Arizona head coach Jedd Fisch is leaving to take the job at Washington in a move that has left some Wildcats upset and frustrated over the decision.

Already, contract details for the Huskies’ offer are being reported, and Fisch recently held a team meeting at Arizona. Fisch confirmed his departure in the team meeting, and players are not happy with the move.

Justin Spears with the Arizona Daily Star reports Fisch’s meeting was “very short” with the head coach simply walking in to say he was leaving for Washington and then leaving:

Dalton Johnson, Arizona’s second-leading tackler this season, stopped to talk to reporters on his way into the team meeting. He was clearly subdued in his comments but acknowledged the Wildcats will try to stick together and “are going to be alright.”

“(It) happened fast, but you know, it’s college football,” said Johnson. “Don’t know the decision yet, but obviously media has given it away. I love Coach Fisch, I know he puts us in his best interests no matter what. Just want the best for him and his family. It’s up to God what’s meant to be.”

Leading tackler and star linebacker Jacob Manu referenced being “sick” in a since-deleted post on X (formerly Twitter). Ephesians Prysock’s reaction noted his shock at the decision with an eye-popping emoji. During an Instagram live segment, star running back Jonah Coleman admitted Sunday is “somber” for the Wildcats while a host of other Arizona players joined in with reactions across social media.

This one understandably hurts, especially for a young core that achieved a 10-win season in 2023. Expectations were rising heading into the 2024 season, but things will take on a new look with Fisch heading to Washington.