Arizona fires Rodriguez after sexual harassment claim

The decision comes following an investigation into a sexual harassment allegation from October, and including a subsequent notice of a hostile-workplace lawsuit soon to be filed.

Kahron Spearman

ESPN's Kyle Bonagura reports that the Arizona Wildcats on Tuesday dismissed head football coach Rich Rodriguez following investigation of a sexual harassment allegation from October, and including a notice of a hostile-workplace lawsuit being filed against the university.

Athletic director Dave Heeke announced in a statement: "After conducting a thorough evaluation of our football program and its leadership, both on and off the field, President [Robert] Robbins and I feel it is in the best interest of the University of Arizona and our athletics department to go in a new direction."

Rodriguez denied the claim in his statement.

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. I am saddened that these accusations and investigation have caused my family additional stress.

In the Bonagura's article, he makes mention that the former Arizona employee making the allegation, a former assistant to Rodriguez, did not cooperate with the school's investigation and hired an attorney. 

The investigation of harassment could therefore not be substantiated, but it was determined by Arizona brass that Rodriguez needed to be relieved of his duties for football-specific reasons.