Arizona coaching search: Candidates emerge for Jedd Fisch's replacement
Arizona now finds itself looking for a new head coach.
Jedd Fisch is reportedly leaving Tucson to take the head coaching job at Washington. Nick Saban’s retirement at Alabama was expected to set off a chain reaction throughout college football, and that reaction has been swift. UW moved quickly to pivot from DeBoer — announced as Alabama’s new coach on Friday — to Fisch.
Now the attention at Arizona shifts to candidates to replace Fisch and lead the transition to the Big 12. According to a report from ESPN’s Adam Rittenberg, San Jose State’s Brent Brennan is expected to be a top target for the UA.
247Sports’ Brandon Marcello tossed out several other names for the job: offensive coordinator Brennan Carroll, UNLV’s Barry Odom, and Texas State’s GJ Kinne.
Brennan has been the head coach at San Jose State since 2017. He holds a 34-48 career record and has led the Spartans to bowl games in three of their last four seasons. After a 2-11 season and a 1-11 season to begin his tenure, things have somewhat steadied. SJSU went 5-7 in 2019, then it surged to a 7-1 season in 2020. Brennan was named the Mountain West Coach of the Year for that success. Following a 5-7 campaign in 2021, San Jose State has won seven games in back-to-back years.
Brennan was a graduate assistant on Dick Tomey’s Arizona staff in 2000. When Tomey took over the Spartans, Brennan joined his staff as an assistant for three years. From 2011-16, he was an assistant at Oregon State.
Kinne, a former quarterback, led Texas State to an 8-5 record in his first season with the program. He spent the 2022 campaign as the coach at Incarnate Word. He’s 20-7 as a head coach.