The firing or Rich Rodriguez also includes almost the entire Michigan football staff, according to a report from the Detroit News’ Angelique Chengelis. Included in this bloodletting is defensive coordinator Greg Robinson, the focal point of much of Michigan fans’ ire this season. Michigan’s defense ranked 110th in the nation this season and gave up 52 points to Mississippi State in the Wolverines’ blowout in the Gator Bowl.
The firings do not include one key element who may be valuable for any incoming coaching staff: strength and conditioning coach Mike Barwis. Barwis is employed by Michigan on a separate contract from the rest of the football staff, and will not be affected by this round of firings. Barwis is very well-thought of by his colleagues, and his reputation as a cutting-edge S & C coach seems to have survived the debacle of the Rodriguez era. Like Will Muschamp at Florida did with Gators strength and conditioning coach Mickey Marotti, the incoming candidate (whomever that might be) could consider keeping him for continuity’s sake, especially since the weight room and facilities in Ann Arbor were built to Barwis’ specifications.