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Rich Rodriguez gets 5-year, $9.55M deal

Updated: November 22, 2011, 7:56 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

TUCSON, Ariz. -- Rich Rodriguez made his first public appearance as football coach at Arizona on Tuesday after signing a five-year, $9.55 million contract to take over the Wildcats.

Rodriguez, standing at center court at McKale Center on Tuesday at a news conference, was interrupted repeatedly by hearty applause from boosters happy to have a big-name coach take over a program in dire need of a boost to compete in the expanded Pac-12.

The former West Virginia and Michigan coach reeled ...

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