TUCSON, Ariz. - Multiple sources are reporting Sunday that Kevin Sumlin will becoming University of Arizona's next football coach.
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Kevin Sumlin appears to be close to taking UA Job #wildcats— Jude LaCava (@judefox10) January 14, 2018
Jude LaCava with FOX 10 Sports tweeted the news from his verified Twitter account, citing a source that is connected to University of Arizona.
The Associated Press is also reporting on Sumlin's possible hiring Sunday. According to the AP, the person spoke to them on condition of anonymity, because details of a five-year contract to replace Rich Rodriguez as coach of the Wildcats were still being finalized.
Sumlin was fired after six seasons at Texas A&M in November and had reportedly been in the mix for numerous jobs, including Arizona rival Arizona State. The Sun Devils hired former NFL coach and ESPN analyst Herm Edwards.
The Aggies went 51-26 and went to a bowl game every season under Sumlin, but were 25-23 in SEC play and never matched his first season in College Station, when they were 11-2 with Heisman Trophy quarterback Johnny Manziel.
Texas A&M hired former Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher to replace Sumlin.
Sumlin also spent four years at Houston, going 35-17, including 12-1 his final season in 2011.
The 53-year-old Sumlin is known as an adept recruiter and inherits a talented roster, led by quarterback Khalil Tate, who became a breakout star after replacing injured starter Brandon Dawkins the fifth game of the season.
U of A has been looking for a new football coach, since it announced the firing of Rich Rodriguez on January 2. Rodriguez, according to a U of A statement at the time, was the subject of an investigation into accusations of sexual harassment.
According to a lawsuit filed against Rodriguez by one of his former assistants, Rodriguez was accused of, among other things, sexual harassment, unwanted sexual advances, and creating a hostile work environment.
Rodriguez, in a statement issued after news of his firing was released, said the claims are "not true".
The accusations, according to U of A at the time, were found to be unsubstantiated, but the school became aware of information, both before and during the investigation, that caused it to be "concerned with the direction and climate of the football program".
The Associated Press (AP) contributed to this report.