During Kevin Sumlin‘s time at Arizona, the Wildcats went an underwhelming 9-20 and are now in the midst of the longest losing streak in program history at 12 games.
Friday night’s game against rival ASU was the final blow as Arizona suffered its worst loss to the Sun Devils, losing 70-7 in a historically horrendous performance. Late Saturday afternoon, the Arizona athletic department announced Sumlin’s firing, bringing an end to a disastrous coaching tenure.
In the middle of Friday’s game, former players took to Twitter, blasting the coaching staff and the program’s current state:
Congratulations #UofAFootball for turning in the worst performance in school history. Fitting that it should cap off the worst season in school history. I’m sorry coach Tomey for allowing this to happen to our legacy. #BearDown
— Joe Tafoya (@JoeTafoya) December 12, 2020
Just fire everyone please! This product we are putting on the field is hard to watch
— Matt Scott (@mscottqb10) December 12, 2020
CAME IN TALKING ABOUT CHANGING THE CULTURE ! YEA YOU DID THAT FOR SURE ! GETTIN OUR ASS WHOPPED ! IVE BEEN KEEPING MY PEACE SINCE I LEFT AND DID ME WRONG ! BUT YOUR COACHING IS SHIT ! TRUST ME I KNOW BECAUSE I PLAYED FOR YOU !
— SHUN b🔥 (@ShunBrown06) December 12, 2020
While at Arizona, Sumlin went 0-3 versus rival ASU in losses that featured a blown 19-point lead and Friday night’s demolishing of the Wildcats.
Sumlin’s hire will go down as one of the worst coaching hires in program history, alongside Bob Weber 16-26 and John Mackovic 11-24, who had players revolt to remove him as head coach.
Former players have made it clear that it is time to bring in someone who has ties to the program and understands Arizona, and knows how to build from the ground up.
— Barrett Baker (@BarrettBaker27) December 12, 2020
— Lance Briggs (@LanceBriggs) December 12, 2020
Now, only one thing is clear when it comes to Arizona football, whoever becomes the next head coach will have their hands full trying to rebuild a program that has hit a new low just six years removed from a Fiesta Bowl appearance.
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ALLSPORTSTUCSON.com writer Troy Hutchison hails from Tucson and is a lifelong Arizona Wildcats follower. He has been involved in sports journalism over the last two years while taking communications courses at Pima Community College.