The timing was so, well, RichRod.
The announcement came the same day Michigan fired coach Brady Hoke, who succeeded Rodriguez in Ann Arbor.
Michigan fired Rodriguez in 2010 after three years in which he went 3-9, 5-7 and 7-6. Hoke started off fast, going 11-2 his first year, but stumbled to a 5-7 finish in his fourth season.
Rodriguez never seemed a good fit at Michigan, but he has been the perfect fit in Tucson. It took Rodriguez just three years to lead Arizona to the Pac-12 South title and a spot in Friday's Pac-12 title game against
Arizona has a chance to defeat Oregon, and quarterback
Mariota, the leading
Arizona linebacker Scooby Wright, who forced and recovered a late Mariota fumble to seal the Wildcats' win in Eugene this year, was named the conference's top defensive player.
Oregon tailback Royce Freeman earned top freshman offensive honors, while