Rich Rod Has Familiar Face as Starting QB at ULM

Morgantown, West Virginia – Former West Virginia Mountaineers head coach and native son Rich Rodriguez is now the offensive coordinator at University of Louisiana-Monroe under new head coach Terry Bowden.

Last year, his son Rhett Rodriguez had entered the transfer portal from Arizona and was searching for a new opportunity and ULM seemed like a perfect fit.

“I decided I wanted to move on from Arizona and started to reach out to some schools, some schools reached out to me and then I started having some serious conversations with Coach Bowden.  As that progressed, then it became a possibility that maybe my dad could come as the offensive coordinator.”

When his dad officially became the offensive coordinator, Rhett decided to transfer there to finish his college career at ULM.

Rhett, who played in 11 games from 2017-20 at Arizona, had 1,154 yards total offense and four career touchdowns.

Learning Rodriguez’s patented spread offense won’t be a problem for Rhett Rodriguez.

“It’s pretty much hard wired into my brain,” Rhett said. “I knew this system when I was in middle school. I learned this system before I was even in high school. I drove my high school coach crazy telling him about the plays in my dad’s offense.”

Now, Rhett is the expected starter for a ULM team that finished last season 0-10. With Terry Bowden as the head coach and Rich Rodriguez as the offensive coordinator, there are expectations that the team will greatly improve in the 2021-2022 season.