ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Fred Jackson was brought back as
Michigan's running backs coach on Friday, a day after new coach
Rich Rodriguez fired all the assistants on Lloyd Carr's staff.
"Rich spoke with everyone individually last night and did not
want to hold them up in exploring other options," said school
spokesman David Ablauf. "He has rehired Fred Jackson as an
Rodriguez met with the coaches one by one at Schembechler Hall
on Thursday, as the retiring Carr packed up his belongings in
boxes, clearing space for his successor.
Carr will coach the Wolverines on Jan. 1 against Florida in the
Capital One Bowl, ending his 13th season as their head coach, then
Rodriguez will take over.
But the former West Virginia coach already put his mark on the
program by firing each of Carr's assistants, all of whom were given
two-year deals in March that will pay them through Feb. 28, 2009.
Their firings are effective after the bowl game.
Jackson had been fired along with Ron English, defensive
coordinator; Mike DeBord, offensive coordinator; Erik Campbell,
wide receivers and assistant head coach; Vance Bedford, defensive
backs; Scot Loeffler, quarterbacks; Andy Moeller, offensive line;
Steve Stripling, defensive line; and Steve Szabo, linebackers.
While helping Michigan prepare to play the Gators, the assistant
coaches are free to pursue other jobs. If they don't land a job,
they still will be paid by the school.
Some of Rodriguez's coaches from West Virginia are expected to
join him in Ann Arbor. He introduced offensive coordinator Calvin
Magee and secondary coach and recruiting coordinator Tony Gibson at
his Michigan news conference on Monday.