Arizona fires football coach Rich Rodriguez over affair

The University of Arizona has fired football coach Rich Rodriguez.

'This evening, we informed Head Football Coach Rich Rodriguez that we have terminated his employment effective immediately and will honor the separation terms of his contract,' read a letter sent to students and faculty by the president of the university Robert C. Robbins and athletic director Dave Heeke.

That letter went on to reveal that an investigation had been conducted by the school beginning last October after Rodriguez was accused of sexual harassment by a former assistant.

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Out: Rich Rodriguez, 54, has been fired by the University of Arizona after the school discovered he had an extramarital affair (Rodriguez above with wife Rita)

Out: Rich Rodriguez, 54, has been fired by the University of Arizona after the school discovered he had an extramarital affair (Rodriguez above with wife Rita)

Raquel and Rodriguez

Rhett and Rodriguez

Family: The married father of two confessed to the affair, which the school learned of while investigating claims Rodriguez sexually harassed a female assistant (daughter Raquel on left, son Rhett on right)

Rodriguez 'fully cooperated' with the investigation he said on Twitter and submitted to and passed a polygraph test, while his accuser refused to speak with the team looking into the claims or 'turn over communications that she alleged provided support for her allegations.'

'The investigation, which concluded on December 28, 2017, found that the original specific harassment allegations against Mr. Rodriguez could not be substantiated based on the evidence and witnesses available to it,' read the letter sent out on Tuesday. 

'However, Arizona Athletics did become aware of information, both before and during the investigation, which caused it to be concerned with the direction and climate of the football program.'

Rodriguez is claiming that the 'information' referenced by the school is a 'consensual extramarital affair' he had in the past with a non-university employee.

'It was wrong and I apologized to ,my wife and family,' said Rodriguez, who has been married to wife Rita

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