Arizona coaching search: Top target reportedly emerges, decision expected soon
Arizona has reportedly offered its head coaching position to San Jose State coach Brent Brennan.
On Monday, The Athletic’s Bruce Feldman reported that Brennan has emerged as the top candidate for the job. A subsequent report from 247Sports’ Jason Scheer indicated the job has been offered to Brennan and a decision is expected soon.
Brennan has been the head coach at San Jose State since 2017. He has major ties to the Wildcats, but he’s also 0-3 in bowl games and has a losing record overall.
San Jose State has proven one of the toughest jobs in the country with seriously limited resources, and Brennan has led the program to bowl games in three of the 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 and was one of the finalists for the Arizona job before the UA settled on Jedd Fisch.
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.
Notably, star linebacker Jacob Manu and several other players used the hashtag “Staying with Nansen” on social media throughout Monday. There has been a major push from fans and some on the team to bring back Johnny Nansen, Fisch’s defensive coordinator who recently left for the same job at Texas.
If Brennan is indeed the hire for Arizona athletic director Dave Heeke, it’ll be interesting to see how the roster reacts to the news. Fisch’s departure opened a 30-day window for players to enter the transfer portal and explore their options. Wildcat Authority reported that Heeke met with players on Monday and asked them to wait on any transfer decisions.