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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