Full coverage of Michigan football's
52-14 loss to Mississippi State in the
Gator Bowl and the speculation that
follows the coach's possible dismissal.
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Wednesday, January 5, 2011
ARE RICH RODRIGUEZ'S DAYS NUMBERED?
A look at
By NICOLE AUERBACH
Daily Sports Writer
Names of football coaches
from all over the country have
been mentioned as possible
replacements for current Michi-
gan football coach Rich Rodri-
guez if he is fired. But who are
these candidates? And are they
even interested in Michigan? A
quick breakdown of the biggest
Jim Harbaugh, current
Stanford football coach:
Harbaugh is the hottest name
in the football world at the
moment - at both the colle-
giate and professional levels.
It's understandable. Four years
ago, Stanford finished its sea-
son 1-11. Monday night, under
Harbaugh's tutelage, the fourth-
ranked Cardinals demolished
a red-hot Virginia Tech team,
40-12, to win the Orange Bowl
and finish the season with a
12-1 record. Stanford's only loss
of the season came to Oregon,
4 team that will play for the
Harbaugh is an attractive
candidate to Michigan fans. He
played for legendary coach Bo
Schembechler in the mid-1980s.
He has repeatedly expressed
interest in coaching the Wolver-
ines, and over the past month,
many Michigan fans assumed he
was the front-runner to replace,
if he was fired. In the early parts
of the week, however, reports
surfaced that Harbaugh was
more interested in moving to the
NFL or remaining at Stanford.
Brady Hoke, current San
Diego State football coach:
Hoke also has some Michigan
ties, which automatically links
his name to the potential coach-
ing vacancy in Ann Arbor. He
was a defensive line/associ-
ate head coach at Michigan for
eight years under head coach
Lloyd Carr, most notably dur-
ing the 1997 national champion-
ship season. Hoke then became
a head coach at Ball State, his
alma mater, and he has coached
at San Diego State for the past
He's a defensive-minded
coach - a phrase that should
sound nice to Michigan fans -
and he has a history of making
the most of the limited talent on
his teams. He turned Ball State
into a MAC power, and after
going 4-8 last season at SDSU,
his Aztecs finished 9-4 this year
with a Poinsetta Bowl victory.
If reports taking Harbaugh out
of the equation are true, Hoke
could be the new favorite.
Les Miles, current Loui-
siana State football coach:
Miles was the big name circling
See SUCCESSORS, Page SA
Michigan coach Rich Rodriguez ata pep rally in Jacksonville, Fla. the day before the Wolverines lost 52-14 to Mississippi State in the Gator Bowl.
With varying media reports,
Rodriguez's f ut ure uUndlear
to meet again today
to talk job status
By TIM ROHAN
One by one, those close to Mich-
igan coach Rich Rodriguez filed
out of Schembechler Hall yester-
day afternoon as reports circulat-
ed that Michigan Athletic Director
Dave Brandon decided to fire the
The Detroit Free Press and Fox
2 Detroit reported .that Brandon
had already decided to fire his
coach who had a15-22 record in his
three seasons inAnn Arbor.
So the flood of questions began
in an attempt to get to the bottom
of Rodriguez's status. By the end of
the day, though, everyone was still
left without any firm answers.
First it was his wife, Rita, who
walked in and out, managing a
smile as she told reporters that she
had not been told anything regard-
ing her husband's job - that was
The snowflakes started falling
and fluttered throughout the after-
noon and into the evening-- at just
as frequent a pace as the differing
reports Rodriguez's future.
Then Michigan offensive coor-
dinator Calvin Magee, who has
been an assistant under Rodriguez
for the past 10 seasons, refused to
comment as well.
"I am not talking to you guys
today," he said. Then ,when asked
if he had a minute, Magee tersely
responded: "NoI do not."
Minutes later, Michigan defen-
sive coordinator Greg Robinson
left the building, also refusing to
take part in the talk of the day.
"I've got all day, but not today,"
Robinson said with a smirk. "See
But the whirlwind of news is
not done yet. The Associated Press
reported that Brandon has not yet
made up his mind on whether to
keep Rodriguez or fire him. Bran-
don met with Rodriguez for more
See RODRIGUEZ, Page SA
TUESDAY'S MEETING BEGINS
RICH ROD A.D. David Brandon meets with
WATCH Rodriguez to discuss future.
Reports surface that Brandon
has decided to fire Rodriguez.
NO NEW NEWS
Rita Rodriguez tells reporters
she hasn't heard anything yet.
A team meeting with the players is
re-scheduled to Wednesday at 4 p.m.
RODRIGUEZ NOT OUT YET?
Reports say Brandon has not yet made a decision
and will meet with Rodriguez on Wednesday.
A2 City Council revises proposed
medical marijuana ordinance
'U' execs earned higher
raises than faculty, staff
Changes would posed licensing ordinance for
medical marijuana dispensaries,
icrease number cultivation facilities and home
growers at its meeting Monday
f dispensaries night.
The ordinance was drafted by
By DYLAN CINTI the Ann Arbor Planning Com-
Daily News Editor mission to regulate how medical
marijuana licenses will be issued
e Ann Arbor City Council and enforced by the city. Among
several revisions to a pro- the changes is an increase in the
number of dispensaries and cul-
tivation facilities that will be
allowed to operate in the city.
While the original ordinance
put a cap on 15 total dispensa-
ries and cultivation facilities, the
revised version allows for up to
20 dispensaries and 10 cultivation
facilities to operate at one time.
In an interview yesterday, Ann
See MARIJUANA, Page 5A
OFFICE HOURS: DREAM ACT
Experts: Immigrationreform necessary
By DAVID BUCCILLI
The University's executive
officers and deans received a
larger average merit-based salary
increase than the average salary
increases of University faculty and
staff for the 2010-2011 academic
Executive officers and deans
experienced an average merit-
based wage increase of 3 percent,
while University faculty and staff
- excluding those in a union -
received a salary increase averag-
ing 2.6 percent and 2.3 percent,
respectively, during the 2010-2011
year, according to a Dec. 20, 2010
University press release.
Last year, top executive officers
See SALARY REPORT, Page 5A
IL EXECUTIVE FACULTY
S AND DEANS
TOP SALARIES AND % CHANGES
BY THE NUM BERS The percensgeof salary increases
DOUGLAS STRONG $600,000 9.8%
DREAM Act voted
down by U.S. Senate
By BRIENNE PRUSAK
With the United States Sen-
ate's December vote against
the Development, Relief and
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Education for Alien Minors, or
DREAM Act, many say there is
still much to come in the coun-
try's immigration debate.
The 55-41 vote, which was five
votes too few to pass, is seen by
immigration reform advocates
as a step backward for many
immigrants, including undocu-
mented students and military
service members, who would
become legal citizens with the
DREAM Act. The U.S. House of
Representatives passed the bill
in early December, but immigra-
tion experts say passing the bill
in the near future is unlikely
with more Republican seats now
John Garcia, director of the
Resource Center for Minority
Data and the community out-
reach director for the Inter-
See DREAM ACT, Page 5A
MARY SUE COLEMAN $570,105
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