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Wildcat legend Chuck Cecil returns to Arizona coaching staff

TUCSON (KVOA) - The University of Arizona's football program has added another Wildcat legend to its coaching staff after Chuck Cecil was hired to lead the program's defensive back group on Thursday.

Back on Dec. 23, UArizona announced that New England Patriots quaterback coach Jedd Fisch was hired to replace Kevin Sumlin after the team's loss to rival ASU in the 94th Territorial Cup Game Dec. 12.

With a new coach comes a new coaching team. And Fisch decided to bring some NFL talent to fill out his staff.

Shortly after announcing the addition of fellow Arizona legend, Ricky Hunley on Thursday, UArizona shared that it has added Chuck Cecil to the coaching staff.

"I am very proud to add another college football hall of famer to our staff who bleeds blue and red," said Head Coach Jedd Fisch. "Chuck is well known and widely respected throughout the NFL as well as the Tucson community. His addition to our coaching staff will bring decades of elite coaching and playing experience, collegiately and professionally.  I know he will have a tremendous impact on our student-athletes by showing them what they can achieve on the field, in the classroom and in the community."

Cecil has a long history with Arizona's football program.

He played for the Wildcats from 1984-87 under head coaches Larry Smith and Dick Tomey, earning honors such as All-America and Pacific-10 Conference Defensive Player of the Year honors. His play for the Wildcats also earned him a spot on the Wildcats' Sports Hall of Fame and the College Football Hall of Fame.

The hall-of-famer also served as a special advisor and an interim defensive coordinator for the Cats.

Cecil also served as a defensive assistant for the Tenneesee Titans and the Los Angeles Rams. He also played as a safety for the Packers, Cardinals and Oilers.

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Anthony Victor Reyes

Anthony Victor Reyes is the lead digital content producer at News 4 Tucson. The award-winning journalist previously worked as a community reporter in Jasper County, Iowa.

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