Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday
Wildcat Wednesday - NATIONAL MEETINGS
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: September 25, 2013
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I am writing this while flying back to Tucson from our Division I-A Athletic Director meetings in Dallas. Last year, I was named to the Board of Trustees representing the Pac-12. This past summer, I was named the Pac-12 representative for NCAA President Mark Emmert’s AD Advisory Committee.

One of the issues we have struggled with recently as ADs is to have an organized and common voice. As many ADs often recognize, we are dealing with so much on our own campuses and within our own departments that it is easy to lose touch with the national issues we face as an enterprise. I am guilty of that and have made a personal vow, with the support of President Hart, to do my part, when appropriate, to reclaim the AD’s voice on the national level. There are many issues we are facing that need the AD’s voice engaged. Student-athlete welfare/safety, NCAA governance, amateurism and fan-impacting decisions, to name a few, are some of the important issues we are dealing with right now that will have a direct impact on the long-term health of intercollegiate athletics. 

We must be held accountable to our superiors, I have a great boss in Dr. Hart, andwe also must be reengaged in the decision-making process on national and conference-level decisions. The meetings in Dallas were the best meetings we’ve had in a long time with Football Bowl Subdivision(FBS) ADs. We made a new commitment to collaborate and work together as we move forward. We also have a national organization called NACDA that not only serves ADs but intercollegiate athletic administrators at many levels. At the conclusion of our meetings in Dallas, Division I-A and NACDA members made a commitment to work together, organizing the ADs' voices, which is expected to move us forward in a positive and constructive manner. As a result of this commitment, we are reorganizing Dr. Emmert’s AD Advisory Committee under these two umbrellas and that is a very positive step. One of the main goals of the AD Advisory Committee was to reengage our voices and then get the heck out of the way … I believe that process has begun. 

In the coming months, you will be hearing of more change and movement on the national level that will impact us here at the University of Arizona. I believe that through the hard work and commitment of my peers and the people they work with, we will take steps that will be strong and positive for intercollegiate athletics and its future.


If you’ve been following the Wildcat Wednesday, you know that producing an outstanding gameday experience is important to us here in the athletic department. Now, we want to take it one step further and give fans the opportunity to experience some of the behind-the-scenes events that take place before, during and after a football game. We’re continuing to work and develop these concepts but we do have one I think you’ll like. For the remaining home games, one fan will be selected via Twitter interaction through @ArizonaFBall or @Greg_Byrne to have the opportunity to be in the tunnel and run out with the team when the Wildcats exit the locker room and take the field. We think this will be an exciting addition to our gameday elements and we’re looking at finalizing other experiences soon, so be on the lookout for more information in the coming weeks.


It’s a busy time in the McKale Ticket Office as the staff is fulfilling 
men’s basketball seat location change requests. They are also contacting those who have placed a deposit for season tickets. The start of the regular season is still seven weeks away, but you wouldn’t know it with all of the buzz surrounding this team. Most of the preseason preview magazines are out on newsstands now and the vast majority have placed the Wildcats first in the Pac-12 and Top 10 overall. This is shaping up to be one of the most eagerly anticipated men’s basketball seasons in recent history and it’s not too late to jump on board with season tickets. There are a limited amount of seats available for purchase scattered throughout the McKale Center. Call the ticket office for more information at 520-621-CATS (2287) or click here to buy online. Make sure to lock in your season tickets now (for this season and beyond) while they are available. 


I continue to be impressed with the job 
Tony Amato and the soccer team has done so far this season. The Wildcats defeated Hawaii 4-1 to improve their record to 5-1-3, which is the best start in school history. The only loss was at home on Sept. 15 to Texas Tech, a Top 20 team. I encourage you to get out to Murphey Field at Mulcahy Soccer Stadium and support this team. The stadium is located off-campus on 15th and Plumer, but still close enough to campus to make it an easy trip. The next home match is a big one, this Sunday vs. No. 4 UCLA at 2 p.m. After the match, the team will be signing autographs on the field. Click here to buy your tickets now. As a reminder, you will save $2 per ticket when you purchase in advance or online. By the way, I was concerned with our concession-line length at the Hawaii game last Friday and we’ve taken some steps to make improvements. 


We are very excited to announce that Jim Furyk will again be joining us for our annual Wildcat Golf Invitational on Friday, Nov. 15. Not only is the invitational a great excuse to spend a Friday morning on the golf course out at Tucson Country Club, but proceeds from the tournament will benefit Arizona Athletics. For more information or to sign up, please click here.


As proud as I am of our enthusiastic fan base, I want to take this opportunity to remind everyone of some NCAA rules when it comes to our prospective student-athletes. Only coaches and their staff are permitted to recruit on behalf of Arizona Athletics. We become more visible as an institution this time of year because we invite a large number of prospective student-athletes to campus for official and unofficial visits in each of our 20 programs. It is important to remember that it is against the rules to contact these prospects or their families about the University of Arizona. In today’s world of social media, we must reinforce that all forms of communication with prospective student-athletes, including Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and any others, is against the rules. We thank you for your cooperation.


Starting Thursday, our friends at Concord Construction will begin the process of developing our new sand volleyball courts on the north side of Jimenez Practice Facility … Football takes to the national stage this weekend when it travels to Washington. The game, which kicks off at 4 p.m. Pacific, will air nationally on FOX … Senior libero Candace Nicholson set the school record for digs last Saturday with a career total of 1,313. The previous record was 1,297 by Terry Lauchner (1987-90) … Cross Country had its home meet last weekend and a pair of freshmen, Collins Kibet and Maria Larsson, took the top spot for Arizona in their respective races … Collegiate Baseballreleased its recruiting rankings last week and Arizona came in at No. 18 for players entering school this fall.


Here is a look at this week’s Arizona Athletics events (Home events in BOLD):
No Events Scheduled
All Day: Men’s Golf at William H. Tucker Intercollegiate (at Albuquerque, N.M.)
8:00 p.m.: Volleyball at California (TV: Pac-12 Networks)
All Day: Women’s Tennis at ITA All-American Championships (at Los Angeles, Calif.)
All Day: Men’s Tennis at ITA All-American Championships (at Tulsa, Okla.)
All Day: Men’s Golf at William H. Tucker Intercollegiate (at Albuquerque, N.M.)
8:00 a.m.: Cross Country at Griak Invitational (at Minneapolis, Minn.)
4:00 p.m.: Football at Washington (TV: FOX National) (Radio: Arizona IMG Sports Network)
All Day: Women’s Tennis at ITA All-American Championships (at Los Angeles, Calif.)
All Day: Men’s Tennis at ITA All-American Championships (at Tulsa, Okla.)
2:00 p.m.: Soccer vs. UCLA (TV: Pac-12 Networks)
All Day: Men’s Tennis at ITA All-American Championships (at Tulsa, Okla.)
All Day: Women’s Golf at Windy City Classic (at Chicago, Ill.)
All Day: Women’s Tennis at ITA All-American Championships (at Los Angeles, Calif.)
All Day: Men’s Tennis at ITA All-American Championships (at Tulsa, Okla.)
All Day: Women’s Golf at Windy City Classic (at Chicago, Ill.)
All Day: Women’s Tennis at ITA All-American Championships (at Los Angeles, Calif.)
All Day: Men’s Tennis at ITA All-American Championships (at Tulsa, Okla.)


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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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