Originally posted on Fox Sports Arizona  |  Last updated 12/5/11
Rich Rodriguez has gained three assistant coaches but lost two quarterbacks. The newly hired Arizona coach has brought in three of his former Michigan and West Virginia assistants as the first appointments to his new staff. Tony Gibson, Calvin Magee and Tony Dews all coached at the University of Pittsburgh last year. Magee will serve as associate head coach and offensive coordinator, Gibson will be Arizonas secondary coach, and Dews becomes wide receivers coach. At the same time, Arizona announced that quarterbacks Tom Savage and Daxx Garman intend to transfer. Their decisions leave Rodriguez with one scholarship quarterback -- fifth-year senior Matt Scott -- on the roster. Savage, a freshman All-American at Rutgers in 2009, sat out the past season after transferring in. He told Rodriguez he wants to return closer to his home in Pennsylvania. Garman also redshirted this year as a freshman out of Southlake, Texas. This season's starting quarterback Nick Foles and backup Bryson Beirne are seniors who have exhausted their eligibility. The departures will undoubtedly bring a sense of recruiting urgency for Rodriguez at the quarterback position. Under Rodriguez the Wildcats will implement a spread offense that emphasizes mobility at the quarterback position, as opposed to a dropback attack run by Mike Stoops. "This is a personal decision about my family and was not influenced by Coach Rodriguez or his style of play," Savage said in a statement released by the university. The Wildcats have non-binding verbal commitments from two quarterbacks who were recruited by Stoops' staff. Nathan Sudfeld, 6-feet-5 and 215 pounds, of Modesto, Calif., is rated as a three-star recruit by Scout. Josh Kern (6-5, 185) of San Antonio, Texas, is rated at two stars. Rodriguez's new assistants all moved with him when he left West Viriginia for Michigan after the 2007 season, then ended up at Pittsburgh this year after Rodriguez was fired. Magee, 48, was assistant head coach and co-offensive coordinator at Pittsburgh. He spent the previous 10 years with Rodriguez at West Virginia and Michgian, where he was associate head coach and offensive coordinator. He started his coaching career at South Florida after playing five seasons in the NFL as a tight end for Tampa Bay and Houston. Gibson, 39, was pass defense coordinator and secondary coach at Pitt in 2011. He also coached under Rodriguez for 10 years at West Virginia and Michigan. Dews, 38, was Pittsburgh's tight ends coach and recruiting coordinator in 2011. He spent three years on Rodriguez's staff at Michigan and one at West Virginia, coaching receivers. Im very familiar with all these coaches, and know theyre eager to help us get our program under way in Tucson," Rodriguez said in a statement. "Their abilities and coaching experience make a great start to my staff at Arizona, Rodriguez said.
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