Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: September 18, 2013
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When I hear the name Brigetta Barrett, I think excellence and achievement in athletics, academics and life. Brigetta’s list of accomplishments is unbelievably impressive. A silver medalist at the 2012 Olympics, she won three outdoor NCAA Championships in the high jump, three indoor titles and was a three-time Pac-12 Champion. She graduated cum laude with a degree in theater arts and earned an Academic All-America honor, all while serving as co-president of the Pac-12 Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and co-president of the Committed to Christ student group here on campus. Brigetta was even voted Homecoming Queen and has performed the National Anthem at many public events. I have been fortunate to be around a large number of incredible student-athletes during my life and Brigetta is as good an all-around student-athlete as I’ve known. 

All of her accomplishments helped Brigetta earn the coveted Pac-12 Woman of the Year honor, meaning she would also be the conference’s representative for NCAA Woman of the Year. Unfortunately, we learned last week that she would not be a finalist for the award. The NCAA chooses nine finalists, three from each division, and the list is filled with great student-athletes, who have their own stories of success on the field, in the classroom and in the community. However, her exclusion was surprising.

Arizona has been well represented in the NCAA Woman of the Year category since it was implemented in 1991. Four Wildcats have won the award, which is more than any other school in the country. In fact, Arizona is the only school in the Pac-12 that has had an NCAA Woman of the Year and we had high hopes that Brigetta was going to be the fifth. Even though she was not a finalist, I felt it was important to recognize Brigetta one more time for all she’s accomplished and to wish her continued good luck and success in her future endeavors.


It didn’t come as a surprise that the McDonald’s Red-Blue Game sold out for the third year in a row, but the fact that it only took 16 ½ days is certainly eye-opening. Thanks to all of our great fans who helped make this the fastest sellout in the history of the Red-Blue Game. Remember, doors are set to open at 1 p.m. for a 3 p.m. start on Oct. 12 and parking in most surface lots around McKale Center will be free and open to the public. In addition to kicking off what promises to be an exciting 2013-14 season, this year’s McDonald’s Red-Blue Game will also be a celebration of the 20th anniversary of our 1994 Final Four run.


Last Friday, a group from the Arizona football team loaded up a van and headed over to the UMC Diamond Children’s Center to visit patients and pass out jars of hope provided by the Shine On organization. The jars were filled with crayons and coloring books and were accompanied by a stuffed animal. The student-athletes visited five different children between the ages of 6 and 21 years of age. Just as the guys were about to head back to McKale, a nurse came running down the hall to catch them. She explained there was one little girl, fresh out of surgery, that had been promised to meet the team. The players were quick to return to visit with the patient. It made her day! Thank you to the group that visited UMC Diamond Children’s Center and all of our student-athletes out there making a difference in the community.


The Alumni Association is offering the opportunity to purchase the ‘A’ pin and I’d urge everyone to consider purchasing one. It’s a great way to show your Wildcat Pride and makes for a perfect gift. Regina has both a gold and silver and wears them regularly. 

The small pin is available in silver for $120. UA Alumni Association members can purchase the small pin for $110. To order, visit  Quantities are limited so act now. If you have questions or need assistance with ordering, please contact Lisa Valentine at 520-621-5333 or at 1-800-232-8278.


Arizona graduate student and UA Sports Hall of Famer Martin Pepper (1996 NCAA Championship in the 100-meter butterfly ) is serving as co-host of “How the Earth Works” on the Science Channel, which premiers on Oct. 9. He and co-host Liz Bonnin take viewers to various places around the world to explore geological topics and worst-case scenarios. The show was taped in the summer of 2012 and takes viewers to places like Hawaii, Japan, Indonesia and Italy. A great representative of both UA and Arizona athletics, I’d encourage you to support Martin by checking out the show next month.


We’re going to give one member of Club Arizona, our kids club, the chance to serve as the 2013 Jr. Wildcat Reporter for Arizona football. The winner will get to interview one of the Wildcats and the interview will be shown on the video board during Arizona’s game with Oregon on Nov. 23. In order to enter the contest, you must be a Club Arizona member. Click here to register your child for the contest. Club Arizona is open to all kids ages K-8th grade. As a member of the kids club, you’ll receive discounted admission into select games and have the opportunity to attend exclusive events with Arizona student-athletes and coaches. You don’t want to miss out on this special opportunity!


Our goal for the A-Club in 2013 is to create more exciting opportunities for alumni letterwinners to connect with Arizona Athletics and each other. The first opportunity this fall was the A-Club Road Trip to Las Vegas for the Arizona vs. UNLV football game. More than 40 letterwinners made the trip to Las Vegas to enjoy our A-Club Friday night reception and pregame tailgate party. They also had the opportunity to watch the ‘Cats dominate the Rebels in a 58-13 win. For a calendar of A-Club special events, visit the A-Club website at

Pictured (L-R): Mike and Liz Thorell, Branch and Chris McNeal, Phoebe Chalk Wadsworth


The Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) is utilizing a program that designates a Bear Down game for each sport. Through the program, their goal is to drive student-athletes to each other’s competitions. The first Bear Down games are scheduled for this Friday with cross countryat 5 p.m. and soccer at 7 p.m. … Last Friday, Arizona men’s golf alum Jim Furyk became just the sixth player to card a 59 at a PGA Tour event. UA women’s golf alum Annika Sorenstam is still the only woman to notch a 59 in an LPGA Tour event, making Arizona the only school that has produced both a male and female golfer who have achieved the remarkable feat … The women’s tennis team started its fall season off strong last weekend at the Aggie Invitational. Laura Oldham won the singles title and teamed up with Susan McRann to capture the doubles title … Junior outside hitter Madi Kingdon currently leads the Pac-12 in double-doubles and ranks second in both points and kills.


Here is a look at this week’s Arizona Athletics events (Home events in BOLD):

No Events Scheduled

All Day: Men’s Tennis at Aggie Invitational (in Las Cruces, N.M.)
5:00 p.m.: Cross Country - Dave Murray Invitational (at Dell Urich Golf Course) (BEAR DOWN GAME*)
7:00 p.m.: Soccer vs. Hawaii (BEAR DOWN GAME*)
7:00 p.m.: Volleyball vs. Loyola (Md.)

All Day: Men’s Tennis at Aggie Invitational (in Las Cruces, N.M.)
10:30 a.m.: Volleyball vs. Wofford
7:00 p.m.: Volleyball vs. UC-Santa Barbara

All Day: Men’s Tennis at Aggie Invitational (in Las Cruces, N.M.)

No Events Scheduled

8:00 p.m.: Volleyball at Arizona State (TV: Pac-12 Networks)

No Events Scheduled

* - See Arizona Nuggets section for description of Bear Down games

Click here to purchase soccer and volleyball tickets online at


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Continue to do what you can to help Arizona Athletics and:

    1.   Join the Wildcat Movement
    2.   Buy Season Tickets
    3.   Wear the Colors (Especially on Friday)
    4.   Get Others to do the Same

Bear Down with Pride,

Greg Byrne
Vice President for Athletics
The University of Arizona

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