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Arizona fires Rich Rodriguez amid workplace misconduct claim

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Arizona announced on Tuesday evening that they have fired Rich Rodriguez as the program’s head football coach.

Arizona’s announcement comes an hour after The Tucson Star reported that a former administrative assistant filed a hostile workplace claim with the state’s attorney general against Rodriguez.

Arizona had hired a law firm to investigate the claims but no misconduct was found. That did not stop the former employee from filing a claim.

The decision to fire Rodriguez seems to be due both to the claim and on-field performance. After a 10-4 season in 2014, the Wildcats went 7-6, 3-9 and 7-6 again this season.

The school is firing Rodriguez without cause, meaning they will owe him a buyout. However, by firing him before a bonus was set to kick in mid-March, they are saving around $3 million with the move. He would be owed around $6.3 million on his buyout, according to USA Today.

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