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What Rich Rod looks for in an assistant

As coaches, when we look to fill a position and are reviewing resumes sometimes we're looking for experience at the highest level or overall quality experience, where and how they'll fit into the staff, or accolades as a player, and of course we'll take some time to take a look through the references to see if their are any mutual ties.

When Rich Rodriguez looks at a resume, he wants to see "humble beginnings", as the Tucson Citizen points out.

Seven of the 10 coaches on staff played college football at the small college level, and only one coach (co-offensive coordinator Calvin Magee) has NFL playing experience.

Six of the 10 coaches started their careers at the high school level, and only offensive line coach Robert Anae got his start at the major college level (Hawaii) before spending some time at the JUCO level.

I don’t know if I would hire a guy if he hadn’t coached at the high school or small college level.” 

Rodriguez further explained his thought process. "When they go to a big school, all you do at a big school is get spoiled. If you’re in a small college or high school, you have lined off the field, you were the equipment guy, you were the only manager. Now I have managers for every position, trainers all over the field, people washing clothes, people painting.

“Sometimes, I don’t know where they all come from."

The coaching staff agrees that there's something special about having to work your way through the ranks from the bottom up and having to earn it every step of the way.

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