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. Country Roads

    Good guy? Really? The man is slime and was given more of a chance in Michigan than he deserved. His 'brand of football' isn't fit for the Lingerie League. Having said that, Hey, Michigan, maybe you'll think twice before stealing a coach before another team's biggest game of the season, next time. You got exactly what you deserved.

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


      January 5, 2011 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • RufusVonDufus

      I have to agree with you about stealing a coach at a critical time. That was a classless move by Martin.

      January 5, 2011 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Heather

      Yes it was. But as you can see WV has rallied since he walked out on his team.

      January 5, 2011 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
  2. cat

    Who let the dogs out! Go State!

    January 5, 2011 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
  3. JVR

    Just what is this MU? Do you mean U-M or UM?

    January 5, 2011 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Joel

    Let's get a coach that respects and treats the players well. Not another verbally abusive bully. Football is about winning and building character in the players. Go Blue

    January 5, 2011 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
  5. PAO

    not a Big Ten fan..but I find it funny all the OSU fans throwing mud here...lets see.....head coach does right for his kids...not whats best for the image of the school.....lets 5 players suspended by the NCAA to play in the bowl game and defer the suspension to the first five games of next season...and supposedly the deal was you can play in the bowl game but you have to come back next year and not opt out to the NFL draft.....

    Lets see...none of those players play in the bowl game..and OSU loses all the points scored during the Sugar Bowl and the SEC wins another against OSU.....Its a business bowl games are....but we certainly have lost some integrity in the game by negotiating when suspensions start.....but looking at another article...seems many business in Columbus seem to offer players "stuff" for signed memorabilia in return......a systematic problem here....

    January 5, 2011 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • RufusVonDufus

      It's really too bad that you are brain dead and so classless. If you weren't both of those you might be human.

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

      And the SEC has a player that won the Heisman and is playing in the championship game that should have been suspended and his Dad arrested. Anyone that belives cammy didn't know his daddy was trying to pimp him to the highest bidder isn't the brightest bulb.

      January 5, 2011 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • 99sparky

      Alright PAO, let's try an straighten out some facts, K?
      – Buckeyes are NOT the majority slinging mud here, we LOVE RichRod at U-M, just like Wolverines LOVED Coop at tOSU
      – tOSU did NOT hand down the suspensions, NCAA did
      – tOSU did NOT decide what games the suspensions would be for, NCAA did
      – NO ONE negotiated for the players to play in the Sugar Bowl, it is part of the NCAAs rules
      – Coach Tressel was not alone in deciding to let them play, their teamates had major input
      – Yes, final hurdle to let them play was a verbal promise to return next year, TO SERVE THEIR PUNISHMENT SUSPENSIONS not for the greater glory of the coach or team but to "do their time" for doing the crime.

      Stop hating but more importantly, THINK before posting

      January 5, 2011 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • nebraska fan

      it is funny that OSU five palyers are able to come back right before they play Nebraska next year. Seems kind of funny.

      January 5, 2011 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • 99sparky

      Hey Husker fan, check my reply above yours. Besides, seemed kinda funny at the time that Lawrence Phillips came back from his suspension just in time for the Orange Bowl that year when Dr. Tom needed him most huh?
      Glass houses myfriend, glass houses.

      January 5, 2011 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Jake

    What do you expect from a coach that can't teach his star quaterback how to tie his shoes??

    January 5, 2011 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
  7. MTD

    Michigan has not been relevant in football since 1997. Time for Wolverine fans to realize (i.e. same goes for Nebraska) this is not the 1970s and 1980s. Teams have passed you by. Michigan is not the elite job it once was. Times change. Heck, Princeton used to be good in football (like in 1901) ... Michigan has the history but not the future.

    January 5, 2011 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • 99sparky

      Meatchicken not relevant?
      Down, for sure. A little tattered too. A reduced impact I will even allow.
      But not at all relevant?
      I believe I'll quote Samuel Langhorne Clemens "...the rumors of my demise have been greatly exagerated..."
      Same was said more than once about my Buckeyes – look at them now.
      Nebraska is already well on the road back
      Make no mistake, U-M will be back as well

      January 5, 2011 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Brian

    Thanks for taking him off of WVU's hands...such a Summer's Eve!!!!

    January 5, 2011 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Buckeye abroad

    No surprise here.

    January 5, 2011 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
  10. AustinITguy

    As someone who lived in Michigan for 22 years I can say the only thing more disappointing than the football in Ann Arbor is how ugly all of the girls are.

    January 5, 2011 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
  11. NittanyLionAlum

    Happy Valley will miss you Rich Rod. Your era was good to Penn State. Michigan dominated the series for a decade until you got there. Thank you for all your help in ending that streak.

    January 5, 2011 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Truth

    Greatest news ever. It was a mistake that took too long to correct. Let's get back to old school football. Go Blue

    January 5, 2011 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Sparrow

    let's just be thankful it's over and move on. Less drama and more football.

    January 5, 2011 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
  14. sue

    When it comes down to all the comments. Who cares. It is just a game. It is about pride for uom. And not being a fair weather fan. Support your team always do not leave in the middle of the game. If you don't care why should the players

    January 5, 2011 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Jay Rod

    Who knows, maybe he'll find a job on the west coast. How about Stanford?

    January 5, 2011 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
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