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Rich Rodriguez Fired: Michigan Fires Rich Rodriguez

A big-name college football coach has parted company with his school, but it’s not Jim Harbaugh.

Rich Rodriguez is out as head coach of the Michigan Wolverines, according to a Yahoo! Sports report.

“Rich Rod” has been let go after three seasons and a 15-22 record with the Wolverines. Michigan made this decision three days after the team was blown out by Mississippi State in the Gator Bowl. The 52-14 loss was Michigan’s worst bowl loss in the university’s history.


Rodriguez set a school record by losing his first nine games as head coach. In 2009, the team started off 4-0 but finished just 5-7. After a 5-0 start this season, the Wolverines lost 5 out of 7 games for a final record of 7-5.

During Rodriguez’s tenure, the Wolverines were 1-10 against ranked teams (0-4 this season) and failed to beat rivals Ohio State, Michigan State, and Wisconsin.

A replacement has not been named, but rumors have surfaced that Harbaugh, who just led No. 4 Stanford to an Orange Bowl victory, could possibly be interested in taking Michigan’s head-coaching position. Former Michigan assistants Brady Hoke of San Diego State and LSU’s Les Miles are other potential candidates.

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