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Rich Rodriguez issues statement

Rich Rodriguez issued a statement moments ago regarding his firing Wednesday as Michigan's head coach after three seasons at the school.

It reads:

"I am proud of the dedication and commitment exhibited by the coaching staff and student-athletes who have represented the University of Michigan football program over the last three seasons. While I am disappointed to depart Ann Arbor before we were able to reach the level of success we had in our sights, I am confident that the players who remain have the potential to do great things and to return the Wolverines to greatness. I would like to thank our fans and our student body for their tremendous support. There is great passion for Michigan football and I have made lifelong friends through this experience."

Pretty solid statement from RichRod. He reiterates his belief that Michigan isn't far away from the success he envisioned, and as a coach, he should feel confident about the program's potential.

Many will point out that Rodriguez doesn't acknowledge athletic director Dave Brandon or the Michigan administrators. I see no issue with this. Brandon let him twist in the wind for more than a month before making a decision that could have been finalized in early December. It wasn't the nicest thing to do, especially when other jobs, namely Miami, were available. Rodriguez doesn't owe Brandon any courtesy shout-out.

Best of luck to Rodriguez, a good coach and a likable guy. He'll find a new spot and have success again.