The former West Virginia and Michigan head coach will take over for Mike Stoops in 2012 after the Arizona Wildcats started the 2011 season 1-5.
Rodriguez had a successful run at West Virginia, leading the Mountaineers to six straight bowl games and a Sugar Bowl victory (he did not coach in the 2008 Fiesta Bowl win), and that success was expected to continue at the University of Michigan.
But that never happened in Ann Arbor.
In his three seasons with the Wolverines, Rodriguez went 15-22 and managed just one bowl appearance, which was a 52-14 blowout loss to the Mississippi State Bulldogs in the 2011 Gator Bowl.
Despite his failings at Michigan, big improvements will be anticipated with the arrival of Rodriguez in Tucson, Arizona.
He is a proven winner and he will immediately be one of the five best coaches in the Pac-12. The Arizona Wildcats suffered a huge setback last season and will enter the 2012 season without star quarterback Nick Foles.
Rodriguez has a challenge in front of him and a wide audience will keep an eye on his potential success.