Blog Entry

Arizona fires head coach Mike Stoops

Posted on: October 10, 2011 8:38 pm
Edited on: October 10, 2011 9:12 pm
Posted by Adam Jacobi's Bruce Feldman reported that Arizona head coach Mike Stoops would be fired on Monday evening. Shortly thereafter, Arizona AD Greg Byrne confirmed the news, ending Stoops' tenure atop the Wildcats program effective immediately. Defensive coordinator Tim Kish, who has served in such a duty since Stoops came to Arizona, was named the interim head coach.

Stoops finishes his Arizona tenure with a 41-50 record. Arizona is coming off three straight bowl games, but the 2010 season ended with five straight losses, meaning that the Wildcats have won just one of their last 11 games: a 41-10 victory over FCS Northern Arizona to start the 2011 season.

To be fair to Stoops, a majority of Arizona's losses in that stretch came against ranked opponents -- the Wildcats have already played three Top 10 opponents this year -- but a 37-27 loss to previously winless Oregon State on Saturday appears to have sealed Stoops' fate.

Mike Stoops' contract was extended through 2013 in 2008, after he guided the Wildcats to their first bowl game since 1999. The Wildcats beat BYU 31-21 in the 2008 Las Vegas Bowl, but haven't won a bowl game since.

"We're appreciative of Mike's dedicated work for the Arizona Wildcats," Byrne said. "Coach Stoops had many successes as our head coach over the last eight seasons. It was a difficult decision but I feel now is the time for new leadership and direction."

In Arizona's statement, Kish said, "Today is tough day [sic] for the program. It's an important moment, for sure. I appreciate Greg's faith in me to provide leadership to our young men during this difficult time. I've been with Coach Stoops for each of his eight years here and know that we have a strong foundation for not only the future but for our immediate tasks. I know this coaching staff will work hard and support our players as we compete for the remainder of the season. We're here to help these players succeed." 

Arizona said in the announcement that it was beginning it search for a new head coach immediately, and that it expects to hire a new coach after the 2011 season is over.

Keep up with the latest college football news from around the country. From the regular season all the way through the bowl games, has you covered with this daily newsletter. | Preview
Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 16, 2011 11:22 pm
This comment has been removed.

Post Deleted by Administrator

Since: Sep 21, 2011
Posted on: October 11, 2011 2:42 pm

Arizona fires head coach Mike Stoops

Less horrible??? Really man? What did he do? Have an affair with your wife? Sheesh. You are a horrible person!

Since: Jul 8, 2009
Posted on: October 11, 2011 1:46 pm

Arizona fires head coach Mike Stoops

so our defense couldn't stop my 94 year old grandma over the last so many games, and the defensive coordinator is named interim head coach? It seems to me that defense has been most of the problem here...other than the fact that we can't kick an extra point!

Since: Jul 19, 2011
Posted on: October 11, 2011 1:43 pm

Arizona fires head coach Mike Stoops

The offense isn't the problem. Its the defense and The AD for Arizona could have got MS to hire a new Defensive co-ordinator. Now the Defensive C is the interm head coach !! What a mistake !!!

Since: Jan 4, 2011
Posted on: October 11, 2011 12:36 pm

Arizona fires head coach Mike Stoops

Enter Rich Rod, the guy is a spread offense guru as long as he brings a good def. guy with him. might be a good fit. any thoughts?

Since: Mar 12, 2010
Posted on: October 11, 2011 12:25 pm

Arizona fires head coach Mike Stoops

Mike Belotti has recently stated that he gets less interested in returning to coaching the longer he is out of it. Its not likely that he would return to coaching at his age, especially since he has admitidly found a new joy for life since hanging up the whistle. I'd put money on a younger fresh candidate like Beau Baldwin from Eastern Washington or Robin Phlugrad (currently at Montana). Robin coached for both Oregon and Washinton State and is running a very succesful Griz program right now. Belotti could be a great caoch as he always was, but its not the right fit for a program that needs a long term solution.

Since: Oct 14, 2010
Posted on: October 11, 2011 11:57 am

Arizona fires head coach Mike Stoops

Mike's biggest problem is that he isn't Bob.  Then again, Arizona is never going to be OU.  Sometimes there is some fairly equal family success but that is rare.  It is more likely that if one guy becomes a winner his brother or sons become top coordinators.  Skip Holtz's son may outshine his dad but it will take awhile.  The guy at Florida State, Bobby Bowdin, has sons who have not established their own ability to be as great as dad.  And so it goes.

Since: Sep 1, 2011
Posted on: October 11, 2011 11:51 am

Arizona fires head coach Mike Stoops

What ever happend to patience with a coach and program ?

Since: Nov 14, 2008
Posted on: October 11, 2011 11:21 am

Arizona fires head coach Mike Stoops

Great move by U of A. The season is lost and promoting Kish, who is part of the problem, isn't going to help. They need to clean house and get someone legit right away, and not goof around with nobodys like the hoops team did for a few years before landing Miller. 

Since: Feb 24, 2007
Posted on: October 11, 2011 11:19 am

Arizona fires head coach Mike Stoops

Does he rejoin his brother in Norman? I know Brent Venerables has been a co-coordinator before (w/Mike Stoops and I think Bo Pellini) but I wonder if he would agree to that again?

Mike Stoops is obviuosly a fiery character, but not head coach material. I think he is a quality d-coordinator...maybe Texas can replace the former ESPN Intern/supposed defensive genius Manny Diaz w/ about OU Texas fireworks!!!

The views expressed in this blog are solely those of the author and do not reflect the views of CBS Sports or