TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Multiple sources have reported that the University of Arizona has hired former Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin to be the new coach of the Arizona Wildcats.
According to Sports Illustrated Writer Bruce Feldman, Sumlin is expected to become the new Arizona coach.
ESPN reporter, Adam Rittenberg also said tweeted this regarding Sumlin to Arizona:
Sumlin was fired in November after six years as head coach of Texas A&M. During his time leading the Aggies, he compiled a 51-26 record, going 25-23 in conference play. He was named SEC Coach of the Year in his first season (2012) when he guided A&M to an 11-2 record, including a win over top-ranked Alabama and a Cotton Bowl victory. His quarterback, freshman Johnny Manziel, won the Heisman Trophy that same year. Sumlin never had a losing season in College Station.
Prior to A&M, Sumlin was the head coach of the University of Houston where, in three seasons, he accumulated a 35-17 record, going 24-8 in Conference USA play. Sumlin was named conference Coach of the Year twice, in both 2009 and 2011. He won the conference championship those same two years.
Sumlin will replace Rich Rodriguez, who served as head coach for the past six seasons. Arizona finished 2017 with three straight losses, finishing with a 7-6 record.
Rodriguez was fired Jan. 2, one week after his former administrative assistant Melissa Wilhelmsen filed a notice of claim with the state attorney general's office alleging Rodriguez ran a hostile workplace.
In October, the University's Office of Institutional Equity retained outside counsel to investigate allegations made by Wilhelmsen.
That investigation did not find enough to fire Rodriguez, but the university said it became concerned with the "climate and direction" of the program.
We are still waiting for the University and Athletics Department to release an official statement regarding Sumlin's hire.
We will have more reaction of the hire on air at 5:30 p.m.