Report: Pac-12 team expected to fire its head coach
A lopsided loss in the rivalry game was enough for Arizona to make a move on coach Kevin Sumlin.
The decision, as reported by Bruce Feldman of The Athletic and Fox Sports, came after Sumlin’s Wildcats lost in the Territorial Cup to Arizona State, 70-7.
The Wildcats had seven turnovers overall and gave up 70 points for the first time since 1949 to lose their record 12th straight game spanning two seasons, the Associated Press reported.
“Everybody’s frustrated. disappointed, everybody’s not happy right now,” Sumlin said.
Sumlin is 9-20 and has not beaten Arizona State in three seasons in the desert.
The former Texas A&M coach was hired by Arizona after he led the Aggies for the previous 6 seasons (2012-17), with a 51-26 record including 3 bowl victories. He also was the head coach at Houston for 4 seasons (2008-11), with a 35-17 record. In his 10 seasons as a head coach prior to Arizona, Sumlin compiled an 86-43 record and his teams played in bowl games in nine of those seasons.
A linebacker at Purdue in the mid-80s, Sumlin largely made his name as a head coach with offenses led by Case Keenum and Johnny Manziel, but he couldn’t translate that to Arizona.
BREAKING: #Arizona is expected to dismiss Kevin Sumlin as the Wildcats head coach, sources tell me. U of A is 0-6 and on a 12-game losing streak.
— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) December 12, 2020