Of Rich Rodriguez' four years with the Arizona Wildcats, this was surely the most disappointing of them, especially considering the success he found immediately. But throughout the year, there were still some memorable moments. Here are my top five moments of the season, stemming all the way from this summer.
Arizona takes down No. 10 Utah in double overtime
Arizona's sixth win of the season, granting them bowl eligibility, came at the hands of the 10th-ranked Utah Utes. The upset kept Rich Rodriguez' streak alive for beating top 10 opponents each of the last four years, including No. 9 USC, No. 5 Oregon, and No. 2 Oregon.
After taking a controversial blow to the head, Anu Solomon was taken out of the game, and in came Jerrard Randall in the 4th quarter. He led the team through double overtime, and had the game-winning touchdown pass to Nate Phillips.
Also a weird coincidence, as those who are seniors at the university, such as myself, the first game of undergrad ended in an overtime win vs. Toledo, and the last game resulted in an overtime win.
Rich Rod declines South Carolina
Rich Rodriguez' name is constantly coming up in the coaching carousel, due to his success at turning around a program such as Arizona. The conversations with South Carolina started heating up, and many believed that Rich Rodriguez was a goner. Heck, some were adamant that he had other coaching positions in his head during the season, which some thought was the reason for the throttling by Washington.
Rumors were swirling, with claims that South Carolina already agreed with Will Muschamp, or the longer the situation dragged on the worse it was for Arizona, and so on. But late on December 6th, Greg Byrne shut it down with one tweet.
Rich Rodriguez even tweeted, too.
Happy and honored to be an Arizona Wildcat!! Bear Down!!— Rich Rodriguez (@CoachRodAZ) December 6, 2015
And this is probably how the announcement conversation went.
Greg Byrne: "Let's make a Vine where you hover your hand over a SoCar cap BUT THEN you put on the Arizona cap!" Rich Rod: "A tweet is fine"— Fa-La-La-La-Landon (@landonhowell) December 6, 2015
Will Parks lays down the wood
Amidst the pounding of the Oregon State Beavers, William Parks came through with quite possibly the best hit in college football for 2015. Jordan Villamin was coming across the middle, and that boy Will Parks had a shoulder waiting for him.
Damn at least I made it on worldstar https://t.co/pST0iNmmfx— Jordan Villamin (@villythebeaver) October 11, 2015
Rich Rod hangs out with the gymnastics team, does Nae Nae
Rich Rodriguez has been in quite a few popular videos during his time at Arizona, but none more popular than him hitting the Nae Nae. He was joined by the Arizona Gym Cats, as well as safeties Paul Magloire and Demetrius Flannigan-Fowles. This was just pure gold.
Will Parks shares a special moment with referee prior to overtime vs. Utah
During the overtime coin flip, Will Parks and the referee had a moment. Very awkward, yet very tender moment between the two.
There were a few other great moments for this team, so here's an honorable mention list. If I left one out, feel free to share in comment section below.
• Casey Skowron runs French flag out of the tunnel.
• Hosting College GameDay vs. No. 9 UCLA
• Rich Rodriguez cancels fall camp practice
• Rich Rodrigez drives a Ferrari, swings from rope, and shows off that Pac-12 South ring in his James Bond 'Licence to Thrill' video