Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Stoops Era Extended Through 2013

Let’s face it, it’s been a while for a lot of things around here. It has been a long time since I’ve written an article, a long time since our Wildcats had chalked up a bowl victory, and a long time since an Arizona Football coach had gotten any respect and support.

All three of those things have changed within the last week. After Arizona’s victory over #16 BYU was the school’s first since 1998. This triggered a number of different things within the Arizona Sports community, and it appears as though big things are on the way for the Wildcats.

The biggest news thus far is that Head Coach Mike Stoops who with out a doubt had one of the hottest seats in the Pac-10.

There had been a lot of speculation that Stoops may be on the way out if he didn’t take the Cat’s bowling this season. After a lot of up and downs the season has come to end, a bowl game and a bowl victory have been achieved and with Stoops has earned himself a contract extension.

Stoops’ original contract had him in Tucson through the 2010 season, but it looks as though the athletic department hopes he will be around longer than that. Today, the University of Arizona’s athletic director Jim Livengood announced that they plan on offering a 3 year contract extension keeping him here through 2013.

The details of the contract are still under negotiation and approval through the appropriate channels still pending. That being said, it looks like Stoops will have a chance to continue to build his program and making the push to be one of the elite teams in the Pac-10 conference.