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. Delores

    Finally. I didn't realize firing Rodriguez would be such a hard decision. He should have been fired last year. Whoever hired him in the first place should also be "looked at" for picking such a mismatched/poor "fit" to Michigan AND letting him stay past his tolerance date. And, I'm not even from the Big Ten, or "Big 12" or whatever they are now.

    January 5, 2011 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Logic

      The guy who hired him is no longer there and the previous coach (Lloyd Carr) should have quit years sooner than he did. UM would/could have had Les Miles and a National Championship and not have lost to OSU 9 out of 10 times.

      January 5, 2011 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
  2. chrissy

    matt...that was about the dumbest statement ,..by the time someone reaches college if they dont know how to tie their shoes then they are clearly untrainable and if thats the case you cant blame the coach now can you??

    January 5, 2011 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Den Bro

    Don't get your hopes up about Harbaugh, he's coming to Denver! Broncos '11!!

    January 5, 2011 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
  4. chrissy

    my apology to matt i shouldve directed that 2 jake

    January 5, 2011 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Mountaineer Girl

    What comes around goes around! He got what he deserved after he ditched the Mountaineers!

    January 5, 2011 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
  6. DiverDan

    It's about time. Coach Rodriquez left West Virginia University right before a bowl game 3 years ago.
    It's about time Michigan got rid of this self serving loyal to no one POS

    January 5, 2011 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
  7. WVU2010

    Rich Rod was never a great coach. Pat White's talent made it seem that he was.

    January 5, 2011 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Country Roads

      Absolutely! As Bill Stewart's first game - The Fiesta Bowl! - proved, the head coach didn't matter much with the on-field personnel they had at the time. White and Co. deserve the vast majority of the credit for anything good RichRod seemed to be accomplishing. In fact, one of my favorite memories from that Fiesta Bowl is when the camera caught Stewart congratulating White and he clearly said, "I love you guys!" He knew who really led that team to victory.

      January 5, 2011 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • WVUSoldier


      RR has been living a dream on the borrowed time of Pat White's talents. Good riddance, you megalomaniac.

      I PRAY that Pitt is dumb enough to hire you. Put up a losing record at Pitt, my friend. Get yourself into the national spotlight some more, at our rival...

      Without trying, RR at Pitt would result in a crippled Pitt program that would lead to WVU and TCU steamrolling the conference for the next 7 years.

      Besides, with Pitt's questionable coaching ethics, RR would be a great fit.

      January 5, 2011 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Ted P.

    RR made is biggest mistake in dishonoring the school by cheating and having to be set down by the school and the NCAA, however don't get me going on the NCAA also I like the bowls before the BCS. Now it seems if you are breathing you go to a bowl. Michigan had no biz in a bowl this year. Could you imagine the team w/o Denard Robinson. They lose to UCopn–Nodie-Illinois and who else.

    January 5, 2011 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Ramjet

    Offense was not the problem .. His coaching staff on defense and special teams were atrocious .. Greg Robinson was a failure even before the egg he laid in Syracuse. Michigan was just another laid egg. GRob did nothing in Texas but inherit a very good defense. His recruiting was awful. John Elway's greatness as Denver QB covered up Greg Robinson's very bad Denver Broncos defense. GRob is a nice guy but a clueless idiot for a coach. Rich Rod as not too bright to hire him. Mich special teams was no much better either. RichRod leaves Michigan in a deeper hole than what Lloyd Carr eft behind. Brady Hoke is not the answer. He does NOT inspire recruits. Good methodically plodding smaller school leader .. Michigan has academic stdrds to meet, plus tradition. Not an easy job .. No question Jim Harbaugh is THE best candidate, but taking on this mess will require a no-cut 5-yr deal with high pay. Why would he leave a masterpiece behind at Stanford Univ ?? Crazy move if he takes it. Just my opinion.

    January 5, 2011 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
  10. JBBuck

    I'm an OSU grad from just west of Toledo (Sylvania, OH) growing up with The Game where it's at its most intense in terms of an almost equal number of UofM and tOSU fans. Seeing flags fly from both schools as you drive through neighborhoods and going to parties where people would be in each other's faces IN GOOD FUN (for the most part). I wish UofM to have an excellent team otherwise the Greatest Rivalry in Sport is reduced, which is what has happened under RichRod. I'd love to see them go 11-1 every year, as long as that one is a loss to the Bucks.

    January 5, 2011 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
  11. lloyd

    Bring back Lloyd Carr.

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

      Um...No. He is as much to blame as RR is for the current state of UM football. He stayed too long and I cannot believe he was FOR hiring RR to follow him. If he was...bad coach...If not, he should have weighed in heavy against the hiring.

      January 5, 2011 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
  12. EJ Smith

    It's called KARMA. Rich I watched the last game you coached at WVU and it was apparent, even to a non-sports person like me that you had made underhand deals! So fake that a five year old could have seen them. I hope you never get a job. Further I hope yo9u end up in jail, that where you belong. What a dissappointment for WV and now for Michigan. I would be ashamed to show my face if I were you. I sure hope you put some of that money you didn't deserve away for your family, it doesn't look like you're going to be getting another high paying job anytime soon. Maybe you should take up custodial work or something. EJ Smith, Charleston WV

    January 5, 2011 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Phill Fullmer

    How about U Tenn's old coach? Phil Fullmer?

    January 5, 2011 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Lane Kifflin

    Lane Kiffin is a class act (HA). He should go to U of M. He left U Tenn in the wind and jumped to USC. He will leave USC and jump to U of M in a heartbeat with his end of contract bonuses. These NCAA coaches have the easiest gig in the world. Get fired and then get rehired! If no job, be a newscaster. We need an Asian American NCAA football coach. We don't have any NCAA Div 1 Asian coaches. Perhaps U of M should recruit in Asia.

    January 5, 2011 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Shalmers

      Lane Kifflin is an idiot! He never had a winning season. Never was a good player. Rose up on his daddy's coat tails. He is everything that is college football today though. All about image and no substance. Flair and no form.

      January 5, 2011 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Dave

    Michigan = garbage

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