UA Football Coach Search Narrows

Nov. 20, 2003

TUCSON - The University of Arizona will interview four known candidates for the open head football coach position this weekend, athletics director Jim Livengood announced today.

Additionally, he confirmed that he and athletic department members met last week with a fifth candidate.

Senior associate athletics director Kathleen LaRose, chairperson of a 12-member search committee appointed in September, said UA President Peter Likins, Livengood and she would head a group that will meet with Cincinnati Bengals linebackers coach Ricky Hunley, New York Giants defensive coordinator Johnnie Lynn and Southern California offensive coordinator Norm Chow this weekend. She said members of the search group met with Oklahoma defensive coordinator Mike Stoops last week.

LaRose said Arizona defensive coordinator Mike Hankwitz will be interviewed on Monday. Livengood appointed Hankwitz, in his first season on the UA staff, interim head coach on Sept. 28 after the dismissal of former coach John Mackovic.

'The committee narrowed the potential list of coaches from more than a hundred to about a dozen since the process began,' LaRose said. 'Some coaches have pulled out, others have thrown their name into the mix - it's a dynamic group.

'We are in discussion with a couple of other coaches, but have not yet reached agreement on face-to-face meetings,' she said.

Livengood told reporters on Sept. 28 that he wanted to have a new coach hired by the first week in December. 'We're hopeful the process will be completed by then,' he said.

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