Rich Rodriguez, who was fired from his position as head football coach of the University of Michigan’s Wolverines last week, donated the team paraphernalia he possessed to a local Salvation Army, ESPN reported on Friday.
His coaching shirts, hats, and jackets will be sold this Saturday at the Salvation Army in Wayne, Michigan.
Rodriguez’s tenure was cut short on Jan. 5. In the three years he was head coach, the team did not perform to expectations. During his time with University of Michigan, the team broke the school record for most losses in a season, with 9 in 2008. The team also lost consecutive seasons for the first time since 1962-1963.
Athletic director Dave Brandon said, “Michigan is not used to this. I believe this is the best decision for the future of Michigan football. We have not achieved at the level that I expect.”
Rodriguez released a statement on Jan. 6: “While I am disappointed to depart Ann Arbor before we were able to reach the level of success we had in our sights, I am confident that the players who remain have the potential to do great things and to return the Wolverines to greatness. I would like to thank our fans and our student body for their tremendous support. There is great passion for Michigan football and I have made lifelong friends through this experience.”
No replacement has been named yet, though Jim Harbaugh, who was once a Wolverines quarterback, has been mentioned. However, on Jan. 7, it was announced that Harbaugh will move from head coach at Stanford University to head coach for the San Francisco 49ers at the National Football League.
Maj. John Aren of the Salvation Army told the Detroit Free Press on Friday that Rodriguez donated a total of 432 University of Michigan items. “We're going to sell everything from six bucks to, I don’t know, maybe we'll auction off a couple of the jackets. It’ll be for not much more than 25 percent what they’d pay at a store,” he said.