Football

Odd Man Out

 During Sumlin’s introductory news conference, he was asked how significant it was to be the first black head coach in UA history. It’s a common question, especially to Sumlin, who has been asked that question for the third time in a row now after taking over as a head coach of a football team, if you go back to his prior stops at Houston and Texas A&M.  Read more

New UA football coach Kevin Sumlin: 'I really believe this is a special place.'

In Sumlin’s opening statement and throughout his Q&A session, the 53-year old head coach outlined a vision for the future of Arizona football. The vision, according to Sumlin, will be built on being a leader of young men, an involvement in the community and success on and off the football field. Sumlin even said he plans to do what no other Arizona football coach has been able to accomplish: get the team to a Rose Bowl. Read more

Sumlin contract: $14.5 million over five years

 He will also be the highest paid employee on campus, agreeing to a $14.5 million contract over five years, pending approval by the Arizona Board of Regents according to a UA press release. He will make $2 million during his first two years, and $3.5 million for the next three seasons.   Read more

Rich Rodriquez fired after internal investigation

On Jan. 2, University of Arizona head football coach Rich Rodriguez was terminated from his position. The decision, according to a statement released by the UA, was based on several factors “including the direction and climate of our football program.”  Read more

Tate's passing gave Arizona a chance but critical interception proved fatal

Tate led the Cats by completing 17-of-26 passes for 302 yards and five touchdowns, finishing the game with a 218.7 passer rating. His five touchdown passes were the most an Arizona quarterback has thrown in a bowl game, eclipsing Matt Scott’s three in the 2012 New Mexico Bowl. But it was his last throw to Brown that ended up sealing the Wildcats fate against Purdue as he overthrew him into the hands of a Boilermaker defender. Read more