DailyMail The University of Arizona has fired football coach Rich Rodriguez. ‘This evening, we informed Head Football Coach Rich Rodriguez that we have terminated his employment effective immediately and will honor the separation terms of his contract,’ read a letter sent to students and faculty by the president of the university Robert C. Robbins and athletic director Dave Heeke. That letter went on to reveal that an investigation had been conducted by the school beginning last October after Rodriguez was accused of sexual harassment by a former assistant. Rodriguez’s contract was set to run through the end of the 2020 recruitment season, and USA Today reported in December that he was the fifth highest paid coach in college football. As a result, he will likely be walking away with a $6.48 million payday. Rodriguez ‘fully cooperated’ with the investigation he said on Twitter and submitted to and passed a polygraph test, while his accuser refused to speak with the team looking into the claims or ‘turn over communications that she alleged provided support for her allegations. The investigation, which concluded on December 28, 2017, found that the original specific harassment allegations against Mr. Rodriguez could not be substantiated based on the evidence and witnesses available to it,’ read the letter sent out on Tuesday. ‘However, Arizona Athletics did become aware of information, both before and during the investigation, which caused it to be concerned with the direction and climate of the football program.’ Rodriguez is claiming that the ‘information’ referenced by the school is a ‘consensual extramarital affair’ he had in the past with a non-university employee. ‘It was wrong and I apologized to my wife and family,’ said Rodriguez, who has been married to wife Rita for 28 and has two college-aged children, Raquel and Rhett. Raquel is a cheerleader at the University of Arizona and Rhett is on the football team. And in addition to all this, the assistant who has accused Rodriguez of sexual harassment is now filing a $7.5 million lawsuit against her former boss.
The University Of Arizona fired head football coach Rich Rodriguez, after conducting an investigation on him, which was necessary because a former assistant made sexual harassment allegations against Dick Rod. While the investigation did not uncover any evidence of sexual harassment, it did uncover an extramarital affair, and other problems which led to the University Of Arizona to fire Rich Rodriguez. The former assistant who accused Rich Rodriguez of sexual harassment is also suing him for $7.5 million dollars. Hired in 2012, Rich Rodriguez was the fifth highest paid college football coach in the country, but his record at U of A was only 43-35 and 24-30 in conference with a 3-2 record in Bowl Games. Rich Rodriguez claims his wife of 28 years Rita is aware of his extramarital affair, and he has apologized to her and his two children daughter Raquel and son Rhett, both who attend University Of Arizona.