Posted on: January 5, 2011 11:16 am
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
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.
Posted on: January 4, 2011 2:46 pm
Edited on: January 4, 2011 3:25 pm
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.