached to it: Les Miles. The LSU head coach, fresh off a 41-24 victory over Texas A&M in the Cotton Bowl, is reportedly one of Michigan's targets: as Joe Schad reported, Michigan is expected to interview Miles, who is a former Michigan lineman and a 10-year assistant coach with the Wolverines.

This report jibes with earlier reports that a tracked plane that went from Ann Arbor to Baton Rouge was indeed carrying Michigan staffers who were on campus to make contact with Miles.

If this rumor sounds familiar, it should; Les Miles was nearly hired by Michigan three years ago. In a now-infamous incident of administrative blundering, Miles' representation was unable to seal the deal with Michigan because Michigan's then-AD Bill Martin was on vacation sailing. Seriously. Miles got a contract extension from LSU shortly thereafter, and that was that. Could Miles be angling for another extension, or would he really be interested in Michigan as a new destination?

Posted on: January 5, 2011 5:28 pm

Manny Diaz to become new Texas D coordinator

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

Per the Jackson Clarion-Legder's Kyle Veazey, the speculation surrounding Mississippi State defensive coordinator Manny Diaz's possible move to the same position at Texas is over :

In the 36-year-old Diaz, the 'Horns are bringing in one of FBS's most exciting young coordinators, whose hyper-aggressive blitz-heavy schemes gave up the occasional big play but also took a lightly-regarded Bulldog defense all the way to 17th in the country in rushing defense. The last two times Mack Brown was in the market for a defensive coordinator he looked for an up-and-comer in the SEC West and struck gold hiring both Gene Chizik and, later, Will Muschamp away from Auburn; from here it looks like he's done so again.

As for State, losing Diaz this late in the recruiting cycle hurts, but that's life at their level of the college football food chain (and at least they can claim a modicum of sympathy from Auburn fans still bitter over the Longhorns' previous coaching raids). And hey, with Michigan in the market for a coach who could put Denard Robinson's unique talents to their best use -- someone like, say, Dan Mullen -- they may have bigger issues to worry about.
Posted on: January 4, 2011 6:28 pm

Report: Rich Rodriguez not fired (yet)

Posted by Adam Jacobi

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.

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