Stoops deserves respect

Despite leading Arizona to its best start in 12 years, head coach Mike Stoops has found himself under fire from a small section of Arizona fans.

Despite leading Arizona to its best start in 12 years, head coach Mike Stoops has found himself under fire from a small section of Arizona fans.

The Wildcats have been a very good product on the field over the first four games, but apparently a part of the fan base isn't happy with how Stoops has conducted himself on the sidelines.

But let's be real for a minute; that's just the way Stoops is. Always has been.

So when you see the progression of the Wildcat football program since 2004, realize that this is a program that has built up from basically nothing. The state of Arizona football was terrible at the end of 2003, but Stoops has led the Wildcats back into the national spotlight.

Did it take a while? Yes, but this is the way a football program is supposed to be built. It's a long, strenuous process that can test the patience of fans, but in 2010, UA is finally on the brink of becoming an elite program in the Pac-10.

Perhaps Stoops energy and attitude on the sideline during the game is a big reason why the team is playing the way a great college football team should play. The players have adopted Stoops' passion and it translates well on the field.

Not only that, but Stoops has been able to build a great rapport with his players over the years. He holds everyone accountable for their actions, but you don't hear him call out individuals to the media.

The bottom line is wins and losses. As long as Arizona continues on the same path with Stoops as the head coach, his sideline emotions should not play a factor in the least. If anything, his high-energy approach should be encouraged. It keeps the team focused and helps fire players up.

He is the polar opposite of former head coach John Mackovic. Mackovic had a quiet demeanor in the sidelines that didn't do much in the motivation department. Not only that but he alienated his own players and virtually destroyed a Pac-10 football program in a just a little over two years.

When you consider what Arizona had before, it's probably a good idea to let Stoops be himself and let the program continue to grow.

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