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Akina Returning to Texas
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: February 14, 2011
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Feb. 14, 2011

TUCSON, Ariz. - Arizona secondary coach Duane Akina has resigned his position and will return to the University of Texas, head coach Mike Stoops announced today.

Akina, hired in January, returned to the Arizona program after 10 years at Texas. Prior to his stint at Texas, Akina served under former Arizona head coach Dick Tomey for 14 seasons.

"I'm not happy that I had to put both of these institutions in this situation," Akina said. "It's been a tough month for me and my family making these decisions. Any time you have younger children, it becomes a very difficult decision and that was the driving force behind this decision."

Akina informed Stoops and athletic director Greg Byrne of his decision on Monday morning.

"We are disappointed," Stoops said. "We were excited to have Duane on our staff. We respect his decision and wish the best for him and his family."

"Duane alerted Coach Stoops and myself this morning that he would be returning to Texas due to family considerations," Byrne said. "Although disappointed because of the commitment we had made, we respect Coach Akina's decision based on family."

"Mike and Greg have been terrific to me," Akina said. "Arizona is a wonderful place that is special to me. I came here because this is a solid program that is on the rise. Mike is an outstanding coach and I am sorry it didn't work out. He has a tremendous staff in place."

Arizona will begin a national search for a replacement immediately. The program added two other assistant coaches since the end of the regular season. Robert Anae joined as running game coordinator and offensive line coach, while Joe Salave'a was hired as defensive line coach.

"We have always hired good people to come into our program," Stoops said. "We've always had great coaches for our system and players. We will make sure that we hire another quality person."

Arizona will begin spring football practices on March 21. The annual Spring Game is set for April 16.

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