Michigan fires coach Rich Rodriguez
Rich Rodriguez had been the head coach for the Michigan football team for three years.
January 5th, 2011
12:53 PM ET

Michigan fires coach Rich Rodriguez

The University of Michigan has fired embattled head football coach Rich Rodriguez, Athletic Director Dave Brandon said in a press conference.

No replacement has been named yet.

The announcement ends a three-year stint at the school with Rodriguez at the helm. Their latest disappointment came during the Gator Bowl where the Michigan Wolverines lost by 38 points to Mississippi State - their largest margin ever in any bowl game.


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  1. Wolverine

    Let a new era begin at Michigan. Go Blue!!

    January 5, 2011 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Go App State

      While the new era begins, let's never forget the look of shock in the Big House and on Lloyd Carr's face as Corey Lynch blocked the field goal and the Appalachian State announcer screamed "APPALACHIAN STATE HAS JUST BEATEN THE MICHIGAN WOLVERINES IN THE BIG HOUSE!"

      January 5, 2011 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Paws

      This guy doesn't deserve to coach anywhere.

      January 5, 2011 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • J.D.

      I was there as a student in the stands for the App State game. We lost the next week to Oregon. But you know what? Michigan went on a tear for the rest of the season, lost a couple more difficult games, and ended up beating Florida in the Capitol One Bowl. Was App State in the Capitol One Bowl? Nah, they aren't even a FBS team. Go Blue!

      January 5, 2011 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Go App State

      I don't think you really helped yourself with the "non-FBS" comment. I think given the solid season Michigan enjoyed in 2007 gives a little more credance to how talented App State was that season. They couldn't go to a bowl, but they did win their third (only team to ever do so) consecutive FCS (formerly 1-AA) National Championship that year.

      January 5, 2011 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brad

      Go Blue and White – PSU and JoePa forever!

      January 5, 2011 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • nuh

      Yes RR has had his rough patches the last few years but he's still a good guy and coach, i wish him well in the future and not to mention there are plenty of other teams that could use a coach like him.

      January 5, 2011 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • rpfish24

      Big Ten Blows.

      January 5, 2011 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Roger

    Still a good coach and a great guy. He will find a anothert good school. As long as MU's next coach isn't Tressel! Columbus can keep him and that creepy sweater vest. Go Blue!

    January 5, 2011 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jerry

      OSU won how many in a row over Michigan?????? OUCH!!!!!

      January 5, 2011 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • buckeye

      Dont worry, Tressel will keep his pride and avoid MU at every cost. By the way, its not Roger, its you ... blue!

      January 5, 2011 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • brownee

      It's doubtful the Senator would even think about going to Michigan. They couldn't be so lucky. As far as his sweater vest, maybe your next coach should think about getting one. It couldn't hurt! Go Buckeyes!

      January 5, 2011 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Clem3

      OSU needs more wins to come close to the 1897 to 1918 streak where UM wnet 15-0-2 against OSU.

      January 5, 2011 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • tiny tony

      are you kidding, not a good coach at all. he had 3 weeks to prepare for his bowl game and it was the worst beating of all time in michigan football history. he should been let go years ago but because of the arrogance of the michigan people, they could not admit making a mistake by hiring him.

      January 5, 2011 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • 99sparky

      Roger, YOU ARE OUT THERE!!! Not sure who you are or where you're actually from but it is U-M, NOT MU. That's like describing the colors as blue and yellow. Why in the world do you think Coach Tressel would even consider going to that school up north? As far a RichRod being a great guy – just ask the WV faithful about their opinion on that subject...

      January 5, 2011 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • WVU Fan

      Maybe a great coach but absolutely no loyalty. A true JERK!! I hope he continues to have losing seasons wherever he goes!

      January 5, 2011 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • SemperFi96

      "The University of Ohio State" – Terrell Pryor.

      He said it.

      tUoOS – not tOSU

      January 5, 2011 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • CAM

      I cannot understand why a university would hire a person who broke his contract with another school to lead a group of young men – should he not be setting a standard? – The regents or whoever hired this guy shares in the blame – I would not let a son of mine play for this guy!!!

      January 5, 2011 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • C wolsfeld

      Ok love your statement and amen to keeping the sweatervest out of Michigan, the state and the University!

      January 5, 2011 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
  3. WJP

    As a Michigan alum, the past 3 years have been incredibly disappointing. RR's offense was impressive, but without a defense or a kicking game it was nowhere near enough. Problem is, there's no obvious replacement. Harbaugh doesn't seem interested and Les Miles probably wouldn't be much better than RR. Seems premature to fire RR without a solid replacement in mind. The Wolverine future's not looking too rosy, but it will be most interesting to watch. Good luck RR; I'm sure you'll find a good job somewhere (Pitt?).

    January 5, 2011 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • james

      I'm not so sure Harbaugh is disinterested. Maybe he was just waiting until there was definitive word from Michigan on RR's firing, AND on whether they were interested in him or not? Nothing worse than publicly lobbying for a job that 1. Doesn't yet exist, and 2. may not be offered to you even if it did exist.

      If college football wants a compelling story line / soap opera for next season and beyond, let Pittsburgh hire him! The Backyard Brawl will be special!

      January 5, 2011 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • WVU Girl

      I don't even think Pitt would take RR, maybe Miami of Ohio, but not Pitt- but it would give a whole new meaning to the Backyard Brawl!!. I think Harbaugh is going pro....you can always come back to college if the pros don't work out...look @ Saban (not to mention, Saban is the highest paid coach in college football). Can't even begin to guess who's going to lead MU, but I can't imagine they would make the same mistake twice.....too much alum support (i.e. $$$ on the line). As a WVU alum and hugh college football fan - yes, even if we are in the Big East 🙂 - I always liked Mu, but could support them during the RR year........but, it looks like I'm back to being a fan 🙂 Just stop stealing our coaches... first basketball then RR.....but, I think you've learned your lesson.

      January 5, 2011 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • MU guy

      wvu girl what have you got against Miami U?

      January 5, 2011 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • dromad

      Les Miles has put together good to great teams at an SEC school. He is creative and bold and is able to recruit well. I don't think you can compare Miles to RichRod who came out of the Big East...which is a joke of a BCS conference. I'd take Miles and all his craziness over RR any day.

      January 5, 2011 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brad

      Oh Pitt would take him WVUGirl......their last choice should show you that.....I was shocked when Michigan took him....

      January 5, 2011 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
  4. WVUfan

    Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha

    January 5, 2011 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • SnafuBob

      I couldn't agree more, after what he did to WVU he deserves to get fired for his failings at Michigan despite the fact I hate Michigan.

      January 5, 2011 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • KARMA

      Haha!!! He got what he deserved after the way he treated WVU and it's fanbase. He screwed them over and then tried to keep the money. WVU had to file against RR to get the money back. Karma has caught up with you and I hope you cannot find a coaching job even at the high school level. You sir are garbage!

      January 5, 2011 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mountain Baby

      WOO HOO!!! Karma came back and bit him!!

      January 5, 2011 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Dave

    Good Guy and a good coach with a great mind for football. Unfortunately, his brand of football was simply not a good fit at Michigan – or the Big Ten, for that matter.

    January 5, 2011 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brad

      Good guy?? Good coach?? Are you talking about RR? You can't be serious......

      January 5, 2011 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • DJ - WV Fan

      A great mind for $$$$$$$. Definitely not loyal.

      January 5, 2011 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Walker

    Let's hope the Big Ten continues their amazing run at bowls games...what was it 5 losses in 1 day. Wow. I mean the Big 10 is slittping into WAC status.

    January 5, 2011 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rich

      Big 10 is 3-5 in bowls this year, SEC is 3-4. The difference is paper thin.

      January 5, 2011 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • truejager1

      has nothing to do with the fact that most of those teams have not played a game is what 5 or 6 weeks. big ten needs to fix that.

      January 5, 2011 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Just Trust Me

      Not quite.
      SEC is 4-3...with 3 more teams to play.

      January 5, 2011 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Joe

    And we care about this or similar nonsense because?? Oh, I know, it's "news." LOL

    January 5, 2011 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • brownee

      I'm not sure how your PC or Mac works but typically the computer doesn't MAKE you read stories you are not interested in...and they for sure don't make you comment.

      January 5, 2011 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • the Marquis

      Well said, brownee.

      January 5, 2011 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe

      I agree with you Joe. Unlike others on here, I'm beyond grown men in "tights and pretty colors" running around afield crashing into one another. Then again, I guess the "C" students and their fans deserve their "thing" as well. Take care bud.

      January 5, 2011 at 11:48 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Doc

    No schools live in the past more than do the Big Ten. Shoot, they can't even count....they have 12 teams. haha Even the bands wear uniforms styled in the '50's.

    January 5, 2011 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • dave

      It's called tradition. I'm sure even your family has "traditions" around the holidays and what not. You know, the things that make it special to the members of said family.

      January 5, 2011 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • 99sparky

      Here Here Dave! Exactly right.

      January 5, 2011 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Ed

    Thank Goodness. After the disgraceful way he left West Virginia both he and Michigan deserve this. Miss Lloyd Carr yet? Too bad the folks responsible for this fiasco don't get axed as well.

    January 5, 2011 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • GoBlue

      The guy that was responsible for this is fiasco is already gone- you can blame Bill Martin for the mess not Dave Brandon.

      January 5, 2011 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
  10. MissStateAlumni

    They should have not fired this coach. I watched the several Michigan games including the recent Gator bowl. His team has a very good offensive team with a very good QB. They should keep him and let him find a DC coach replacement. He can bring in Mike Singletary for DC.

    January 5, 2011 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ted P.

      I supported RR. I feel he is a great offensive coach. He had to deal with a bare cupboard from the underachiever Carr. He bears the responsibility for his defensive coach–Singletary might work and what a kicking game. How do you go two years and not wind up with a kicker or punter. How in the world did Brandon not know whether Harbaugh was available. U of M hasn't had an AD since Don Canham ( he brought Bo in ) ( a Michigan man?) no Ohio. Lord I hope they don't get Myles. Hoke may be a pick. Well I assume Denard will leave. The kid really learned to throw the ball over last summer. He could always run. He needed help in the Oline.

      January 5, 2011 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Rockinredheadsd

    As a Buckeye Fan...sad to see him go. They'll never get a head coach better than Jim Tressel.

    January 5, 2011 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • brownee


      January 5, 2011 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nittany girl

      But there's no one in the Big Ten, or NCAA football for that matter, that can match the spirit of JoePa (regardless of our sad bowl loss)

      January 5, 2011 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jim Nickerson

      As a Buckeye...I have to agree. Tressel is king...but JoePa is an Icon

      January 5, 2011 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Biff

    Michigan chokes yet again. Ha Ha Ha Ha – at least OSU didn't choke in THEIR bowl game....ha ha ha!!!!!!

    January 5, 2011 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • smh

      with 5 players that shouldn't have been allowed in the first place...

      January 5, 2011 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jim Nickerson

      If you want to count NCAA violations...the SEC couldn't even put a football team together with what players would be left – so shut it!

      January 5, 2011 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lexy-b

      Jim Nickerson

      If you want to count NCAA violations...the SEC couldn't even put a football team together with what players would be left – so shut it!

      Ahhhh Yes... the SEC... Highest paid Professional college teams in the Nation. Let's not forget the ACC as well... oh wait! Bowden used to recruit his players from the local prison. Weekend furlough pass to play for FSU. wait again... U of Fla did the same thing as well.

      January 5, 2011 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • dave

      But they sure tried real hard to.

      January 5, 2011 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • mfan

      OSU has choked in every bowl game in tressel history. Talk about joke. Ha National Chokers. Lol.

      January 5, 2011 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • JDW

      Choking in every Tressel bowl? Where have you been?? Use Google and find out that Tressel has a GOOD BCS record, including the most appearances. Get it together, Man!

      January 5, 2011 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
  13. chrissy

    well ya just had to know the team were not going 2 do well when coach rod was blasted for working them 2 hard in practice! hell can you just imagine how well our soldiers would be without boot camp? he wasnt allowed 2 make them gr8 by the powers 2 be

    January 5, 2011 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
  14. D

    Icing on the cake of this year! Go STATE!

    January 5, 2011 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Matt

      Icing on the cake? Did MSU win their bowl game? Get real, fluke season for state.

      January 5, 2011 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • statebuddy

      Hey matt, few states have the split funding, recruiting, coverage... ect. problems that Michigan has with two Big Ten schools. UofM has been, in MI and out, perceived as the dominant team (read: school). One has to wonder if UofM can't get it's act together soon, will MSU flip that perception.

      January 5, 2011 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • 99sparky

      Matt – they come from out of the woordwork to kick ya while you're down don't they?

      Statebuddy – last I checked U-M is a private school and gets no state money – at least not like the public MSU

      January 5, 2011 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • JercoJenkins

      haha sparky, seriously?? UM is definitely a public school. where did you check "last time you checked"???

      Matt, i agree. without that bowl win, i'm pretty sure there isn't any "cake" to put the proverbial icing on. clearly those green & white aren't very intelligent 🙂

      January 5, 2011 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • m

      I could see how it would be confusing to think UofM is a private school, it's expensive enough to be and seem to have a lot of out of state students for a state school.

      RichRod was great for our program so I'm sad to see him go.
      And yeah we lost our bowl game miserably, but Alabama is a far superior team to say, I don't know, Mississippi State.

      It's so sad that UofM folks just have to put people down no matter what. As my grandfather used to say, "snobs on the hill"

      January 5, 2011 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
  15. torak

    Well, first, karma is a bit c h, ain't it? West Virginia is probably having a good laugh today. RR went too far too fast and got the big head. He is an assistant as heart, not a head coach. By the luck of the whatever he is, he wound up at WV instead of crappy Tulane, and instead of counting his blessings for that wonderful opportunity, he squandered it. Michigan is one of the proudest programs in the nation, and RR has helped to trash it. Whereever he winds up, good luck to that school...because RR knows all of the answers and his way is the right way, no matter how fast the ship is sinking. There were countless times during the past three years when he could have woken up and realised that he needed to make some radical changes in his thinking, but noooooooooo......

    January 5, 2011 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • notajerseygirl

      You are absolutely right. What most don't know is that his days were numbered at WVU for many other problems he caused personnel-wise. It was a blessing to WVU for him to go. He's a narcissist.

      January 5, 2011 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Heather

      WV is definatley celebrating. Although I hate to see anyone loose a job, Karma is a b**ch.

      January 5, 2011 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
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