Rich Rodriguez Rumors: Will Michigan Fire Coach After Gator Bowl Loss?

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Rich Rodriguez Rumors: Will Michigan Fire Coach After Gator Bowl Loss?
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Rich Rodriguez wraps up his third season as head coach at the University of Michigan today, and rumors have been swirling that the Gator Bowl against Mississippi State will be his final game at the helm of the Wolverines.

It's been a tumultuous reign at the top of the Michigan football program for Rodriguez, as both he and the program have been engulfed in controversy, and the team has suffered through some of the worst seasons in the school's football history.

Rodriguez came to Ann Arbor with the lofty expectations of carrying on the winning tradition that's followed Michigan football since its inception, having been cultivated most recently by coaches Bo Schembechler and Lloyd Carr. Instead, the program has taken great steps backwards, with no bowl games and heaps of NCAA controversy to deal with, all under the watch of Rodriguez.

2010 marked the first year Michigan was bowl eligible in his time as head coach, but the Gator Bowl could also be the end of the RichRod era. The lingering question, though, is whether or not this is the right time for the Wolverines to part ways with their head coach? Here we'll go through five potential reasons to dismiss Rodriguez, as well as five reasons for him to get another shot to lead the Wolverines back to glory.

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