U of A fires coach Mike Stoops after 1-5 start

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) -- Coach Mike Stoops has been fired halfway through his eighth season at the University of Arizona.

Athletic director Greg Byrne announced Stoops' dismissal at a news conference Monday evening, two days after the Wildcats lost their fifth consecutive game, 37-27 at previously winless Oregon State.

Dating to last season, Arizona has lost 10 of 11 games, the lone victory being this season's opener over Northern Arizona, a Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) school.

Stoops had a 41-50 record with the Wildcats. He was co-defensive coordinator on his brother Bob's staff at Oklahoma before he was hired at Arizona.

His 2010 team started the season 7-1 but lost its last five, including a 36-10 blowout to Oklahoma State in the Alamo Bowl.