Gator Bowl: Could a Win Save Rich Rodriguez's Job For 2011?

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Gator Bowl: Could a Win Save Rich Rodriguez's Job For 2011?
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The pioneer of the no-huddle, run-based spread offense, Michigan was ecstatic when they signed Rich Rodriguez away from West Virginia. Rodriguez had gone 60-26 in seven seasons with the Mountaineers including a 32-5 mark in his final three years. However, Rodriguez has thus far failed to reach those heights with Michigan.

In October of 2008, Rodriguez signed a six-year contract worth $15 million, but has struggled to a 15-21 record over three seasons. This year things looked to be different as the uber-athletic Denard Span was seemingly the perfect fit to run this unique offense. And while Robinson did post a phenomenal season (2,316 yards passing, 1,643 yards rushing and 30 total touchdowns), the team ended the season by losing five of their last seven games—setting up a New Year's Day matchup with the Mississippi State Bulldogs.

Can a bowl victory over a ranked team save Rodriguez’s job? Does Rich-Rod deserve another shot? And if Rodriguez isn’t the man for the job, who is? Read on as we examine all this and more.

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