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Wildcat Wednesday - THE PROCESS OF SELECTING KICKOFF TIMES
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 10/23/2013
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THE PROCESS OF SELECTING KICKOFF TIMES

Many of you have asked about the process for determining kickoff times for our football games, so I figured this would be a good topic to address. This is definitely a case of not being able to please everyone because if we could, we would. I have found through my gameday fan interaction and email and Twitter conversations with our fans that when we announce a day game, we hear feedback that some fans prefer night games, and when we announce a night game, we hear feedback on how some fans want day games. 

For a number of years now, our partnerships with television networks have allowed them to determine kickoff times based on match-ups and the landscape of college football as a whole. Generally, game times are determined 12 days from the date in which the game will be played. Occasionally, the networks will exercise a 6-day pick, which allows them to wait for the results of the current week’s games and place the most attractive match-ups in the most visible time slots. 

TV’s involvement in the scheduling of college football games is something that has been here for quite a while, and is here to stay. We understand that for some of you there can be drawbacks to the way these items are determined, but we do feel the positives outweigh the negatives. For example, national coverage of our programs on a network dedicated to our conference does benefit our reach and brand value. Once a deal with DirecTV is reached (unfortunately, I don’t have any updates), that exposure will only increase. With that, we certainly understand the importance and priority of the fans who attend our home events. We appreciate you accommodating the new age of scheduling and thank you for joining us!

TEDY BRUSCHI – COLLEGE FOOTBALL HALL OF FAMER

One of the best moments around our big win over Utah on Saturday night was the recognition of Tedy Bruschi at halftime for being selected to the College Football Hall of Fame Class of 2013. Not only were we able to show the proper appreciation for Tedy’s magnificent career at Arizona, but it gave us the perfect opportunity to announce his jersey retirement. Tedy’s No. 68, while still eligible to be worn by current and future players, will now be honored in posterity with its place atop the skybox at Arizona Stadium.

Bruschi will be officially inducted into the Hall of Fame at the National Football Foundation's Annual Awards Dinner in New York on Dec. 10. He is the fourth Arizona player to be selected to the NFF College Football Hall of Fame, joining Ricky Hunley (1998), Chuck Cecil (2009) and Rob Waldrop (2011).

It was wonderful to have Tedy, his wife Heidi, a former UA student-athlete as well, and their children, Tedy Jr., Rex and Dante, here for the special occasion. To watch the halftime ceremony from the Utah game, click on the picture below.



GAMEDAY EXPERIENCE A SUCCESS

I wrote last week about the Gameday Experiences we were offering our ticket holders at home football games and we put that plan into action during the Utah game. I think we were all really happy with how it turned out and it seemed like the fans that were selected to be involved really had top-notch experiences.

Bard Doster (@CoachBard), who won the Wildcat Walk experience, was fired up and set a great example for the rest of the fans in attendance. Matthew Anderson (@UAmatt) got to hang out in the tunnel and take the field with team prior to the game. He did a nice job of keeping up with the guys and looked like he really enjoyed it. To cap the night, Luis Noriega (@luishn) and Daniel, whose birthday was Sunday, had the great experience of attending the postgame press conference. 

We want everyone to have a chance to be involved in these gameday experiences so make sure tobuy your tickets now for our remaining home games and follow @ArizonaFBall on Twitter. To see a video recap of this week’s gameday experiences, click on the image below.



HOMECOMING IS JUST AROUND THE CORNER

Homecoming is scheduled for the weekend of Nov. 7-10 and the A-Club Letterwinners Association is collecting RSVPs now. The original deadline was set for Oct. 19, but we want to give all letterwinners the chance to come enjoy the festivities, so please contact us as soon as possible with your information. For complete information on Homecoming events and to access the RSVP card, click here.

There are several events and activities planned just for our alumni letterwinners and we hope you will join us in Tucson for this exciting weekend on the UA campus. The invitation includes many events for all alumni and some special events for those having a reunion or being recognized during the football game. One event that we want to draw your attention to is the Letterwinner Breakfast; we heard some constructive feedback last year and have brought the breakfast back as a co-ed event. 

For you to receive the various complimentary tickets and discounted rates, you must be an active A-Club member. To activate your FREE A-Club membership, please visit azaclub.com and complete the online membership form before returning your RSVP. If you do not have access to a computer or question whether or not you are an active A-Club member, please call 520-621-0881 or email letterwinners@arizona.edu.

REMEMBERING BILL DAVIS

Arizona athletics lost a great friend, statistician and public address spotter on Friday. Bill Davis spent nearly three decades working with our media and event staff. He has also been a long-time season ticket holder, fan and employee. Thank you for your years of service and we send our condolences to Bill’s family and friends. He will be missed by all.

ARIZONA SOCCER ON THE RISE 

Congratulations to head coach 
Tony Amato and the soccer team for their thrilling 3-2 OT victory over USC this past Friday. I’ve been very impressed with the team this year under the new coaching staff’s direction. The future is bright for Arizona soccer. They have two home matches this weekend. They’ll host Washington State Friday at 2 p.m. Fans are encouraged to wear pink to show support in the fight against breast cancer. On Sunday, they’ll host Washington at noon. It’s “Kick or Treat Day,” a special Halloween themed promotion. There will be a costume contest for kids, candy giveaways and more. Click here to purchase tickets. 

BASKETBALL READY TO START

Pac-12 
Men’s Basketball Media Day has come and gone (Cats picked 1st in Pac-12), season tickets have been delivered and the first USA Today Coaches Poll came out (Cats will start the year ranked 5th in the nation). All signs that this highly anticipated season is just about to start! We’ll host one exhibition game, Monday night vs. Augustana College, and then the regular season tips off Friday, Nov. 8 vs. Cal Poly. The McKale Ticket Office has been busy taking orders for basketball tickets. There is still time to become a season ticket holder. A select amount of lower bowl priority seats are available. Click here to find out more information on how to purchase lower bowl season tickets. Mini plans and non-conference single-game tickets are also available. Call 520-621-CATS (2287) or click here to purchase. 

ALUMNI LETTERWINNERS GIVING BACK

During the weekend of Oct. 11-13, we had more than 30 letterwinners return to celebrate the Women’s Recreation Association/Women’s Athletic Association (WRA/WAA) reunion. A committee of WRA/WAA letterwomen volunteered their time to encourage their fellow teammates to contribute more than $2,000 for the reunion gift. 

These donations were presented back to the athletics department at the WRA/WAA reunion dinner. We are happy to have the support of these letterwomen who continue to help us succeed by donating their time, treasure and talent to our cause! A special thank you goes out to Lynette Christian, Alice Tolson, Mary Hines, Norma Don, Joanie Rooker, Pat Vold and Mary Holloway for their help!

COMPLIANCE CORNER

NCAA student-athletes transferring to and from universities can be a confusing topic. The general rule, without going into too much detail, is all student-athletes have one opportunity to transfer and compete immediately at the next four-year school. This rule is called the “One-Time Transfer Exception.” There are a handful of sports that do not have an exception - basketball, bowl subdivision football, baseball and ice hockey. Therefore, in these sports, the student-athletes are required to sit one academic year in attendance at the new university before being allowed to compete. However, these student-athletes do have an opportunity to transfer and compete immediately if they graduate from the original NCAA institution and have at least one year of eligibility remaining. 

ARIZONA NUGGETS

Women’s Cross Country topped a loaded field at the Wisconsin Invitational last week, and as a result, is now ranked No. 1 in the USTFCCCA poll. This marks the first time the ladies reached the No. 1 spot since the USTFCCCA established its rankings in 1995 … Volleyball swept No. 1 USC on Sunday, marking its first win over a top-ranked team since 1994, and is now ranked 25th in the nation … Football’s B.J. Denker ranks 10th in the Pac-12 with 54.5 rushing yards per game, making Arizona one of only two schools (Oregon) to have two players among the top-10 rushing leaders in the conference (Ka’Deem Carey, No. 1, 161.0) … Soccer’s victory over USC last week was the first time the Wildcats defeated the Trojans since 2004. That year, Arizona went on to win the Pac-10 Championship … Kim Stubbe advanced to the quarterfinals at the women’s tennis ITA Regional tournament last weekend, while two doubles teams reached the round of 16 … Candice Warthen and head coach Niya Butts will represent women’s basketball at Pac-12 Media Day this week.

WEEKLY SCHEDULE

Here is a look at this week’s Arizona Athletics events (Home events in BOLD). To purchase tickets for home events, click here. To access live stats from your desktop or mobile device, visitArizonaLiveStats.com.

Thursday
No Events Scheduled

Friday
All Day: Women’s Golf at Landfall Tradition (at Wilmington, N.C.)
2:00 p.m.: Soccer vs. Washington St. (TV: Pac-12 Networks)
2:00 p.m.: Swimming & Diving vs. UNLV
6:00 p.m.: Volleyball at Colorado

Saturday
All Day: Women’s Golf at Landfall Tradition (at Wilmington, N.C.)
3:00 p.m.: Softball vs. Eastern Arizona
5:00 p.m.: Softball vs. Ft. Lewis
5:00 p.m.: Football at Colorado (TV: Pac-12 Networks) (Radio: TuneIn)

Sunday
All Day: Women’s Golf at Landfall Tradition (at Wilmington, N.C.)
12:00 p.m.: Soccer vs. Washington
1:00 p.m.: Volleyball at Utah (TV: Pac-12 Networks)
2:00 p.m.: Softball vs. Scottsdale CC

Monday
7:00 p.m.: Men’s Basketball vs. Augustana (Exhibition) (TV: Pac-12 Networks)

Tuesday
No Events Scheduled

Wednesday
No Events Scheduled

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Bear Down with Pride,

Greg Byrne
Vice President for Athletics
The University of Arizona
uofaad@arizona.edu

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