Oct. 10, 2011
A CHANGE IN LEADERSHIP
Today I write to you to announce that Mike Stoops has been relieved of his duties and will no longer be the head coach of the Arizona football program. Coach Stoops did many things to improve our program and we are appreciative of his efforts.
This decision is the result of an ongoing evaluation of our program since my arrival a year and a half ago. While Coach Stoops did an admirable job and was able to re-establish Arizona as a football contender, it is a critical time for our football program, and I feel we need a change in leadership. Defensive coordinator Tim Kish will serve as the interim head coach for the remainder of this season.
I recently met with the team to notify the players of my decision. I also have spoken with the football staff. Our immediate focus is the team. The support service areas that take care of our team – such as academics and medical services – will continue to provide our student-athletes with first-rate support.
We have nearly two dozen seniors on our football team and we want them to finish their Arizona career by playing in a bowl game. We need you to continue to show the seniors and the entire team your support. I look forward to seeing you next Thursday against UCLA.
WHAT’S NEXT (please read and share this with your friends and family)
We will begin a search immediately for our next head football coach. I expect the search to end sometime after the regular season is over, so please be patient as we go through this process. Something I will work at diligently is to keep public information to a minimum during the process. This is important to an effective search process. During this time please be patient and cautious not to get caught up in unofficial news and/or speculation from media, message boards, or other reports from people claiming to have heard this or that rumor. I may send out an occasional note via Twitter, but other than that the next time you will hear anything from me about this search is when we introduce our new coach.
I’m sure I’ll receive a lot of emails, calls and letters suggesting that we need to hire a certain candidate. I am always pleased to hear your input and glad that you care. We will make the best decision for Arizona Football, which means being open to a variety of candidates. Please know that we will have access to information on candidates that the general public may not have. There are reasons that a certain candidate would or would not be considered based in part on that information. So whomever we hire I want you to know we will go to great lengths to ensure we have as much information as possible before we make a decision.
GREAT WIN FOR VOLLEYBALL
Congratulations to Coach Dave Rubio and the Arizona Volleyball team for a great win last Saturday night over then No. 2 UCLA. Nearly 1,500 fans were in attendance for this historic win. The team returns home to take on Stanford Oct. 21 .
Our soccer team plays host to California in Pac-12 play at 7 p.m. Friday at Mulcahy Stadium-Murphey Field... This week we have a fall softball exhibition tournament at Rita Hillenbrand Stadium Friday through Sunday. UA plays a game Friday, and twice Saturday and Sunday among 15 games in the tourney. Last week 1,200 fans turned out for an exhibition against Pima College... Our cross country teams complete in an invitational meet in Madison, Wis., on Friday... Our volleyball team will be taking its first Pac-12 trip to the Rocky Mountain stops -- at Colorado in Boulder(Friday) and at Utah in Salt Lake City (Saturday)... Men's golf will be in San Antonio for the Lone Star Invitational Sunday through Tuesday... The Wildcat football squad has a bye this week, and then six games in six weeks... The mens' basketball Red-Blue Game is Saturday, Oct. 22. Don’t miss the first look at the 2011-12 squad! Tickets are just $7 for adults and $3 for youth with advance purchase, and $10 for adults and $5 for youth on the day of the game. The women’s basketball team opens play at McKale on Nov. 2. Season tickets are available now.
Continue to do what you can to help Arizona Athletics and:
- Join the Wildcat Movement
- Wear the Colors (Especially on Friday)
- Get Others to Do the Same
- Buy Season Tickets
Bear Down with Pride,
Director of Athletics
University of Arizona