Kevin Sumlin to return for third season as Arizona's coach

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Arizona football coach Kevin Sumlin is returning for a third season in the desert.

Arizona athletic director Dave Heeke made the announcement after the Wildcats' 24-14 loss to rival Arizona State on Saturday night.

Arizona failed to finish with a winning record or become bowl eligible in both of Sumlin's first two seasons, going a combined 9-15. The Wildcats opened this season 4-1 but closed with six straight losses, most in lopsided fashion.

Arizona failed to live up to offensive expectations after the fast start and finished among the worst in the FBS in total defense, scoring defense and passing defense.

Sumlin fired defensive coordinator Marcel Yates and several other assistants during the season. The defensive staff is expected to be mostly or completely new in 2020, sources told ESPN's Adam Rittenberg.

Known as a superb recruiter, Sumlin was hired in 2018 to replace the fired Rich Rodriguez. He had previous stints at Texas A&M and Houston.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.