Brady Hoke to Ann ArborAnn Arbor, MI- It was the firing heard 'round the NCAA. A high profile coach from a high profile school suddenly fired after mediocre results. A week is all it took. The University of Michigan football program went without a coach for a week, after firing Rich Rodriguez. Apparently three seasons was a couple too many, and the Wolverines were wanting to find someone a little more...productive. Rodriguez had been a breath of fresh air coming after Lloyd Carr's 1-7 record against Jim Tressel of Ohio State, and after introducing the spread offense to the Big House, the fresh air was quickly turning stale. Rich Rod's three years were disappointing at best, going just 3-9, 5-7, 8-5 in each season, respectfully, as well as being clouded in scandals. Practice and recruiting violations smeared the once proud program. Michigan's AD Dave Brandon was looking to do some house cleaning after having a defense that was ranked 117th out of 120 schools, and coming off of a gutwrenching 52-14 loss to Mississippi State, the timing seemed perfect. Rich Rod didn't only lose his first bowl game as the Wolverine head coach, but he led the team to their first losing season since 1966, first ever back-back losing seasons and the worst of all: an 0-3 start against Ohio State. So Rich Rodriguez was fired toward the end of the first week of 2011, along with his entire staff.
|Brady Hoke from his coordinator days|
|Hoke at SDSU.|
Elsewhere: Florida coach Urban Meyer has resigned and former Texas Longhorns offensive coordinator Will Muschamp. Muschamp, coming off of a disappointing 5-7 season with the Longhorns (a year after being national runner-up and the school's first loss to Iowa State), is taking over a Gator team that has struggled in their first year without Tim Tebow, going 8-5 overall.