Gator Bowl Recap: Rodriguez Is a Dead Man Walking At Michigan

Jim FolsomContributorJanuary 1, 2011

ANN ARBOR, MI - NOVEMBER 20:  Head coach Rich Rodriguez of the Michigan Wolverines reacts while playing the Wisconson Badgers at Michigan Stadium on November 20, 2010 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Wisconsin won the game 48-28. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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As the onslaught unfolded, it became more and more certain that Coach Rod is done at Michigan. Having absolutely no defense for the third straight year will be his downfall. Mississippi State rolled Michigan for 52 points and could probably have scored more if they had wanted.

When asked about his job status his reply was, "You're asking the wrong person." When asked if he would like to return he said "I'd like to be back." He of course was none too confident.

Denard Robinson when asked about his coach's job status replied, "He's my coach. He recruited me. Of course I want him back."

Later when asked to explain what happened in the game when he said: "We just didn't come to play football." That probably didn't help. Not that it matters much now.

MSU, who set a Gator Bowl record with 52 points sounds like a team ready to start the season tomorrow.

Coach Mullen said that he wants to see 40,000 Bulldogs at the Spring Game and even mentioned the date. He also brought up recruiting, mentioning places like Florida, Tennesse and Texas as well as Mississippi and Louisiana.

He has the look of a coach ready to take his program nationally. If he does, watch out LSU, Alabama and Auburn. You've got yourself some competition.