ESPN ANNOUNCER FIRED
January 5, 2011 by staff
ESPN ANNOUNCER FIRED, Rich Rodriguez has his job for at least another athletic director Dave day.Michigan Brandon and Rodriguez met Tuesday afternoon and will meet again this morning to discuss the future of football coach is under siege.
Brandon said he has not decided if the fire Rodriguez, who is 15-22 after three seasons running the football program won the college.
Defensive back James Rogers said Tuesday a team meeting the night has been postponed until this afternoon.
Michigan officials declined to comment on reports in the mid Rodriguez had been shot.
“The final vote on this issue is Dave Brandon,” associate athletic director Dave Ablauf said. “And he did not and will not speak publicly until a final decision has been taken.”
Brandon said Saturday – a few hours after Michigan lost school-record 38 points in a bowl game – he would have more to say during the second half of this week. If Rodriguez is fired, and Michigan would owe him $ 2.5 million to redeem the last three years of his contract.
Speculation about job security Rodriguez have followed almost from his first day in Ann Arbor, and only increased as he struggled to turn the Wolverines, along a national power, simply Big Ten contenders. Rodriguez is 0-6 against rivals Ohio State and Michigan.
Potential candidates to replace him include Stanford coach Jim Harbaugh, a Wolverines quarterback, and San Diego State coach and former Wolverines assistant Brady Hoke. Back at Stanford one day after beating Virginia Tech in the Orange Bowl, Harbaugh shook his head no Tuesday when asked if he had considered his options.
ESPN fires Franklin.
ESPN announcer Ron Franklin was fired four days after his remarks to a reporter away before the broadcast of the Chick-fil-A Bowl has caused him to be suspended for Saturday called Fiesta Bowl on the radio.
“Based on what happened last Friday, we ended our relationship with him,” spokesman Josh Krulewitz told ESPN.
During a conversation, the journalist, Jeannine Edwards, had with another ESPN announcer during a production meeting, Franklin said, according to the site SportsByBrooks.com, “Listen, sweet baby, let me tell you something.” When she protested that his tone was condescending, Franklin would have used an obscenity. Franklin then said he deserved to be removed from the radio broadcast.
It was not the first time Franklin had said something similar, which could be the reason ESPN fired him. During a game Notre Dame-Purdue in 2005, reporter Holly Rowe aside praised Purdue’s defensive strategy, despite big lead for Notre Dame.
“If the coaches are giving up, what to say to players?” Rowe said.
Franklin said: “Holly, it’s not giving up. It’s 49-21, darling. ”
Penn State Quarter father Rob Bolden said Coach Joe Paterno has dismissed the application for his son to transfer. We do not know what Bolden will do, with classes spring semester starting Monday.
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