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Arizona hires Rich Rodriguez as football coach

November 22, 2011 |  7:57 am

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Arizona has hired CBS Sports Newtwork analyst Rich Rodiguez as its next football coach.

The university's athletic director, Greg Byrne, made the announcement Monday evening via Twitter.

Rodriguez will replace interim coach Tim Kish, who took over after Mike Stoops was fired last month when he skidded to a 1-5 start.

Rodriguez has coached at West Virginia (2001-2007) and Michigan (2008-2010). He posted a 60-26 record with the Mountaineers, finishing first in the Big East four times, and went 15-22 with the Wolverines.

Michigan acknowledged that while Rodriguez was its football coach, the university was guilty of four NCAA violations. The penalties weren't more severe because the NCAA agreed that the coach didn't fail to provide an atmosphere of compliance.

The university said there will be a news conference Tuesday at the McKale Center to officially announce the new hire.

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Photo: Rich Rodriguez. Credit: Gene J. Puskar / Associated Press

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