Michigan head coach Rich Rodriguez has been fired after three seasons in Ann Arbor, according to a report from the local FOX affiliate in Detroit. The school reportedly informed him of the decision on Tuesday.
Rodriguez went 15-22 in three seasons as the Wolverines head coach, but finally had his first winning season this year, going 7-6 and securing a Gator Bowl berth for Michigan. The season ended in ugly fashion, however, as the Wolverines were crushed in the bowl, losing to Mississppi State, 52-14.
Michigan's offense showed plenty of signs of improvement in 2010 as Rodriguez finally found a QB to run his spread option system in Denard Robinson. The defense was a disaster though, and the improvement on the offensive side apparently wasn't great enough for Michigan to continue with Rodriguez, if the FOX report is accurate.
Rumors swirled around Stanford head coach Jim Harbaugh as the possible replacement for Rodriguez, but reports early on Tuesday indicated Harbaugh is not interested in the position.