Arizona Football

Dodd: Sources say Sumlin not an Arizona candidate “for now”

Widely-respected CBS Sports Senior Writer Dennis Dodd, who usually has keen insight on college football, reported this morning that former Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin “may not be a candidate.”

“Sources have indicated, for now, former Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin may not be a candidate,” Dodd writes. “That situation could change.”

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Sumlin currently is a significant Arizona fan favorite in our informal reader’s poll.

Dodd paints a positive picture on Arizona’s outlook in 2018, which should be inviting to coaching candidates.

“There is a late signing class still to go, plenty of head-coaching candidates out there and, well, room to win,” he writes. “Arizona would seem to be motivated to act quickly and decisively. Start with the return of quarterback Khalil Tate, and the fact that Chip Kelly didn’t go to Arizona State makes recruiting — especially in-state — a little easier.

“Arizona remains the only old Pac-10 program never to have played in the Rose Bowl. Count on the next guy having an offensive slant given what’s in place and the culture of the Pac-12.”

Dodd lists these coaches as potential candidates:

Mike Norvell, Memphis coach (former ASU offensive coordinator)
Jeff Tedford, Frenso State coach
Seth Littrell, North Texas coach (former offensive coordinator under Mike Stoops)
Butch Jones, former Tennessee coach (hired by Arizona AD Dave Heeke at Central Michigan)
Charlie Strong, South Florida coach
Mike Leach, Washington State coach
Dino Babers, Syracuse coach (former offensive coordinator under Dick Tomey)
Larry Fedora, North Carolina coach
Jim McElwain, former Florida coach
Les Miles, former LSU coach
Clancy Pendergast, USC defensive coordinator (Arizona graduate)
Kliff Kingsbury, Texas Tech coach


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ALLSPORTSTUCSON.com publisher, writer and editor Javier Morales is a former Arizona Press Club award winner. He is a former Arizona Daily Star beat reporter for the Arizona basketball team, including when the Wildcats won the 1996-97 NCAA title. He has also written articles for CollegeAD.com, Bleacher Report, Lindy’s Sports, TucsonCitizen.com, The Arizona Republic, Sporting News and Baseball America, among many other publications. He has also authored the book “The Highest Form of Living”, which is available at Amazon.

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