Why Rodriguez Is A Good Hire For Arizona

The Arizona Wildcats football team made a splash yesterday when it announced on its Twitter site that it has hired former West Virginia and Michigan head coach Rich Rodriguez. In case you skimmed over the first part I will repeat, the Arizona FOOTBALL team made a SPLASH.

It isn't often that we have anything to say about Arizona's football team, but a hire like Rodriguez can bring some excitement to the Wildcats program. Arizona (3-8) fired its coach Mike Stoops on October 10 and has since been looking for his replacement.

Rodriguez made a name for himself as head coach at West Virginia. He was 60-26 and won the Big East title four times while coaching the Mountaineers. He made West Virginia a legitimate Top 25 team each year and as a result was offered the head coaching position at Michigan to replace Lloyd Carr. Rodriguez didn't have much success at Michigan and was 15-22 including 6-18 in Big Ten play, before being fired in 2010.

Rodriguez runs an offense that thrives on speed. There are many great athletes coming out of high school on the West Coast that have now taken note that Rodriguez is now the head coach at Arizona. It won't take long for him to get some good athletes in his system that will thrive in his offense. He wasn't ever able to get quite the right people in his system at Michigan in his short tenure. Arizona is the perfect sized program for Rodriguez to have the opportunity to build the way he wants and I think he will have some success there.

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1 comment:

  1. Give em hell Rich Rod. Take the Pac 12 to school