Stoops announces pending divorce

2009-08-25T00:00:00Z Stoops announces pending divorce Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
August 25, 2009 12:00 am  • 

Calling it "a very difficult process" and asking for privacy, Arizona Wildcats football coach Mike Stoops announced Monday that he and his wife, Nicole, are divorcing.

Stoops, 47, was visibly emotional when he made the announcement at the end of his weekly news conference. Mike and Nicole Stoops, 33, were married in July 2001; they have two young children, Payton and Colton.

"You guys know how important family is to me, Nicole, Colton and Payton," Stoops said. "It's a very difficult process. Just respect us and my family. They're very important to me. OK?"

Stoops then issued a short written statement that read: "Sadly, I must make the announcement today that my wife, Nicole, and I have separated and will be taking the difficult step of a divorce. This is a very hard time for us but more so for our two young children as this is a very personal matter.

"I am asking everyone to please respect our privacy as we work through this."

Stoops said he will have no further comment on the matter.

Ryan Finley

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  Conference Overall
Team W L T PCT W L T PCT
USC 6 2 0 0.750 7 3 0 0.700
UCLA 5 2 0 0.714 8 2 0 0.800
ASU 5 2 0 0.714 8 2 0 0.800
Arizona 5 2 0 0.714 8 2 0 0.800
Utah 4 3 0 0.571 7 3 0 0.700
Colorado 0 7 0 0.000 2 8 0 0.200

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  Conference Overall
Team W L T PCT W L T PCT
Oregon 6 1 0 0.857 9 1 0 0.900
Stanford 3 4 0 0.429 5 5 0 0.500
Cal 3 5 0 0.375 5 5 0 0.500
Washington State 2 5 0 0.286 3 7 0 0.300
Washington 2 5 0 0.286 6 5 0 0.545
Oregon State 2 5 0 0.286 5 5 0 0.500
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