#15 Hot Seat Head Coach – Rich Rodriguez, Arizona – The Man Who Could Have Stopped Nick Saban From Taking The Alabama Job

 

#15 Hot Seat Head Coach – Rich Rodriguez, Arizona

For college football fans interested in very important trivia Rich Rodriguez will go down in college football history as the man that…

Could have stopped Nick Saban from taking the Alabama job

….IF Rodriguez had accepted the offer that was tendered to him by then Alabama AD Mal Moore on December 7, 2006 when Nick Saban was still the head coach of the Miami Dolphins.

How different would college football be today if Rich Rodriguez had taken the Alabama job and Nick Saban had decided to stick-it-out in the NFL without a really good college job opening besides Alabama after the 2006 season?

Massively Different is the answer to that question and although we don’t doubt that Rich Rodriguez could have won a lot of games at Alabama, there’s not a chance in Hell he would have matched Saban’s accomplishments of…

4 National Championships
5 National Championship Game Appearances
3 College Football Playoff Appearances
6 SEC Conference Championships

….in 10 seasons at Alabama. It’s just a guess, but our guess is if Rodriguez had been the head football coach at Alabama the last 10 seasons would have posted something like…

1 National Championship
3 SEC Conference Championships

…which is very good but it’s not even close to what Nick Saban has accomplished at Alabama which brings us to the interesting question of why didn’t Rodriguez accept the Alabama job in 2006 but did accept the Michigan job after the 2007 season?

There is NO logical answer to that question which brings us to another question:

Just what in the Hell is going on at Arizona the last two seasons under Rich Rodriguez after the Wildcats won the Pac-12 South Division in 2014, but in the last two years have posted records of…

2015:  7 – 6
2016:  3 – 9

Overall:  10 – 15

Pac-12:  4 – 14

Oh…and counting from that 2014 appearance in the Pac-12 Championship Game against Oregon Rich Rodriguez’s Arizona teams have posted a combined record of…

10 – 17

A few here at Coaches Hot Seat got to see Arizona close-up in person in 2016 at the Stanford – Arizona game in Tucson and taking an extended look at the Arizona sideline, the team before, during and after the game, and generally getting a broad range of opinions of what was wrong with the Arizona football program after a 34 – 10 whipping the Cardinal put on the Wildcats we came away from Tucson with the opinion…and it is only our opinion:

After Arizona’s 2014 appearance in the Pac-12 Championship Game Rich Rodriguez let things slide…he let-up on the accelerator…he let small things go unattended…he let recruiting slip…and finally team discipline slid some…which led to the 7 – 6 record in 2015 and what looked to us to be nothing short of a…

Total Disaster of a College Football Team

…late in the 2016 season in the Arizona Wildcats.

Watching Rich Rodriguez on the sideline coach against Stanford was nothing short of bizarre with Rodriguez going through every possible tormented emotion that a man could possibly go through in a few hours while always being a nanosecond away from and actually exploding on coaches, players and anyone else within earshot of Rodriguez on HIS team’s sideline!

What caused all of the above you ask…again it’s our opinion mind you:

Well…if one looks at Arizona’s 2016 schedule one sees…

A 2 point loss to BYU to open the season

An overtime loss to Pac-12 Champion Washington in Week 4

A Total Collapse of Arizona Football after the overtime loss to Washington in Week 4 losing the next 8 Pac-12 Conference Games by an average score of….

25.5 points

…before beating a Totally Hapless and even MORE Total Disaster of a Football Team in Arizona State to end the season.

Our recommendation to Rich Rodriguez:  Go back to having fun coaching college football again Son because what you have been doing in the last year or so is not only hurting the Arizona football team it is making your life miserable as well. If someone is going to pay you millions of dollars a year to coach a football team and will pay you millions of dollars if they fire your ass you have No Damn Reason to be acting like a Damn Fool and thus why not again focus on the Fun and of course in Football…

The Fun Is In the Winning!

Let’s look at Arizona’s 2017 schedule:

Northern Arizona
Houston
At UTEP
Utah
At Colorado
UCLA
At Cal
Washington State
At USC
Oregon State
At Oregon
At Arizona State

It’s not an easy thing to play 9 Pac-12 Conference Games in today’s Pac-12, but we see no reason at all why Arizona is NOT…

3 – 0

…when they play Utah at home on Friday, September 22 which is also a very winnable game and with a win there the Wildcats could…probably should….be 4 – 0 when the head to play Colorado in Boulder on October 7 after bye week.

As for the rest of Arizona’s schedule, it’s just a guess but we think Arizona will finish with records of…

Overall:  7 – 5 or 8 – 4

Pac-12:  5 – 4 or 6 – 3

YES…we see a bounce-back year for Rich Rodriguez and Arizona in 2017 IF the Wildcats can get off to a 3 – 0 or 4 – 0 start out of the gate which means Rich Rodriguez better Damn have his team ready to play football when September dawns in about 120 days, and if Rich Rodriguez doesn’t have his team ready to play in his SIXTH year on the job in Tucson then…

His Ass Should Be Run Out of Town

….and with that in mind…

Put A Damn Smile On Your Face Rodriguez and Have Some Fun Coaching Football Again Son!