Stoops favors playing non-conference game in Phoenix (video)by Anthony Gimino on Aug. 11, 2010, under Sports
There is a nice interview of Arizona coach Mike Stoops posted on FoxSportsArizona.com.
The video clip, with Todd Walsh asking the questions, runs for more than seven minutes. You can also see highlights from last season, including Juron Criner‘s game-winning touchdown catch vs. USC and Nic Grigsby‘s game-winning touchdown run vs. Stanford.
(As a side note and in the interest of full disclosure, I am also supplying Arizona football stories and video to FoxSportsArizona.com, which you can find on the site’s Wildcat page. Today’s story includes quotes about the team’s trip to Fort Huachuca, where the team will practice starting Thursday.)
In the video interview, Stoops talks about:
*Quarterback Nick Foles and the “balance” the junior has in his life.
*Running back Nic Grigsby, who headlines a deep group of runners. “Hopefully, we can have that group healthy,” Stoops said. “We have, I feel, one of the best backfields in the country.”
*His defense. “We have the players to do what we want to do … we’re just going to have to grow up fast,” he said.
*Being picked fifth in the Pac-10 by the league’s media.
*New athletic director Greg Byrne.
*Playing a non-conference game in the Phoenix area. This was an interesting response. Not only did Stoops say he wants to do it, but he would have loved to have played Iowa in Phoenix (or, more accurately, University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale) this season. In the future, though, if the program is at a high-enough level where it can attract a big-name opponent and give up the home-field advantage of Arizona Stadium, Stoops is all for traveling north for that game. “You want to bring this product to Phoenix,” he said.
*Retiring jerseys of former Arizona greats this season.
*His personal and professional development since arriving at Arizona. “I think I’m much better at what I do now than the first couple of years,” he said. “I made a lot of mistakes, and you just learn from it.”