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Posts Tagged ‘Mike Stoops.’

Rich Rodriguez hired by Arizona to resurrect football program

 

Rich Rodriguez at Michigan August 2008 (photo by Peter R. Schlitt via wikipedia commons)

Rich Rodriguez, who put West Virginia back on the national spotlight in football, took a big dive at Michigan, is back as a college football coach.

The University of Arizona Wildcats have hired the 48-year-old to bring back a once-proud program from the doldrums for almost 10 years.

Arizona is 3-8 this season.

The Wildcats fired head coach Mike Stoops in October after he went 41-50 in seven-plus seasons.

Arizona has not won more than eight games in a season since 1998 under Dick Tomey.

Rodriguez is known for high-scoring offenses and suspect defenses. He will bring his spread offense which will be fast-paced to wear out defenses.

This football season, Rodriguez has been working as an analyst for CBS Sports Network, but has said all along that he was interested in getting back into the coaching ring.

 

Info courtesy of University of Arizona athletics

Ohio native Stoops fired by Arizona Wildcats

Mike Stoops (courtesy of U of Arizona athletics)

The Arizona Wildcats have this week off before they return to action with an televised home game against UCLA on Thursday October 20 on ESPN.

The bye-week was a good time for UA athletic director Greg Byrne to decide to fire head coach Mike Stoops or not.

Byrne decided to drop the hammer now instead of at season’s end.

The Stoops era ends after 7.5 years with a 41-50 record and a 1-5 record this season.

Stoops took Arizona to bowl games in each of the past three seasons, but the Wildcats finished last year on a five-game losing streak and have lost five straight this year since beating Northern Arizona University in the opening game.

Arizona has not beat a Football Bowl Subdivision school since beating UCLA last year.

Tim Kish, longtime UA linebackers coach will take over the team for the rest of the season.

Stoops took Arizona to the 2008 Pioneer Las Vegas Bowl, the 2009 Pacific Life Holiday Bowl and the 2010 Valero Alamo Bowl.

This year the Wildcats are ranked among the nation’s worst defensive teams and have been hurt by poor starts in every one of their five losses.

Stoops is a native of Youngstown, Ohio and the brother of University of Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops.

Info compiled from the University of Arizona