The University of Arizona

Regents Approve Coach Contract, UA Cancer Center in Phoenix

By Jennifer Fitzenberger, December 2, 2011

The Arizona Board of Regents said yes to a handful of UA proposals, including the contract for new football coach Rich Rodriguez. Board members also approved a project to expand Arizona Stadium, and they gave project implementation approval for a UA cancer center in Phoenix.

The regents approved an initial salary of $1.45 million for Rich Rodriguez, the new UA head football coach., A rendition of the north end zone expansion project from the west grandstand. The regents on Friday gave the project their approval., , A rendition of the future University of Arizona Cancer Center-Phoenix building.
The regents approved an initial salary of $1.45 million for Rich Rodriguez, the new UA head football coach., A rendition of the north end zone expansion project from the west grandstand. The regents on Friday gave the project their approval., , A rendition of the future University of Arizona Cancer Center-Phoenix building.
The regents approved an initial salary of $1.45 million for Rich Rodriguez, the new UA head football coach., A rendition of the north end zone expansion project from the west grandstand. The regents on Friday gave the project their approval., , A rendition of the future University of Arizona Cancer Center-Phoenix building.
The regents approved an initial salary of $1.45 million for Rich Rodriguez, the new UA head football coach., A rendition of the north end zone expansion project from the west grandstand. The regents on Friday gave the project their approval., , A rendition of the future University of Arizona Cancer Center-Phoenix building.
The regents approved an initial salary of $1.45 million for Rich Rodriguez, the new UA head football coach., A rendition of the north end zone expansion project from the west grandstand. The regents on Friday gave the project their approval., , A rendition of the future University of Arizona Cancer Center-Phoenix building.
The regents approved an initial salary of $1.45 million for Rich Rodriguez, the new UA head football coach., A rendition of the north end zone expansion project from the west grandstand. The regents on Friday gave the project their approval., , A rendition of the future University of Arizona Cancer Center-Phoenix building.
The regents approved an initial salary of $1.45 million for Rich Rodriguez, the new UA head football coach., A rendition of the north end zone expansion project from the west grandstand. The regents on Friday gave the project their approval., , A rendition of the future University of Arizona Cancer Center-Phoenix building.
The regents approved an initial salary of $1.45 million for Rich Rodriguez, the new UA head football coach., A rendition of the north end zone expansion project from the west grandstand. The regents on Friday gave the project their approval., , A rendition of the future University of Arizona Cancer Center-Phoenix building.

The Arizona Board of Regents has approved a multiyear contract for new head football coach Rich Rodriguez, a project to expand the north end zone of Arizona Stadium and the building of The University of Arizona Cancer Center at Phoenix.

The board met Dec. 1-2 in the Student Union Memorial Center on the UA campus.

Rodriguez's five-year contract runs through Nov. 30, 2016, with a salary beginning at $1.45 million the first year and increasing each year until it reaches $1.8 million. His salary will be paid entirely with funds generated by the UA athletics department.

Rodriguez will be eligible for bonuses if he meets certain academic, bowl-game, ranking and ticket goals.

Rodriguez was head football coach at the University of West Virginia from 2000-07, where he compiled a record of 60-26, including six bowl game appearances. Then, he coached at the University of Michigan from 2008-10, including one bowl game appearance.

Most recently, Rodriguez was a college football analyst for CBS Sports.

Also approved, the stadium project will cost $72.3 million, with a construction cost of $56 million.

The project will add new premium spectator seating, provide stairs and elevator towers to connect the existing east and west stadium sections, and add new restrooms and space for food service vendors. It is planned to total 183,683 square feet in size.

Built in 1928, the stadium is the oldest athletics facility on campus that is still in use, and it is the largest public assembly building on campus.

The regents also approved plans for The University of Arizona Cancer Center at Phoenix.

Phoenix is the largest city in the nation without a National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center, according to documentation provided to the regents by the University.

The project is expected to cost $135 million.

Construction is expected to begin this summer, with a projected completion date of mid-2014. The center will be part of the UA's Phoenix Biomedical Campus.

Also during the meeting, UA President Eugene G. Sander gave a report to the board on the University's K-12 outreach efforts and its recent formation of Tech Launch Arizona, both of which address standards the regents have put forward to improve the state's university system.

Tech Launch Arizona is a new UA technology commercialization center that was formed to ensure greater cohesion among the community, business sector and institutional inventors and to promote the transfer of ideas and technology to market.

The meeting was the last for Ernest Calderon, Chairman Fred DuVal and Vice Chairman Bob McLendon, all of whom have reached the end of their terms and are leaving the board in January.