Rich Rodriguez was fired as Arizona's head football coach on Tuesday after a $7.5 million notice of claim was filed with the state’s attorney general’s office alleging that Rodriguez ran a hostile workplace and sexually harassed a former employee. The UA announced his termination in a press release around 8:30 p.m. University president Robert C. Robbins and athletic director Dave Heeke said they will "honor the separation terms" of Rodriguez's contract — his buyout is about $6 million. "While this is a difficult decision, it is the right decision," they wrote. "And it is a decision that lives up to the core values of the University of Arizona." Rodriguez, 54, just finished his sixth season as the Wildcats’ coach following stops at Michigan and West Virginia. This year’s team went 7-6, losing four of its final five games following a surprisingly hot start. Purdue beat the UA in the Dec. 27 Foster Farms Bowl. Rodriguez tweeted a statement late Tuesday in which he said he will "vigorously fight these fabricated and groundless claims" made by his former administrative assistant. The coach said he was fired by email. "I am not a perfect man, but the claims by my former assistant are simply not true and her demands for a financial settlement are outrageous," he wrote.
University of Arizona fires Rich Rodriguez following hostile workplace claim
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