Report: Michigan fires Rich Rodriguez

According to FOX 2 News in Detroit, Rich Rodriguez was fired as head coach of the Michigan football team on Tuesday.

Rich RodriguezICONRich Rodriguez is out at Michigan after three seasons.

The decision was made just three days after the Wolverines suffered their worst bowl loss in school history, a 52-14 thrashing by Mississippi State in the Gator Bowl.

Rich Rod was 15-22 in his three seasons in Ann Arbor. He lost a school-record nine games in his debut season with the Wolverines, was 5-7 after starting 4-0 in 2009 and finished 7-5 this fall after a 5-0 start.

Michigan was also 1-10 against ranked teams and was a combined 0-9 against rivals Michigan State, Ohio State and Penn State during his tenure. He also beat Wisconsin just once, in his first season. Athletic Director David Brandon has not named a replacement.

Rumors have been swirling seemingly forever that Stanford's Jim Harbaugh and San Diego State's Brady Hoke are on the list of possible replacements. However, reports surfaced Tuesday that Harbaugh is unlikely to accept the position in Ann Arbor.

If Brandon doesn't land his top choice, which is clearly Harbaugh, then one would think that Wolverines brass made a serious miscalculation in waiting until after the Gator Bowl to make this decision. It's just hard to believe that one game would be the decisive factor in Rich Rod's firing if there wasn't a replacement in place. If Harbaugh is out of the equation as reports suggest, perhaps Brandon would be comfortable with Hoke, who has turned around programs at Ball State and San Diego State.

The one name to keep an eye on is another Michigan man, LSU head coach Les Miles. But with his buyout number huge in Baton Rouge, would the Wolverines pony up the cash?

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