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Arizona football: Cats lose longtime Rodriguez assistant

2013-01-10T00:00:00Z Arizona football: Cats lose longtime Rodriguez assistantDaniel Berk Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
January 10, 2013 12:00 am  • 

The Arizona Wildcats have lost their third assistant coach in the past three weeks.

This one is a bit different, though.

Tony Gibson, who served as Rich Rodriguez's assistant head coach and Arizona's safeties and defensive special teams coach, has left the program. The UA announced the move Wednesday morning in a news release.

Unlike the previous two coaches who have left this offseason, tight ends coach Spencer Leftwich and offensive line coach Robert Anae, Gibson has deep Rodriguez ties.

He played for Rodriguez at Glenville (W.Va.) State. He also coached there with Rodriguez, and at West Virginia and Michigan. All told, Gibson spent more than a decade working for Rodriguez.

Multiple reports, including one by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, said Gibson will return to West Virginia to coach cornerbacks. Born in West Virginia and having coached there and at Pittsburgh, Gibson has strong recruiting ties on the East Coast.

That's not the only connection.

Gibson worked for defensive coordinator Keith Patterson, who is now at West Virginia, when both were at Pitt.

Rodriguez has already filled Leftwich's spot by promoting Charlie Ragle from assistant director of operations to tight ends coach. Leftwich was named UTEP's assistant head coach and offensive line coach Wednesday.

Anae's spot has not been filled.

Early enrollees

Junior college transfer Jesse Scroggins and freshman Logan Stott have both enrolled at Arizona for the spring semester in advance of the 2013 season.

Both players have been to the university's online registry.

Scroggins, a quarterback, spent 2011 at El Camino (Calif.) Community College after spending two years at USC. He's expected to compete for the starting job this spring.

Stott, an offensive lineman from St. George, Utah, verbally committed to the Wildcats in May 2011 when Mike Stoops was still the head coach. He was the first 2013 commit for the Wildcats.

Stott's dad, Dale, went to Amphitheater High School and holds two degrees from the UA. Logan was only 16 when he committed and was firm that he would never look elsewhere.

"My commitment's strong," Stott told the Star in 2011. Decommitting "would be letting down more than just my commitment, honor and trust. It would also be breaking bonds of trust and honor with my family, both here and in Arizona, and the city of Tucson.

"That's something I just cannot do."

Carey court date postponed

Ka'Deem Carey's court date, originally scheduled for this morning, has been postponed. It will likely be moved to next week, according to the Tucson Police Department.

Carey is expected to face charges stemming from a December domestic violence incident involving his pregnant ex-girlfriend.

On Monday, Tucson police said they decided to file charges against Carey.

The UA athletic department released a statement Sunday that they are "fully aware of the situation." The department is not expected to comment again until the case is resolved.

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