Speculation has been growing for months that Rich Rodriguez might want to return closer to the East Coast this offseason. It appears at least one football program on that side of the country might be willing to afford him that opportunity.
As the South Carolina coaching search heats up, Bruce Feldman of FOXSports.com is reporting that Rodriguez is set to meet with officials regarding the Gamecocks vacancy. There is no specific word on when the meeting will take place, although it’s expected to go down at some point in the next 48 hours.
The 52-year-old Rodriguez is in the midst of his fourth season at Arizona, going 32-20 with a Pac-12 South title in that span. While the Wildcats have been bowl-eligible all four seasons, there has been some grumbling over the program slipping from 10 wins and a division title in 2014 to six wins and a fifth-place South finish a year later.
Rodriguez was the head coach at Michigan for three seasons (2008-10) and at West Virginia for another seven years (2001-07). A native of the Mountain State, Rodriguez also spent two years (1999-2000) as the offensive coordinator of USC rival Clemson.
It’s previously been confirmed that Auburn defensive coordinator Will Muschamp will interview for the Gamecocks job in the next 24 hours, while interim head coach Shawn Elliott interviewed Wednesday. USC also has an interest in talking to Oklahoma offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley.
According to Feldman, current Cal head coach Sonny Dykes and former Rutgers head coach Greg Schiano are also expected to interview. Dykes, one of the lowest-paid head coaches in the Pac-12, has already been connected to openings at Missouri, Syracuse and Rutgers.