Reports: Patriots’ Fisch to replace Sumlin at Arizona

Field Level Media

December 23, 2020 at 4:02 pm.

The University of Arizona is hiring New England Patriots quarterbacks coach Jedd Fisch to replace Kevin Sumlin as head coach, multiple outlets reported.

Arizona is expected to make an announcement Wednesday.

Fisch, 44, joined Bill Belichick’s staff in New England this season after a stint as the Los Angeles Rams’ assistant offensive coordinator in 2019.

His coaching resume, which goes back to the late 1990s, includes a previous stop in the Pac-12 at UCLA. He was the Bruins’ offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach in 2017, taking over as interim coach for the final two games that season after Jim Mora was fired.

Fisch’s collegiate coaching experience includes time at his alma mater, Florida, as well as at Minnesota, Miami (Fla.) and Michigan. His other NFL stops include the Houston Texans, Baltimore Ravens, Denver Broncos, Seattle Seahawks and Jacksonville Jaguars.

This is his first permanent head coaching position.

Arizona axed coach Sumlin on Dec. 12, a day after the Wildcats were crushed, 70-7, by rival Arizona State. It was Arizona’s 12th straight loss, the longest skid in school history. Sumlin left with a 9-20 record in three seasons in Tucson, including 0-5 in 2020.