Mackovic out at Arizona

The turbulent football tenure of John Mackovic has come to an end at Arizona. UA Athletic Director Jim Livengood announced Sunday afternoon that Mackovic was relieved of his duties.

Defensive coordinator Mike Hankwitz has been elevated to head coach on an interim basis.

"John is a good man and a good football coach, but for whatever reason he has not been a good fit," Livengood said. When asked if it was a difficult decision, Livengood said, "It's not the highlight in an athletic director's life, I'll tell you that."

Livengood stressed that no one event forced his hand, but that he did what he felt was best for the overall collegiate football experience of the student athletes.

"My responsibility is for providing the best collegiate experience for the over 500 student athletes we have here at the University of Arizona," Livengood said. "My intention is to have the best remainder of the season as possible."

Livengood met with the players earlier in the day and then spoke with Mackovic after the hour-long meeting. He also conferred with school president Peter Likins before making the decision official.

Livengood had said earlier in the season that he would wait until season's end to make any kind of evaluation, but felt that the time was now for the change to be implemented.

"I've always said that, and quite candidly that's what I've done, but at this particular point in time I thought this was the decision that needed to be done," confessed Livengood.

Mackovic was 10-18 at Arizona, but was just 3-14 against Pac-10 opponents and did not win a home game in the conference. The UA is 1-4 this season and travels to Pullman, Wash. to face Washington State on Saturday.

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