Former West Virginia coach Rich Rodriguez has reportedly been fired, according to Fox 2 in Detroit. Rodriguez left West Virginia three years ago for Ann Arbor after leading the Mountaineers to BCS wins in the Sugar and Fiesta Bowls after the 2005 and 2007 seasons, respectively. Save for a 13-9 loss to Pittsburgh in the Backyard Brawl in 2007, he likely would have led West Virginia into the national championship game that season as well. It's apparently all over at Michigan now, though.â†µ
Fox 2's Ryan Ermanni learned that Michigan Athletic Director David Brandon has informed Rodriguez of his decision to terminate services.â†µ
Rodriguez was 15-22 during three seasons in Ann Arbor. He lost a school-record nine games in his debut with the Wolverines two years ago, was 5-7 after starting 4-0 last season and turned a 5-0 start into a 7-5 finish this fall.â†µ
Locally, Penn State had a lot to do with Rodriguez's undoing, beating Rodriguez and his Wolverines in all of his three seasons at Michigan. After suffering years of torture at the hands of Michigan under Lloyd Carr, Penn State flipped the script on the Wolverines, beating them by double digits in 2008 and 2009 and outscoring the Wolverines' potent offense this past October.