As part of the ongoing lawsuit between Rich Rodriguez and his former assistant that helped push the former Arizona head coach out of his job, Rodriguez’s lawyers have released the staff handbook he passed out ahead of the 2015 season.
It was the section on Rodriguez’s expectations for his staff in dealing with their wives — “Educate her and control her talk” — that caught Deadspin’s attention, but the entire 100-page handbook is a treasure trove of information. If you’ve ever wondered how a guy who was a head coach in three separate Power 5 conferences runs his program, it’s all in here.
If you want to know what Rodriguez expected from his associate head coach and offensive coordinator Calvin Magee, it’s in there.
If you want to know what Rodriguez expected from his director of on-campus recruiting and player personnel director Matt Dudek, it’s in there.
Everyone from Rodriguez himself to a football office intern has his or her expectations laid out, for them and everyone in the organization to see.
Page 41 begins Rodriguez’s expectations for everything from everyday clothing choices — “Wear as much Arizona attire as possible” — on up. I found these sections on Pages 43 and 44 to be most interesting.
There are instructions in here that could be innocuous, but in today’s #MeToo times, many will read them & cringe. The section on Wives — “Be careful what you say to them” — probably aren’t unique to college football programs or the business world at large, but don’t read well on the page. (For that matter, neither does the title of the book — Hideaway Book.)
The Page 42 section on recruiting also takes a hard left turn at the end.
For any aspiring head coaches looking to prepare for the big job, this is a gold mine.