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UArizona head football coach Kevin Sumlin dismissed following 70-7 loss against ASU

Sumlin was dismissed effective immediately, according to a university statement on Saturday.
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FILE - In this Oct. 5, 2019, file photo, Arizona coach Kevin Sumlin watches during the first half of the team's NCAA college football game against Colorado in Boulder, Colo. Sumlin and Arizona travel to Salt Lake City to play Utah in their season opener. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)

TUCSON, Ariz. — University of Arizona's head football coach Kevin Sumlin has been dismissed following a 70-7 defeat against ASU on Friday. 

UArizona Vice President and Director of Athletics Dave Heeke released a statement on Saturday saying that Sumlin has been "relieved of his duties effective immediately." 

Defensive Coordinator Paul Rhoads will serve as the interim coach until a new one is named.

Sumlin became University of Arizona's head coach after coaching at Texas A&M and the University of Houston. He had an overall record of 9-20 during his three-year tenure at UArizona. 

Heeke's statement about the decision says: 

“When we hired Kevin three years ago, we had very high hopes for our football program. Unfortunately, we simply have not seen the results and upward trajectory in our program that we needed to, and I believe now is the time for a change in leadership. I thank Kevin for his service to the University of Arizona and wish him the very best in the future.

Our attention now turns to finding the next head coach at the University of Arizona, while we continue to support our student-athletes, who have sacrificed so much since returning to campus this summer. We will cast a wide net to identify and recruit a coach who shares our vision, our values and our passion for winning.”