New football coach Rich Rodriguez: "Why not Arizona?"Posted: Updated:
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) -- Rich Rodriguez made his first public appearance as football coach at the University of Arizona, standing at center court at McKale Center on Tuesday at a news conference interrupted frequently by applause from fans who were encouraged to attend.
The former West Virginia and Michigan coach reeled off a list of attributes that Tucson and the university have, then asked "Why not Arizona? Why can't we win it all?"
Arizona is the only member of the old Pac-10 never to appear in the Rose Bowl.
Rodriguez signed a five-year, $9.55 million contract. The university pays $8.05 million and the rest comes from Nike and IMG. The deal also includes incentives -- the largest being $150,000 for an appearance in the BCS championship game and $100,000 for any other BCS bowl game.
"I'm eager to get back to coaching and look forward to becoming part of the Arizona family," Rodriguez said. "It's a great individual opportunity for me and I believe that outstanding success is on the horizon for Arizona Football."
Rodriguez, 48, was most recently head coach at Michigan from 2008 to 2010 and made a Division I statement as head coach from 2001-07 at West Virginia where he compiled a 60-26 record and won four Big East Conference championships. He has served as a football analyst for CBS Sports for the past year.
Rodriguez becomes Arizona's 30th head coach, replacing Mike Stoops, who was fired halfway through his fifth season in Tucson. Tim Kish took over as interim coach after Stoops was fired.
Rodriguez carries a career college coaching record of 120-84-2 in 18 seasons.