He's not going anywhere

Stop the rumors, stop the conjecture. Mike Stoops will be Arizona's head football coach in 2009. Here are five reasons why.

Stop the rumors, stop the conjecture. Mike Stoops will be Arizona's head football coach in 2009. Here are five reasons why:

1. Money

Arizona is about to spend over $2 million a year on a new basketball coach. Where do you think Jim Livengood is going to come up with over $1 million a year for a new football coach, not to mention buying out Stoops and all his assistants?

Forget about it, Arizona doesn't have that kind of cash.

2. Progress

Arizona is about to beat Arizona State and improve to 7-5. It's not fast progress, but it is progress, and say what you want about Arizona but this team is extremely competitive in every game. It has a ways to go, but the U of A is going in the right direction.

3. Livengood is tied to Stoops

How many hires can Livengood make before he's not given the ability to hire or fire anymore? Everyone knows that by Livengood firing Stoops, he's once again admitting defeat. He can't do that.

4. No good candidates

When Arizona got rid of John Mackovic, there were several good candidates. This year, there are very few out there who make much sense. Arizona has no one good to hire.

5. The water is too muddy

Even if there were other candidates, schools like Tennessee and Washington have had head starts on the top candidates out there. Arizona is way too late to the party to get a good coach.

Mike Stoops is staying. Deal with it.

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