TUCSON AZ - SEPTEMBER 25: Head coach Mike Stoops of the Arizona Wildcats celebrates after defeating the California Golden Bears in the college football game at Arizona Stadium on September 25 2010 in Tucson Arizona. The Wildcats defeated the Golden Bears 10-9. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Mike Stoops Rejoining Brother Bob Stoops At Oklahoma, According To Reports

Former Arizona coach Mike Stoops could work with his brother again in Oklahoma.

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Mike Stoops To Rejoin Oklahoma Sooners Coaching Staff, According To Reports

As first reported by Norman's Dean Blevins, former Arizona Wildcats coach Mike Stoops will be reunited with his brother Bob Stoops on the Oklahoma Sooners coaching staff, Joe Schad confirmed Wednesday. He'll reportedly take over as co-defensive coordinator, with Willie Martinez' exit making room on the staff.

Stoops coached at OU as an assistant from 1999 to 2003 before getting the Wildcats job. He had a 41-50 record as a head coach, but his time in Norman included a national championship. He's also coached on the Kansas St. Wildcats and Iowa Hawkeyes staffs.

Shortly after he left Arizona, brother Bob said he'd welcome Mike back to OU. There was a brief series of overtures between Stoops the younger and new Ohio St. Buckeyes coach Urban Meyer, but North Carolina Tar Heels interim coach Everett Withers ended up taking the OSU gig.

For more on the parties involved, visit Oklahoma blog Crimson and Cream Machine and Arizona blog AZ Desert Swarm.

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Mike Stoops' Statement After Being Fired By Arizona

The Arizona Wildcats have lost five of their first six games this year, and the school made head coach Mike Stoops the fall guy earlier tonight by firing him after eight seasons. In response to the news, Stoops released the following the statement, reminding everybody what he did right before this season's poor start (courtesy of the Tucson Citizen):

"I am very proud of the Wildcat football program and the many accomplishments we have enjoyed. Topping that list is our qualifying for consecutive bowl games the past three seasons for only the second time in school history.

"I am also proud of the success our players demonstrated off the field. Not only has our team Academic Progress Rate (APR) improved significantly each of the past five years, but also our players have made great strides in conducting themselves in a manner that reflects the ideals of this University.

"When I took this job, I was hoping to be the first coach to lead this program to a Rose Bowl. Although we fell short of that goal, we made significant progress, and our organization continues to strive for excellence.

"I wish the entire Wildcat football program the best of luck going forward, and I thank the University of Arizona for the opportunity to be a part of the successes we have achieved over the past eight seasons."

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