Now we’ll find out how Arizona football deals with change.
The news of Mike Stoops’ firing on Monday “was a shock to us all,” quarterback Nick Foles said after Wednesday’s practice. Added cornerback Trevin Wade: “It caught us all off guard.”
In the wake of the Stoops’ dismissal, the school has made only those two players available to the media — and the team is now off limits until Monday, as the Wildcats try to close ranks and regroup this week under interim head coach Tim Kish.
Perhaps it won’t be just the same old same old for the Wildcats.
While Foles and Wade praised Stoops for what he did for the program and for them personally, the sudden change at the top, if handled properly, could energize the team for the final six games.
“It possibly could,” Wade said.
“You have to come out and you have to fight. If we all sulk now, we’re just hurting our own futures. We have to pull through and fight.”