Aren’t coaching searches fun!
Well, sometimes. Arizona fired head football coach Mike
Stoops on October 10, and director of athletics Greg Byrne
said the search for a replacement would begin immediately.
Plenty of names will be linked to Tucson, with some being
bigger than others, but Byrne said he will not comment on
anything until a decision has been made.
Of course that won’t stop anyone from speculating on who
the choice will be, and we’ll help you keep up with all
the latest rumors here on this page.
November 21, 2011
Guessing no and no. RT @LeftyAZ1: @ryan_finley will the
UofA announce the new coach today and is Bellotti the guy?
November 15, 2011
With the greatest sense of timing, Sonny Dykes has popped
up on the college football radar.
November 2, 2011
I really believe that Mike Bellotti will be the next coach
at UofA… Could be going after Tenn D Coordinator to join
Mike Leach has heard “nothing in particular, just
murmuring,” about whether he’ll be considered for the
Arizona Wildcats’ vacant head coaching job. But the former
Texas Tech coach said today that the UA position is an
November 1, 2011
As advertised, the Greg Byrne Stealth Tour II has been as
quiet as a Tuesday night in Gila Bend.
Except for the predictable Chris Petersen-Mike Leach-Mike
Bellotti whispers, the GBST II has not elicited a peep.
Current Boise State football head coach Chris Petersen was
favored to become the new head coach of the Arizona
Wildcats, but he apparently has removed himself from
October 18 2011
Former Texas Tech coach Mike Leach — whose name has been
circulated as a potential choice for the vacant Arizona
Wildcats coaching job — said he has neither made nor
received any contact from the administration.
Follow the bouncing (bounced) coaches: In his first year
as a full-time college football assistant, UA running
backs coach Garret Chachere was part of a 1-9 team at
Bloomsburg (Pa.) University. Verdict: Everybody fired. He
was 24. One and done.
October 17, 2011
Arizona athletic director Greg Byrne is going to go all
out to get Petersen, the Boise State head coach. He
should. Petersen is the biggest, best, most established,
most “available” coach in the West.
October 14, 2011
The truth, the whole truth, half-truths, shades of the
truth and other items admissible in the UA’s Search For
Every wish list starts with Boise State coach Chris
Petersen because of his reputation and a friendship with
UA Athletic Director Greg Byrne that goes back to their
years at Oregon in the mid-1990s.
Leach has been out of the coaching game for two years, and
all signals indicate that that the former pirate leader of
the Texas Tech Red Raiders is ready to come back and coach
Taylor McNamara’s guest was late, with no explanation
given, but he wasn’t panicking.
Maybe Mike Stoops’ flight to San Diego to visit McNamara,
one of the UA’s top recruits, must have been delayed or
maybe he was stuck in traffic.
In the fall of 2003, I went on a wild chase from Tucson to
Cincinnati to Boise and finally to Lubbock, Texas, in an
attempt to interview the men who wanted to be Arizona’s
next football coach.
October 12, 2011
University of Arizona’s Athletic Director Greg Byrne said
that his list of coaches full “with literally 100 names”
which is completely different from the 2003 search that
featured only four main candidates.
ESPN’s Pac-12 blogger Ted Miller list his Mike Stoops
replacements, top of his list is the Wisconsin Offensive
Former Oregon head coach Mike Bellotti’s name has been one
of the many names thrown around as a possible replacement
for Mike Stoops. But Bellotti, who is currently an
analyst, doesn’t know if this is the right time to return
October 11, 2011
The Arizona Wildcats’ 2011 season is finished, done in by
a conspiracy of losses, injuries, inconsistent play and a
brutal schedule. Now their head coach is, too.
Just because Greg Byrne said he won’t publicly discuss his
next coaching candidate doesn’t mean we can’t.
Arizona athletic director Greg Byrne says he won’t talk
about the search for a head football coach until he is
ready to make an announcement. In the meantime, everyone
else will be speculating.
Kevin Sumlin, who has Houston at 6-0, has to be the first
call. Spare me pipe dreams names like Chris Petersen (who
cares if he’s friends with the AD?), any of those hot SEC
assistants or Urban Meyer. Why even waste time with them?
I don’t know if those guys would return Arizona’s call.
The Arizona Wildcats finally pulled the trigger and parted
ways with head coach Mike Stoops on Monday.