There was plenty of blame to go around on Wednesday, but Arizona head coach Mike Stops seemed reluctant to blame one party.
"I mean, again, there's good in every season and there's bad," Stoops said. "Obviously the end. I don't know. Those are questions, obviously disappointed we didn't finish. We played a schedule on the back end. Again, there's no disgrace in losing to the quality teams we did. Again, I'm proud of our players. I'm proud of what we've accomplished up until this point."
Stoops said that the fault lies in each person's attitude and something must be done to address that in the offseason.
"You know, it's disappointing we didn't go further," Stoops said. "But, again, we have to do some things to get better as a program, and that's universal. That's not just me, it's not just the players. This is a philosophy that it takes to win in big time athletics. That's what we're in.
"Again, I'm really proud of our players, what they do on a consistent basis. Now, we're far from perfect, all of us in this room. So I'm not going to criticize my players. They play hard and they prepare well and they're a very disciplined group of guys that I enjoy."
Now that the bowl game is over, Stoops says it will soon be time to look towards next season.
"So we'll retool, regroup, and bounce back," he said. "We did this year, but everyone thought, again, we lost a bunch of guys. But tomorrow I'll be excited about the future. We got good players in this program, certainly some good quarterbacks to build this team around. Again, our players will fight back and we'll try to do a better job next year."
Stoops not blaming players
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