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Wednesday, January 13, 2010

No one's leaving Ann Arbor just yet

While some disgruntled Michigan fans might have hoped that college football coaching carousel might carry off a Wolverine coach or two, or that the recent hiring of a new AD-to-be in David Brandon might signal a housecleaning, no such luck just yet.

After Brandon gave a relatively solid endorsement to the Rich Rodriguez staff on his hiring, both Rodriguez and his longtime right-hand man, offensive coordinator Calvin Magee, have both been linked to job openings.

Magee interviewed (a fact confirmed by the Tampa Tribune) for the vacant position at South Florida, where his one-time boss, Jim Leavitt, was fired. Magee was on the initial staff at USF when it started football in 1997, but the odds-on candidate appears to be East Carolina head coach Skip Holtz, who admitted mutual interest from the school.

After Lane Kiffin's abrupt departure from Tennessee, Rodriguez himself was briefly linked to the opening as a possible target — then again, who HASN'T been? — but his agent, Mike Brown, denied the rumor when contacted by The Detroit News on Wednesday.

Unless something odd happens, it appears the RichRod era at U-M will get its third year.

There are a few arrivals to Ann Arbor, however.

The Wolverines got a head-start on preparations for the 2010 season when six commits enrolled early, and started class at the semester break. Ann Arbor wide receivers Jeremy Jackson (Huron) and Ricardo Miller (Pioneer) were among the players getting a jump-start, joined by Livonia Stevenson RB Austin White, RB Stephen Hopkins of Flower Mound, Texas; OL Christian Pace of Avon Lake, Ohio; and WR Jerald Robinson of Canton, Ohio.

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