Andy Avalos linked to Arizona Wildcats head coach vacancy


Enough was enough down in the desert.

After a 70-7 defeating loss against rival Arizona State, the Arizona Wildcats have fired their head football coach Kevin Sumlin, Bruce Feldman reported on Saturday.  

Sumlin was named Arizona’s 32nd head coach on January 14, 2018, but after failing to produce two winning seasons in 2018 and 2019 and a winless season in 2020, the Wildcats have officially moved on. 

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While the Wildcats will begin their search for the program’s 33rd head coach, one name surfaced that is familiar to Oregon Football fans: Andy Avalos.

Avalos joined Mario Cristobal’s staff in 2019 and led one of the best defenses in program history. Oregon finished last season ninth in the nation in scoring defense, allowing just 16.5 points per game in 2019.

Just for reference, the Ducks defense ranked No. 8 in the Pac-12 conference in 2018 allowing 390.5 total yards and 27.0 points per game. The very next season and in Avalos’ system, Oregon jumped to No. 2 in the conference allowing just 329.6 total yards and 15.7 points per game in conference play.

It is easy to see why his name would pop up as a candidate for a head coaching position. 

Oregon signed Avalos to a three-year contract worth $2.445 million in 2019. He will earn $765,000 this year, $815,000 in 2020 and $865,000 in 2021. He can also earn up to $125,000 in performance bonuses.