Arizona Football Coaching Change: 7 Possible Replacements for Mike Stoops

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Arizona Football Coaching Change: 7 Possible Replacements for Mike Stoops
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Arizona followers are heavily versed in this whole national coaching search business.

Just about three years ago, former athletic director Jim Livengood was on the prowl to replace the most beloved hoops coach in the school's history, Hall of Famer Lute Olson.

And right around that time, the Internet went bananas with speculation.

Remember all the rumors?

Rick Pitino's wife was allegedly in Tucson checking out the real estate.

Some were saying that Tom Izzo was tiring of the misery that is the city of East Lansing and preferred a warmer weather climate with an already-established program.

John Calipari's name also was thrown into the ring, although Kentucky quickly squashed that by taking him off the market.

The other prime-time names mentioned included Gonzaga's Mark Few, Pitt's Jaime Dixon, former USC/current UTEP coach Tim Floyd, Virginia Tech's Seth Greenberg and a slew of others.

Ultimately, Arizona landed on a relatively low-profile, but highly successful, fresh, young coach out of Xavier named Sean Miller.

And while Miller name didn't have the splash of Pitino, Izzo or Calipari, he proved to be the perfect selection after taking his squad to the Elite Eight in just his second season, with the No. 1 recruiting class in the nation compiled for 2013.

Now it's time to find out who makes sense on Arizona's gridiron. 

There are sure to be plenty of flashy choices bandied about, but the best choice just might come from the ranks of the relatively unknown.

Come inside to see seven realistic replacements for Mike Stoops at Arizona:

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