Head coach cites public pressures, criticism as reason for resignation
Dick Tomey resigned as head coach of the UA football team following a 30-17 loss to rival Arizona State Friday night at Arizona Stadium.
"The public debate became so difficult for my family, for our team (and) for our coaches and their families," Tomey said. "I appreciate the opportunity to work at the university. I greatly appreciate all the tremendous Wildcats we've had over the years that have given every ounce of their effort."
Tomey's resignation - on the heels of Arizona's 5-6 losing record this season - left many UA players in tears. Tomey was popular for his "open door" meeting policy and straight-shooting recruiting approach.
"The No. 1 reason why players go to school is to play for a coach," sophomore wide receiver Bobby Wade said. "I came here to play for coach Tomey and his coaching staff."