Michigan fires Rodriguez after 3 seasons

      ANN ARBOR, Mich. - Michigan coach Rich Rodriguez has been fired.

      The school confirmed Wednesday that Rodriguez had been let go after going 15-22 in three years at Michigan and a handful of NCAA violations that have stained the once-proud program. The school can buy out the final three years of his contract for $2.5 million.

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      Rodriguez's final season was pivotal and it didn't go well on or off the field.

      He helped the Wolverines win seven games to earn a postseason bid, then watched helplessly on New Year's Day as Mississippi State handed them their worst bowl beating - a 38-point drubbing - in the Gator Bowl.

      Rodriguez finished the year 7-6, but lost six of the last eight games. He was 1-11 against ranked teams and 0-6 combined against rivals Ohio State and Michigan State.