Rich Rodriguez's Fate as Michigan Football Coach Remains in Limbo, AP Says

University of Michigan football coach Rich Rodriguez will meet again tomorrow with school Athletic Director Dave Brandon to discuss his fate, the Associated Press reported. A Detroit television station said Rodriguez had been fired.

Rodriguez, 47, has led the Wolverines to a 15-22 record in three seasons. Michigan lost two days ago to Mississippi State 52-14 in the Gator Bowl, the biggest losing margin in a bowl game in school history.

David Ablauf, a Michigan athletic department spokesman, didn’t immediately return a voicemail seeking comment. The AP, which said the coach and athletic director met today without reaching a conclusion on Rodriguez’s future, quoted a person familiar with the situation who requested anonymity.

Fox 2 Television in Detroit reported earlier today that Rodriguez had been fired, citing unidentified sources.

Michigan owes Rodriguez $2.5 million to buy out the last three years of his contract, ESPN.com reported, without saying where it got the information.

Jim Harbaugh, a Michigan quarterback in the 1980s who coached Stanford University to the No. 4 Bowl Championship Series ranking and an Orange Bowl win this season, would be “highly unlikely” to take the Wolverines’ job if Rodriguez is fired, the Detroit Free Press reported today, citing an unidentified person with direct knowledge of Harbaugh’s thinking.

Rodriguez became Michigan’s 18th head coach on Dec. 17, 2007, after seven years at West Virginia University, where he had a 60-26 record that included four Big East Conference titles in five years and six bowl game bids.

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