UA should check out these five

2011-10-11T00:00:00Z UA should check out these fivePatrick Finley and Ryan Finley Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

Just because Greg Byrne said he won't publicly discuss his next coaching candidate doesn't mean we can't.

Here are five candidates that we figure will intrigue the UA, on some level:

Chris Petersen

• Age: 46

• Résumé: In 5 1/2 seasons as head coach of the Boise State Broncos, Petersen is a stunning 66-5.

• Why he works: Petersen, who is friendly with Byrne, has had opportunities to leave for a BCS-level school before, but might be more tempted because of conference realignment.

Mike Bellotti

• Age: 60

• Résumé: As the Oregon head coach from 1995-2008, Bellotti missed the postseason only twice. He quit to take over the Ducks' athletic director job, then left that to serve as an ABC analyst.

• Why he works: In addition to knowing Byrne well, Bellotti provides possible name recognition and a Western pedigree that would be hard to match.

Chuck Cecil

• Age: 46

• Résumé: The former UA star spent nine years (2001-2010) on the Tennessee Titans' coaching staff, the final two as defensive coordinator. Cecil played with the NFL's Packers, Cardinals and Oilers from 1988-96.

• Why he works: As one of the 10 greatest Wildcats of all time, Cecil would have instant name recognition among a fan base that feels burned by outsiders.

Sonny Dykes

• Age: 41

• Résumé: Dykes is in his second season as the head coach at Louisiana Tech, though his 7-11 record is decidedly average. Before coaching the Bulldogs, Dykes spent three seasons (2007-09) as the UA's offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.

• Why he works: Affable and popular with a brilliant offensive mind, Dykes - the son of former Texas Tech coach Spike Dykes - would be a complete change from Stoops. His familiarity with the UA's offense and Texas recruiting ties wouldn't hurt, either.

Mike Leach

• Age: 50

• Résumé: The swashbuckling Leach made the "Air Raid" whistle during 10 seasons (2000-09) as Texas Tech's head coach, going 84-43. Before that, he served as offensive coordinator at Oklahoma, Kentucky, Valdosta State and Iowa Wesleyan.

• Why he works: Leach's offensive philosophies would allow the UA to ratchet up its pass-happy offense while drawing fans to Arizona Stadium. Leach's ugly dismissal from Tech could get in the way.

Twitter vote

We asked, via Twitter, who UA fans would prefer as their next head coach. Answers ranged from pie-in-the-sky to hilarious.

A sampling of names, not counting the five above: Former Florida coach Urban Meyer, former Ohio State coach Jim Tressel, "Monday Night Football" analyst Jon Gruden, Houston coach Kevin Sumlin, Former Michigan coach Rich Rodriguez, Auburn offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn, Southern Miss coach Larry Fedora and former UA linebacker Ricky Hunley.

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Pac-12 South football standings

  Conference Overall
Team W L T PCT W L T PCT
Arizona 7 2 0 0.778 10 3 0 0.769
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 9 4 0 0.692
Colorado 0 9 0 0.000 2 10 0 0.167

Pac-12 North football standings

  Conference Overall
Team W L T PCT W L T PCT
Oregon 8 1 0 0.889 12 1 0 0.923
Stanford 5 4 0 0.556 7 5 0 0.583
Washington 4 5 0 0.444 8 5 0 0.615
Cal 3 6 0 0.333 5 7 0 0.417
Washington State 2 7 0 0.222 3 9 0 0.250
Oregon State 2 7 0 0.222 5 7 0 0.417
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