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Posted at 08:42 AM ET, 11/22/2011

Arizona announces Rich Rodriguez hiring on Twitter


Rich Rodriguez in 2010 at Michigan. (Michael Conroy / AP)
Rich Rodriguez will be introduced as Arizona’s new football coach and you know it’s true because it was on Twitter.

The announcement came from Athletic Director Greg Byrne, who cheekily tweeted:

“And the new Arizona football coach and his family is ...” along with a photo of him and Rodriguez — in an Arizona baseball cap — along with Rodriguez’s wife and two children.

The school has scheduled a press conference for later in the day. Rodriguez, 48, is 120-84-2 in 18 seasons as a head coach. He was 60-26 over seven seasons at West Virginia, his alma mater. He was 15-22 in three seasons at Michigan and was fired after the Wolverines’ Gator Bowl loss.

Arizona fired Mike Stoops last month.

And the new Arizona football coach and his family is....... http://t.co/kiCBPDdOTue Nov 22 00:36:09 via Camera+

Shortly after midnight, Byrne added, via Twitter: “We just landed in Tucson w/Coach Rodriguez, his family & @wildcatmamma #BearDown

(FYI, @wildcatmamma is Byrne’s wife Regina.)

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