Arizona fires coach Mike Stoops after 1-5 start
Monday, October 10, 2011
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) -- Coach Mike Stoops has been fired halfway through his eighth season at Arizona.
Athletic director Greg Byrne announced Stoops' dismissal at a news conference Monday evening, two days after the Wildcats lost their fifth straight game, 37-27 at previously winless Oregon State.
Dating to last season, Arizona has lost 10 of 11 games, the lone victory this season's opener over Northern Arizona, a Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) school.
Stoops had a 41-50 record with the Wildcats. He was co-defensive coordinator on his brother Bob's staff at Oklahoma before he was hired at Arizona.
His 2010 team started the season 7-1 but lost its last five, including a 36-10 blowout to Oklahoma State in the Alamo Bowl.