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Rodriguez Not Done, Yet

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) - Michigan and Rich Rodriguez will meet

again Wednesday to discuss the embattled football coach's future,

The Associated Press has learned.

A person familiar with the situation told the AP that Michigan

athletic director Dave Brandon has not decided whether to fire

, who's 15-22 with college football's winningest program.

 

Rodriguez

The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the details

of the evaluation were supposed to remain confidential.

Defensive back James Rogers said a Tuesday night players meeting

was postponed until Wednesday afternoon; Rodriguez traditionally

holds the meeting the night before classes resume each semester.

Michigan officials declined comment amid reports that Rodriguez

had already been fired.

"The definitive voice on this matter is Dave Brandon, and he

has not and will not speak publicly until a final decision has been

made," associate athletic director Dave Ablauf said in a

statement.

Rodriguez's wife, Rita, left Schembechler Hall shortly before 5

p.m. and told reporters she had been told nothing about her

husband's job.

If he is fired, Michigan would owe him $2.5 million to buy out

the final three years of his contract.

Potential candidates to replace him include Stanford coach Jim

Harbaugh, a former Wolverines quarterback, and San Diego State

coach and former Wolverines assistant Brady Hoke.

Michigan won its first five games, but lost six of the last

eight. The season was also marred by NCAA violations tied to

practices and workouts that led to three years of probation, one of

the nation's worst defenses and a pair of kickers who missed 10 of

14 field goals.

Nine starters on both sides of the ball are eligible to return

next season. Quarterback Denard Robinson, the Big Ten offensive

player of the year, has spoke highly of Rodriguez.

"That's my coach," Robinson said after the bowl game. "That's

who recruited me."

 

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