SAN DIEGO -- San Diego State football coach Denny Stolz will be reassigned at the end of the season and will be replaced by former Arizona State assistant Al Luginbill, school officials announced late Monday.
Stolz was ousted a week before the final game of a season that features a 2-8 mark and four blowout losses, including last Saturday's 58-7 defeat at Texas-El Paso.
'It is essential that we get this program moving rapidly, and this kind of internal transfer makes a good deal of sense,' said Athletic Director Fred Miller.
Luginbill was promoted from a desk job as associate athletic director at San Diego State. He was defensive coordinator at Arizona State under Darryl Rogers from 1982-84.
'It's not an opportunity I thought was coming my way, but it is a tremendous opportunity,' Luginbill said.
Stolz will be on the sidelnes Saturday when the Aztecs visit New Mexico for the final game of the season.
Stolz won the 1986 Western Athletic Conference title in his first year in San Diego but followed with two losing seasons. He has three years remaining on his contract.
This year the Aztecs beat Brigham Young and Air Force, but were routed by UTEP, UCLA (56-9), Wyoming (55-27) and Utah (41-20).
'Like they say, it all comes down to the head coach,' Stolz said.
Stolz joined Rogers as the second former Michigan State head coach to lose his job this week. The Detroit Lions fired Rogers Monday.