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Arizona hires Rich Rodriguez to coach football

- Associated Press - Monday, November 21, 2011

Arizona has hired former Michigan coach Rich Rodriguez to take over a program that has never played in the Rose Bowl, and has been mired in mediocrity for most of the past decade.

Athletic Director Greg Byrne posted on his Twitter account a picture of himself with Rodriguez, wearing an Arizona baseball cap, the coach's wife and two children. The tweet said "And the new Arizona football coach and his family is ..."

Arizona fired coach Mike Stoops last month after he went 41-50 in seven-plus seasons at the Pac-12 school. The Wildcats have not won more than eight games in a season since 1998 under Dick Tomey.

Rodriguez will try to change that with a fast-paced, spread attack that has produced prolific offenses everywhere he has coached.

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