Arizona Wildcats Act Quickly To Replace Mark Stoops

Tom PhillipsCorrespondent IDecember 13, 2009

LOS ANGELES - DECEMBER 5:  Head coach Mike Stoops of the Arizona Wildcats watches as the clock counts down in the final minute against the USC Trojans on December 5, 2009 at the Los Angeles Coliseum in Los Angeles, California. Arizona won 21-17.   (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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Not even two days have passed and the Arizona Wildcats have already found their replacement for former defensive coordinator Mark Stoops.

It appears that Arizona will name Greg Brown, the University of Colorado's defensive back and defensive passing game coordinator, to be the defensive back coach and co-defensive coordinator.

Brown comes with tremendous pedigree at Colorado, coaching two Jim Thorpe award winners; Deon Figures, 1992, and Chris Hudson, 1994.

Brown has spent the past four years in second stint with the Buffaloes. Before that he held coaching jobs for 15 years with six different NFL teams.

The Wildcats also went internal with the hire, splitting the job in two. Mike Stoops will name linebacker coach Tim Kish the other co-defensive coordinator.

Kish is familiar with being a defensive coordinator, holding the position over seven seasons at three different schools. He is also one of the best recruiters on the team, with many recruits saying that their relationship with him is one of the reasons they came to Arizona.

Arizona can not officially hire Brown due to school regulations that all jobs must be posted for two weeks before a hire can be announced.

Mark Stoops announced Friday that he was leaving his defensive coordinator position at Arizona to take the same job at Florida State. Mark Stoops is planning on coaching the Wildcats through the Holiday Bowl.