Following his termination (without cause), Rich Rod has released the following statement:
I was deeply disappointed to learn by email this evening that the University of Arizona is buying out my contract. My coaching staff and I were very excited about the trajectory of our young team, and looked forward to 2018 and beyond.
This action comes on the heels of an outside investigation by the University into alleged workplace misconduct. This investigation concerned a complaint by my former administrative assistant, who threatened a $7.5 million lawsuit alleging harassment.
The University initiated a thorough outside investigation. I fully cooperated with the investigation, including voluntarily taking and passing a polygraph. The University determined that there was no truth to her accusations and found me innocent of any wrongdoing.
This was a thorough investigation that lasted over 10 weeks and included multiple members of my current and former staff. Notably, the complaintant refused to cooperate with the investigation. It was comforting to be reassured of what I already knew, the claims were baseless and false.
Regrettably, the complaint included a single truth - in the past, I had a consensual extramarital affair with a woman who is not affiliated with the University. It was wrong, and I have apologized to my wife and family. I am still working incredibly hard to repair the trust of my wife and children, whom I love dearly.
I am not a perfect man, but the claims by my former assistant are simply not true and her demands for a financial settlement are outrageous. I am saddened that these accusation and investigation have caused my family additional stress.
To my players, staff and supporters, it's been an honor to lead and serve you. As I'm sure that they would expect to me to do, I will vigorously fight these fabricated and groundless claims.