Arizona Football

Rich Rodriguez once a walk-on, always a walk-on at heart

The most celebrated walk-on in Arizona football history — tough-tackling Chuck Cecil — must love it that Arizona athletic director Greg Byrne hired Rich Rodriquez to coach the Wildcats. Rodriguez was a walk-on himself at West Virginia in 1981. He eventually earned a scholarship under coach Don Nehlen. College Football Columnist Dennis Dodd writes about how Rodriguez took pride in giving “five or six walk-ons a year on scholarship” at West Virginia. Dodd also writes about the difficult task ahead for RichRod to change the mentality of the Arizona football team into that of a championship unit. …


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