Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Rodriguez dismissed as U-M football coach

Athletic Director Dave Brandon announced Wednesday that head coach Rich Rodriguez has been relieved of his coaching duties with the football program.


Athletic Director Dave Brandon speaks to the media Wenesday regarding the future of U-M's football program. (Photo by Martin Vloet, U-M Photo Services)


Read selected comments by Brandon from the press conference.
View a video of Athletic Director Dave Brandon's press conference Wednesday regarding the future of U-M's football program.
Read a transcript of the press conference.

"I have completed a systematic and thorough review of our football program and believe that a change in leadership is necessary," said Brandon. "We have not achieved at the level that I expect."

Rodriguez compiled a 15-22 overall record and 6-18 mark in Big Ten play during his three seasons at Michigan (2008-10). He had an 11-11 record at Michigan Stadium, a 4-10 road record, and lost his only bowl game against Mississippi State in the 2011 Gator Bowl. U-M was 3-9 in 2008, 5-7 in 2009 and went 7-6 this season.

Rodriguez became the 18th head coach in Michigan history on Dec. 17, 2007, replacing Lloyd Carr who announced his retirement following the 2007 regular season.

"Rich is a good person and coach," added Brandon. "It's unfortunate that it didn't work out at Michigan, but I'm sure that Rich and his staff will find opportunities at other institutions. I wish Rich and his family all the best in the future."

Brandon will immediately begin a national search for a replacement.