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AD confirms: RichRod to be Arizona’s next coach

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Well, that certainly explains the rumors of him turning down the Tulane job. has reported that former West Virginia and Michigan head coach Rich Rodriguez is expected to be named Arizona’s new head coach this evening. Football Scoop  adds that UA athletic director Greg Byrne should make the announcement tonight via Twitter.

CBS’ Bruce Feldman has also reported the same information, and a source close to Rodriguez confirmed to our own John Taylor that while they know nothing of a Twitter announcement tonight, an official press conference is tentatively set for tomorrow and that Rich is on his way to Arizona now.

Rodriguez would be replacing the fired Mike Stoops, who was released early last month after a 1-5 start to the season.

We said earlier that RichRod could do better than Tulane, and this would indeed be a step up. The Pac-12 is an offensive-minded league and Arizona has the potential to build on what Stoops was able to accomplish in seven-plus seasons in Tuscon.

Honestly, this is a great hire for Arizona, and a great job for RichRod.

First order of business, though: hire a good defensive coordinator.

UPDATED 7:41 p.m. ET: Arizona athletic director Greg Byrne did indeed confirm the identity of his new head coach via Twitter, and he did it with a photo of the coach and his family:

Rodriguez will be introduced as Arizona’s 30th head coach tomorrow at 2 p.m. ET in the McKale Center.

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28 Responses to “AD confirms: RichRod to be Arizona’s next coach”
  1. bozosforall says: Nov 21, 2011 5:49 PM

    Maybe Stoops is in line for the Tulane job now. LOL

  2. goblue714 says: Nov 21, 2011 5:59 PM

    Didn’t UA just fire a bad coach?

  3. vols84 says: Nov 21, 2011 6:09 PM

    UA will always be a basketball school. RichRod? Leach would be a better hire.

  4. pabstman says: Nov 21, 2011 6:14 PM

    “First order of business, though: hire a good defensive coordinator.”

    Que the “Casteel to Zona rumors”

    Good for the product, but does Arizona really need another snake…I kid. Hey on the bright side Rita can forget about lugging the old tanning bed with her.

  5. buckeye044 says: Nov 21, 2011 6:18 PM

    That cheer you just heard is coming from Tempe.

    The laughing is coming from Ann Arbor.

  6. jaggedmark says: Nov 21, 2011 6:19 PM

    Rich Rod didn’t fit Michigan’s identity.

    Arizona doesn’t have an identity.

    I think this is a great hire. From a U of M guy

  7. mogogo1 says: Nov 21, 2011 6:48 PM

    Not a terrible hire, assuming they don’t overpay. The question is going to be which RichRod will they get? The one who exceeded expectations at WVU or the one who underperformed at Michigan?

  8. thefiesty1 says: Nov 21, 2011 6:50 PM

    Just DON’T bring Greg Robinson’s read and react TOO LATE defense to Zona. Talk about BEAR DOWN!

  9. goblue714 says: Nov 21, 2011 6:53 PM

    Problem with richrod is he’s gonna run his system no matter what, with or without the players you need to be successful. So zona fans it’s gonna be at least 3 years before you even start competing. Plus whatever standards you have for recruiting they have to be lowered for him. When he was winning at WV you seen what kind of kids he recruited(pacman, chris henry). I think richrod soiled his name and recruits don’t look at him the same.

  10. wustlumdnj says: Nov 21, 2011 6:57 PM

    goblue714 Richrod achieved success year two at WVU

  11. greynraney says: Nov 21, 2011 6:59 PM

    Underperformed at Michigan?? He didn’t perform at all! He’s a terrible coach with zero passion to motivate his players. Good luck with that Zona!

  12. dkhhuey says: Nov 21, 2011 7:32 PM

    This should be interesting!!! Now, all we need is Tressel to get hired at ASU and we’ve got something going on here in AZ college football wise!

  13. trbowman says: Nov 21, 2011 7:33 PM

    Great hire.

    Rich Rod is a douche but, this is the perfect situation for him;.

  14. superbronco77 says: Nov 21, 2011 7:36 PM

    Seriously? Trade a Stoops for RichRod? This smells of program that thinks it can be bigger than it ever will be. Cue Ole Miss getting rid of David Cutcliffe after one bad season and never recovering. Maybe RichRod can make a great Hummer ad like Orgeron though!

  15. phelbin says: Nov 21, 2011 7:43 PM

    As an Arizona alum, I’m not sure what to think about this. I like that Greg Byrne is shooting high, and it seems like RichRod could be a better fit for a Pac12 school. But he really didn’t do well in Michigan!

    Arizona is a basketball school, but with the new Pac12 money, we can now go out and hire top names. I just hope it translates to wins.

    And btw, I know our football team is pretty bad this year. But we beat ASU…so it’s a successful season as far as I’m concerned.

  16. dmcgrann says: Nov 21, 2011 7:52 PM


    In two or three years, the AZ fans can get all of the AZ swag they can stand at Goodwill, when RichRod gets kicked to the curb. Just like at MI.

    The man does have a knack for saving up all of the crap he gets from Nike and whatnot.

  17. tonystrong says: Nov 21, 2011 8:02 PM

    Rich knows offense and with all that offense in the Pac 12, he’ll fit right in. Rich Rod’s problem during his stint with Michigan was Greg Robinson and that horrible defense. As long as he avoids Robinson and gets a real defensive coordinator out there, he’ll do a good job. I think Rich Rod is a good hire for Arizona!

  18. goblue714 says: Nov 21, 2011 8:03 PM


    If you call 9-4 success then you have low standards. The main point here is richrod took over an already built WV team coached by don nehlem, remember him? 1st year he goes 3-8 next year he goes 9-4 so what. He tried building a big east team in the big 10 it didn’t work and it won’t work in the pac 12.

  19. harbourimages says: Nov 21, 2011 8:37 PM

    Arizona will score a lot of points, that’s for sure. RR teams do that. If he can find even a halfway decent DC, which he didn’t at our school, then maybe your team will compete. RR obviously doesn’t know crap about D, or care about it, but he certainly does know Offense! I was as happy as everyone else to see him leave Michigan (Go BLUE this weekend!), but he had success at Tulane and success at WV, so maybe he’ll do okay for you. Good luck!

  20. stuartscottsgooglyeye says: Nov 21, 2011 8:52 PM

    He truly wants to be an Arizona Man.

  21. alexexum12 says: Nov 21, 2011 9:14 PM

    Glad for richrod

  22. goblue714 says: Nov 21, 2011 9:15 PM

    I keep hearing offensive guru, but really against good defenses we couldn’t score when the game mattered. It’s one thing to score 67 against illinois, but then you turnaround and score 7 against osu. His offense works if your always winning but it’s not a good comeback offense.

  23. rick1922 says: Nov 21, 2011 9:47 PM

    Rich Rod is a Bum he will never win there. Good Luck Arizona you will need plenty of it this guy stinks ask Michigan.

  24. cfbfaninbadnfltown says: Nov 21, 2011 10:48 PM

    First order of business, though: hire a good defensive coordinator.

    Second order of business: Try to figure out a way to bring Pat White back, to college.

  25. dkhhuey says: Nov 21, 2011 11:16 PM

    I love DickRod – while @ meeeechigan, he helped OSU get even from the Cooper era while thoroughly embarrassing said university. He really never fit in with the Big Ten, but at Arizona, he can be as wacky as he wants – anything is an improvement at that university!!! I would love to see UofA get back on track in their football program and frankly, I think DickRod just may be the insane personality they need to do it!

  26. panayoti says: Nov 22, 2011 12:22 AM


    Please, please, if there’s a God up there, take Casteel and his 3-5-5 stack to Arizona. No one deserves this defense. He and DickRod cost WVU three BCS Bowl bids and that doesn’t count Stu, who lost us one. Please God, take pabstman’s hint and make him and me happy men!!

  27. eastofmissball says: Nov 22, 2011 11:34 AM

    Rich Rod.. 1st order,,, CLEAN HOUSE….
    Poor Operations and Coaching staff. AZ looks weak and out of shape,, Get rid of Edmonds;; these guys need to be stronger, considering how much smaller they are…. Bring it down to the studs man… Nothing left of Stoops… Please…

    And please get rid of that Director of operations, Eric Harper,,, Stoops right hand man?? Where were you to get Stoops settled down,,, I think Harper was more concerned about his Radio show, and trying to be big man on campus… Stoops staff, just jumped ship years ago and left the guy to blow up. Bring it back Rich Rod,,, Get rid of the MOLD 1st…………….

  28. wvuandsteelers says: Nov 22, 2011 2:59 PM

    As my name states, I am a WVU fan and as you might already guess, I don’t care for Rich Rod. However, I’ll keep that hatred aside.

    I think he can have success in the PAC-12. Look at Oregon. They have taken the league by storm running a spread offense. RichRod’s offense is similar, but has more QB runs. So, I think he can have success. Once Luck is gone, Stanford is most likely falling back into the pack. So, I think if he can find a QB, Arizona could be the 3rd best team in the league (after Oregon and USC) relatively quickly.

    As for defense, Robinson ran a 4-3 if memory serves at Michigan. I don’t know that RichRod is married to the 3-3-5 or not. TCU runs a 4-2-5 and has done well with it. Those 2 defenses are best suited to stop the spread. So, it would be great against Oregon and probably not terrible against USC, a largely passing team.

    His biggest problem is going to be recruiting. He knows squat about the West Coast. CA kids are different than Florida kids or Ohio kids.

    One day I hope to forgive RichRod for A) not calling Steve Slaton’s number at all against Pitt and costing us a National Championship and B) for screwing over the program, his alma mater and his home state. However, today is not that day. I’ll be a Sun Devil fan for a while now.

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