Dec. 23, 2008
TUCSON, Ariz.--University of Arizona athletics director Jim Livengood announced today his intention to extend the contract for football coach Mike Stoops which would provide for the recent Las Vegas Bowl champion's tenure here through 2013.
The deal, subject to approval by the Arizona Board of Regents, represents an additional three years on Stoops' current contract which runs through 2010, Livengood said.
"We're very pleased with the progress of Arizona football under Mike's direction," Livengood said. "His personal growth as a coach has been outstanding and we're glad to continue moving forward with him as the steward for Arizona football."
Livengood said details of the contract would be worked out later. "And, as always, approval from the Regents will be necessary," probably sometime in the next three months," he said.
"I'm very excited about the extension," Stoops said. "The administration always has shown a commitment to what we're doing, and this bolsters that support.
"We're working hard to build stability and the commitment from Jim and the university at this time will go a long way to solidify that effort," Stoops said. "I'm happy to be here in Tucson for a long time as head coach of our Wildcats. This is where my family wants to be," he added.
Stoops completed his fifth season this month and led Arizona to its first postseason appearance in nearly a decade. The Wildcats finished the year with two victories including a convincing 31-21 victory over No. 17 Brigham Young in the Dec. 20 Pioneer Las Vegas Bowl, plus had their first winning league record in nine years.
Stoops' teams have improved from twin 3-8 seasons his first two years to the 8-5 mark posted in 2008 when Arizona's offensive-defensive balance helped it rate strongly in both categories among Pacific-10 Conference squads. The Cats finished alone in fifth place in the Pac-10 with a 5-4 record.
Arizona's attendance has been a steady factor under Stoops, who took over for his first head coaching job at UA in 2004. The program averaged 52,440 patrons in 2008 along with a high of 55,798 in 2006. The Wildcats have beaten a ranked team each of his five seasons in Tucson.
UA will return 15 starters in 2009 and is expected to be considered among Pac-10 contenders.
Mike Stoops at Arizona 2004 3-8 overall, 2-6 Pac-10 (8th) 2005 3-8 overall, 2-6 Pac-10 (8th) 2006 6-6 overall, 4-5 Pac-10 (5th) 2007 5-7 overall, 4-5 Pac-10 (6th) 2008 8-5 overall, 5-4 Pac-10 (5th) Total 25-34, 17-26