Word around town is that Arizona head coach Rich Rodriguez wants to head back to the East Coast, and Fox Sports’ Bruce Feldman has reported that the man is set to meet with South Carolina officials about the Gamecocks’ head coaching vacancy.
Rodriguez has spent the last four years at Arizona and has gone 32-20 (17-18 Pac-12) over that stretch. Under his watch, the Wildcats have defeated four Top 10 teams, most notably Oregon last season. The team went 6-6 (3-6 Pac-12) due to injuries suffered by quarterback Anu Solomon and star linebacker Scooby Wright.
But it should also be noted that Rodriguez is originally from West Virginia and also has ties to the Palmetto State, having served as Clemson’s offensive coordinator for the 1999 and 2000 seasons. If he wants to move his family back east, then the South Carolina job would be ideal.
Rodriguez, 52, has also coached at Michigan and West Virginia and has a career record of 152-104-2.
Also expected to interview for the South Carolina job are the following: Auburn defensive coordinator Will Muschamp, Oklahoma offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley, California coach Sonny Dykes and former Rutgers coach Greg Schiano.
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