Earlier Tuesday night, former Michigan coach Rich Rodriguez was fired by Arizona when the university cited football issues after an investigation into misconduct with a former athletics employee.
The 54-year-old coach then responded via email to USA Today and Dan Wolken.
— Dan Wolken (@DanWolken) January 3, 2018
Rodriguez admitted to an extramarital affair but denied allegations of harassment, saying there was no truth to them and the university found him innocent.
“It was comforting to be reassured of what I already knew, the claims were baseless and false,” Rodriguez said in the email.
He then said:
“Regrettably, the complaint included a single truth — in the past I had a consensual extramarital affair with a woman who was 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 bonds I’ve broken…”
Rodriguez then said he’s not a perfect man, but the claims by his assistant were untrue and her demands for financial settlement were outrageous, adding that he’s saddened by the stress the situation has caused.
The coach then closed by saying it was an honor to lead everyone at Arizona and that he will “vigorously fight these fabricated and groundless claims.”