ANN ARBOR, Mich. Michigan has hired West Virginia's Rich Rodriguez as its next football coach following a search that featured two other top prospects deciding to stay put.
Rodriguez, whose No. 11 Mountaineers are preparing for their second BCS game in three seasons, will take over Michigan's program from Lloyd Carr, Michigan athletic department spokesman Bruce Madej said Sunday.
Carr announced his retirement Nov. 19 after 13 seasons.
Michigan plans to introduce Rodriguez at a news conference Monday morning, Madej said. Rodriguez, who has a 60-26 record at West Virginia, led the Mountaineers (10-2) to their fourth Big East title in five seasons.
Carr plans to coach the Wolverines in the Capital One Bowl on Jan. 1 against No. 9 Florida.
Rodriguez's West Virginia contract, which runs through the 2013 season, has a $4 million buyout clause if he leaves before next September.
When Michigan lured basketball coach John Beilein away from West Virginia last April, Beilein's contract had a $2.5 million buyout clause. Under an agreement with West Virginia, he agreed to pay $1.5 million to the WVU Foundation.
During Michigan's search, LSU's Les Miles and Rutgers' Greg Schiano both said they were staying put at their schools.