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Report: Rich Rodriguez not fired (yet)

Posted on: January 4, 2011 6:28 pm
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Posted by Adam Jacobi

Word broke today from several sources that Rich Rodriguez had been fired from his job as the Michigan football coach. That wasn't much of a surprise, considering the turmoil of his entire three-year tenure in Ann Arbor and the egg his team laid in the Gator Bowl, but any time a coach gets canned from such a high-profile school it's a bit of a shock to the system.

After the multiple reports came out that Rodriguez was through, a slightly different story started coming out: that Rodriguez was about to be fired and that a decision was already in place, but his final meeting with AD David Brandon was still ongoing. It seemed a little cruel that the meeting would be taking place hours after the firing decision was made -- couldn't Rodriguez save everybody some time by just getting on Twitter, finding out the bad news, and walking out once and for all? -- but on the meeting went all the same.

Now, word from TheWolverine.com (the Michigan affiliate on the Rivals.com network) is that Rodriguez still isn't fired, won't be fired today, and the player meeting scheduled for the team to find out about Rodriguez's future with the program has been delayed until tomorrow afternoon.

Of course, this doesn't mean Rodriguez's job is safe yet. He could be fired tomorrow, and the only problem fans could have with the decision is that it took one day longer than it had to. In the grand scheme of things, that probably won't mean a whole lot at all. For whatever reason, be it a need for more information or a desire to control the message, Brandon's not pulling the proverbial trigger yet. One thing's for sure: it's going to be a tense night in Ann Arbor.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 22, 2011 11:30 am
 

Report: Rich Rodriguez not fired (yet)

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Since: Aug 30, 2007
Posted on: January 5, 2011 11:14 am
 

Report: Rich Rodriguez not fired (yet)

The last coach left the team after beating the Florida Gators in the Capital One Bowl. His team sent players like Long, Henne, Hart, Woodley, Manningnam, Arrington, Breaston and Branch to the NFL. I'd say he did a pretty good job. He also had Mallet and a starting LT in place that split town because Rodriguez was hired and and played in the Sugar Bowl last night. Do you know what you're talking about?


What LT are you talking about that left town? Who doesn't know what they're talking about now?

Boren was a Guard dummy




Since: Jun 13, 2010
Posted on: January 5, 2011 10:54 am
 

Report: Rich Rodriguez not fired (yet)

I agree with most of this, especially when it comes to how recent declines affect recruiting.  BUT (and you can call me a homer for this if you want) Texas, Alabama, Florida and especially Oklahoma are considered by most to be just as prestigious and tradition-rich football programs as Michigan is.



Since: May 22, 2008
Posted on: January 5, 2011 10:38 am
 

Report: Rich Rodriguez not fired (yet)

Every time someone says Lloyd Carr left the program bare of any talent, I get pissed off... If you look at the players that declared for the NFL and transferred after they found out that RichRod was coming and was going to implement his style of offense regardless of the players he had in place, you'd realize how absurd you sound!

Arrington (WR) and Manningham(WR) both declared.  Justin Boren (OG) was a 1st team all Big Ten Lineman. Ryan Mallett (QB) only played incredible for the last two seasons at Arkansas.  Those are the top 4.  But let's look at some other names you might not think of...  Marques Slocum, Marcus Wetherspoon, Toney Clemons, Zion Babb, Artis Chambers, Avery Horn.... maybe now stars, but would have provided DEPTH at some of the positions Michigan needed...  Kurt Wermers is another guy who was recruited by Carr and then left when RichRod came in..

So, stop saying that Lloyd Carr left the cubbards empty... that simply is not true... he may have left them empty for a Spread Style Offense... but it's not the offense that is killing Michigan... it's the 101st ranked defense that is....




Since: Jan 3, 2011
Posted on: January 5, 2011 10:32 am
 

Report: Rich Rodriguez not fired (yet)

People harp on "the violations" but the violations amounted to nothing.  Even Brandon said as much after the NCAA dropped the biggest charge "promoting an environment of non-compliance" or some other crap.  They will slap RR around for practicing too much, but they will let 5 OSU starters play in the Sugar Bowl for far more serious violations.  What a joke!

RR is a helluva football coach, never to be mentioned in the same sentence as Brady Hoke, sharper than Les Miles (who isn't?) and far more accomplished than Harbaugh.  RR signed a 6-year contract and people now want to boot him after just two recruiting classes.  In reality, people have burdened the RR era with ridiculous and impossible expectations.  The man has taken the offense from #106 to #6.  He's already developed a serious Heisman candidate.  He pounded a BCS team (UConn) this year.  He got us into a Jan 1 bowl game, and even though we got smoked, that is still a significant improvement from last year.  It's progress that people conveniently dismiss or ridicule in their evaluations of him.  RR would not have taken this job if Michigan had offered him a 3-year contract.

In addition, RR left a cushy, guaranteed lifetime job to come here and meet these impossible expectations and he had to burn bridges and pay WVA a ton of money to leave.  The guy did not sacrifice all this to come here and be "an outsider" or "a misfit" or "a failure."  He has not gotten a fair shake from the media or Michigan's prehistoric fanbase.  And the way Michigan's admin handled both his hiring and presumed firing is embarrassing.  If I'm RR, I'm resigning.  Screw Brandon!






Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: January 5, 2011 10:17 am
 

Report: Rich Rodriguez not fired (yet)

The last coach left the team after beating the Florida Gators in the Capital One Bowl. His team sent players like Long, Henne, Hart, Woodley, Manningnam, Arrington, Breaston and Branch to the NFL. I'd say he did a pretty good job. He also had Mallet and a starting LT in place that split town because Rodriguez was hired and and played in the Sugar Bowl last night. Do you know what you're talking about?




Since: Nov 19, 2010
Posted on: January 5, 2011 9:59 am
 

Report: Rich Rodriguez not fired (yet)

RichRod hasn't done that awful at Michigan. Dude's only been coach for three years. The last coach left this program in shambles. Plain and Simple the Wolverine Nation is setting their expectations too high. Give him another year and see how they do before you run 'em out-of-town with a pitchfork!



Since: Nov 19, 2006
Posted on: January 5, 2011 9:44 am
 

Report: Rich Rodriguez not fired (yet)

It certainly appears that Michigan is making every last possible effort to get Harbaugh.  Aparently they do not know what they want to do if (when) they cannot get Harbaugh.  David Brandon looks weak and clueless in this entire process.   This delaying tactic just makes Michigan looks like a bigger joke than they actually may be.



Since: Jan 3, 2011
Posted on: January 5, 2011 9:18 am
 

Report: Rich Rodriguez not fired (yet)

Let's permanently remove Harbaugh from the discussion.  Let him go make his money and be the next to fail with the sucky Niners.

The 49ers have promoted VP of Player Personnel Trent Baalke to the newly created GM position.
NFL Network's Michael Lombardi reportedly turned down an offer to work under Baalke in a lower position. CEO Jed York put a rush on the decision because Baalke will be needed to interview head coaching candidates, specifically Jim Harbaugh and Hue Jackson, on Wednesday. Per the San Jose Mercury News, Harbaugh remains the heavy favorite and he has "signed off" on Baalke as general manager. Barring a last-minute surprise, Harbaugh is expected to be named head coach on Wednesday or Thursday. Jan. 4 - 9:03 pm et



Since: Sep 6, 2009
Posted on: January 5, 2011 8:44 am
 

Report: Rich Rodriguez not fired (yet)

I think RR made the Michigan AD a mixed tape of Josh Grobin songs and gave it to him yesterday and told the AD to listen to it and then make your decision.


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