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What they’re saying about Arizona hiring Jedd Fisch as head coach

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The Arizona Wildcats officially tabbed Jedd Fisch as their new head football coach on Wednesday.

The 44-year-old joins the program after more than 20 years of experience as an assistant coach at the college and NFL level, most recently serving as the quarterbacks coach with the New England Patriots.

Here is what UA folks, Fisch’s coaching peers, media members, former players and Fisch himself are saying about the hire:

Jedd Fisch: “I am honored and humbled to lead the University of Arizona football program. I am 100% committed to building a program that all Wildcat fans will be proud to support. We will study hard, compete hard, recruit hard and be relentless in all aspects of our program. I want to thank President Robbins and Dave Heeke for their belief in me and in my vision for Arizona Football and my family and I cannot wait to immerse ourselves in the UA and Tucson communities.”

Arizona athletic director Dave Heeke: “We are tremendously excited to have Jedd Fisch come to Tucson to reinvigorate our football program and lead us to championships. Jedd has a unique ability to teach the game of football effectively to his players and to inspire them with his passion. We conducted a comprehensive national search with an impressive array of candidates but in the end, Jedd is exactly what our program needs right now and I cannot wait to partner with him to move us forward.”

UA president Dr. Robert C. Robbins: “We are tremendously excited to have Jedd Fisch come to Tucson to reinvigorate our football program and lead us to championships,” said Heeke. “Jedd has a unique ability to teach the game of football effectively to his players and to inspire them with his passion. We conducted a comprehensive national search with an impressive array of candidates but in the end, Jedd is exactly what our program needs right now and I cannot wait to partner with him to move us forward.”

New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick: ““Jedd Fisch is one of the most outstanding coaches I have worked with and was an excellent addition to our staff this year. Jedd has gained a wealth of experience in numerous organizations, in college and the NFL, and is ready to lead the Arizona program. Although we will miss his contributions here, we wish Jedd and Amber well at the University of Arizona, home to two of the greatest Patriots, Tedy Bruschi and Rob Gronkowski, as well as our current Wildcats, Nick Folk and J.J. Taylor.”

Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll: “Jedd was on my first staff with the Seahawks. I’ve followed his career closely over the years, and he is highly qualified for the job. Jedd is a gifted offensive mind, and he will do a great job leading and caring for the University of Arizona program.”