Does Rich Rodriguez Lose His Job If Michigan Loses Saturday?

October 27, 2010 – 12:32 pm by Ryan Phillips

After a hot start that had Michigan at 5-0 and ranked No. 18 in the nation, the Wolverines have dropped consecutive decisions to Michigan State and Iowa. Rich Rodriguez’s team is now out of the top 25 and prepping to face a 4-3 Penn State team at home this weekend.

Throw in the fact that the Wolverines are coming off of a bye week and should be relatively healthy, and this has all the makings of a bounce-back game for RichRod’s crew. So does that mean it’s a must-win game as well?

Like everything about Rodriguez’s tenure in Ann Arbor, the answer is complicated. A win over the Nittany Lions would make the Wolverines bowl-eligible and all but guarantee a trip to the postseason. But since when has just going to a bowl excited anyone in Michigan’s fanbase?

The issue for RichRod and co. is that the Penn State game might be the easiest one left on the schedule. They face a rapidly improving Illinois team at home, and travel to Purdue before getting Wisconsin at the Big House and Ohio State in Columbus. While Purdue is awful this season and should be an automatic win, you never know, since Rodriguez is 0-2 against the Boilers.

Most experts feel that after two dismal seasons (3-9 and 5-7) as Michigan’s coach and NCAA investigations into the way he runs his program, Rodriguez would need to pull off at least a nine-win season to keep his job. Frankly, we agree. Right now he’s 13-18 in his tenure in Ann Arbor, and just 4-15 in the Big Ten. Plus, earlier this year, Michigan admitted the football program had committed four major rules violations.

His seat is currently hot. If Michigan drops Saturday’s game against Penn State, it will be scorching, no matter what happens the rest of the way. If the Wolverines win and end up besting Illinois and Purdue, Rodriguez might buy himself another season. But again, there’s no guarantee of that.

Michigan would have coaches lining up around the block to take its football coaching job. The University doesn’t need the headache that has been the Rich Rodriguez Era. If the guy were winning big time, they’d have something to think about, but to this point the entire length of his tenure has been a black eye for the school.

Rodriguez better pull off one hell of a finish if he wants to stay at Michigan beyond this season.

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  1. 6 Responses to “Does Rich Rodriguez Lose His Job If Michigan Loses Saturday?”

  2. I disagree. Rich Rod’s job should be safe, win or lose Saturday.

    I wrote about it on my blog earlier this week.

    You can see it all at College Football Haven
    http://collegefootballhaven12.blogspot.com/

    Basically, the thing holding back Michigan is the defense, fire the defensive coaches, keep Rodriguez. He is the one that can get the most out of Denard Robinson. If Michigan had half a defense, then they could still be undefeated, or at least have beaten Iowa.

    By The Editor on Oct 28, 2010

  3. Greetings Wolverine fans from a Mountaineer fan! I think you should let Rich Rod go because I would love to see him return and take back his old job at WVU. His successor has proven to be inept for serving as head coach. Rich Rod can save the Eer’s from a dovetail into mediocrity. A near loss to Marshall and a homecoming loss to Syracuse has exposed Coach Bill Stewart’s inability to coach the nationally prominent team that Rich Rod built. Recruiting is hurting and fan discontent prevails in Almost Heaven West Virginia. We will forgive him for his past sins and open our arms. On another note, you can keep John Beiline because Coach Hugs has performed miracles with a Final Four bid and recruiting top prospects to compete in the Big East. The success enjoyed with our hoops program, however, does not compensate for our failure on the gridiron. Rich Rod pack up and come home.

    By William Conway on Oct 28, 2010

  4. Well if you didn’t bombard him with death threats he might consider it, but he will never coach in that state again.

    He will be fired on Monday, November 29, 2010.

    By Mark on Oct 30, 2010

  5. I would like to see him go. I at least was happy with Loyd Carr’s last win over Florida. Rich has had no such success with Michigan. We need a real coach. Pleas live Rich. Michigan football will be happier. So will the fans. I am even considering becoming a Buckeye fan. At least they have a great coach in Tressel.

    By tina on Oct 30, 2010

  6. I would like to see him go. I at least was happy with Loyd Carr’s last win over Florida. Rich has had no such success with Michigan. We need a real coach. Please leave Rich. Michigan football will be happier. So will the fans. I am even considering becoming a Buckeye fan. At least they have a great coach in Tressel.

    By tina on Oct 30, 2010

  7. Please don’t fire RichRod. We love how he thinks one player will make his team a winner, even without any defense. RichRod should figure out that a small, quick QB won’t work out as well in the Big 10 as it did in the Big East. RichRod is a cheater. Do you think RichRod really didn’t know the rules about the maximum number of hours he could require players to practice and about keeping records of practice time? And he’s been a head coach for how many years? Could RichRod be that dumb? I loved it when he said it was the university’s responsibility to make him aware of such rules. RichRod is always good for a laugh. At least Buckeye fans respected Lloyd Carr for running a good program. Bo must be rolling over in his grave, with RichRod continuing to ruin what was once a proud, winning program. 2536 days since Michigan
    beat OSU. GO BUCKS!!!!

    By Buckeye Fan on Oct 31, 2010

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