Monday, October 27, 2003
Wildcats' losing ways bother coach
TUCSON, Ariz. -- Losing can become a habit, and that
concerns Arizona interim coach Mike Hankwitz.
Just when the Wildcats (1-7) appeared to be making headway, they
flopped in a 42-14 loss at California last week for their seventh
"I told (the players) we can't accept it," Hankwitz said. "If
we accept a poor performance like that, then we will continue to
tolerate losing. Until we get enough guys to say, 'We are tired of
that, I am ready,' then we are not going to change.
"We have enough good people on the team who are getting tired
of it and are trying to do something about it."
Arizona had three-point losses in two of its three previous
games, including matchups with unbeaten TCU and Pac-10 leader UCLA.
The Wildcats then had a week off. But they still allowed Cal to
rush for 327 yards and six touchdowns on the way to an 0-4 start in
"We did not attack the line of scrimmage like we are capable
of," Hankwitz said. "I thought we made great progress. I was
pleased with our front in the UCLA game. In this game we were not
as aggressive as we had been. We were not fundamentally sound."
The run defense faces another test this week at Oregon State,
whose Steven Jackson is fourth in the country with a
And Arizona's offense continues to struggle -- the Wildcats are
111th in scoring, averaging 16 points per game with quarterbacks
who have thrown 17 interceptions.
Only Army, with 19 picks, has more.
The Wildcats running game has improved since Hankwitz replaced
John Mackovic on Sept. 28, mostly because of the competition
between Clarence Farmer, who spent most of his career in Mackovic's
doghouse, and Mike Bell.
Farmer gaining 122 yards on 25 carries two weeks ago against
UCLA, and Bell had 182 yards on 15 carries against the Golden
Bears. Farmer did not start the last game because of a breach of
team rules, but got in during the second quarter and is expected to
play against the Beavers.