Wednesday, January 05, 2011

College Coaching Rumors: Rich Rodiguez Fired as Michigan's Head Coach

Could things get any worst for the once storied Michigan Wolverines? On a day that saw their hated rival Ohio State get past an SEC foe and win the Sugar Bowl, the Wolverines football program appears to be in complete shambles as rumors swirl surrounding the job security of current head coach Rich Rodriguez. Two programs heading in two very different directions.

According to sources close to Walker Sports it appears that Rich Rodriguez has been let go as the head coach of the Michigan football team. This comes on the heels of rumors that have been circulating since late yesterday evening. An official announcement is expect to come later this week.

The story of RichRod's fate first broke last night, but the Michigan athletic department went on the offensive denying all reports. In the end, the final word on Rich Rodriguez will come from Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon.

Rich Rodriquez racked up a 15-22 overall record during his stint at Michigan. In addition he was 0-8 vs. teams with a winning record within the Big 10. In three season's Rich Rod failed to win a bowl game. In addition it appears he has set the program even farther back by utilizing Rodriguez's spread offense.

Rodriguez made a name for himself at West Virginia where he rode his spread offense to a BCS win. During that run RichRod also had the services of Pat White as his quarterback, and Steve Slaton as his starting running back. Two of the fastest men to step on a college football field, and they were able to run the spread attack to perfection. At Michigan Rodriguez was never able to find that star quarterback. We saw glimpses of it this season with the arrival of Denard Robinson, but his inability to stay healthy coast Michigan down the stretch.

It is not hard to understand why Michigan is looking to make a move in a new direction. The Big 10 is expanding into an even bigger super conference. Ohio State once again placed their stamp on the national scene by picking up a big win in the Sugar Bowl. Nebraska is coming into the conference next season and will threaten Michigan for recruits. The Wolverines cannot afford to fall any farther behind the rest of the conference, especially on such a grand stage.

Update: Michigan released a statement Wednesday saying athletic director Dave Brandon will discuss the state of the program at 12:30 p.m. ET.


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