Let the Rich Rodriguez is getting fired rumors begin. Well, okay, continue. No, that's not right either. Let's just pour some more gasoline on the raging inferno that has been Rich Rodriguez getting fired rumors.
Yes, the Wolverines have improved in each season under Rodriguez since his first year in Ann Arbor after taking over for Lloyd Carr. They've even reached bowl eligibility this season.
Still, improvement is nice, but not getting destroyed by Ohio State is better when you're the head coach at Michigan, and so far Rodriguez just hasn't proven himself capable of that. Through three seasons, Rodriguez is yet to pick up a victory against either of Michigan's two rivals, Ohio State or Michigan State.
It's one thing to get beaten by Ohio State, it's another to do so while seeing Michigan State earn a share of the Big Ten title.
So I don't think it would surprise anyone if Rodriguez is let go after the season, if not before whatever bowl game the Wolverines end up in. Dave Brandon may be the athletic director at Michigan right now, but he's not the one who hired Rodriguez.
Rich isn't his coach, and you have to think the man Brandon would have his eye on is out west in Palo Alto, California. That's where former Michigan quarterback Jim Harbaugh has built one of the best programs in the country with Stanford, and has done so while having to recruit the smart kids, not just the talented ones.
What's odd in this situation is that the Michigan fans may want Rodriguez gone, and even Brandon may want Rodriguez gone, but I'm not sure they have that much say in the matter. No, I think it'll all come down to what Jim Harbaugh wants to do.
I have no doubt that Michigan will reach out to Harbaugh somehow, though it won't be publicly. If Harbaugh gives the indication that he'll leave Stanford and come home to Ann Arbor, then Rodriguez will be kicked out the door quicker than a Greg Robinson defense can give up a touchdown.
If Harbaugh says no, then I think Michigan sticks by Rodriguez for one more year. And waits to see if Harbaugh changes his mind.