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Arizona: Stoops out, Kish interim

Arizona has decided to make a change. Mike Stoops, head coach since November 2004, has been relieved of his responsibilities and defensive coordinator Tim Kish has been named interim head coach.

Stoops will be paid a $1.4 million payout. In eight seasons, Stoops went 41-50, 27-38 in the Pac-12. 7-6 in 2010, 8-5 in both 2009 and 2008.  

This season the Wildcats were 1-5 and 0-4 in conference.  They have lost ten consecutive games against FBS opponents. Arizona is currently 117th in scoring defense and has shown virtually no pass rush.

Athletic director Greg Byrne said he decided to make the change now because, "We want them to have some fun playing football. We wanted our coaches to have fun coaching." Byrne added that he and a few others within his staff will "take care of the search." He added, "After today, I won't speak any more about our search until we have our coach."

Kish is a member of Stoops original staff and was made co-defensive coordinator two seasons ago and then was promoted to defensive coordinator after last season. He spent most of the decade before he came to Arizona in the Big Ten with stints at Indiana, Illinois and Northwestern. Prior to that he spent a good amount of time at Army and a few seasons at Ball State and Purdue. 

Don't expect this search to get deep into December; and depending on the route they go could be filled well before that. 

10:30pm Update> If you want to watch the presser that AD Greg Byrne held this evening about this you can do so at this link.  Byrne did state at the presser that none of the assistants have multi-year contracts...all are under contract through June 2012. 

10:45pm Update> Mike Stoops has just released the following statement:

I am very proud of the Wildcat football program and the many accomplishments we have enjoyed. Topping that list is our qualifying for consecutive bowl games the past three seasons for only the second time in school history.

I am also proud of the success our players demonstrated off the field. Not only has our team Academic Progress Rate (APR) improved significantly each of the past five years, but also our players have made great strides in conducting themselves in a manner that reflects the ideals of this University.

When I took this job, I was hoping to be the first coach to lead this program to a Rose Bowl. Although we fell short of that goal, we made significant progress, and our organization continues to strive for excellence.

I wish the entire Wildcat football program the best of luck going forward, and I thank the University of Arizona for the opportunity to be a part of the successes we have achieved over the past eight seasons.




Charlie Strong at the podium

The first minute is all you need to see.  This was this morning. 

Strong says he hasn't yet decided how he will reassign coach Sanford; but states that Mike is still a part of the staff. 

 




Les commends his staff

LSU is 6-0. Everyone knew their defense would be good; but going into the season there was uncertainty on the offensive side of the ball.

Steve Kragthorpe was hired to replace Gary Crowton. Then, shortly before the season, Krags was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. He remains on the staff; but has passed the title and play calling responsibilities to offensive line coach Greg Studrawa. 

Then right before the opener against Oregon, the team found out they'd be using Jarrett Lee at quarterback instead of presumed starter Jordan Jefferson.

So, how'd that all work out for the Tigers? 

Through six games, the Tigers have rushed for 1101 yards and have passed for 1100.  Balance.

At his presser today, Miles said "When you can run the ball, they can't pin their ears back and come after you." He went on to speak about how well Krags and Billy Gonzales have done working with the QBs, and receivers. 

Everyone who has seen the Tigers play has to have been impressed thus far with the play of Stud's offensive line and Frank Wilson's crew of running backs. The line has opened huge holes for the backs...the fullbacks are exploding people...and Wilson has a fresh running back in there seemingly every play.  

We'd even be remiss if we didn't mention Steve Ensminger's tight ends.  They are all contributing.  

Miles likes this staff.




Houston not getting the respect they deserve?

Kevin Sumlin is coachin'em up in Houston.  This season, Sumlin's got his guys 6-0 and in the Top 25.

The problem is they are #25.   

This season, the Cougars have beaten UCLA, North Texas, Louisiana Tech, Georgia State, UTEP and East Carolina.  UCLA, LA Tech and UTEP games were all close.  

The offense is rolling (as it usually has with Case Keenum at the helm). The Cougars are #1 in the nation in passing and total offense and #5 in scoring offense. 

This is Sumlin's 4th season as head coach at Houston.  

In 2008, they went 8-5 and were 2nd in the nation in passing, total offense and 10th in scoring. 

In 2009, they went 10-4 and were 1st in the nation in passing, total offense and scoring.

In 2010, Keenum got hurt and the Cougars finished 5-7; yet still were 5th in the nation in passing, 11th in total offense and 13th in scoring. 

If the Cougars win out this season (they still have Marshall, Rice, at UAB, at Tulane, SMU and at Tulsa), Sumlin will be receiving a whole lot of attention and the Cougars should move well up in the rankings.

On another note, the Cougars recently released this website which gives you an inside look into Cougar Football. 360 degree interactive video. We hear a couple of programs are working on these; but this one is the first we've seen. 




Joe Pa shares stories about Al Davis

Quality stuff here.  

Including, "Al, you and I would have troubles getting along...because I'm smarter than you are, and you'd never admit it."

 




Monday TV

One game, one game only.

All times Eastern.

NFL:

Chicago at Detroit - 8:30 - ESPN

College:

None

High School:

None




Strong statements from Muschamp and one of his players

So by now, you've probably seen the fake punt from LSU in which their punter got called for taunting (and they lost the 7 points). 

Well, after the game, Will Muschamp had some fairly strong words for his own team about that play.  

"We had two guys that were assigned to do their job. They didn’t do it. And they did what they wanted to do, and those guys aren’t going to play in our program anymore, guys that just do what they want to do when they want to do it. It’s undisciplined football and that’s my fault, nobody else’s.”

Florida RB / TE / QB Trey Burton had some equally strong, if not more bizarre words for LSU after the Tigers had just beaten Florida 41-11.  LSU held Florida to a season low 213 yards; but Burton had this to say about LSU's secondary, "They’re not as good as advertised.  I think the D-linemen and front seven is really, really good.”

Advice from FootballScoop staff: Trey, don't incite the honey badger. He's feisty and won't forget. 

A reporter then pressed Burton on which defense (Alabama or LSU) is better, "Alabama’s hands down a lot better. A lot more physical, just tougher guys,” Burton said. “If I had to pick one to not go against, it’d definitely be Alabama.”

For those of you that are not aware (perhaps any viewers in Guatemala), LSU travels to Alabama to play on November 5th.  Both teams have a bye the week before in order to prepare.  Epic.  

4pm Update> It has been brought to our attention that LSU's #7, the aforementioned honey badger, responded to Burton's statements via twitter: I love the fact that Trey Burton from Florida opens his mouth and say our secondary is not good, lol Boy you Soft as cotton! #1LSU 




Edsall gives Paul Johnson a shout out

On Saturday Georgia Tech got out in front of Maryland 21-3 and held on for a 21-16 win. During the game, Maryland senior captain (OG) Andrew Gonnella went down with what looked like an awful leg injury.

Gonnella went to a local Atlanta hospital. The Maryland staff flew back after the game.

On Sunday, Johnson visited Gonnella at the hospital and shortly thereafter Edsall took to twitter to express his thanks publicly.  Nice move by each.