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    By Stuart

    November 21st
    Rich Rodriguez to Arizona
    Mike Stoops of Arizona was the first Pac-12 coach to get the pink slip, losing his job last month.
    His job has now been filled.
    Arizona has hired former West Virginia and Michigan coach Rich Rodriguez as its next football coach, as athletic director Greg Byrne made the news official with a photo posted on Twitter.
    Posted to Byrne’s Twitter page on Monday was an entry that read “And the new Arizona football coach and his family is…….”
    The post included a link that, when clicked, led to a photo of Rodriguez with his family.
    Byrne will officially introduce Rodriguez at a news conference Tuesday at the McKale Center, the school said. He replaces interim coach Tim Kish.
    Rodriguez coached Michigan from 2008-2010 and West Virginia from 2001-2007. Rodriguez posted a 60-26 record at West Virginia, finishing first in the Big East four times.
    Rodriguez was 15-22 at Michigan, including 6-18 in Big Ten play, before being dismissed.
    During Rodriguez’ tenure, the school acknowledged that it was guilty of four NCAA violations. It was put on three years of probation, though Rodriguez and the school avoided major penalties in part because the NCAA agreed that the coach didn’t fail to promote an atmosphere and compliance in his program.
    Rodriguez has been working as an analyst for CBS Sports this year, but had made it clear he wanted to get back into coaching as soon as possible.
    Byrne fired Stoops on Oct. 10, two days after the Wildcats lost to Oregon State. The team was 1-5 at the time, with the only victory over FCS member Northern Arizona, and 10 straight losses to FBS schools.
    Kish, the team’s defensive coordinator, took over as interim coach and the team won two Pac-12 games, over UCLA and last Saturday 31-27 over rival Arizona State. The Wildcats conclude their season Saturday at home against Louisiana-Lafayette.
    It’s almost certain that Rodriguez will become the*sixth Pac-12 coach to earn over $2 million per year. Here is a breakdown of this year’s salaries (USC and Stanford are private universities. Lane Kiffin at USC is likely to be at the top of the list, while it is likely that Stanford is also paying out over $2 million per year to David Shaw):
    Chip Kelly, Oregon, $2,800,000
    Jeff Tedford, California, $2,300,000
    Steve Sarkisian, Washington, $2,250,000
    Kyle Whittingham, Utah, $1,700,000
    Dennis Erickson, Arizona State, $1,503,000
    Mike Stoops, Arizona, $1,465,000
    Mike Riley, Oregon State, $1,313,471
    Rick Neuheisel, UCLA, $1,285,000
    Jon Embree, Colorado, $725,000
    Paul Wulff, Washington State, $600,050



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