There’s no more reporting or speculating to do: Rich Rodriguez has been fired by Michigan, as was officially announced by the school’s athletic director Dave Brandon at a press conference on Wednesday.
Brandon said that he met with Rodriguez for several hours on Tuesday morning for a performance review. The head coach was evaluated in several areas, after which Brandon wanted to take the night to think about his decision. On Wednesday, he informed Rodriguez that he would be relieved of his head coaching duties.
Via SB Nation Detroit, some of the things Brandon had to say about Rodriguez:
“I believe this is the best decision for the future of Michigan football.” … “I don’t intend to do a public performance review.” … “I appreciate the hard work that (Rodriguez) and his staff have put forth. Rich Rodriguez is a good man.” … “I don’t believe this is the result of a lack of effort.”
Brandon went on to say that he will not form a committee to search for the next Michigan head coach, and that he hopes to find a successor quickly. One name that has been swirling around the program is Stanford coach Jim Harbaugh. Brandon quickly put that notion to bed, saying that he believes Jim Harbaugh is headed to the NFL.
Rich Rodriguez is not expected to meet with the media, but will release a statement on Wednesday, according to the university.