The Arizona Wildcats are on the prowl for a new head coach.
Following the team's 70-7 disaster to in-state rival Arizona State, Arizona has fired coach Kevin Sumlin, according to The Athletic.
Defensive coordinator Paul Rhoads has been named the interim coach.
Sumlin, who was on our list for college football coaches on the hot seat, was fired following a 12-game losing streak — including an 0-5 record this season.
Sumlin came to Tucson after six years as head coach of the Texas A&M Aggies.
The 56-year-old offensive-minded coach took over the program in 2018 and led the Wildcats to a 4-1 record to start the 2019 campaign, but the team then dropped seven games in a row. And after Arizona State's annihilation of Arizona, the university finally decided to move on.
According to USA Today, Sumlin has a $7.3 million buyout that Arizona must pay. The deal does include offset language.
Arizona fires football coach Kevin Sumlin. Per his contract, he is owed a buyout of about $7.3 million. He has no specified duty to mitigate, but if he does get another job in football or TV, Arizona will entitled to offset— Steve Berkowitz (@ByBerkowitz) December 12, 2020
While Sumlin has a 95-63 career record as a coach, it's unlikely he'll get a chance to coach a prestigious program again.
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