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Brandon won’t fast track evaluation of RichRod

For those looking for a quick resolution to the coaching “situation” at Michigan, don’t hold your breath.

David Brandon has a timetable and he’s holding firm to it.

The UM athletic director has stated in the past that he will evaluate Rich Rodriguez like he will every other coach in his department -- at the end of their respective seasons. Monday, Brandon reiterated that stance, even as the rumors are swirling that RichRod is not long for Ann Arbor.

By all appearances -- and if Brandon can be taken at his word -- Rodriguez’s job is safe through the end of December as it appears likely the Wolverines will play in a bowl game contested later in that month. After that? All bets are off, and Brandon will then face intense pressure from those both outside and, more importantly, inside of the football program to make a change at head coach.

While it may not be the overriding factor in waiting on determining Rodriguez’s future at the school, there is a financial incentive for Brandon to hold off in making a decision; on January 1, Rodriguez’s buyout will drop by $1.5 million.

Of course, waiting that long for financial reasons -- or simply to adhere to a predetermined timetable -- could cost the school to miss out on quality candidates if the decision is made to give RichRod the boot. Then again, if their top candidate will be busy coaching in a BcS bowl game in January anyway, there really would be no reason for Brandon to rush the process, would there?