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Rodriguez hangs on amid reports of firing

For a while Tuesday, ESPN was reporting that Michigan coach Rich Rodriguez was fired. The school insisted that was not the case.

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For a while Tuesday, ESPN was reporting that Michigan coach Rich Rodriguez was fired. The school insisted that was not the case.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Rich Rodriguez has his job for at least another day.

Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon and Rodriguez met Tuesday afternoon and will get together today to discuss the embattled football coach's future, the Associated Press reported.

ESPN reported Tuesday that Rodriguez had been fired but later backtracked. The Detroit Free Press had reported that Michigan had decided to fire Rodriguez, 47, but also reported that the sides were meeting again today.

Wolverines defensive back James Rogers said a Tuesday night team meeting was postponed until today, pushing back a gathering Rodriguez traditionally has the night before classes resume each semester.

Michigan officials declined comment amid the various reports.

"The definitive voice on this matter is Dave Brandon," associate athletic director Dave Ablauf said in a statement. "And he has not and will not speak publicly until a final decision has been made."

Brandon said Saturday — a few hours after Michigan lost by a school-record 38 points in a bowl game — that he would have more to say during the latter half of this week. If Rodriguez is fired, Michigan would owe him $2.5 million to buy out the final three years of his contract.

Speculation about Rodriguez's job security has followed him almost since his first day in Ann Arbor, and it has only increased. Rodriguez is 0-6 against rivals Ohio State and Michigan State.

BYU: Coach Bronco Mendenhall promoted quarterbacks coach Brandon Doman to offensive coordinator and graduate assistant Kelly Poppinga to outside linebackers coach.

MIAMI: Junior cornerback Brandon Harris will skip his senior season to enter the NFL draft.

PENN STATE: Quarterback Rob Bolden's father, Robert Bolden Sr., said coach Joe Paterno denied his son's request to transfer. It's unclear what Bolden will do next, with spring classes starting Monday.

STANFORD: Coach Jim Harbaugh returned to a rally on campus after the best season in school history and offered no insight to what's next: staying put, bolting to the NFL or going elsewhere. Harbaugh said "no" when asked if he had considered his options during the flight home, then briefly addressed a crowd of several hundred cheering fans. Monday night, Stanford earned a 40-12 Orange Bowl victory over Virginia Tech in Miami to finish a program-best 12-1.

ANNOUNCER FRANKLIN FIRED: ESPN fired announcer Ron Franklin, who had been with the network since 1987, four days after his remarks to a sideline reporter caused him to be suspended from calling the Fiesta Bowl on radio. According to the website, Franklin, 68, said to Jeannine Edwards during a production meeting before the broadcast of Friday's Chick-fil-A Bowl, "Listen to me, sweet baby, let me tell you something." When she protested, Franklin reportedly used an obscenity.

Rodriguez hangs on amid reports of firing 01/04/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, January 4, 2011 11:47pm]
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