Dykes says he's staying and other Arizona notes

December, 18, 2009
12/18/09
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This notebook from Ryan Finley is overflowing with interesting Arizona news and notes.

  • Offensive coordinator Sonny Dykes denies the rumors that he's going to follow former Wildcats athletic director Jim Livengood from Arizona to UNLV and become the Rebels' head football coach.
  • New co-defensive coordinator Greg Brown, formerly Colorado's secondary coach, is attending practices. He will team with linebackers coach Tim Kish to replace Mark Stoops, who was hired by Florida State.
  • Running back Nic Grigsby (shoulder) and receiver David Douglas (thigh bruise) are feeling much healthier and should be ready to play against Nebraska in the Pacific Life Holiday Bowl on Dec. 30.
  • Linebacker Sterling Lewis isn't going to party before this bowl game. He learned his lesson on that last year.
Being healthy on offense -- and having Dykes in place -- will be critical against the outstanding Cornhuskers defense, which, of course, is led by otherworldly defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh.

Brown was a longtime NFL coach, specializing in the secondary, before joining Dan Hawkins' staff four seasons ago. Read his bio here. Stoops will coach the Wildcats through the Holiday Bowl.

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