UPDATE 9:46 pm:

Michigan is denying that any final decision has been made concerning the future of Rodriguez. It appears that this speculated news that may turn out to be the case. It has been reported that a final decision will be made on Wednesday. However the school has not publicly specified a time in the statement they released:

“This is media speculation at this point the definitive voice on this matter is [Athletic Director] Dave Brandon and he has not and will not speak publicly until a final decision has been made.”

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In a move that was widely anticipated after this season, the University of Michigan has fired Rich Rodriguez as head coach of its football team on Tuesday.

It had been rumored that the fate of Rodriguez depended on how the team fared during the Gator Bowl on New Year’s Day. The 52-14 loss to Mississippi State was the worst bowl game loss in school history and for many this sealed the fate of the struggling Rich Rodriguez.

When Rich Rodriguez made his coaching debut in Ann Arbor two years ago he led the team to a school record of nine losses. Last season he finished with a disappointing 5-7 record and this season it was 7-5.  Also during his time there, the school held a 0-3 record against long time rivals Ohio State, Michigan State and Wisconsin. Not nice stats for what was once a powerhouse football program.

Many names have already been rumored as potential replacements for the coach many know as Rich Rod. Stanford’s Jim Harbaugh was a hopeful contender as a former U of M quarterback. However, reports indicate it unlikely he will return to his alma mater. Former Wolverine coach Brady Hoke has also been tossed up as a potential candidate.

No replacement has been announced yet.