Arizona expected to have interesting coaching search
Arizona announced Monday night that they had relieved Mike Stoops as head coach of the Wildcats. Here is my story on Examiner and here is the official release from Arizona. Defensive coordinator Tim Kish has been named the interim head coach for the remainder of the season and will coach his first game for the Wildcats against UCLA after a bye week this week. Kish is the 98th ranked defensive coordinator according to Coaches By The Numbers.
Perhaps the writing was on the wall with a 1-5 record and five straight losses, including a loss to Oregon State, but look at the schedule Stoops was faced with. In Arizona’s five-game losing streak the Wildcats lost games to Oklahoma State, Stanford and Oregon and a loss to USC is not exactly the worst loss. I can’t excuse a loss to Oregon State other than to say the Beavers were due. Stoops was 41-50 as a head coach at Arizona and always seemed to be on a hot seat after never g...