TUCSON – Former Arizona head football coach Rich Rodriguez has accepted an offer from Ole Miss to become the Rebels new offensive coordinator. Here’s more as-seen-on KVOA sportscast:
Here’s more from a previous story on Rich Rodriguez’s offer from Ole Miss:
Rodriguez was the head coach at Arizona from 2012-17. The University of Arizona fired Rodriguez on January 2, 2018. Rodriguez held a 43-35 record as Arizona’s head coach.
Known as an offensive guru, Rodriguez is credited with inventing the zone read option while the head coach at Glenville State (W.V.). Rodriguez led offenses at Tulane (1997-1998) and Clemson (1999-2000) before getting a head coaching job at West Virginia. Rodriguez achieved his greatest success for the Mountaineers, coaching West Virginia to a 60-26 record. Prior to Arizona, Rodriguez struggled through a 15-22 term as Michigan’s head coach.
Ole Miss, led by second year head coach Matt Luke, recently lost offensive coordinator Phil Longo to North Carolina. The Rebels went 5-7 in 2018, finishing 9th in the country in total offense.
In Rodriguez’s last season at Arizona, the Wildcats finished 7-6 in 2017. Rodriguez’s last Wildcat offense finished 12th in the country in total offense, and 3rd in rushing offense.