Arizona plays Nebraska in the Holiday Bowl on Dec. 30 after finishing its second consecutive season with at least eight wins.
"I’m excited for Mark,” Bob Stoops said. "Mike was good about it. He understands it was another opportunity, a chance to grow, something different. In our game, there’s a process of experience and gaining experience with different people.”
Bob said he spoke with Mark before he took the job, but after the decision was made, the conversation turned lighthearted.
"I’ll have to disown him,” Bob Stoops joked. "I told him immediately, ‘Well, I’m not going to speak to you all summer. Don’t think you’re coming out here.’ ”