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Reaction to UA's hiring of Rich Rodriguez

2011-11-22T00:00:00Z 2011-11-22T00:04:35Z Reaction to UA's hiring of Rich Rodriguez Arizona Daily Star
November 22, 2011 12:00 am

"Don't be fooled by what happened at Michigan. That's a mirage. So much didn't fit there, and it's never good when the vibe on both ends is negative practically from the start. Know that Rodriguez will be plenty motivated to fix his coaching legacy."

Ted Miller, ESPN.com

"In short, Rich Rodriguez fits in Tucson. It is a laid-back town, one of those big-little town that isn't pretentious. Larger than Morgantown, not as tradition-bound as Ann Arbor. In terms of sideline demeanor, Rodriguez is the antithesis of Mike Stoops. ...

Let's be honest: Both sides needed rejuvenation. The Michigan thing just didn't work out. Stoops had worn out his welcome. This just made Arizona matter again."

Dennis Dodd, CBSSports.com

"This the chance Rich Rodriguez surely has been dying for. ... The 48-year-old Rodriguez now has the platform from which he can proclaim-only by winning again, of course-that he hasn't completely lost his touch."

Steve Greenberg, SportingNews.com

"Two concerns: Rodriguez's spread-option is heavily run-based, and it's difficult to make a transition in and out of it. Even with Scott, there will be some growing pains after the Foles-dominated throwing offense Arizona has been running.

Second, Rodriguez is making the jump to the West. That's not insurmountable, but it's another challenge in staff hiring and targeting recruits. Still, this is one case in which an early firing may have helped, giving Rodriguez extra time to hit the recruiting trail."

Bud Withers, Seattle Times

"Move over, Desert Swarm. Here comes the Desert Shred. ...

There are many reasons to believe the oft-maligned former Michigan coach will achieve better success at long-suffering Arizona, but chief among them is this: Arizona is not Michigan.

Arizona doesn't have a long list of stuffy traditions it expect its coach to memorize before he arrives. There are no ghosts of coaching legend past by which his every move will be compared. There will be no collective freak-out if he dares utters the word 'ain't' at a press conference, and considering it just withstood eight years of Mike Stoops sideline tantrums, there shouldn't be much outrage over animated coaches using salty language at practices."

Stewart Mandel, SI.com

"There aren't a ton of AD's on Twitter, but @Greg_Byrne proved he was 1 of the best tonight w/Rich Rod announcement."

Darren Rovell, CNBC, from @darrenrovell on Twitter, about the UA athletic director

"RichRod hire wins the press conference in Tucson, but is he a good fit over long haul? Those are often two different things."

Jon Wilner, San Jose Mercury News, from @wilnerhotline on Twitter

"Hiring often is about timing, and (Greg) Byrne struck at exactly the right time this time. In Rodriguez, who had been serving as a TV commentator this year after three years at Michigan, he's buying low on a coach with a very high ceiling. You like Oregon? Rodriguez likes the same style."

Jack Magruder, FoxSports.com

"RichRod walked into a shaky situation in Ann Arbor but remember he led WVU to 3 top 12 finishes in his last 3 yrs at WVU."

Bruce Feldman, CBSSports.com, from @BFeldmanCBS on Twitter

"Great hire by @Greg_Byrne RichRod will thrive at Arizona. Much better fit for Rodriguez. Home run for the Wildcats."

Rece Davis, ESPN, from @ESPN_ReceDavis on Twitter

"My take: A great hire. Rodriguez was a horrendously bad fit at Michigan, but he's a very good football coach. His spread option will be a nice fit at Arizona, and could get the Wildcats moving in a hurry."

George Schroeder, the Eugene (Ore.) Register Guard

Compiled by Patrick Finley

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