The University of Michigan has called a 12:30 p.m. news conference to announce the firing of head football coach Rich Rodriguez.

The Free Press reported Tuesday that a decision had been made to fire Rodriguez.

"I have completed a systematic and thorough review of our football program and believe that a change in leadership is necessary," Brandon said in a release given to some media outlets. "We have not achieved at the level that I expect."

"Rich is a good person and coach," Brandon said in the release. "It's unfortunate that it didn't work out at Michigan, but I'm sure that Rich and his staff will find opportunities at other institutions. I wish Rich and his family all the best in the future."

About 11:25 this morning, staff members of the football program were seen entering Schembechler Hall, among them strength coach Mike Barwis, who would not comment, and running backs coach Fred Jackson, who said, “They just told me to come in. I don’t know why.”