After a few games in the 2003 season, the U of A decided to fire John Mackovic and just pay him the rest of that years contract. Hankwitz took over the team from that point on, and led us to our first home pac-10 win since 2000. All I know, is that as a fan, I like Coach Mackovic a lot. If I were a player my feelings could be totally different, but I am not a player, so I will leave it at that.
On a professional level, Mackovic has a wealthy resume filled with many coaching successes and awards. One time coach at Texas, and in the NFL with the Kansas City Chiefs. In 2003 he was been able to fill the coach ranks with people he can trust, and many he had work with many years prior. Unfortunate for everyone, things just didnt work out. No word yet on what he will be doing in the future.