It's no secret that Rich Rodriguez hasn't been popular since arriving in Ann Arbor two years ago.
No, let me rephrase that. The Rich Rodriguez experiment has been an utter failure for Michigan since his hiring after the 2007 season.
His on-field results, have been underwhelming (putting it lightly) for Michigan standards, going 8-16 in two seasons with no bowl appearances and the worst single season record in program history (3-9).
Off-field issues have been a problem as well. Many players, such as Justin Boren and Ryan Mallett, who now star for Ohio State and Arkansas respectively, have left the program.
Boren specifically cited Rodriguez's behavior and a "lack of family values."
Now, with the beginning of an NCAA investigation of rules violations during the 2009 season, the ice below Rich Rod just got a little thinner.
Clearly, Rodriguez's time is running out.
He doesn't seem to have what it takes to coach Big Ten football, and many people who follow the sport and the program believe that he will be fired unless he starts to show signs of a turnaround both on and off the field.
So, as a preemptive measure, let's take a look at a very early short-list for Rich Rod's successors at Michigan.
Because as the on- and off-field issues continue to add up, there's plenty of reason to believe Rodriguez will be out of a job in the near future.