"I'm Staying At Arizona"

Last night it looked as if Arizona Defensive Coordinator Mark Stoops may have been on his way to the National Football League as a coach for the Miami Dolphins. CatTracks caught up with Coach Stoops today and he confirmed that there was an offer and that he was staying in Tucson.

The Arizona Football program is now three for four in retaining coaches that have received offers to leave the program. Arizona lost tight ends coach Steve Spurrier Jr. to his father's new staff at South Carolina but Mike Canales and Kasey Dunn both spurned offers from other schools and now Defensive Coordinator Mark Stoops has spurned the NFL to finish what he has started in Tucson.

"I'm staying at Arizona," said the first year coordinator. "Arizona is where my heart is and this is where I want to be."

Stoops said that it was a naturally attractive offer but that he is committed to getting things turned around in Tucson.

"We are committed to getting this thing turned around," said Stoops. "We are committed to this program."

While many people might have jumped at a chance to coach in the NFL, Stoops says that he and the rest of the coaching staff have unfinished business at the U of A.

"Our goal is to make Arizona a top ten program," Stoops said. "And we are totally committed to making that happen."

In today's world of college football coaching turnover is rather high with coaches skipping from job to job. Staff continuity is one key to a successful program and Coach Stoops staying in Tucson will only bolster the future of the football program.

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