After today’s Gator Bowl embarrassment University of Michigan coach Rich Rodriguez may not have too many days left with the Wolverines. Mississippi State won by a score of 52-14. Mississippi State ’s Bulldogs dominated Rodriguez’s team on both sides of the ball all 4 quarters.
The chatter of Rich Rodriguez’s demise got louder after today’s loss as did the speculation of Stanford coach Jim Harbaugh taking the reins of The Wolverines next year. The smart money has Coach Jim Harbaugh taking the San Francisco 49ers coaching position.
One NCAA analyst that I spoke to today said if Jim Harbaugh takes the San Francisco 49ers Head Coach position Michigan might not be too quick to pull the trigger on a new coach. Michigan might take a wait and see attitude to see how the NFL’s coaching shake up continues this season.
There are high profile marquee coaches on the unemployment line; Michigan might want some of that pro talent in The Big House. Wade Danials, Brad Childress, Jon Fox, Mike Singletary and Josh McDaniels have all been fired midseason. There are plenty more pinkslips that will be handed out Monday morning. One coach who is expected to be sent packing is Miami Dolphins’ coach Tony Sparano.
Despite The Miami Dolphins mediocre record Tony Sparano is considered to be a top coach. The offensive minded task master could spark the fire that the Wolverines are missing. Some feel if The Dolphins decide to part ways with Sparano he would still find a Head Coaching job in the NFL. Most likely he would return to his role as an Offensive Coordinator.
Instead of taking a step back Tony may prefer what some would consider a lateral move. The University of Michigan job gives Tony Sparano the chance to coach college ball again. Sparano was the Head Coach at University of New Haven from 1994–1998 .This time around Tony would be coaching a Big Ten school not a NCAA Division II team. This could be a great fit for Sparano and The Wolverines. It will be interesting to see how this all falls into place.