Brothers don't want to face each other

TUCSON, Ariz. -- Memo to the Sun Bowl: the Stoops brothers would prefer not to face each other in El Paso.

With speculation swirling about Arizona's bowl destination, Mike Stoops said he hopes the Wildcats won't have to play brother Bob Stoops' Oklahoma Sooners in the Sun Bowl, one of two bowls pitting the Pac-10 and Big 12.

Mike Stoops said a bowl matchup between Arizona (7-4, 5-3 Pac-10) and Oklahoma (7-5, 5-3 Big 12) would be "something we would try to avoid at all costs."

"I don't think it would be fun for either one of us," Mike Stoops said at his weekly campus news conference on Monday. "I think it would be very uncomfortable for probably everyone.

"That wouldn't be ideal for us, but obviously you've got to look beyond that for the possibilities," he said. "So we'll cross that bridge Sunday."

Pac-10 bowl pairings are expected to be announced on Sunday.

Speaking in Norman, Okla., Bob Stoops echoed his brother's comments.

"We would both prefer not to," Bob Stoops said. "That's it. It isn't a big deal. If we have to, we have to. It's not a big deal. That's not a factor in the bowl process."

Mike Stoops served on Bob Stoops' staff at OU before taking over at Arizona after the 2003 season. They have not faced each other as college head coaches.