Arizona Wildcats Football: 8 Candidates to Replace Mike Stoops

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Arizona Wildcats Football: 8 Candidates to Replace Mike Stoops
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After a disastrous 1-5 start, the University of Arizona has decided to fire Head Coach Mike Stoops.

Stoops managed to improve the Arizona football program significantly in his tenure as coach. I am fairly surprised Stoops would be fired this soon.

Arizona played three Top 10 teams in Stanford, Oklahoma State and Oregon in their losing streak. Their other two losses were against USC and lowly Oregon State.

Their only win was against FCS team Northern Arizona.

Statistically, they are 117th in rushing yards and points allowed. Their only positive was their passing game, ranked No. 3 in total passing yards. QB Nick Foles is the only bright spot in a dismal season so far.

There will be speculation over who becomes the next Arizona coach. Athletic Director Greg Byrne must determine what kind of coach he wants to run the program.

Here are eight coaches Byrne should strongly consider, in honor of the eight seasons Mike Stoops was the coach.

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