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College Football Analysis: Michigan Fires Rich Rodriguez

| by Alex Groberman

According to multiple reports, the University of Michigan has fired the head coach of their football team, Rich Rodriguez.

The move, of course, comes on the heels of his team suffering the worst bowl loss in the history the program in an embarrassing 52-14 defeat at the hands of Mississippi State in the Gator Bowl. The blowout proved to be the final nail in the coffin of the Michigan coach that never quite seemed to click with his players, fans or alumni.

In his three seasons with the program, Rodriguez was 15-22 and lost a school record nine games in his debut campaign. After beginning 2010 with a 5-0 mark, he proceeded to go 5-7 to end the season.

Under Rodriguez’s watch, the school was 1-10 against ranked teams and 0-3 against Michigan State, Ohio State and Wisconsin.

Athletic Director David Brandon has not yet named a replacement.

Stanford head coach Jim Harbaugh and San Diego State coach Brady Hoke are considered possible candidates for the now-vacant position.

Prior to his time with Michigan, Rodriguez enjoyed a successful six years in West Virginia where he won four Big East conference titles.