The Arizona Wildcats may soon have an opening at head coach, as the school is reportedly weighing whether or not to fire current coach Rich Rodriguez.
The issue is a complex one, as Rodriguez is apparently facing a potential lawsuit for a workplace misconduct claim.
According to Dan Wolken of USA TODAY, if the Wildcats do fire Rodriguez, it would probably be attributed to on-field performance publicly, but there are things going on behind the scenes, too:
Beyond the on-field performance, however, the school also has been dealing with a troubling allegation behind the scenes that led school officials last fall to hire an outside law firm to investigate Rodriguez for potential workplace misconduct, according to the people with knowledge of the probe. Though no misconduct was determined by the probe, which Rodriguez cooperated with fully, a former administrative assistant subsequently has threatened to file a lawsuit against him.
That lawsuit, according to Arizona Daily Star reporter Greg Hansen, is about a sexual harassment/hostile work place claim:
Notice of claim to Attorney General's office is a sexual harassment/hostile work place claim against Rich Rodriguez
— Greg Hansen (@ghansen711) January 3, 2018
The Wildcats have yet to make a decision, but this will be a situation to watch over the coming days.