Arizona announces Rich Rodriguez hiring on Twitter

November 22, 2011

Rich Rodriguez in 2010 at Michigan. (Michael Conroy / AP)

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+Greg Byrne
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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.)

After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.
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