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Arizona is hiring Jeremy Springer to be the new ST coordinator at Arizona, Bruce Feldman of Fox Sports reports.

Springer worked on special teams and tight ends with Texas A&M in 2017, and appeared to be heading to Kansas to be their new ST coach. Not so fast, my friends, as Springer now appears to be heading to the Wildcats. The coaching carousel never stops.
Jan 19 - 9:07 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline reports that Arizona DB Dane Cruikshank met with the New York Jets and Detroit Lions, including the general managers of both teams.

Per Pauline, Cruikshank's schedule has been "full of interviews over the past few days." Cruikshank (6'1/206) has drawn mixed reviews at the Shrine Game. But he's expected to potentially run the forty in the 4.3s. If he does so, and that athleticism translates to the rest of his Combine workout, Cruikshank could potentially be a mid-rounder.
Jan 18 - 1:04 PM

Sports Illustrated's Bruce Feldman reports that Arizona will not retain OL coach Garin Justice.

Justice is not part of new Arizona HC Kevin Sumlin's plans for the future, this after just being hired over in mid-December. Feldman passes along that he could potentially rejoin FAU -- where he coached during the 2017 season -- now that he's out a job with the Wildcats.
Jan 17 - 2:52 PM

Arizona DB Dane Cruikshank has gotten mixed reviews from analysts over his first two days of practices ahead of the East-West Shrine Game.

NFL College Football 24/7 writer Chase Goodbread notes that Cruikshank made a pass breakup on a sideline throw on Tuesday, but Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline notes that the former Wildcat corner wasn't consistent, and was a half-second late on some throws. He also notes that he's expected to run in the 4.3 range, and that he's getting mid-round talk. Consistency was an issue with Cruikshank at Arizona, so this is an important week for the corner to show that the talent is there.
Jan 17 - 1:13 AM

Rivals' Nate Clouse reports that Nebraska freshman WR Keyshawn Johnson Jr. will transfer to Arizona.

Not quite Christian Kirk, here, but new Wildcats HC Kevin Sumlin receives an almost immediate gift after taking over as head honcho over the weekend. Johnson (6'1/195) was a four-star recruit coming out of high school and enrolled at Nebraska last spring. From that point on, matters unraveled. He was cited for marijuana possession in early June and subsequently left the team to work on his maturity. While there was consistent talk, both from player and team, that there was a good chance he would be able to return to the Huskers at some point after the end of the 2017 regular season, Johnson scuttled all that by announcing his transfer intention in mid-December. Because Johnson did not play for Nebraska during his freshman year, he should be eligible to play immediately for Sumlin come the start of the 2018 season.
Jan 16 - 12:30 PM

Arizona will hire Clarence McKinney to be the new RB coach.

McKinney worked with Kevin Sumlin -- the new Arizona head coach -- at Texas A&M. Prior to that, he worked with Sumlin at Arizona. He's viewed by many in the "industry" as one of the better recruiters at the position, and is another great get for the Arizona staff.
Jan 15 - 10:08 PM

Sports Illustrated's Bruce Feldman reports that Arizona HC Kevin Sumlin will retain DC Marcel Yates.

This should do well to help smooth things over with the locker room, as there was support behind the idea of Yates receiving a promotion to head coach. While Arizona turned to Sumlin, instead, he'll be at least keeping some continuity with the staff. These are the kinds of moves that can help prevent a trickle of transfers, though we would not be surprised to see a few Wildcats opt for new surroundings now that Rich Rodriguez is no longer helming the ship.
Jan 15 - 3:02 PM

NFL.com senior analyst Gil Brandt reports that Arizona will hire former Texas A&M HC Kevin Sumlin to serve in the same capacity.

Arizona was charging hard for Navy HC Ken Niumatalolo to replace Rich Rodriguez, but Niumatalolo withdrew his name from the conversation this weekend. Now, it looks like Sumlin will be bringing his spread attack to the desert. He posted a 51-26 record across six seasons at Texas A&M prior to being fired at the end of the 2017 campaign, a firing which we didn't completely agree with at the time. Sumlin has already proven his ability to recruit at a high level and has extensive experience working with dual-threat quarterbacks ranging from Johnny Manziel to Trevor Knight to (most recently) Kellen Mond. He'll now have a gem at his disposal with Arizona in QB Khalil Tate.
Jan 14 - 2:51 PM

Following a report that Navy HC Ken Niumatalolo was a serious candidate for the head-coaching position at Arizona, sophomore QB Khalil Tate tweeted, "I didn't come to Arizona to run the [triple] option."

Tate (6'2/212) later deleted that tweet, so much as anything can be deleted from the internet. He then put out another, more subtle tweet, writing "#YatesforHeadCoach. This is the second time he's stumped for DC Marcel Yates to receive the promotion. Earlier this week, Tate's mother said that her son had no transfer plans regardless of who was hired -- though at the time, the possibility of a triple-option coach heading up the football team had yet to come to the forefront. Sports Illustrated's Bruce Feldman wrote on Friday that the coaching search at Arizona will likely wrap in the next 48 hours.
Jan 12 - 2:56 PM

Sports Illustrated's Bruce Feldman reports that Arizona DC Marcel Yates is a finalist for the program's open head-coaching position.

Feldman passes along that Arizona will likely settle on their Rich Rodriguez replacement in the next 48 hours. Wildcats QB Khalil Tate has been pounding the drum for Yates' promotion on social media and Feldman notes that there's "a lot of support within the program" for Yates. Along with the current defensive coordinator, Navy HC Ken Niumatalolo, UCLA OC Jedd Fisch and Troy HC Neal Brown have all been linked to the job. Expect resolution on this before the weekend's out barring a snag.
Jan 12 - 2:09 PM

Kansas is hiring Jeremy Springer to be the new ST coach, according to Bruce Feldman of Fox Sports.

Springer spent 2017 as a quality control coach for Texas A&M, working with special teams and tight ends.
Jan 11 - 9:43 PM

Football Scoop reports that Kevin Sumlin is one of several high profile names that have been asked to interview for the University of Arizona job.

In addition to Sumlin, Football Scoop reports that the school has requested interviews with Neal Brown, Jedd Fisch, Mark Helfrich, Beau Baldwin and another former coach who is a "TV / media presence." Spicy. Arizona has also interviewed current defensive coordinator Marcel Yates, and the website reports that a decision is expected to come in the next few days. Stay tuned.
Jan 9 - 9:37 PM

When asked about the possibility that Arizona sophomore QB Khalil Tate could transfer, his mother said that he plans on remaining with the program regardless of who is hired as head coach.

"Wildcat for life," she said. Tate's already gone on the social media record saying that he would be in favor of the team promoting DC Marcel Yates to head coach as replacement for the recently deposed Rich Rodriguez. During Monday's title bout between Georgia and Alabama, it was reported that the Wildcats had interviewed Troy HC Neal Brown and that he was their top option. Keeping Tate in their corner will be key for Arizona's chances of remaining afloat through their coaching change. The sophomore supernova threw for 1,591 yards (62-percent completions) with a 14/9 TD/INT ratio during the 2017 season, but it was his work on the ground which truly lit the world on fire. Tate rushed for 1,411 yards and 12 touchdowns for the campaign.
Jan 9 - 5:33 PM

Arizona redshirt junior DL/TE Trevor Wood has been granted his right to transfer from the school.

Wood will be a graduate transfer, so he will not be restricted on where he'll be able to go. The move is not coaching related, but rather it's that he prefers to play offense. Wood made the switch to defense late in the year, and played on the other side of the ball for the first time in their loss in the Foster Farms Bowl to Purdue.
Jan 8 - 5:58 PM

Arizona sophomore QB Khalil Tate took to Twitter to offer a vote of confidence in DC Marcel Yates as a potential head-coaching candidate for the program.

"We need to hire Coach Yates as our head coach period, he's the best man for the job," Tate wrote on social media. The Wildcats are searching for a Rich Rodriguez replacement after Rich-Rod was terminated on Tuesday. There is said to be mutual interest between Arizona and former LSU HC Les Miles regarding the open gig, with former Tennessee HC Butch Jones and former Texas A&M HC Kevin Sumlin two other names to watch.
Jan 3 - 5:14 PM


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