'10 ASU game on Thursday

Schedule also includes Friday game at Oregon
2010-01-05T00:00:00Z '10 ASU game on Thursday Ryan Finley Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
January 05, 2010 12:00 am  • 

The Arizona Wildcats' 2010 schedule will include nationally televised games against Oregon and Arizona State, the Pac-10 announced Monday.

The schedule, released by the conference office, includes byes on Sept. 26 and Nov. 20.

The UA will also be absent from the schedule on two other Saturdays. The Wildcats will take on Oregon in Eugene on Friday, Nov. 26, the day after Thanksgiving. Arizona's annual Territorial Cup game with Arizona State will be held in Tucson on Thursday, Dec. 2.

Arizona opens its season with three consecutive nonconference games - a road matchup against Toledo and home games against The Citadel and Iowa. Pac-10 play begins Oct. 2 with a home game against Cal. The Wildcats will then take on Oregon State, Washington State, Washington, UCLA, Stanford and USC before taking their second bye.

The regular season will conclude with games against the Ducks and Sun Devils.

Both games have been slotted for national television; the Arizona State rivalry game will be shown on ESPN. The network showing the Oregon game has not been determined.

Arizona is coming off back-to-back 8-5 seasons and two consecutive bowl appearances under coach Mike Stoops. Its 2009 season ended Wednesday with a 33-0 loss to Nebraska in the Holiday Bowl.

Coordinator news expected this week

The UA is expected to announce this week that it has hired former Colorado assistant Greg Brown to serve as co-defensive coordinator with linebackers coach Tim Kish.

Brown, 52, spent the last four seasons with the Buffaloes; before that, he worked 15 years for the NFL's Chargers, 49ers, Falcons and Saints. Brown's hiring is merely a formality; he attended UA practices in Tucson before the Holiday Bowl.

Another Stoops becomes college coach

A fourth Stoops joined the college football ranks Sunday when Ron Stoops Jr. - the older brother of Mark, Mike and Bob Stoops - was hired as secondary coach and director of high school relations at Youngstown State.

Ron Stoops spent the last nine years as defensive coordinator at Cardinal Mooney High School in Youngstown, the same job held by his late father, Ron.

Stoops said in a release that the move is "a chance to keep my roots in Youngstown and do something I love."

"With our kids being out of high school, the opportunity was too good not to take," he said.

Stoops will work under newly hired head coach Eric Wolford, a Youngstown native and the UA's offensive line coach from 2004 to 2006.

Wolford is expected to add more staff in the coming days; Arizona graduate assistant Frank Buffano, a Youngstown native and Cardinal Mooney graduate, is considered a prime candidate for a defensive position.

Extra points

• Offensive coordinator Sonny Dykes told a Lubbock, Texas, newspaper on Monday that he has not been contacted by Texas Tech about their vacant head coaching job. Still, Dykes - a Texas Tech grad and former Red Raiders assistant - said he's interested.

"It's a special place, and I've got a lot of friends there," said Dykes. "Like anything else, of course you're interested. You just want to make sure it's the right situation for your career. I think it just depends on how it plays out."

• Defensive tackle Earl Mitchell and cornerback Devin Ross have been selected to the East-West Shine Game on Jan. 23 in Orlando, Fla. Wildcats have fared well in the game in recent years. Wide receiver Mike Thomas played in the Shrine Game last year, gaining 99 all-purpose yards. Linebacker Spencer Larsen was named the game's defensive MVP in 2008.

On StarNet: Follow the football team through the off-season at azstarnet.com/wildcats

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