Rich Rodriguez is entering his second season as Head Coach at the University of Arizona. After a very successful season in year one in which the team went (8-5), Rich Rod and the Wildcats are hoping to improve and challenge for the Pac-12 South title. Rodriguez joined Chad on Flight 750 Wednesday to talk about the upcoming season in the Pac-12.Rodriguez and the Wildcats have been on a tear in the recruiting world in recent weeks, and he attributes that to the newly renovated facilities on campus.
“We needed some things to help us in recruiting. I think we’ve got a beautiful situation here – Beautiful weather, campus and the academics, and it has some history as well. We just needed some better facilities frankly. We were probably the last in our league. And now we go from last in our league to one of the better ones - Not only for recruiting but our current players. It’s been a great boost for us in the last couple weeks to move in here and enjoy it.”
Rodriguez also said that whoever wins the quarterback battle for the Wildcats has some big shoes to fill after last season.
“We got spoiled last year. Matt Scott and just one year in the system was just phenomenal. And these guys, I don’t know if they can be as good as Matt. But at the same time, we expect them to be productive. Our offense is quarterback-centered, so we’re putting a lot of pressure on them in practice and the last couple days, I see some spark of good play out of them and I’m pretty excited about it.”
And finally Rodriguez said that he has it easy being the Head Coach of the team. It’s the Defensive Coordinators in the Pac-12 that really have the tough jobs.
“I’d hate to be a Defensive Coordinator in our league because you’re facing not only a wide variety of offenses and schemes that you’re going to see from week to week, but the talent of the skill players in our league offensively is second to none. You’re talking about quarterbacks and wide-outs and running backs that are going to be playing a long time in the NFL, so it’s tough to be a D. Coordinator.”
Take a listen to the great interview and be sure to stay tuned into 750thegame for any updates regarding Arizona and the rest of the Pac-12.