Rich Rodriguez addresses the rumor about why he turned down the Alabama job in 2006

Andrew Olson | 2 hours ago

Fifteen years later, Rich Rodriguez can’t help but wonder about the Alabama job refusal.

Rodriguez’s decision to reject Alabama in December 2006 is often viewed as one of the biggest what-ifs in college football. With Rodriguez staying in West Virginia, UA shifted focus to Nick Saban and college football was forever changed.

Rodriguez is now the head coach for the state of Alabama, Jacksonville. Upon arriving in Yellowhammer State on Tuesday, Rodriguez was asked about rumors that his wife would not be moving to Tuscaloosa in 2006.

“Completely ridiculous,” replied Rodriguez. He added that his wife recently received a message about it.

“I don’t know how that started,” Rodriguez continued. “It’s 100 percent rumors, fake news, whatever you want to call it.”

Rodriguez, 58, said he and his wife are excited to live in Jacksonville.

New Jacksonville State Coach Rich Rodriguez addresses the debunked rumor that he didn’t take the Tide job in December 2006 because his wife didn’t want to come to Alabama … pic.twitter.com/9H9u9q2SLw

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As head coach in West Virginia, Michigan and Arizona, Rodriguez went between 118 and 83. He was last on Terry Bowden’s Louisiana-Monroe team after his 2019 season with Ole Miss as the Rebels’ offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.

[H/T Travis Reier]

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