Rodriguez fired as Michigan coach

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Michigan hired Rich Rodriguez to take college football's winningest program to another level.

Rich Rodriguez: Coach had his contract bought out for $2.5 million. The overall cost in hiring and firing him was $12.5 million.   Associated Press
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Rich Rodriguez: Coach had his contract bought out for $2.5 million. The overall cost in hiring and firing him was $12.5 million.

He did just that, and it cost him his job.

Rodriguez was fired Wednesday after going 15-22 in three disappointing seasons, including an 0-6 record combined against rivals Ohio State and Michigan State, and staining the proud program with a handful of NCAA violations.

CLEMSON: Junior All-American Da'Quan Bowers said Wednesday he was giving up his senior season to enter the NFL, where he's widely project as top five selection in April's draft.

The Nagurski and Ted Hendricks award winner led the country with 151/2 sacks and is poised to be Clemson's highest pick ever in the NFL Draft. He could go as high as No. 2.

ALABAMA: The school has given defensive coordinator Kirby Smart a $100,000 raise and one-year contract extension.

OKLAHOMA: Linebacker Travis Lewis plans to return for his senior season.

Lewis announced Wednesday that he won't enter his name in the NFL Draft and will come back for his final season with the Sooners with one goal in mind: winning a national championship.

In a statement released by the school, Lewis says "anything else would be a disappointment."

OREGON STATE: Flanker James Rodgers has been granted a medical hardship for this past season, meaning he can return for 2011.

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