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.
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
Rodriguez's wife, Rita, left Schembechler Hall shortly before 5
p.m. and told reporters she had been told nothing about her
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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