The reports over the weekend have turned out to be on the mark, as Rich Rodriguez has just been named the offensive coordinator in Oxford.
With openings at both coordinator positions following the conclusion of Ole Miss’ season, Matt Luke worked quickly to find his guys — naming former Colorado coach Mike Macintyre as defensive coordinator and now Rodriguez, formerly head coach of Arizona, Michigan and West Virginia, as his new OC.
Ole Miss officially announced the hire on Monday.
Matt Luke offered the following statement with the hire:
“Part of building a successful program means surrounding our players with the most talented coaches, and I feel like we have done that with hiring of Mike Macintyre to lead our defense and now Rich Rodriguez to lead our offense. Rich has coached at the highest levels of college football and is one of the most innovative offensive minds in our sport. I couldn’t be more excited to get to work with his experience, creativity and toughness as part of our team.”
Rodriguez also offered up a statement with the official announcement:
“My family and I are really excited to join Coach Luke and the Ole Miss family. I’m appreciative of the trust and confidence of Matt and look forward to helping him continue to build this great program. There are a lot of exciting things happening with Rebel Football, and I’m fortunate to be able to join this team.”
RODRIGUEZ COACHING CAREER
1985: West Virginia (SA)
1986: Salem (DB/ST)
1987: Salem (AHC/DC)
1988: Sale (HC)
1989: West Virginia (OLB)
1990-96: Glenville State (HC)
1997-98: Tulane (OC/QBs)
1999-2000: Clemson (OC/QBs)
2001-07: West Virginia (HC)
2008-10: Michigan (HC)
2012-17: Arizona (HC)