Tech assistant appears headed to Cats

Although there has been no official announcement from the University or Arizona, it appears that Texas Tech assistant coach Bill Bedenbaugh is going to coach the Wildcats next season.

On Friday work out of Lubbock was that Bedenbaugh had interviews with the Wildcats and there was a lot of interest in both parties. Later that afternoon Texas Tech released a press release announcing the hiring of a new offensive line coach and stating that had "left the program to pursue a similar position at another university."

Bedenbaugh admitted to the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal that he was taking a position with the Wildcats.

"I think it's time for a new challenge in my life, and I think it's a great opportunity three at Arizona," Bedenbaugh told the paper.

Bedenbaugh has served as the Red Raiders' offensive line coach since 2005. Prior to that he was the Red Raiders running backs coach for two seasons after serving as the offensive graduate assistant within the program. He has also coached offensive line at Ferris State, Central Michigan, Valdosta State and Oklahoma Panhandle State. He was also running game coordinator at Ferris State.

The Wildcats currently have openings to coach quarterbacks, wide receivers and running backs, although new offensive coordinator Sonny Dykes will likely fill one of those roles. Head coach Mike Stoops has not ruled out a shuffling of responsibilities among the staff as well.

Bedenbaugh, a native of St. Charles, Ill., was a four-year starter at center at Iowa Wesleyan College.

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