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PHOENIX, AZ - DECEMBER 26: Head coach Jedd Fisch of the UCLA Bruins in action during the in the first half of the Cactus Bowl against the Kansas State Wildcats at Chase Field on December 26, 2017 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images)

98.5 The Sports Hub staff report

The New England Patriots are losing an assistant coach to the college ranks, as quarterbacks coach Jedd Fisch will depart the organization to become the new head coach at the University of Arizona, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter and Field Yates.

In Arizona, Fisch will replace the recently fired Kevin Sumlin, who was relieved of his duties after a 70-7 loss to Arizona State earlier this month, and after compiling a 9-20 record in three seasons with the Wildcats.

It makes Fisch’s New England stay a short one, as the Patriots hired him away from the Los Angeles Rams just 11 months ago, and after Fisch served in a variety of roles on Sean McVay’s staff in 2018 and 2019. The 44-year-old Fisch left the Rams organization after serving as the team’s assistant offensive coordinator in 2019.

Fisch’s exit may be one just of a few this year, too, with offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels expected to draw considerable NFL head coaching interest this offseason, and front office executive Nick Caserio also in the rumor mill for vacant GM jobs.

The Patriots, who were eliminated from playoff contention with last Sunday’s 22-12 loss to the Dolphins, will conclude their 2020 campaign with home meetings against the Buffalo Bills and New York Jets.

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