Stoops begins interviews: ‘It’s never been a problem finding coaches’by Anthony Gimino on Dec. 11, 2010, under Sports
Arizona Wildcats coach Mike Stoops will begin interviewing candidates for two open assistant coaching positions this weekend, saying, “It’s never been a problem finding coaches.”
“My phone has absolutely blown up over the last week,” Stoops added. “That’s the crazy part of it all.”
Defensive tackles coach Mike Tuiasosopo and Greg Brown, the co-defensive coordinator and secondary coach, have both accepted jobs at soon-to-be Pac-12 South rival Colorado.
Tuiasosopo has a strong friendship with new Buffs coach Jon Embree, and Brown has strong ties to the area. This is his third stint at Colorado — plus he will be the solo defensive coordinator, a promotion.
With the loss of Tuiasosopo, Stoops figures to need to hire a coach with strong ties to the Polynesian community (Brad Allis of our TucsonCitizen.com sports network partner WildcatSportsReport.com broke down Tui’s value in terms of recruiting.)
“You have to try to find the best coach out there that fits what we’re doing and fits our system,” Stoops said. “We’ve always replaced other great coaches with great coaches. Again, there is no shortage of coaches out there, I promise you.”
Stoops said he will interview candidates this weekend and next weekend, in between practices, recruiting and general preparation for the Alamo Bowl against Oklahoma State on Dec. 29.
“We’d like to have somebody in place, but we’re not going to rush,” Stoops said. “It’s a very demanding time, time-wise, being on the road trying to recruit. We’ll try to use our time wisely.”
In the interim, Stoops will coach the defensive backs, with help from first-year graduate assistant Ryan Walters. Former Arizona defensive tackle Donald Horton, who has been a graduate assistant helping in the weight room, will assist defensive ends coach Jeff Hammerschmidt with the line.