Arizona Fires Coach Kevin Sumlin The Day After Blowout Loss to Arizona State

Well, we all saw this one coming.

Kevin Sumlin has been fired as the head coach at Arizona after an 0-5 start to the season. Director of Athletics Dave Heeke released this statement on the move, which is effective immediately:

“When we hired Kevin three years ago, we had very high hopes for our football program,” UA athletic director Dave Heeke said in a statement. “Unfortunately, we simply have not seen the results and upward trajectory in our program that we needed to, and I believe now is the time for a change in leadership. I thank Kevin for his service to the University of Arizona and wish him the very best in the future.

“Our attention now turns to finding the next head coach at the University of Arizona, while we continue to support our student-athletes, who have sacrificed so much since returning to campus this summer. We will cast a wide net to identify and recruit a coach who shares our vision, our values and our passion for winning.”

Sumlin’s last loss was his worst. On Friday, in-state rival Arizona State handed the Wildcats the most lopsided defeat (70-7) in series history, and that had many — including OutKick — speculating about his departure.

Well, it looks like we finally got that news.

The former Texas A&M coach was a combined 9-20 in under three years is Tucson, and that run includes 12 consecutive losses.

Defensive coordinator Paul Rhodes will take over as interim coach to close out Arizona’s season.

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Written by Clint Lamb

Clint Lamb is a College Football Writer for OutKick. Managing Editor for Roll Tide Wire. Sports radio host for The Bullpen on 730/103.9 The UMP. Co-host for The 'Bama Beat podcast through The Tuscaloosa News and


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  1. What are the chances we can get this Mason guys membership costs refunded and send him out to pasture? Somewhere a Twitter feed/Foxnews is missing a troll.

    We pay to avoid having to spend time with losers like him. Plenty of free sites out there to ply your trade of annoying crybaby loser.

    • Eh Mason is just a prime example of a lightweight enemy trying to sow discord and create division…and in the end will cause more people on the other side to unite. I do find it funny though he would spend money to do it…unless he got his check from Soros. I wouldn’t pay a subscription to Huff Post as a means to ruffle feathers in comments because I don’t care for what their lightweight position is in the first place.

      He can stick around and keep parroting the same talking points about skin color sexuality fragility or who losers concentrate on…it is rather amusing watching a white guy pretend to be black.

  2. Another one. About damn time. Kevin Sumlin is one of the most overrated football coaches in America. Please go coach DB’s until you learn how to win. Bye. Arizona had Rich Rod now this clown. Who is the AD there? Goodness learn how to vet a coach.

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