Rich Rodriguez: ‘Life is good at the U of A’

Dec 17, 2012, 10:20 PM | Updated: 10:35 pm

Rich Rodriguez just finished his first football season as the head coach of the University of Arizona Wildcats.

His team surpassed all expectations by winning eight games, and following a Gildan New Mexico Bowl victory, the coach was, not surprisingly, pleased with the decision he made last November to take the Arizona job.

“This is a great place, I’m extremely happy, the family’s happy,” Rodriguez told Arizona Sports 620’s Doug and Wolf Monday.

Rodriguez said his children are doing well in school and said “life is good at the U of A” for the Rodriguez clan.

Nevada tight end Zach Sudfeld catches a pass for his second touchdown of the gam as Arizona's Shaquille Robinson, left, and Jared Tevis defend during the first half of the New Mexico Bowl NCAA college football game in Albuquerque, N.M., Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012. (AP Photo/Eric Draper)
Arizona quarterback Matt Scott runs for a first down as Nevada's Albert Rosette purses during the second half of the New Mexico Bowl NCAA college football game in Albuquerque, N.M., Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012. Arizona won 49-48. (AP Photo/Eric Draper
Nevada quarterback Cody Fajardo lays face down after getting hit by Arizona's defense in the second against of the New Mexico Bowl NCAA college football game in Albuquerque, N.M., Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012. Fajardo left the game after the play but returned later. Arizona won 49-48. (AP Photo/Eric Draper)
Arizona's Marquis Flowers (2) recovers a kickoff fumble during final minutes against Nevada during the New Mexico Bowl NCAA college football game in Albuquerque, N.M., Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012. Arizona won 49-48. (AP Photo/Eric Draper)
Arizona running back Ka'Deem Carey runs through the Nevada defense during the second half of the New Mexico Bowl NCAA college football game in Albuquerque, N.M., Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012. Arizona won 49-48. (AP Photo/Eric Draper)
Nevada running back Stefphon Jefferson struggles for yardage against Arizona's C.J. Dozier (9) during the first half of the New Mexico Bowl NCAA college football game in Albuquerque, N.M., Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012. Arizona won 49-48. (AP Photo/Eric Draper)
Arizona's Matt Scott holds the game trophy while celebrating with teammate Marquis Flowers (2) and head coach Rich Rodriguez after beating Nevada 49-48 in the New Mexico Bowl NCAA college football game in Albuquerque, N.M., Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012. (AP Photo/Eric Draper)
Arizona's John Bonano kicks the game-winning extra point as Kyle Dugandzic holds against Nevada during the final seconds of the New Mexico Bowl NCAA college football game against Nevada in Albuquerque, N.M., Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012. Arizona won 49-48. (AP Photo/Eric Draper)
Arizona quarterback Matt Scott celebrates with his offensive lineman Addison Bachman (54) after defeating Nevada 49-48 in the New Mexico Bowl NCAA college football game in Albuquerque, N.M., Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012. (AP Photo/Eric Draper) Arizona head football coach Rich Rodriguez is doused by his players after their 49-48 win over New Mexico in the New Mexico Bowl NCAA college football game in Albuquerque, N.M., Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012. (AP Photo/Eric Draper)

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