Former Michigan and West Virginia coach Rich Rodriguez is the new football coach at the University of Arizona.
Rodriguez was hired Monday, with athletic director Greg Byrne announcing the move on Twitter -- posting a picture of himself with Rodriguez, wearing an Arizona baseball cap, the coach's wife and two children. The tweet said, "And the new Arizona football coach and his family is..."
The university scheduled a news conference for noon Tuesday to introduce Rodriguez, 48, who has a 120-84-2 record in 18 seasons as a head coach.
Rodriguez, considered an elite offensive coach and an innovator of the spread-option offense, will bring the big name Byrne has been looking for, but not the most consistent track record.
He went 60-26 during seven seasons at his alma mater West Virginia, winning at least a share of the Big East Conference four times and leading the Mountaineers to six bowl games.
Before WVU's appearance in the 2008 Fiesta Bowl, Rodriguez left to take the top job at Michigan, a move that did not pan out, as Rodriguez's teams went 15-22 in three seasons before he was dismissed after last year's Gator Bowl loss.
His tenure at the school also was marred by NCAA rules violations related to practice time, which ultimately led to three years of probation for the program. Rodriguez was not directly charged with any NCAA violations.
Rodriguez has an outstanding track record as an offensive coach, and Matt Scott, who is redshirting this season and is expected to be Arizona's starting quarterback next year, has skills suited for a spread-style offense.
But Rodriguez's Michigan teams were plagued by shoddy defense, a problem that Arizona experienced in the final years of Mike Stoops' tenure. Stoops, who had a defensive background prior to his hiring, was fired six games into his eighth season with the Wildcats.
Rodriguez replaces Tim Kish, who took over as interim head coach after Stoops was dismissed on Oct. 9. The Wildcats, 3-8, close the season Saturday against Louisiana-Lafayette after defeating Arizona State 31-27 on Saturday night.