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Mike Stoops fired at Arizona

UPDATE: Here's the story from the Arizona Daily Star ... Here's a statement from Stoops ...

"I am very proud of the Wildcat football program and the many accomplishments we have enjoyed. Topping that list is our qualifying for consecutive bowl games the last three seasons for only the second time in school history. I am also proud of the success our players demonstrated off the field. Not only has our team Academic Progress Rate (APR) improved significantly each of the past five years, but also our players have made great strides in conducting themselves in a manner that reflects the ideals of this University.  When I took this job, I was hoping to be the first coach to lead this program to a Rose Bowl. Although we fell short of that goal, we made significant progress, and our organization continues to strive for excellence. I wish the entire Wildcat football program the best of luck going forward, and I thank the University of Arizona for the opportunity to be a part of the successes we have achieved over the past eight seasons.For those of you who had Rick Neuheisel or Paul Wulff in your first coach fired in the Pac 12 pool, you have lost. It appears that Mike Stoops will be fired as the head coach of the Arizona Wildcats. Both Bruce Feldman of CBS Sports and Anthony Gimino of the Tucson Citizen have both reported it.

The school has called a press conference for 6 p.m.

This really bothers me. He was a go-to person when I needed a cheap joke during my weekly Pac 12 picks.

Arizona was 2-10 the year before Stoops took over. But they've gone to bowl games the last three years. They've also lost their last 10 games against FBS teams.

Offensive coordinator Tim Kish will take over as interim coach