University of Arizona Hires Former Michigan Football Coach Rich Rodriguez

Rich Rodriguez was hired as the new football coach at the University of Arizona less than a year after being fired by the University of Michigan following a tumultuous three-year stint in which he had a 15-22 record.

Rodriguez, 48, has a career coaching record of 120-84-2 over 18 seasons, including a 60-26 mark at West Virginia University from 2001 to 2006.

While Rodriguez led the Mountaineers to four Big East Conference titles, his time at Michigan was marked by two losing seasons, rules violations and the most lopsided bowl loss in the school’s 131-year football history. Michigan Athletic Director Dave Brandon described Rodriguez’s tenure as “three years of turmoil” when he was fired on Jan. 5.

Rodriguez takes over an Arizona program that has a 3-8 record heading into its season finale against Louisiana- Lafayette. He succeeds Tim Kish, who took over on an interim basis when eight-year coach Mike Stoops was fired in early October.

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