Report: Rodriguez to be named head coach at Arizona

Rich Rodriguez is expected to be named the new head coach at Arizona within the next 48 hours, according to Bruce Feldman of CBSSports.com.

The former West Virginia and Michigan head coach, who currently works as a college football analyst for CBS, was dismissed by the Wolverines in his last coaching stop after compiling a 15-22 mark in Ann Arbor. Previously, the 48-year-old coached West Virginia to a 60-26 record in seven seasons. In his final three campaigns in Morgantown, he led his alma mater to top 12 finishes and two BCS bowl games.

Although Arizona will lose star Nick Foles after this season, Rodriguez will inherit dual-threat quarterback Matt Scott, who has the skills to run the spread offense Rodriguez will employ in Tucson -- the same scheme that was successful during his time at Clemson and in his final season with Michigan.

Wildcats athletic director Greg Byrne pulled the plug on the Mike Stoops era in early October, firing the head coach after the team began the season with a 1-5 mark. In seven-plus seasons in Tucson, Stoops went 41-50.

Rodriguez will have a nice array of talent to work with upon his arrival in Tucson, but he will need to surround himself with a successful defensive staff led by a savvy coordinator. Woeful defensive campaigns ultimately spelled his demise in Ann Arbor.

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