NEW ORLEANS — A major theme during bowl season has been teams dealing with distractions, particularly of the coaching variety.
A year ago, Michigan was one of those teams.
Rich Rodriguez hadn’t officially been fired as Wolverines coach, but few believed he would survive past the team’s Gator Bowl matchup against Mississippi State. Athletic director Dave Brandon had opted to wait until after the bowl to make an evaluation on Rodriguez, eschewing the common practice of determining a coach’s future following the regular season.
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