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Stoops set to pick new offensive coordinator

2010-02-04T00:00:00Z 2011-12-18T07:20:20Z Stoops set to pick new offensive coordinator Ryan Finley Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
February 04, 2010 12:00 am  • 

The Arizona Wildcats are expected to name an offensive coordinator by Friday, ending two weeks of speculation surrounding the future of the Air Zona passing attack.

"We're close," coach Mike Stoops said Wednesday. "I've interviewed three tremendous guys that I've taken a liking to.

"Hopefully, we can get that finished by the end of the week."

The Wildcats have been without a coordinator since Jan. 20, when Sonny Dykes was named head coach at Louisiana Tech.

Stoops said he will keep the spread offense that was popularized under Dykes. He will consider naming co-coordinators, as the coach did after defensive coordinator Mark Stoops left for Florida State last month.

"We've got a lot of different ways to go with this thing," he said. "Sharing a title, there's nothing wrong with that. I've done it my whole career. It worked out for me."

More moves

Dave Emerick was named assistant director of operations and director of on-campus recruiting Wednesday, replacing Bill Baker.

Emerick, 30, spent six seasons as the "chief of staff" and assistant athletic director at Texas Tech. Emerick graduated from Kentucky in 2002; while there, he worked for his uncle, former UK coach Hal Mumme, as a recruiting aide.

Emerick will have plenty to sell to recruits, including the just-approved Arizona Stadium expansion product and back-to-back 8-5 finishes.

"We have these new facilities on the way, the exposure we've had the last two years and - when you take into consideration the coaching staff and the weather here - there are so many selling points," Emerick said. "The potential here is unlimited."

ESPN picks up opener

The Wildcats will open the 2010 season on a Friday - and on national television.

ESPN has picked up the UA's opener at Toledo, and rescheduled the game for Sept. 3.

Interim athletic director Kathleen "Rocky" LaRose said the game "is a fine way to open the season in a matchup that showcases both teams in the national limelight."

September's game is the back end of a home-and-home series with Toledo; the Wildcats defeated the Rockets 41-16 in 2008.

Arizona now has three televised games confirmed for 2010. The Wildcats will play Oregon on Friday, Nov. 26, on a network - likely ESPN, ESPN2 or ABC -to be determined. And their Dec. 2 Territorial Cup game against Arizona State will be shown on ESPN. More games will likely be added this summer.

Extra points

• The Wildcats' signing of prep quarterback Cameron Allerheiligen means sophomore Richard Morrison will move to wide receiver. And DeWayne Peace will switch from receiver to cornerback, Stoops said.

Stoops said he was blown away by Allerheiligen, who signed with Arizona after Matt Brown opted to go to TCU.

"In my heart and mind, Cameron is a very smart and polished player that will get better in our system," he said.

• The UA will take the field next fall sporting new uniforms. Nike representatives were on campus earlier this week to discuss the changes. Stoops said the uniforms should be a hit with his fashion-conscious players.

"They'll be a little bit different, more towards our own look and a little more traditional, but still modern," Stoops said. "I think it'll be a nice, clean, neat look. We can do a lot with our colors."

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