Stepping down not in Rodriguez's plans

Updated: November 21, 2009, 11:18 AM ET
ESPN.com news services

Michigan coach Rich Rodriguez said he believes he will return next season.

Rodriguez appeared on Detroit Free Press columnist's Mitch Albom's radio show on WJR-AM 760 on the eve of the Michigan-Ohio State game Friday.

Albom, according to the Free Press, asked Rodriguez whether he plans on leaving or believes Michigan will get rid of him following the season.

"No," said Rodriguez, who is 8-15, 3-12 in the Big Ten in two seasons.

Rodriguez also told Albom that quarterback Tate Forcier isn't guaranteed to be the starter next season.

Forcier, a freshman, has started 11 games with Denard Robinson as his backup. Inkster (Mich.) High senior Devin Gardner, ranked the No. 5 quarterback in the nation by ESPNU scouting, is also verbally committed to sign with Michigan in February.

"What I want to do, and what our goal is, what I've told the players in recruiting is, we want to recruit competition at every position," Rodriguez said. "We want two to three guys at every position who are truly competing for the job."