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Daily Brews: Rutgers’ debacle at Michigan leads to firing of head coach, likely replacement named

The latest with the Michigan Wolverines and college sports world for Sept. 30.

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Michigan destroyed Rutgers so badly that the program could not take the embarrassment any more, as they fired head coach Chris Ash on Sunday afternoon following the 52-0 throttling in Ann Arbor over the weekend.

Rutgers went 8-32 under Ash and was 3-26 in Big Ten play. Widely considered as the doormat program of not only the Big Ten, but almost the entire Power Five schools, it appears the potential replacement is already waiting in the wings, and it is a familiar one.

Greg Schiano is already being labeled as the heavy favorite to take the job and was 68-67 in 11 years with the program from 2001-11 before leaving to take the Tampa Bay Buccaneers job in 2012. An 11-21 record over two season cut his NFL coaching career short. He resurfaced at Ohio State in 2016 to replace Ash, who had been the defensive coordinator under Urban Meyer.

Here are the details from FootballScoop, who say the team is ready to bring back Schiano to restore what he had previously built at Rutgers:

Sources told FootballScoop in recent days that Schiano left his post back in New England in order to make himself available to return to Rutgers as the Scarlet Knights’ head coach. Sources said Rutgers made it clear to Schiano at the time he will be the choice to replace Chris Ash once the position became available.

Sources said that Schiano informed Bill Belichick of his intention to return to Piscataway, and that Belichick immediately recognized a late November/early December (or earlier) departure would be incompatible with the Patriots’ schedule. The two came to a mutual understanding that the right thing to do for both sides was for Schiano to resign at that time.

Schiano also nearly had the University of Tennessee job locked up a few years ago before a social media campaign helped remove him from consideration with fans concerned about his connection to the Penn State sexual abuse case. He spent part of the 2019 offseason with the New England Patriots before dropping out.

Nunzio Campanile, brother of Michigan assistant Anthony Campanile, will take over as the interim head coach for the time being from Ash. Butch Jones has also been mentioned as a candidate for the job.

Rich Rodriguez throws temper tantrum in coaches box

Things have not gone all that well for RichRod since he left Ann Arbor and now he’s simply trying to keep his career afloat as an offensive coordinator at Ole Miss. The Rebels had the misfortune of playing Alabama over the weekend and Rodriguez, the former Michigan head coach, was totally big mad about having to use a timeout in the second quarter.

Rodriguez went 15-22 in three years at Michigan and was let go after the 2010 season. He coached Arizona from 2012-17 before joining Matt Luke’s staff prior to this year.

Jabrill Peppers welcomes Dwayne Haskins to the NFL

Ohio State fans love to bring up that Peppers only had one career interception at Michigan (which came in Columbus, nonetheless), so perhaps it was a bit cathartic for him on Sunday to commit Wolverine-on-Buckeye crime in the form of a pick-six in the New York Giants’ 24-3 win over the Washington Redskins on Sunday.

The pass came off the hand of former Buckeye QB Dwayne Haskins, who received his first extended look this season after Jay Gruden benched Case Keenum.

Peppers was the 25th overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft of the Cleveland Browns, but joined the Giants this offseason after being one of the pieces sent over in the Odell Beckham Jr. trade. The pick was the third of his NFL career.

Other Brews

  • Former Wolverine Tim McCormick said he watched Michigan Basketball practice over the weekend under Juwan Howard and shared his thoughts on what he saw: “Highly involved with the big men, decisive & authoritative, quick corrections & move on. Coaching style reminded me of our former coach Pat Riley. High energy!!!”
  • Baylor head coach Matt Rhule has agreed to a contract extension that would keep him with the Bears through the 2027 season. He is 12-17 in two-plus seasons on the job, but has improved each year after 1-11 in 2017, 7-6 last season and a 4-0 start to the 2019 campaign.
  • Mike Leach, who a strange amount of Michigan Twitter clamored for to replace Jim Harbaugh, called his players fat and dumb over the weekend. It honestly was a terrific rant.