Football Coach To Be Hired Says AP Source – Rich Rodriguez To Arizona

Football Coach To Be Hired Says AP Source – Rich Rodriguez To Arizona – Arizona has hired former West Virginia and Michigan coach Rich Rodriguez as its next football coach, as athletic director Greg Byrne made the news official with a photo posted on Twitter.

Football Coach To Be Hired Says AP Source – Rich Rodriguez To Arizona

Byrne will officially introduce Rodriguez at a news conference Tuesday at the McKale Center, the school said. He replaces interim coach Tim Kish.

Arizona (3-8, 2-7 Pac-12) fired Mike Stoops last month after struggling to a 1-5 start.

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Rodriguez coached Michigan from 2008-2010 and West Virginia from 2001-2007. Rodriguez posted a 60-26 record at West Virginia, finishing first in the Big East four times.

Rodriguez was 15-22 at Michigan, including 6-18 in Big Ten play, before being dismissed.

Kish, the team’s defensive coordinator, took over as interim coach and the team won two Pac-12 games, over UCLA and last Saturday 31-27 over rival Arizona State.

Rich Rodriguez To Be Named Arizona Wildcats New Head Coach, According To Reports

The Arizona Wildcats are on the verge of hiring former Michigan Wolverines and West Virginia Mountaineers head coach Rich Rodriguez as their new football coach, according to various reports.

Arizona athletic director Greg Byrnes made the announcement by tweeting a photo of Rodriguez and his family.

Rodriguez has been out of coaching since 2010 when he was fired by Michigan following an underwhelming three-year stint in which his teams went 15-22. The Arizona job opened up when the school fired Mike Stoops in October. The Wildcats are 3-8 overall this season with one game remaining. Rodriguez was reportedly in the running for the head coaching job at Tulane as well but has apparently turned down that position.

 Is Rich Rod heading to Arizona?

It appears that Rich Rodriguez, the former Michigan coach who had major success at West Virginia, shortly will be named the next coach at Arizona, multiple sources have reported, including ESPN’s Joe Schad.

Rodriguez, 48, who is currently working for CBS after being fired at Michigan, would replace Mike Stoops, who was terminated on Oct. 9.

CBS’ Bruce Feldman reported that Rodriguez is “expected to bring several of his assistants from Michigan and West Virginia with him to Tucson.” That could include respected West Virginia defensive coordinator Jeff Casteel.

Still, Rodriguez has no West Coast background. At West Virginia, he went 60-26 in seven seasons and led the Mountaineers to two BCS bowl games his final three seasons.

Rodriguez signed a six-year, $15-million contract with Michigan in 2007.

Football Coach To Be Hired Says AP Source – Rich Rodriguez To Arizona


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