Arizona AD responds to Rich Rodriguez-to-Louisville rumors

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Greg Byrne says Arizona is confident in the coach as a long-term choice for the program.

Arizona athletic director Greg Byrne took to Twitter to respond to rumors that head football coach Rich Rodriguez may be a target for the Louisville job, speaking highly about Rodriguez's future with the program.

Rodriguez was listed as one of our 10 names to know for the job after a report emerged that he was the top target to replace Charlie Strong, who left for the head coaching job at Texas.

After great success at West Virginia from 2001-07 (including two BCS bowl wins), Rodriguez left for a higher profile job, as he was hired at Michigan in 2008. Despite increased win totals in each of his latter two seasons, Rodriguez was fired by the Wolverines, and the quick trigger that was employed on him last time could play a role in his decision to pursue a job bigger than Arizona.

Rodriguez has posted two straight 8-5 seasons with the Wildcats, with bowl victories and fourth-place finishes in the Pac-12 South.

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