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Arizona fires head football coach Kevin Sumlin

Posted at 3:20 PM, Dec 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-13 01:03:56-05

TUCSON, Ariz. (KGUN) — Arizona Football has fired head football coach Kevin Sumlin.

The move follows Friday night's 70-7 home loss to rival Arizona State. The Wildcats have lost 12 games in a row, which is a program record.

"When we hired Kevin three years ago, we had very high hopes for our football program," said athletic director Dave Heeke. "Unfortunately, we simply have not seen the results and updated trajectory in our program that we needed to, and I believe now is the time for a change in leadership. I thank Kevin for his service to the University of Arizona and wish him the very best in the future."

"Our attention now turns to finding the next head coach at the University of Arizona, while we continue to support our student-athletes, who have sacrificed so much since returning to campus this summer. We will cast a wide net to identify and recruit a coach who shares our vision, our values and our passion for winning."

Defensive Coordinator Paul Rhoads will serve as interim head coach.

Sumlin finishes with a record of 9-20, including a 6-17 record in the Pac-12. UArizona says it will honor the terms of Sumlin's existing contract.