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Should Michigan Wolverines Fire Rich Rodriguez?

SOUTH BEND, IN - SEPTEMBER 11: Head coach Rich Rodriguez of the Michigan Wolverines yells at an assistant coach during a game against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at Notre Dame Stadium on September 11, 2010 in South Bend, Indiana. Michigan defeated Notre Dame 28-24. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Jim JonesContributor IIINovember 4, 2010

Michigan is on a three-day losing streak, and with the surprisingly good Illinois up next on the schedule, there is a real possibility of that streak continuing. Further, the NCAA's ruling on violations will soon be released and Michigan's once sterling program will again be reminded of its new found blemishes.


Yes! Rich-Rod Must Go!

Two losing seasons? A 13-19 record. Zero victories over Michigan State or Ohio State? Yeah, sure he's beaten Notre Dame, but who hasn't beaten them over the last few years? And lets not forget that he broke Michigan's NCAA longest bowl streak.

What else needs to be said?

Oh, wait, that's right there is the whole practice violations, the athlete accusations of poor treatment, and now a drop in recruiting!

First thing is first, before Rich Rodriguez, Michigan football was one of the cleanest programs in the country, but tomorrow the NCAA will be releasing its report on Michigan, after the school has already admitted to several violations.

Yeah, sure, we can try to cover up for Rich Rod, he didn't know what was going on, right? This all started with the player accusations of mistreatment, which is exactly what Michigan needed! What a way to promote a family and academic atmosphere.

And now Michigan, one of the most storied programs in college football, cannot even draw top recruits. What's the rank of his current class, according to rivals.com its 27! TWENTY-SEVEN! Michigan State is ahead at 25 and readers do not even want to know where Ohio State is (seven)!


Heck No! Keep Him! Keep Him!

Listen Michigan's recruiting has been good that last couple years. Sure, it's a bit weaker this year, but according to rivals.com the 2009 class was No. 8 and 2009 classes was No. 20. As soon as the potential recruits know Rich-Rod is here to stay, they will come flocking to Ann Arbor.

Besides the spread is the wave of the future. Look at all the teams that have had success with the system! Florida was arguably the most dominate team over the last few years!

Further, word is that the NCAA's rulings are not that bad, and honestly just about every team has committed a violation at some point. Rich-Rod's fault was that he got caught.

Worse yet, a new coach means a new start and a new start means a few more years of mediocrity. Coming into the conference split, Michigan needs to reestablish dominance, and the quickest way to do that is to give Rich-Rod another year.

Look at how much the offense has improved this year! With another year of growth and training on the defensive side of the ball, and a little more maturity and practice from Robinson, this team will be nothing short of unstoppable.

If Michigan loses a few years rebuilding and installing a new system, however, Michigan State, Iowa and Nebraska might cement their dominance in our division.


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