Rich Rodriguez Fired By Arizona
We were overdue for this to happen somewhere in the college coaching world.
According to the Tucson Daily Star, Arizona head football coach Rich Rodriguez was fired after a $7.5 million claim was filed against him alleging sexual harassment.
Rodriguez denies these charges, but admitted to having an affair. Either way, and no matter how this shakes out from here, the school will pay the $6 million buyout.
Allegedly, there was a cover-up surrounding the affair. Again, according to the Tucson Daily Star, there was a “Triangle of Secrecy” among three members the staff to keep everything secret around the affair in alleged culture and an alleged hostile workplace.
There will still be an investigation into all of the allegations, but he’s fired, Arizona has to move on with the football program, and for the school …
As if this isn’t already messy enough, this comes on the heels of the early signing period for the Wildcats. 16 prospects signed on in late December, and now the NCAA is on the spotlight.
Does it allow the players to get out of their letters of intent? There’s no provision for what happens if a coach leaves or gets fired before the second National Signing Day in early February.
Defensive coordinator Marcel Yates was a key part of the recruitment process, and now he’ll be the interim head man. If he’s still around, that might make this all easier, but like defensive back prospect McKenzie Barnes – who was given a massive late press from UCLA – tweeted out …
And now the next question will be this – did the school and the athletic department know about all of this before the signing period and the Foster Farms Bowl vs. Purdue? If so, then this is easy – the NCAA HAS to let these prospects out of their LOIs.
So now what?
This is a really, really attractive job.
Rodriguez spent the last few years loading up the program with very young, very promising prospects.
Counting superstar QB Khalil Tate and both kickers, there could be as many as 22 starters from the bowl game returning for next year. There’s depth, speed, and a whole lot of promising playmakers.
The Pac-12 South might have gotten tougher with the addition of Chip Kelly at UCLA, and with USC being USC, but the Herm Edwards hiring at Arizona State might just be a positive for Arizona. So …