Michigan Fires Rodriguez After 3 Seasons

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) -- 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.
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.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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