Jeff Casteel Reunites With Rich Rodriguez At Arizona

Rich Rodriguez is the new head coach for the Arizona Wildcats. The former Michigan and West Virginia coach has a career record of 120-84-2. He replaces Mike Stoops, who was fired in October. Here's our 2011 Coaching Carousel Tracker.

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Rich Rodriguez Officially Named Arizona Wildcats New Head Coach

Former Michigan and West Virginia coach Rich Rodriguez has been hired by the University of Arizona as their new head football coach.

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Urban Meyer Discusses Arizona Job, Declines

Former Florida Gators coach Urban Meyer met with officials at the University of Arizona last week to discuss their vacant head football coaching job but declined the offer, according to the New York Times.

The person said that Meyer, who has expressed his desire to return to coaching, was intrigued but informed Byrne in a telephone call Monday night that he was not going to pursue the job.

Meyer is arguably the No. 1 free agent candidate for any college football program looking for a head coach. He is considered the leading candidate for the Ohio State and Penn State positions, which are both expected to be open after this year. Both positions are currently held by interim head coaches (Luke Fickell and Tom Brdley, respectively).

Meyer released a statement last week stating that he was not interested in the Penn State position and was happy with his current position as a commentator at ESPN.

The Arizona Wildcats fired head coach Mike Stoops earlier this season after the team's 1-5 start.

Meyer won 65 games and two national championships in six seasons with Florida before leaving to spend more time with his family.

For more on the Arizona Wildcats, head over to the blog Arizona Desert Storm and SB Nation Arizona. For comprehensive coverage around the NCAA, check out SB Nation's College Football hub.

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Mike Stoops' Statement After Being Fired By Arizona

The Arizona Wildcats have lost five of their first six games this year, and the school made head coach Mike Stoops the fall guy earlier tonight by firing him after eight seasons. In response to the news, Stoops released the following the statement, reminding everybody what he did right before this season's poor start (courtesy of the Tucson Citizen):

"I am very proud of the Wildcat football program and the many accomplishments we have enjoyed. Topping that list is our qualifying for consecutive bowl games the past three seasons for only the second time in school history.

"I am also proud of the success our players demonstrated off the field. Not only has our team Academic Progress Rate (APR) improved significantly each of the past five years, but also our players have made great strides in conducting themselves in a manner that reflects the ideals of this University.

"When I took this job, I was hoping to be the first coach to lead this program to a Rose Bowl. Although we fell short of that goal, we made significant progress, and our organization continues to strive for excellence.

"I wish the entire Wildcat football program the best of luck going forward, and I thank the University of Arizona for the opportunity to be a part of the successes we have achieved over the past eight seasons."

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