Tuesday, January 4, 2011
Univ. Of Michigan Fires Head Coach Rich Rodriguez
Per this report from Fox 2 in Detroit, Michigan has parted ways with Rich Rodriguez today as their head football coach. This should not come as much of a surprise as Rodriguez led the Wolverines to a disappointing 15-22 record during his seasons at the helm. Michigan is also coming off of a 52-14 bowl game loss to Miss. St., which is the worst in school history. Here some of Fox's story:
Rodriguez was 15-22 during three seasons in Ann Arbor. He lost a school-record nine games in his debut with the Wolverines two years ago, was 5-7 after starting 4-0 last season and turned a 5-0 start into a 7-5 finish this fall.
The Wolverines were also 1-10 against ranked teams and were 0-3 against rivals Michigan State, Ohio State and Wisconsin during Rodriguez's tenure.
Clearly with a record like that Rodriguez didn't the school much of a choice. He was also abrasive with the media and never seemed quite comfortable at such a high profile position after coming off a successful stint with West Virginia. There has been buzz on the rumor front that Michigan is interested in current Stanford HC Jim Harbaugh who's name has been the hottest in relation to open coaching positions in both college and the pros.
Rodriguez might be best served to find another HC position at a smaller school where he won't be as scrutinized and will have the opportunity to build his program, as he did at WV. I'm sure he will walk away from the Wolverines with a nice settlement as he only in his third year of a 6-yr, $15mil contract that was signed back in '07.
Best of luck to both coach Rodriguez & Michigan in their search for a new leader.