Arizona Wildcats: Who Should Stoops Hire for Offensive Coordinator?

Tom PhillipsCorrespondent IJanuary 30, 2010

LOS ANGELES - DECEMBER 5: Head coach Mike Stoops of the Arizona Wildcats gestrures to an official during the game with the USC Trojans on December 5, 2009 at the Los Angeles Coliseum in Los Angeles, California.   (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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Despite former offensive coordinator Sonny Dykes leaving nearly two weeks ago, Arizona is still without his replacement.

Arizona has named offensive line coach Bill Bedenbaugh co-offensive coordinator, but he will not call plays for the team.

Despite not calling plays, Bedenbaugh will have the responsibility of keeping the offense intact. He will help the new OC maintain the spread offense at Arizona while trying to add his own flair.

The new offensive coordinator will also serve as the quarterback coach. He will get to help develop Nick Foles into an All Pac-10 quarterback, while also throwing Matt Scott into the mix with the Wildcat formation.

As Mike Stoops forte is on the defensive side of the ball, the new hire is a very important one if the Wildcats want to make the next step and stay in the upper tier of the Pac-10.

Here are the names that have been thrown around and rumored to be the next play-caller for the Cats.

Josh Heupel

The current Oklahoma quarterbacks coach is a believer in the spread and would be a nice fit for Arizona.

Heupel is already familiar with Tucson, as he held the role of the tight ends coach during the 2005 season.

Despite being only 31-years-old, he is very highly regarded and is well on his way to becoming a hot commodity in the coaching world.

Having never called plays before, it would be a bold move for Stoops to hire Heupel. Some would say that he did a similar thing when he switched to the spread and hired Sonny Dykes, though.

Darrell Wyatt

Another former Arizona assistant, the current Kansas co-offensive coordinator has come up in rumors.

Wyatt was around for the first season of the spread at Arizona and it would likely be a smooth transition for him. He also has play calling experience as the offensive coordinator at Southern Mississippi the past two years.

Despite the lateral nature of the more, Wyatt's previous experience and familiarity with the program may be enough to sway him back to the Old Pueblo.

Dana Dimel

You may be noticing a theme here; Dimel is another former Wildcat assistant. He used to coach tight ends and running backs for Arizona.

Before the installation of the spread offense, Dimel took over for Mike Canales halfway through the 2006 season and called the plays.

The trust that Stoops showed in Dimel, and the fact that Dimel remembers, may help sway him to Tucson.