Cats confirm Bedenbaugh

Although Bill Bedenbaugh confirmed to Lubbock newspapers earlier in the week that he was on his way to Arizona, it didn't become official until Friday. On Friday the University of Arizona publicly announced that the former Texas Tech assistant will become the new offensive line coach.

"We're excited to add another outstanding coach to our staff here at Arizona," Stoops said. "Coach Bedenbaugh has worked with (recently hired offensive coordinator) Coach Dykes for a number of years, and is on the same page with him as to what we are looking to do offensively. He has a great understanding of what our game plan is here, and what we're doing on and off the field and in recruiting. He's eager and ready to get started with our linemen, and he has shown a desire to help continue the process of building the Arizona program into a contender."

Stoops did not comment on what role Eric Wolford would assume with the staff. Wolford joined the Wildcat staff three years ago to coach tackles and tight ends but assumed the responsibility of coaching the entire offensive line when then-interior line coach John Peterson took a job with Ohio State shortly after that first spring practice.

Bedenbaugh spent the past two seasons coaching the offensive line for Texas Tech and was that team's running backs coach prior to that.

"I'm really excited to get started," Bedenbaugh said. "I know Coach Stoops has an excellent defense here and I really want to help get the offense on track and help win some championships. I've been around Coach Dykes for a long time, and I know what his expectations are for the offense we want at Arizona. It's an exciting time to be here."

Bedenbaugh's hiring leave one current coaching vacancy as well as the position vacated by recruiting coordinator Dan Berezowitz's, who took a similar position with Minnesota.

It is believed that Director of Football Operations Erick Harper will assume Berezowitz's duties until a replacement can be found.


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