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Arizona head coach Rich Rodriguez, right, looks to the field during the first half against Oregon in an NCAA college football game Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017, in Eugene, Ore. (AP Photo/Chris Pietsch)

Rich Rodriguez, a Grant Town native, has been fired as the football coach at the University of Arizona, the school announced Tuesday evening.

"After conducting a thorough evaluation of our football program and its leadership, both on and  off the field, President Robbins and I feel it is in the best interest of the University of Arizona and our athletics department to go in a new direction, " Arizona athletic director Dave Heeke said in a release. "We'll move through the coaching search in an effort to identify a head coach that will build a solid foundation for our program and create an identity of Arizona football that the University, Tucson and Southern Arizona communities can be proud of. We're excited about the future of our football program and we look forward to introducing our new head coach at the completion of the search process."

Rodriguez, who starred at North Marion High and went on to play at West Virginia University, had been the coach at Arizona since 2012 and amassed a 43-35 record with the Wildcats. Prior to Arizona, Rodriguez served as the head coach at Michigan, West Virginia, Glenville State and Salem.