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Monday, January 3, 2011
Arizona loses another assistant

By ESPN.com staff
ESPN.com

Bill Bedenbaugh, Arizona's co-offensive coordinator and line coach, is leaving the Wildcats for West Virginia, meaning Mike Stoops now has two staff vacancies to fill.

Stoops also must replace defensive coordinator and secondary coach Greg Brown. He already hired Joe Salave'a to replace defensive tackles coach Mike Tuiasosopo. Both Brown and Tuiasosopo left for Colorado.

All three assistants who left the Wildcats had close relationships to the new head coaches at their next destinations. The Arizona Star reported this on Bedenbaugh's move:
Bedenbaugh and WVU head-coach-in-waiting Dana Holgorsen were college teammates at Iowa Wesleyan and coaching colleagues at Texas Tech. Holgorsen will serve as the Mountaineers' offensive coordinator this fall, then take over head coaching duties from Bill Stewart in 2012. Bedenbaugh is expected to start his WVU career as offensive line coach, with a promotion possible after the first year.

The Star further reported:  "Former BYU offensive coordinator Robert Anae is atop coach Mike Stoops' wish list."

When you consider that we are in the final month of recruiting, you'd expect Stoops to be pretty darn busy over the coming weeks.