University of Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon announces that head football coach Rich Rodriguez has been fired during an NCAA college football news conference in Ann Arbor, Mich., Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2011. Rodriguez was let go after going 15-22 in three years at Michigan and a handful of NCAA violations that have stained the once-proud program. The school can buy out the final three years of his contract for $2.5 million.(AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

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University of Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon announces that head football coach Rich Rodriguez has been fired during an NCAA college football news conference in Ann Arbor, Mich., Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2011. Rodriguez was let go after going 15-22 in three years at Michigan and a handful of NCAA violations that have stained the once-proud program. The school can buy out the final three years of his contract for $2.5 million.(AP Photo/Paul Sancya)