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Tag:Rich Rodriguez Fired
Posted on: January 5, 2011 11:16 am

RichRod is fired, and for real this time

Posted by Tom Fornelli

On Tuesday Rich Rodriguez was fired, and then he wasn't fired. After that he was probably going to be fired, but then he might have talked his way into keeping his job.  Then, finally, the decision was put off until today.

Well the decision is in, and I think this time it's going to stick.  Rich Rodriguez has been fired at Michigan.

The reason I believe it's for real this time is because the school announced that it would be holding a press conference on Wednesday at 12:30pm ET, likely to announce that Rodriguez is out.  According to the Detroit News, Rodriguez will receive a $2.5 million buyout, so he should survive.

The question will now become who replaces Rodriguez at Michigan?  Expect Jim Harbaugh's name to continue being tossed around until he announces he's staying at Stanford or takes an NFL job.  If not Harbaugh, then look for San Diego State's Brady Hoke, or possibly former Michigan football player, and current LSU mad scientist, Les Miles to get some attention.
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 (the Michigan affiliate on the 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.

Posted on: January 4, 2011 2:46 pm
Edited on: January 4, 2011 3:25 pm

Reports: Rich Rodriguez fired at Michigan

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.

Posted on: January 3, 2011 2:49 pm

Twitter Poll: Where would Denard go? (If he does)

Posted by Chip Patterson

As the rumors continue to swirl regarding Rich Rodriguez's status at Michigan, the questions have already begun to be directed at the players - particularly quarterback Denard Robinson.  Robinson was Rodriguez's recruit, and when asked about the possibility of transfer in the even his coach is fired, he was decidedly mum on the topic.  
Robinson was asked after the game if he will be playing for the Wolverines if Rodriguez is not the coach. "No response," Robinson said. When asked how he would feel if Rodriguez does not return, Robinson did not say much more. "That's my coach, that's who recruited me," Robinson said. "That's it."
It would be a huge blow for Michigan to lose the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year, but if Michigan fires Rodriguez - they are also likely getting rid of the spread-run system in which Robinson has thrived.  A debate began among the Bros here at the College Football Blog on where Robinson could possibly land, so we took the question to the masses.

Here are some of possibilities discussed.

Most everyone who chimed in seemed to agree that one option, should Rich Rod be fired, would be to follow him to his next school.  Robinson is absolutely perfect for his offense, and that would be one heck of a package for a BCS school to receive.  Pittsburgh was suggested early, though as our own Tom Fornelli pointed out, Panther fans would be awfully confused to see that scoreboards can go that high.

@accmaniac suggested Oregon as a possibility.  While this does seem to fit in the system, Darron Thomas is only a sophomore.  I doubt that Robinson is going to sit out a year in order to get one season as the starting quarterback.  

@CFBExaminer jokingly threw out Penn State.  Funny considering the mass exodus of quarterbacks from Happy Valley, but I doubt seriously that Robinson will end up at any school in the Big Ten.  However, I would guess that should he transfer, it will be to a BCS AQ school.  Which leads us to...

Point #1 from @JContiz3 - When Robinson was being recruited in Florida, only UCF was really recruiting him as a quarterback.  Would George O'Leary and the Knights make a play for Rodriguez? @bweixlmann suggested that Robinson could fit in as a slot receiver or running back - which would open him up to far more possibilities.  However, I think he will want to play quarterback, and will want to be at a BCS AQ school.

Point #2 from @JContiz3 - unrelated to the question, but he pointed out one very troubling fact for Michigan fans - if Denard does transfer, that means the Wolverines will have let Robinson and Ryan Mallett out the door in a three year span.

@michaelkmcneil suggested South Florida as a potential landing spot for Robinson.  Skip Holtz utilized mobile quarterbacks in his time at East Carolina, but B.J. Daniels is only a sophomore - so I think the same logic as the Oregon suggestion might apply here.  Though with the proximity to his hometown of Deerfield, FL I would not rule it out.

@rconboy1964 suggested West Virginia.  My guess is that coach-in-waiting Dana Holgorsen would prefer not to start the implementation of his offense with Robinson trying to run the Air Raid.  Although if a position change were made, I could see him being a factor in the slot in such a system.

And of course, @KegsNEggs pointed out that "Houston Nutt would be all over that."  Thanks Adam.

Thanks to everyone who participated, feel free to keep the conversation going in the comments section below.  As always, follow us on Twitter at @CBSSportsNCAAF 

Posted on: December 3, 2010 6:57 am

Rich Rodriguez still wants to coach at Michigan

Posted by Adam Jacobi

Michigan held its annual banquet tonight, and while we were all tragically spared the awkwardness of Stanford coach (and potential next Michigan coach) Jim Harbaugh attending to celebrate the 25th anniversary of his Rose Bowl win at Michigan, the banquet provided its own special memories all the same.

As one might imagine, the chief headline-maker tonight was Rich Rodriguez, who was forced to speak on behalf of the team without knowing if he'd oversee another season at the helm of the Wolverines. Yes, he's at least got one more game with the team, as Michigan's headed to a bowl and AD Dave Brandon has insisted that RichRod's job will not be evaluated until the end of the year. But past that, who knows? Not even Brandon knows, in all likelihood, so it's certainly not worth listening to anybody who claims to have the answers already.

So it was up to Rodriguez to make his case for staying in Ann Arbor one last (socially acceptable) time, and while his decision to hold hands with his wife during a Josh Groban song probably came off as more awkward than anything else, his commitment to the program was never left unsaid.

"My name is Rich Rodriguez," he said at the end of the banquet. "I'm honored to be the head football coach at the University of Michigan. I hope you realize that I truly want to be a Michigan man. Thank you."

Now, a pedant would make hay out of the fact that Rodriguez said that he merely wants to be a "Michigan man" and not that he already is one, but rather than using that as proof that RichRod's not a good fit in Ann Arbor, we'll just point out that it's nice to see that he at least acknowledges that the title of "Michigan man" isn't self-appointed -- especially by someone who's spent three seasons with the program. Is that provincialism? Sure, but that's what just about every major college football program thrives on already, so at least RichRod's heart is ostensibly in the right place.

At the same time, whether Rodriguez plays inspirational songs in front of reporters or feels it necessary to deem himself a "Michigan man" or not probably pales in comparison to whether he fires Greg Robinson as defensive coordinator or not. PR campaigns matter only so much, especially when any regular Michigan fan can see RichRod's 15-21 record at Ann Arbor. The wins need to happen soon, and if the Wolverines can't win their bowl game this year, "next September" might not be soon enough for Michigan brass -- regardless of how much emotion Rodriguez showed at a team function tonight.

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