Familiar faces fill coaching vacancy

2010-02-05T00:00:00Z 2014-09-15T09:01:24Z Familiar faces fill coaching vacancy Ryan Finley Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
February 05, 2010 12:00 am  • 

Mike Stoops didn't need to look far to find his new offensive coordinator.

Make that coordinators.

Assistants Bill Bedenbaugh and Seth Littrell have been promoted to co-coordinators and will share control of the offense, Stoops told the Star on Thursday night.

Bedenbaugh and Littrell replaced Sonny Dykes, who was named head coach at Louisiana Tech on Jan. 20.

"You always want to promote from within, to give guys an opportunity to move forward," Stoops said. "We've come to this conclusion. Both guys have great knowledge of our system and have been in the system for a long time. We want to keep things as close to normal as we can."

Arizona will keep the spread passing attack that Dykes brought to Tucson three years ago, though Stoops said he has not decided which coach will call the plays. The Wildcats have also hired a spread offense expert, former Louisiana Tech offensive coordinator Frank Scelfo, to coach quarterbacks.

Scelfo's departure could prompt Dykes to hire a current UA assistant to run the Bulldogs' offense. Outside receivers coach Dave Nichol and inside receivers coach Garret Chachere could be candidates.

"I don't think it's real important" who's calling plays, Stoops said.

Bedenbaugh, 37, and Littrell, 31, share Texas Tech roots.

Bedenbaugh came to Arizona in 2007 after spending five seasons with the Red Raiders, the last two as the offensive line coach. Bedenbaugh coached the Wildcats' offensive line and served as running game coordinator for the last three seasons. In 2009, he helped turn a patchwork offensive line into one of the team's strengths.

Littrell, 31, just finished his first season as Arizona's running backs and tight ends coach. Before that, he spent four seasons as the running backs coach at Texas Tech. He began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at Kansas.

The relationship between Stoops and Littrell goes back a decade. Stoops was the defensive coordinator at Oklahoma while Littrell, a bruising fullback, was a four-year letterman for the Sooners.

"Everywhere Seth has been, they've won," Stoops said. "He brings a winning attitude and a great knowledge and enthusiasm along, along with Bill."

Scelfo, 49, spent the last two seasons as the offensive coordinator at Louisiana Tech. Ironically, he was named the Bulldogs' interim head coach for five days while Louisiana Tech officials hired a new coach: Dykes.

Scelfo gained a reputation for having wide-open offenses during 11 seasons at Tulane, the last eight as the Green Wave's offensive coordinator. He coached four quarterbacks who went on to NFL careers: Patrick Ramsey, J.P. Losman, Lester Richard and Shaun King.

"Our thought was to bring in a quarterbacks coach with experience and maturity, and certainly Frank brings that with his skill," Stoops said.

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USC 6 3 0 0.667 8 4 0 0.667
UCLA 6 3 0 0.667 9 3 0 0.750
Arizona State 6 3 0 0.667 9 3 0 0.750
Utah 5 4 0 0.556 8 4 0 0.667
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