Michigan Wolverines Football: How Many Wins Does Rich Rod Need to Save His Job?

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Michigan Wolverines Football: How Many Wins Does Rich Rod Need to Save His Job?

Without a doubt, the coach under the most pressure in the country right now is Michigan's Rich Rodriguez.

Not only has he led the Wolverines to two straight sub-par seasons (going 3-9 and 5-7 in his first two years in Ann Arbor), but he's also under fire for supposed NCAA violations.

He's accused of having too many coaches involved in off-season conditioning programs, staff meetings, and film rooms as well as having practices too often and too long.

Because of these violations, Michigan will probably be put on self-imposed probation at some point in the 2010 season—certainly a low moment for a program which has the most wins in NCAA history while also being considered one of the cleanest programs in the country.

Needless to say, unless the Wolverines have a good year in 2010, Rodriguez may not serve out the term of his six-year contract.

But, how many wins in 2010 will it take for fans and Michigan's athletic department to not only forgive Rodriguez for his rough start, but this embarrassing scandal?

One thing is for certain, Rich Rod is on some perilously thin ice.

Note: Although all games are very important for Rodriguez next year, I've highlighted the ones that are particularly crucial if he wants to hold onto his job.

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