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Stoops firing yields first recruiting casualty

Arizona Wildcats

It appears Arizona has already lost a verbal commitment — for now — due to the unceremonious firing of head coach Mike Stoops.

The Arizona Daily Star reports by way of the Sporting News that three-star defensive back Leo Thomas of Houston High School (strangely enough located in San Antonio, TX), has re-opened his recruiting in the wake of Stoops’ dismissal. Thomas currently has offers or interest from Colorado, Wake Forest, SMU, UTEP and North Texas.

“I would tell Coach Stoops that even though the Arizona Wildcats started off slow this year, I know Coach Stoops is still awesome and outgoing, and I wish I could still be around him,” Thomas told TSN.

Since verbal commitments are non-binding, Thomas can always re-commit to Arizona; Thomas originally committed to UA in August.

Defensive coordinator Tim Kish is serving as the Wildcats’ interim head coach. Boise State coach Chris Petersen, former Texas Tech coach Mike Leach and Louisiana Tech coach/former UA offensive coordinator Sonny Dykes have been mentioned as possible replacements.

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11 Responses to “Stoops firing yields first recruiting casualty”
  1. cubano76 says: Oct 13, 2011 12:08 PM

    Mike Leach would def be an interesting hire for UA.

  2. wethog66 says: Oct 13, 2011 12:32 PM

    that three-star defensive back Leo Thomas of Houston High School (strangely enough located in San Antonio, TX),

    Why is that strange? Sam Houston was an important figure in Texas State History. I am sure they named more than just a city after the man.

  3. cosanostra71 says: Oct 13, 2011 12:47 PM

    Peterson won’t go to Arizona. it would be a major downgrade. Boise is a much better program

  4. harleyspoon says: Oct 13, 2011 1:01 PM

    Nothing “strange” about a Houston High School existing in San Antonio….The school is named after Sam Houston…a great and legendary Texas hero….

  5. Barnes says: Oct 13, 2011 1:01 PM

    re: consanostra71

    Why… $$$, AQ, conference stability, recruit similar players at a better school.

    Why not… UCLA may come open and Cal soon after that. He’s a California boy who still yearns for it. A move to the Big East would by him some time to wait those for those jobs to open.

  6. burntorangehorn says: Oct 13, 2011 1:09 PM

    cosanostra, Arizona could definitely write a bigger check than BSU could, but I generally agree that he’s not going to leave for Arizona. I think the only way he would leave would be if he were offered a top-tier position. Some of the ones that might be open on the near-horizon include Ohio State, Penn State, and Georgia. I think Petersen would be a terrific fit for Penn State, except for the fact that he has zero connection there. He’s a very conscientious guy who makes every effort to run a clean, respectable, winning program, which is where I think he and Urban Meyer differ significantly.

  7. centexhorn says: Oct 13, 2011 4:17 PM

    I don’t think it’s all that strange that a high school in San Antonio is named after Texas’s first president.

  8. linedrivehit says: Oct 13, 2011 5:06 PM

    Petersen is not going anywhere – he prefers playing high school teams each week. He’s already turned down one chance to coach a team in a major conference. Too easy to go undefeated and claim your being overlooked where he’s at now.

    The entire AP top 25 would go undefeated with Boise State’s schedule.

  9. olskool711 says: Oct 13, 2011 5:28 PM

    linedrivehit you just dribbled a grounder to the pitcher. Stop insulting us with your ingnorant drivel. Please go to

  10. cosanostra71 says: Oct 13, 2011 9:03 PM

    Looks like linedrive took some time off from the espn comments. Section to join us. Welcome

  11. critter69 says: Oct 14, 2011 5:48 PM

    “Houston High School (strangely enough located in San Antonio, TX). . . .”

    You’d think that a high school named after Crispus Attucks (the first person killed in the American Revolution – Boston Massacre, FYI) would be located in the city where he was killed – Boston, Massachusetts.

    Strangely enough, it was Indianapolis, where a high school was named for Crispus Attucks. When he died (in 1774), Indiana was considered deep into British territory, and not part of the ‘colonies’.

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