Rich Rodriguez hired to serve as offensive coordinator at Group of Five school
Rich Rodriguez is returning to the college football sidelines in 2021.
On Tuesday, Louisiana-Monroe announced that it has hired Rodriguez to become its associate head coach and offensive coordinator. He’ll be officially introduced by the Warhawks on Monday.
Rodriguez’s last job was as the offensive coordinator at Ole Miss, a position he held for one season in 2019. He was fired at the end of that season, after former head coach Matt Luke had been let go and replaced by Lane Kiffin.
Prior to that, Rodriguez had three stints as a head coach at Power Five schools — West Virginia (2001-07), Michigan (2008-10) and Arizona (2012-17). He fared the best with the Mountaineers, who he led to a 60-26 record over seven seasons. They won 10 or more games in each of his final three years at the school.
Rodriguez didn’t have as much success at Michigan, going 15-22 and losing its lone bowl game during that span (the 2011 Gator Bowl). He was dismissed at the end of that final season.
At Arizona, Rodriguez went 43-35, leading the Wildcats to five bowl appearances (in which they had a 3-2 record). He was fired in January 2018, after a three-month investigation amid claims that he had sexually harassed a former administrative assistant.
Louisiana-Monroe also announced that Rodriguez’s son, Rhett, has enrolled in graduate school at the university and will be joining the program with two years of eligibility remaining. The quarterback played at Arizona from 2017-20, although he only appeared in 11 games during that span.
— ULM Football (@ULM_FB) January 12, 2021