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Rich Rodriguez Hires Rod Smith As Arizona Assistant

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Head coach Rich Rodriguez of the Arizona Wildcats is putting his coaching staff together. And he's going to some familiar faces to try and make sure his team matches his vision for the football team.

Rodriguez has apparently hired Rod Smith as the co-offensive coordinator, according to the Arizona Republic. Smith has been in the college football ranks for most of the season. Smith has been the quarterback coach for Rodriguez at West Virginia in 2007 and Michigan in 2008-10, and you'd figure he'll be an integral part of installing the spread option offense Rich-Rod is fond of running.

Mike Parrish also is on his way as director of football operations; he was an assistant in Michigan the first two years Rodriguez was around. The Wildcats are in good shape to start things turning in the image Rich-Rod would like to see from his organization.

To discuss the Arizona coaching staff, head to Arizona Desert Swarm.