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Michigan officially fires Rich Rodriguez

Michigan has officially fired Rich Rodriguez as its head coach, ending a disappointing three-year stretch in Ann Arbor.

Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon just finished a press conference to talk about Rodriguez's dismissal and what's next for the Wolverines.

Newsday colleague James Crepea was providing tweets during the press conference. Here are some of the highlights:

-- Brandon informed Rodriguez of his decision this morning.

-- Former Michigan quarterback Jim Harbaugh, now the head coach at Stanford, doesn't appear to be a candidate for the job, according to Brandon. Brandon said it's his opinion that Harbaugh is headed to the NFL. Brandon did say he has spoken to Harbaugh and will continue to speak to him. Brandon said Harbaugh has wanted to come to Michigan in the past, but it appears that the Wolverines may have missed their chance on him.

-- Brandon said Michigan football needs to be competitive again. Under Rodriguez, the Wolverine were 15-22 overall, 6-18 in the Big Ten and 3-15 in what Brandon described as "red letter games." Those were the games against Notre Dame, Michigan State, Iowa, Penn State and Ohio State.

-- Brandon said he will move quickly to find Rodriguez's successor, but the process will be done the right way.

-- Brandon also said that BCS coaching experience is not necessary. He pointed to Jim Tressel of Ohio State, who was hired to lead the Buckeyes from Youngstown State.

-- It also appears that Michigan is going to pay its next coach. Brandon said he did not think a mid-level coach salary was appropriate.

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