Tuesday, October 11, 2011
Citgo Watch: Long Gone in the desert
Mike Stoops, brother of Bob Stoops, is out as head coach of Arizona. This year, they are 1-5 and are coming off a loss to a previously win-less Oregon State, 37-27. Dr. Saturday thinks it is stupid. I think it has been a long time coming (see: UCLA).
This year, the home stretch isn't the problem. After a win over Sacramento State, they have dropped 5 straight again.
The schedule has been a bit top heavy:
at Oklahoma State, ranked no. 9
Stanford, ranked no. 6
Oregon, ranked no. 10
at USC, currently 4-1
Those are likely and probable losses for the majority of college football teams. Ohio State may have ended up 0-6.
What I have taken from watching Arizona on Thursday v the Pokes, the Ducks and Stanford was that they hung in there due to Nick Foles' arm, but they are not close to the top tier of the Pac-12. But it's not like they are looking at a 1-11 season.
Their remaining schedule sets up like this:
UCLA next Thursday: really winnable
at Washington: small underdogs
at Colorado: very very winnable
at ASU: tough, but you know rivarlies, "throw the record out"
ULL: laughable, I think
After 1-5, they most likely finish anywhere from 4-8 to 6-6 and a bowl bid. Did they fire him too soon? Maybe. Was a change needed? Perhaps, but it's not like they were top 10 for years and this season is a complete tire fire (see, Columbus). I will tell you one thing, UCLA off a bye week on Thursday night at home is cowbell to their losing fever.
U of A gave him 8 years, what's the point of not letting him finish out the string? His recent success was ultimately his downfall, and after 8 years, unless you are a championship contenter, things can get stale and a change is usually necessary. The late season losses have not helped either.
The 2010 season ended with 5 straight losses and the streak is 10 against Div. 1-A opponents. The only question I have is why not let him ride this out and dump him if they get under .500 and let him coach the bowl game if they finish 6-6. Arizona football, is, Arizona football and to get rid of a coach after 8 seasons, mid season is a bit questionable. I'll be looking for Mike on tv soon, I hope.