Former Arizona Wildcats head coach Rich Rodriguez, fired at the end of last season to make way for Kevin Sumlin, has reportedly found a new gig in the SEC.
According to Bruce Feldman of CBS Sports, Rodriguez will be hired onto Matt Luke’s staff with the Ole Miss Rebels as their new offensive coordinator.
BREAKING: Former #Arizona HC Rich Rodriguez is expected to become the new offensive coordinator at #OleMiss, per source.— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) December 31, 2018
It’s the second former head coach at Power Five conference that Luke has added to his coaching staff. Former Colorado Buffaloes head coach Mike MacIntyre, fired in November, was hired as the Rebels’ defensive coordinator.
Earlier this month Matt Luke added one former national Coach of the Year to his staff (Mike MacIntyre) and now he's set to add another guy (Rich Rodriguez) who has won Coach of the Year in two different leagues. That's pretty strong. https://t.co/Xt7c8OT5O9— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) December 31, 2018
During his head coaching tenure at Arizona, 2012-17, Rodriguez guided the Wildcats to a 43-35 record, including a Pac-12 South Championship and Fiesta Bowl appearance in 2014. He led one of the top offenses and rushing attacks in the country during his stay.
Ole Miss finished this season 5-7 overall, one win short of bowl eligibility. The Rebels struggled in SEC play, going 1-7.