TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) Former K-State assistant Mike Stoops has been fired halfway through his eighth season as head coach at Arizona. Athletic director Greg Byrne announced Stoops’ dismissal at a news conference Monday evening, two days after the Wildcats lost their fifth straight game, 37-27 at previously winless Oregon State.
Dating to last season, Arizona has lost 10 of 11 games, the lone victory this season’s opener over Northern Arizona, a Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) school. Stoops had a 41-50 record with the Wildcats. He was an assistant at K-State for seven seasons (from 1992-98), and was co-defensive coordinator on his brother Bob’s staff at Oklahoma before he was hired at Arizona.
His 2010 team started the season 7-1 but lost its last five, including a 36-10 blowout to Oklahoma State in the Alamo Bowl.