Michigan fires Rodriguez after 3 seasons
Wed, 05 Jan 2011 17:56:40 GMT —
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.Read more CNNSI: Fix won't necessarily be quick Freep.com: Bizarre odyssey continues with indecision on coach Jim Harbaugh says Michigan is out as an option for Stanford coach
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.