Arizona Fires Coach After Allegations of Harassment

Arizona Fires Coach After Allegations of Harassment

The Arizona Wildcats fired the head coach Tuesday amid a sexual harassment allegation and a forthcoming lawsuit. Later on that day, apparently after arguing with his wife, Rodriguez stormed out of his office yelling about his wife, "What the fuck is wrong with her?" and "Who is trying to ruin me?" The university said in its letter that it will honor the separation terms of his contract.

The University of Arizona fired football coach Rich Rodriguez Tuesday, citing “the direction and climate” of his program.

There is some optimism moving forward for the program, considering quarterback Khalil Tate was only a sophomore in 2017 and thrived with 1,591 passing yards, 1,411 rushing yards and 26 total touchdowns, but he and the rest of the team will be led by a new coach in 2018.

The University of Arizona released a statement from UA President Robert C. Robbins and Athletic Director Dave Heeke Tuesday night announcing Rodriguez's dismissal, saying that an independent investigation commissioned by the university could not substantiate Wilhelmsen's original allegations, partly because she did not cooperate with the investigation. "I am not a ideal man, but the claims by my former assistant are simply not true and her demands for a financial settlement are outrageous", he added. That inquiry determined there was no misconduct, but only because, "the former employee retained counsel and declined multiple requests from the University to participate in the investigation".

In a statement on Twitter, Rodriquez admitted to an extramarital affair but said Wilhelmsen's claims were "baseless and false" and vowed to "vigorously fight these fabricated and groundless claims".

Arizona started the 2017 season with promise, going 6-2 with wins over then-No.

Because Rodriguez is entitled to a fair investigation, the University of Arizona did not believe he posed a danger to the community.

"The University initiated a thorough outside investigation". He previously coached at West Virginia and MI. But things have fallen off each of the past two years, with Arizona posting a 3-9 record in 2016 before struggling to establish consistency again this season. "I am saddened that these accusations and investigation have caused my family additional stress". However, success did not follow the football coach to MI where he went just 15-22 in three seasons. Unlike Rodriguez, none of them have a gold parachute with a $6.3 million buyout to protect them financially.

If Rodriguez is fired with cause (meaning, for reasons beyond just on-field product), it would cost him at least $10.2 million, including more than $3 million that would be owed, or vested, to Rodriguez if he's still the Wildcats head coach March 15.

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