Arizona hires former NFL player DeMarco Murray as assistant
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Arizona has hired former NFL player DeMarco Murray as its running backs coach.
The school announced the addition to Kevin Sumlin's staff on Friday.
Murray was recruited by and played for Sumlin at Oklahoma and joins the Wildcats after seven NFL seasons with Dallas, Philadelphia and Tennessee. He rushed for 7,174 yards and had 2,165 receiving yards before retiring last summer.
Khalil Tate returning to Arizona for senior season
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Arizona quarterback Khalil Tate will return for his senior season.
Tate made the decision Tuesday after talking it over with his family and Wildcats coach Kevin Sumlin.
Tate instantly made a name for himself as a sophomore, setting an FBS rushing record for a quarterback with 327 yards after replacing injured started Brandon Dawkins against Colorado.
Texas Southern hires Clarence McKinney as football coach
HOUSTON (AP) — Texas Southern has hired Arizona assistant Clarence McKinney as its head coach.
A school statement Monday announced the selection of McKinney, who spent this season as associate head coach and running backs coach at Arizona.
McKinney replaces Michael Haywood, who last week resigned after a 2-9 season. He was 8-25 in three seasons at the Houston school.
Arizona bidding for postseason berth against Arizona State
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Arizona State's first season under coach Herm Edwards has been a solid one. The Sun Devils beat some good teams, lost some close games and are bowl eligible.
Arizona has had a similar first season under Kevin Sumlin, except for bowl eligibility.
The Wildcats need a win on Saturday to become bowl eligible, adding a level of intensity in an already-heated rivalry.
Apple Cup tops this week in the Pac-12
Here are some things to watch this week in the Pac-12 Conference:
No. 9 Washington State looking to keep CFP hopes alive
Arizona (5-5, 4-3 Pac-12) at No. 9 Washington State (9-1, 6-1, No. 8 CFP), 10:30 p.m. EST (ESPN).
Line: Washington State by 10.
Series record: Arizona leads 27-16.
WHAT'S AT STAKE?
Washington State looking to stay on track for its first Pac-12 North title and longshot bid for a College Football Playoff berth. The Cougars seek their first 10-win season since 2003. Arizona is seeking to become bowl eligible in Coach Kevin Sumlin's first season.
Aggies look to bounce back against Ole Miss after 2 losses
COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) — After losing two straight games following a three-game winning streak, Texas A&M will try to finish better on Saturday against Mississippi.
The Aggies (5-4, 3-3 Southeastern Conference) have been outscored 28-0 in the fourth quarter of losses at Mississippi State and Auburn.
"It disappoints me like it does everyone else in that you know that you're very close," coach Jimbo Fisher said.
Tate returns, Arizona rolls over No. 19 Oregon 44-15
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — J.J. Taylor burst through holes and leaped over defenders. Khalil Tate was sharp in his return. The defense created turnovers, so did special teams.
Stuck in a recent rut, Arizona picked a great time to play its best game of the season.
Taylor ran for 212 yards and two touchdowns, Tate threw for three scores and the Wildcats dominated No. 19 Oregon 44-15 on Saturday night.
Arizona QB Rhett Rodriguez makes first start against UCLA
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kevin Sumlin's last trip to the Rose Bowl was a nightmare as UCLA rallied in the fourth quarter to beat Texas A&M. The first-year Arizona coach now faces a return without his best player as the Wildcats face UCLA.
Utah’s run defense stifling opponents on the ground
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Disrupting the run game has become Utah's defensive trademark once again.
After leading the Pac 12 in rushing defense in 2015 and 2016, the Utes slipped to third place a year ago. Only one league opponent, Washington State, failed to generate at least 100 yards on the ground against Utah.
Wildcats take advantage of turnovers to beat Cal 24-17
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — California, searching for its first Pac-12 road victory in three years, dominated Arizona statistically on Saturday.
But turnovers doomed Cal in another loss to the Wildcats in what Arizona coach Kevin Sumlin called "a really gutty performance" by his team.
Bears head to Arizona looking for first Pac-12 victory
The California Bears made a brief appearance in the national rankings before slamming back to earth with a 42-24 home loss to Oregon last weekend.
Now the Bears (3-1, 0-1 Pac-12) travel to Tucson on Saturday night to face Arizona, seeking a bit of redemption as well as their first Pac-12 victory. Arizona (2-3, 1-1) is coming off a 24-20 home loss to USC.
Taylor runs wild as Arizona thrashes Oregon State, 35-14
CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) — After an explosive game, Arizona running back J.J. Taylor was asked what was working well for him.
"The offensive line," he responded, then chuckled. "All the stuff that we do at practice just showed up today."
Taylor rushed for a Reser Stadium-record 284 yards and two touchdowns, including a 62-yard sprint, as Arizona ran wild over Oregon State 35-14 in the Pac-12 opener on Saturday afternoon.
Arizona visits Oregon State with focus on Tate’s ankle
The previous time he faced Oregon State, Arizona quarterback Khalil Tate rushed for more than 200 yards and two touchdowns. When he sees the Beavers on Saturday, he may have to rely more on his arm.
Tate tweaked his left ankle and his normally potent running ability has been slowed this season. But last week, the dual-threat got his arm going and threw for a career-high 349 yards and five touchdowns in a 62-31 rout of Southern Utah. He had just four carries.
Tate throws for 349 yards, 5 TDs as Arizona routs S. Utah
TUSCON, Ariz. (AP) — A sore ankle seems to be slowing that dynamic breakaway speed of Khalil Tate. But the Arizona quarterback sure can still throw the ball.
Tate passed for a career-best 349 yards and five touchdowns, then sat out most of the fourth quarter and Arizona gave Kevin Sumlin his first victory as Wildcats coach with a 62-31 rout of Southern Utah on Saturday night.
After 0-2 start, Arizona looks to S. Utah for 1st win
The Kevin Sumlin era in Tucson has gotten off to a rocky start, to say the least.
The Wildcats, a team that some college football pundits thought might contend in the Pac-12 South, are 0-2 and coming off a 45-18 rout at Houston.
Fortunately, for the Wildcats, Arizona appears to have a team it can finally beat Saturday night in FCS foe Southern Utah (0-2), which lost 48-25 at Oregon State last weekend.
Arizona limps to 0-2 start in Kevin Sumlin’s first season
Arizona was supposed to be the team in the Grand Canyon State that would have the easiest time transitioning to a new coach. Kevin Sumlin was taking over a program that had a Heisman Trophy front-runner, an explosive offense and the potential to be better on defense.
But while No. 23 Arizona State has won its first two games under Herm Edwards, Arizona is 0-2 under Sumlin and facing a litany of issues.
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Houston spoils Sumlin return, pounds Arizona 45-18
HOUSTON (AP) — Houston quarterback D'Eriq King and the rest of the Cougars' offense made it a miserable homecoming for Arizona coach Kevin Sumlin.
King threw for four touchdowns and rushed for two more as the Cougars hammered Arizona 45-18 on Saturday, dropping the Wildcats to 0-2 in Sumlin's first season.
Arizona looks to be more consistent against Houston
HOUSTON (AP) — Arizona coach Kevin Sumlin wants to see more consistency from his team after the Wildcats struggled to score for the first three quarters in a 28-23 loss to BYU.
He hopes the changes start Saturday when the Wildcats (0-1) travel to face his former team in Houston (1-0).
"We have to be more consistent for four quarters," Sumlin said. "If you run 42 plays in the first half and have 10 points, that's not the efficiency that you need."
BYU spoils Sumlin’s debut with 28-23 win over Arizona
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Brigham Young's offensive line pushed Arizona around. Tanner Mangum was effective in his return from an Achilles' tendon injury. The Cougars kept Khalil Tate from breaking off any big runs.
BYU expected to be better after a four-win season ago and sure seems to be after opening the season with a road win over a Pac-12 team.
Squally Canada scored on three short runs and BYU spoiled Kevin Sumlin's Arizona coaching debut with a 28-23 win over the Wildcats on Saturday night.
Arizona opens first season with Kevin Sumlin against BYU
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — The hype began when Kevin Sumlin was hired in January. The former Texas A&M coach known for bringing in high-level recruits and developing quarterbacks was being heralded as the man who would turn Arizona into a Pac-12 and maybe someday national-title contender.
For Sumlin's first season in the desert, he has one of the nation's most dynamic quarterbacks in Khalil Tate, an explosive offense, a bigger, deeper defense.
Arizona dismisses Marchiol after video surfaces
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Arizona transfer linebacker Santino Marchiol has been dismissed from the team after a video surfaced of him appearing to use a racial slur to describe former teammates at Texas A&M.
Wildcats coach Kevin Sumlin said during his Monday news conference that Marchiol is no longer with the team, but did not give a specific reason why.
The Dallas Morning News reported last week that a video showed Marchiol using a racial slur to describe teammates while he was at Texas A&M.
Report: Former Texas A&M LB alleges possible violations
Texas A&M says it is reviewing allegations of possible NCAA violations by football coaches made by a former player who transferred to Arizona.
Arizona not tempering expectations in Sumlin’s first season
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Most times when a new coach takes over a program, the expectations are tempered. Arizona is looking to contend for a Pac-12 South title in Kevin Sumlin's first season.
The Wildcats are loaded with talent offensively, are led by one of the nation's most dynamic players and have a chance to be much better defensively than they were under Rich Rodriguez. Why not anticipate being in contention for a division title?
New weapons emerging for Aggies as pass-catchers shine at Maroon & White Game
Texas A&M didn’t settle on a starting quarterback during Saturday’s Maroon & White Game at Kyle Field, but whoever wins the job might have added a few weapons.
Sophomores Nick Starkel and Kellen Mond, last season’s starting quarterbacks, each had their moments in the White’s 30-24 victory, but it was the guys on the receiving end who created the most buzz among the 48,129 fans.
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There were three members from last season's Arizona coaching staff: Defensive coordinator Marcel Yates, senior defensive analyst Chuck Cecil and wide receivers coach Theron Aych.
Aych joined the staff at the start of the 2017 season after coaching at UTEP in 2016, and mentored players like Shun Brown, Tony Ellison and 6-foot-5 wide out Shawn Poindexter. All three players combined for 1,465 yards.
Five things we’ve learned so far about the Arizona Wildcats’ recruiting strategy under Kevin Sumlin
When he was putting together his staff, new Arizona Wildcats coach Kevin Sumlin made one thing clear: He wasn’t looking for assistants who could do only one thing.
Sumlin wanted teachers, football gurus and ace recruiters.
“I wanted to have a staff that was well-rounded,” Sumlin said earlier in the offseason. “Those guys are hard to find. But this is an experienced staff. … We checked the boxes.”
Meet Jeremy Springer, who’s determined to bring ‘championship special teams’ to the Arizona Wildcats
Jeremy Springer is fired up!
That’s the first thing you notice about the Arizona Wildcats’ new special-teams coordinator, whom we got to meet Wednesday night. He’s young (29), energetic and extremely gung-ho about special teams.
Springer played linebacker at UTEP from 2007-11. The special-teams coach there was Jeff Banks, who later brought Springer to Texas A&M to serve as his apprentice.
A noticeable change at practices under first-year Texas A&M football coach Jimbo Fisher is no blaring music which has become trendy in recent years with some coaches, including former Aggie coach Kevin Sumlin.
“But how in the heck do you hear when they coach, when you coach ‘em?” Fisher said. “I’m trying to coach them at the same time. Are they going to listen to a song or are they going to listen to me?”
Fisher believes his staff is being heard loud and clear.
Texas A&M opened much-anticipated spring football drills Tuesday under first-year coach Jimbo Fisher, who started to tweak an offense that will make good use of tight ends and quarterbacks under center.
The Aggies practiced for just over 2 hours on the Coolidge grass practice fields in shorts and helmets.
“The kids had a good attitude. I thought they worked good,” Fisher said. “Again, they are getting used to new schemes, just practice in general. Everything is different.”
Greg Hansen: Much work awaits Kevin Sumlin, whose time with Wildcats is just beginning
Rather than ride a shuttle to Boise’s Taco Bell Arena last week, I walked a mile or two on Broadway Avenue until I reached Albertsons Stadium. It’s the place with the blue turf.
The stadium itself is nothing stupefying; it is smaller, 36,387 capacity, than every football stadium in the Pac-12 except the one at Washington State. It’s not even a tough ticket any more: Average attendance at Albertsons Stadium last year was a trifling 31,126.
Arizona Wildcats spring football position-by-position preview: Special teams
Arizona Wildcats spring football is almost here. Kevin Sumlin’s first full practice as UA coach is set to begin at 5:40 p.m. Monday.
We’ve been previewing spring ball, position by position, since last week. The series concludes with a look at special teams. Links to every previous entry can be found at the bottom of this post.
Who’s here: K Lucas Havrisik (6-2, 173, SO), K Josh Pollack (5-10, 184, RS SR), RS Shun Brown (5-10, 177, SR), LS Nick Reinhardt (6-1, 240, RS JR)
Arizona Wildcats spring football position-by-position preview: Linebackers
Spring football for the Arizona Wildcats is starting a little later than it has in recent years, but it’s almost here. With Kevin Sumlin’s first full practice as UA coach scheduled for Monday, we will examine the state of his team over the remainder of this week. The series continues with a look at the linebackers, the first half of a pair of series-concluding two-a-days.
Arizona Wildcats spring football position-by-position preview: Offensive linemen
Spring football for the Arizona Wildcats is starting a little later than it has in recent years, but it’s almost here. With Kevin Sumlin’s first full practice as UA coach scheduled for next Monday, we will examine the state of his team over the next several weekdays. The series resumes with a look at the offensive line.
Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, adoring fans warm up chilly Cologuard Classic pro-am
Football and golf fans donned their green and yellow shirts and hats for Wednesday’s Cologuard Classic pro-am.
Aaron Rodgers, the man they were there to see, stuck out.
“I like blue, white and grey,” the Green Bay Packers quarterback said, showing off his golf gear.
What about green and yellow?
“When they aren’t paying me, I’m not wearing them,” he said with a laugh. “I wear blue, Cologuard blue.”
Kevin Sumlin hires former Texas A&M colleague Brian Johnson as Arizona Wildcats’ strength coach
Arizona has hired Brian Johnson as its director of strength and conditioning for football.
The university did not make a formal announcement, but Johnson is listed in the staff directory.
Johnson worked as an assistant strength and conditioning coach last year at Texas A&M under new Wildcats coach Kevin Sumlin. Johnson’s official title was sports performance coach for football.
LB coach Scott Boone won’t be back at Arizona; ex-Wildcats RB coach Calvin Magee named OC at New Mexico
Linebackers coach Scott Boone will not be part of Kevin Sumlin’s staff at Arizona.
Boone made it official via Twitter on Monday morning. He thanked Sumlin for “the opportunity to talk about staying on staff” and for “the way he handled a tough discussion with class and compassion.”
Boone also thanked Rich Rodriguez, who hired him in December 2016; Marcel Yates, who’s being retained as defensive coordinator; and the Wildcats’ 2017 linebacking corps.
Former Arizona Wildcats assistant Rod Smith hired as offensive coordinator/QB coach at Illinois
Illinois announced Friday that it has hired former Arizona Wildcats assistant Rod Smith as its offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.
Alabama hires Jeff Banks as Tide special teams coordinator
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Alabama has hired Jeff Banks as its special teams coordinator.
Banks, whose hiring was announced Thursday, spent the past five seasons as tight ends coach and special teams coordinator for Kevin Sumlin at Texas A&M. The Aggies ranked third nationally in net punting and second in punt return average last season.
Arizona Wildcats players tweet goodbye and thank-you messages to assistants Jahmile Addae, Vince Amey
It appears that defensive assistants Jahmile Addae and Vince Amey will not be retained by new Arizona Wildcats coach Kevin Sumlin.
Multiple UA players on Wednesday tweeted thank-you and goodbye messages to Addae, who coached safeties, and Amey, who coached interior defensive linemen. Both were elevated from analyst roles heading into the 2016 season.
Kevin Sumlin says coaching Arizona is ‘the right challenge’
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Kevin Sumlin calls the head coaching job at Arizona "the right place and the right challenge."
He made the comment at a news conference introducing him as coach on Tuesday.
Sumlin said that when he spoke with Wildcats athletic director Dave Heeke about the job, talk inevitably turned to the Rose Bowl. Arizona is the only one of the original Pac-10 never to play in the game.
Kevin Sumlin, the people’s choice, plans to bring championship mentality to Arizona Wildcats football program
After a whirlwind weekend that had Arizona supporters furiously refreshing their devices to keep up with all the twists and turns, the UA delivered the man they wanted from the start.
Kevin Sumlin is the new coach of the Wildcats, first-year athletic director Dave Heeke announced Sunday evening. Sumlin will be introduced to Tucson on Tuesday morning.
Former Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin takes over for departed Rich Rodriguez at Arizona
Arizona has selected former Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin as its next football coach.
Sumlin, 53, is expected to sign a five-year contract, pending approval by the Arizona Board of Regents. An introductory news conference is scheduled Tuesday.
He replaces Rich Rodriguez, who was fired Jan. 2 amid sexual harassment allegations.
AP source: Arizona to hire Kevin Sumlin as football coach
Arizona has tabbed former Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin as its football coach.
Sumlin is expected to sign a five-year contract, pending approval by the Arizona Board of Regents. An introductory news conference is scheduled for Tuesday.
He replaces Rich Rodriguez, who was fired Jan. 2 amid sexual harassment allegations.
Updated: Kevin Sumlin to be named Arizona Wildcats head coach, per reports
Former Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin will be named the next coach of the Arizona Wildcats, according to multiple reports.
Sumlin was fired from Texas A&M after six seasons in which he compiled a 51-26 record.
Gil Brandt of NFL.com first reported that Sumlin was headed to Arizona.
Hearing its official. Kevin Sumlin to Arizona. YESSIR!— Gil Brandt (@Gil_Brandt) January 14, 2018
OSU football: The most interesting thoughts from Mike Gundy during his ESPN MegaCast appearance
Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy joined five other college football coaches in room sitting in semi-comfortable chairs eating pizza and drinking beverages just like most of Americans while enjoying the College Football Playoff championship game.
OSU football: Mike Gundy to be part of ESPN MegaCast during College Football Playoff championship
Oklahoma State fans will have a reason to watch the College Football Playoff national championship game between Alabama and Georgia tonight.
The OSU head coach will be part of ESPN's College Football Playoff MegaCast providing real-time analysis along with former Texas A&M head coach Kevin Sumlin, Colorado State coach Mike Bobo and Northwestern head coach Pat Fitzgerald in the Coaches' Film Room on ESPNews starting at 7 p.m.
3. The candidates. Hiring a football coach can be a complicated, sticky process. Identifying and interviewing a sitting head coach — and then buying him out — requires days of negotiations, sensitivity and privacy. "Hot" assistants are often recruiting on behalf of one university while negotiating with another.
When Kevin Sumlin was forming his first staff at Texas A&M he was turned down by former Michigan State defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi, settling for South Florida’s Mark Snyder.
We all know how that turned out.
Who knows, maybe Sumlin is still coaching at A&M if he lands Narduzzi.