Mike Stoops enters his 8th year as the head coach at Arizona. During Stoops’ tenure, the Wildcats have finished 3-8, 3-8, 6-6, 5-7, 8-5, 8-5, and 7-6.
As the Wildcats begin Spring practice, Stoops says, "Our skill level has never been this high. This is the best group of receivers we've ever had. We've got to get the ball in our playmakers' hands."
The coaching staff made a couple of new additions during the off-season. Former BYU assistant Robert Anae has joined the staff as offensive line coach / run game coordinator. Former San Jose State assistant (2009) Joe Salave’a is the new defensive line coach. Also, Stoops promoted defensive grad assistant Ryan Walters to defensive backs coach.
Stoops says, “I really like this team. Each year, our maturity and our overall team experience is much better."
Arizona hosts Northern Arizona in the season-opener. The Wildcats will travel to Stillwater to play Oklahoma State the following week. Arizona will finish the season with a non-conference game against UL-Lafayette.
At one point, the schedule includes a stretch at Oklahoma State, Stanford, Oregon, and at USC.