Arizona names Rodriguez new coach

TUCSON, Ariz. — Former Michigan and West Virginia coach Rich Rodriguez is the new football coach at Arizona.

Rodriguez was hired Monday, with athletic director Greg Byrne announcing the move on Twitter — posting a picture of himself with Rodriguez, wearing an Arizona baseball cap, the coach's wife and two children. The tweet said, "And the new Arizona football coach and his family is..."

The university scheduled a news conference for noon today to introduce Rodriguez, 48, who has a 120-84-2 record in 18 seasons as a head coach.

Rodriguez, considered an elite offensive coach and an innovator of the spread-option offense, will bring the big name Byrne has been looking for, but not the most consistent track record.

He went 60-26 during seven seasons at his alma mater West Virginia, winning at least a share of the Big East Conference four times and leading the Mountaineers to six bowl games.

Before WVU's appearance in the 2008 Fiesta Bowl, Rodriguez left to take the top job at Michigan, a move that did not pan out, as Rodriguez's teams went 15-22 in three seasons before he was dismissed after last year's Gator Bowl loss.

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