Former Arizona coach Rich Rodrigue claims extortion by former assistant

FILE – In this Oct. 21, 2017, file photo, Arizona coach Rich Rodriguez yells from the sideline during the first half of the team’s NCAA college football game against California in Berkeley, Calif. Rodriguez says a claim by his former administrative assistant seeking $7.5 million for sexual harassment is a “sensationalized tale” created to extort him. His attorneys filed a response to the attorney general of Arizona on Monday, Feb. 26, 2018. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)

Former Arizona coach Rich Rodriguez says a claim by his former administrative assistant seeking $7.5 million for sexual harassment is a “sensationalized tale” created to extort him.

His attorneys filed a response to the attorney general of Arizona on Monday.

Rodriguez was fired by Arizona on Jan. 2 after the school investigated but could not substantiate the allegations.

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