Cats hire new tight ends coach

Arizona has found a replacement for John Peterson according to at least one media outlet. Although nothing official has come from the University pending a contract signing, it appears as if Steve Spurrier Jr. will replace John Peterson on Mike Stoops' first staff.

The Arizona football staff has landed on it's feet after the sudden departure of John Peterson to Ohio State. Peterson was set to be the center and guards coach for the Wildcats, but left for his alma mater to become the school's recruiting coordinator. According to the Arizona Republic Steve Spurrier Jr. will be named the tight ends coach for the Wildcats. Spurrier Jr. comes from the Washington Redskins where he was the wide receivers coach under his father and was part of Joe Gibbs' staff after the resignation of Steve Spurrier.

Spurrier Jr. has ties to the Stoops family. He coached at Florida with Bob Stoops and both Mike and Bob Stoops while at Oklahoma.

"He is an incredible hire," athletic director Jim Livengood told The Republic "He's as excited about coming here as we are about him coming here. This is a guy who has a great background. He has a great name, but more than that, this guy can really coach."

With the hire Eric Wolford will become the offensive line coach. He had originally been tabbed to coach the tight ends and tackles. He was the offensive line coach last season at North Texas.

Spurrier is not afraid of his bloodlines. In fact he embraces them.

"I hope I learned a lot and picked up as many things as I can," Spurrier Jr. said in an interview with the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. "Certainly, I try to emulate him in as many ways as I can."

Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops has praised Spurrier Jr.'s coaching ability in numerous interviews, calling him a great communicator and a ‘carbon copy' of his father.

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