University Of Arizona Fires Coach
October 11, 2011 by staff
University Of Arizona Fires Coach, Arizona coach Mike leans had a margin of maneuver for the collapse of last season. He, after all, led the Wildcats to three bowls directly to the second time in school history.
However, when continued to accumulate losses this season, including one to a team and not win, latitude was gone.
Arizona bows fired half of its eighth season on Monday, ending a streak that began well before ending with a thud in the desert.
“The coach leans a lot of great things for the program, took over a very difficult situation and made us better,” said athletic director Greg Byrne Arizona. “I think we certainly want to thank you for all your efforts and the efforts of staff and appreciate all he has done for us, (but) I was concerned about the direction of the program and where we were, and felt the need to address. ”
Defensive coordinator Tim Kish will take over on an interim basis for the rest of the season, while the school searches for a new coach.
Discount Mike Locksley joins New Mexico as the only coaches in major college programs have soared since football season began.
Known for his emotional side behavior, bends was the defensive coordinator on staff cooperation with his brother Bob in Oklahoma when he was hired as head coach of Arizona in 2004.
After five seasons of building the program, the Wildcats seemed to be leaning back among the best teams in the Pac-10, which leads to a couple of seasons of eight wins and trips to Las Vegas Bowl 2008 and Holiday Bowl next year.
Arizona seemed destined to become one of the elite teams in the nation by cracking the top 10 and the opening 7-1 last season, sparking hope that the Wildcats could end their streak as the only Pac- 10 school not to play in the Rose Bowl.
Then things began to unravel.
The Wildcats lost their last five games, including a 36-10 thrashing of Oklahoma State in the Alamo Bowl that occurs right after a 35-0 defeat of Nebraska in the Holiday Bowl last year.
Arizona opened the season, the first and the Pac-12 reconfigured, with a win over Northern Arizona FCS, and then went into a slide, losing five consecutive games.
The latter was the big blow for Stoops. You can not stop Oregon State offense, the Wildcats (1-5, 0-4 Pac-12) lost to the Beavers 37-27 win and without his tenth straight loss to a FBS school.
Leans, 49, had record of 41-50 in Arizona, including 27-38 in conference play.
“When I took this job, I was hoping to be the first coach to bring this program to a Rose Bowl,” Stoops said in a statement released by his agent, Neil Cornrich. “Although it did not reach that goal, we have made significant progress, and our organization continues to strive for excellence.”
Contract leans “ran until 2013 under an extension granted in 2008, Byrne said the purchase by the rest of it is close to 1.4 million.
A nationwide search for his replacement will be carried out while the computer is in charge of Kish, but Byrne said the decision is not expected to arrive until after the regular season. Arizona did not play again until Oct. 20 against the University of California.
University President Dr. Eugene Sander said he now prefers the shot, avoid speculation about the future of coach that have plagued the team the rest of the season had he stayed on.
Sander also said he consulted with the Arizona Board of Regents, and its president, Fred Duval “fully agrees with this decision.”
“Decisions like this are not easy to do,” said Sander. “There’s always a lot of pain that accompanies these things, but I believe that in the name of the University of Arizona football, this decision is absolutely necessary at this time.”
The Wildcats feature one of the best quarterbacks in the country in senior Nick Foles, a projected first-round NFL draft and a talented group of receivers.
But Arizona had to rebuild their entire offensive line and struggled to get much of anything going on the ground.
The Wildcats were also badly affected by injuries, even before the season started, and fought on the defensive, particularly in a brutal stretch of three straight games against teams ranked in the top 10 at the time – Oklahoma State, Stanford and Oregon.
Arizona followed with another big game offensive into southern California, but could not stop the Trojans to their fourth straight loss.
Things then hit bottom with the loss of Corvallis on Saturday, which Byrne is inclined to say on Monday who had been dismissed.
“This gives us an advantage in the process of finding our new football coach,” said Byrne. “I firmly believe that you are, when you have an existing coach, you must agree to the coach, at this time we decided this was an opportunity to start moving forward.”
Although the decision to dismiss was leaning hard, find its interim replacement was not.
A veteran of 36 years of training, Kish had been with Arizona for eight seasons and previously served as defensive coordinator for eight years with two Big Ten schools. The coach of 57 years old, had been co-defensive coordinator Mark leans brother before taking office alone in the Alamo Bowl 2010.
“(He), the longest of stability with our staff, had the most seniority with our staff, it made sense for a lot of ways,” said Byrne. “It’s a good man, cares for children, has strong integrity, is involved in everything we’re doing from recruitment and training, terminology in all areas, (so) felt that would give the best stability for the rest of the season. “
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