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Wildcat Wednesday - November 6, 2013
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 11/06/2013
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#BeThere WHEN ARIZONA HOSTS UCLA

Our football program hosts No. 16 UCLA this Saturday and we need everyone to #BeThere. You’ll notice that I used the hashtag #BeThere because I’ve asked all of our friends on social media to use it as we drive to sell out Arizona Stadium Saturday night.

It’s an 8 p.m. kickoff and I know that can present some challenges for certain pockets of our great fan base, but I believe these types of games are why we all became fans of sports and in this case football. It’s Homecoming. We’ve got a ranked team coming to Tucson. We’re 6-2 and in the hunt for the Pac-12 South title. Our offense has found its stride behind Ka’Deem Carey and B.J. Denker and our defense is much improved from last year.

These are the types of games we want to be hosting. It’s why we hired Coach Rodriguez and why we put such a focus on the construction of the Lowell-Stevens Football Facility. But, we need your help, and this Saturday, you can provide it by showing up en masse, being loud, supporting the Wildcats and making Arizona Stadium as difficult a place to play in as possible for our opponents. 

If you don’t already have your tickets, you can click here to purchase. Click here if you need more information about the game, including Saturday Homecoming events. 

I hope that you will not only #BeThere, but your family and friends will #BeThere as well. This is the type of November game we hoped we’d have when the schedule was released. Now it’s here … #BeThere.

TAILGATING REMINDER

Due to this weekend’s Homecoming events, we want to provide a reminder for tailgating on Saturday. Tailgating will begin at 2 p.m. Tailgaters will not be allowed to park vehicles overnight along the street next to the UA mall, or on the mall itself. Tailgate vehicles with the required tailgate pass will need to wait until 12:30 p.m. on game day to begin loading in.

Preparations for the Homecoming Parade will begin at 3:30 p.m. The parade is scheduled to start at 4:15 p.m. and will last approximately 45 minutes. Access to southbound Cherry Ave. from Speedway Blvd. will be restricted from 3:30 p.m. to approximately 6:15 p.m. (start of parade preparations to end of Wildcat Walk). You will not be able to enter the tailgating area during this time frame so please make sure to be in your tailgating spot by 3:30 p.m.

GAMEDAY EXPERIENCE RETURNS

We’ll have our first home football game on Saturday since beating Utah on Oct. 19, and with that, comes the return of the Gameday Experience promotion we’ve put into place. We were really excited about how it turned out during the Utah game and we’re looking forward to offering some lucky ticket holders the chance to go behind-the-scenes this Saturday.

As a reminder, in addition to providing a fan the chance to announce our weekly uniform combination, we’ll offer three experiences around the game. We’ll select one ticket holder to be involved in the Wildcat Walk two hours prior to kickoff, one to run onto the field with the team prior to the game and one to attend Coach Rodriguez’s postgame press conference.

To see a video recap of the Gameday Experiences from Utah, click here, and to learn more about the overall program, click here. We want everyone to have a chance to be involved in these Gameday Experiences so make sure to buy your tickets now for our remaining home games and follow @ArizonaFBall on Twitter.

HOMECOMING ROYALTY

Each Homecoming, the Bobcats Senior Honorary and the UA Chapter of the Mortar Board National College Senior Honorary Society select the Homecoming royalty from a pool of applicants submitted by clubs affiliated with the Associate Students of the UA and other UA student groups. From this group, five men and five women who best represent the University through scholarship, leadership, University involvement, community service and commitment to the UA are selected to become members of the Homecoming Court. 

We are proud to say the Athletics department has three representatives in this final group. Congratulations to Queen Finalists, Chelsea Suitos (softball) and Lexi Tatem (cheerleading) and King Finalist, Courtney Broome (cheerleading). The King and Queen will be named this Friday at the Homecoming pep rally on University Boulevard but regardless of the outcome, we are proud of these student-athletes and all that they do to represent us and the University.

For a complete schedule of events surrounding Homecoming, visit our athletics informational pagehere or the alumni association page here.

GAME DAY GRILL UPDATE FOR HOMECOMING

We’re looking forward to a great Homecoming game and are excited to see so many of our alumni and fans out at the tailgates. Many of our Wildcat Club members, alumni and fans attend the Game Day Grill prior to the game. We want to let everybody know that due to the high volume of responses we have received for the Game Day Grill on Nov. 9th, we are sold out. 

This is a good reminder that if you are a Wildcat Club member who wishes to attend the Game Day Grill for the remaining games vs. Washington State. and Oregon, please RSVP early by contacting the ticket office at 520-621-CATS(2287). We appreciate the overwhelming interest in the tailgate and are looking forward to a packed house at Homecoming.

BASKETBALL TIPS OFF THIS WEEKEND

There are several dates people might circle first when they get a brand new calendar, birthdays, weddings, vacations, etc. For Arizona 
basketball fans, it’s Opening Day at McKale and that day is almost here! The Wildcats will open the 2013-14 season Friday night vs. Cal Poly at 8 p.m. No need to rehash the preseason rankings and high expectations, as they have been well documented in the past month or so. I do want to preach patience for the early part of the season. The team you see on Friday night will be vastly different than the team you see in March. I hope you will join us for the journey to March Madness starting Friday night. We also play Long Beach State on Monday night at home at 8 p.m. There are still some tickets left for these two games. Click here to buy online or call 520-621-CATS (2287).

PARKING REMINDER FOR MEN’S BASKETBALL SEASON OPENER

Due to the large crowds expected for Homecoming, tailgating set up for Saturday’s football game will begin Fri., Nov. 8. As a result, Gittings Lawn will be closed for the men's basketball game vs. Cal Poly on Friday night. Anyone with a parking permit in Gittings will be directed to park on the Center Mall or the McKale Lawn. If there is any overflow parking for this game, all cars will be directed to the 6th Street Garage. 

CELEBRATE WILBUR’S BIRTHDAY AT SOCCER AND VOLLEYBALL

Our very own Wilbur T. Wildcat is celebrating a birthday this week. Wilbur was born on Nov. 7, 1959, which will make him 54. Fans can celebrate Wilbur’s birthday on Thursday with a special promotion. Both 
soccer and volleyball are hosting home matches that day, soccer vs. our rivals from up north at 2 p.m. and volleyball vs. Washington State at 8 p.m. If you have a ticket to the soccer match, you can use that to also get into the volleyball match later on. Similarly, those with volleyball tickets can use them to attend the soccer match for free. The soccer match is a critical one as it’s Senior Day and a Territorial Cup Series point is on the line. The volleyball match was originally scheduled for 7 p.m., but was moved to 8 p.m. to be televised on the Pac-12 Networks. There will be several interactive fan activities with Wilbur at the volleyball match. To buy soccer or volleyball tickets, click here

WOMEN’S CROSS COUNTRY WINS FIRST PAC-12 CHAMPIONSHIP

In case you missed it over the weekend, the women's cross country team won the first conference championship in its history when it won the Pac-12 meet on Saturday. The team had earned runner-up finishes six times, including the 2012 season. The Wildcats had three women finish in the top 10. Senior Elvin Kibet, the 2013 Pac-12 Cross Country Scholar Athlete of the Year, took second place, sophomore Kayla Beattie finished in fifth place and junior Nicci Corbin took sixth place. Kibet's runner-up finish was the highest for a woman at the conference championships since Tara Chaplin won the race in 2000. The women remain the top-ranked team in the country and will look to continue their undefeated season on Nov. 15 at the NCAA West Regionals in Sacramento, Calif.

STAFF SGT. BRIAN WILLIAMS UPDATE

If you were reading Wildcat Wednesday in the spring, you’ll remember me writing about Staff Sgt. Brian Williams, a Sierra Vista native and big Arizona fan, who was injured in Afghanistan in April of 2012 (Click here to read the original entry). We received an update from Brian last week and I wanted to share it with you. 

Brian, who was recovering at Walter Reed in Maryland, left the hospital and has returned to duty at McGuire Air Force Base in New Jersey, where he is a trainer for the Military Working Dog (MWD) section. He’ll go through the medical board soon to determine his future within the U.S.A.F with the intention of adding to his 13 years of military service. In addition, Brian is working towards a degree in human resources management and planning a wedding this May.

There is a great article on the Air Force News Today website about how Brian was able to adopt his MWD partner, Carly, who was present with him in Afghanistan at the time of his injuries. Clickhere to read that piece.

We’re all so proud of you Brian, not only for your service, but for your perseverance after being injured. You are a credit to the Wildcats fan base and we’re so happy to have you as a part of our family. 

COMPLIANCE CORNER

We are now in the second half of the fall semester for our 500-plus student-athletes. As they work through their classes in November and then finals in December, it is timely to mention the NCAA academic standards they are expected to meet as they progress towards their degree. Student-athletes must achieve benchmarks each semester and then each year in order to remain eligible to compete. These benchmarks include meeting a certain percentage towards their declared degree each year and maintaining appropriate GPAs. Because of the demanding practice and competition schedules, student-athletes take advantage of many departmental resources such as study times with tutors and academic staff members that travel with teams. Our Compliance Staff is constantly monitoring all areas of academics to ensure academic integrity while each student-athlete works towards their degree.

ARIZONA NUGGETS

Football is only allowing 372.9 yards per game, which ranks as the third-best improvement nationally from the previous year when it gave up 499.0 ypg. The Cats currently rank 37th nationally in total defense … LaBrittney Jones posted 24 points and 10 rebounds as women’s basketball won its exhibition game 80-65. It will open its season at the Iona Invitational on Friday … Women’s Tennis will play its last fall tournament this weekend when they travel to Honolulu for the Hawaii Invitational.

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
2:00 p.m.: Soccer vs. Arizona St. (TV: Pac-12 Networks)
8:00 p.m.: Volleyball vs. Washington St. (TV: Pac-12 Networks)

Friday
All Day: Women’s Tennis at Hawaii Invitational (at Honolulu, Hawaii)
All Day: Men’s Tennis at Dick Vitale Clay Court Classic (at Sarasota, Fla.)
2:00 p.m.: Women’s Swimming & Diving vs. UCLA
4:30 p.m.: Women’s Basketball at Iona
8:00 p.m.: Men’s Basketball vs. Cal Poly (TV: Pac-12 Networks)

Saturday
All Day: Women’s Tennis at Hawaii Invitational (at Honolulu, Hawaii)
All Day: Men’s Tennis at Dick Vitale Clay Court Classic (at Sarasota, Fla.)
11:00 a.m.: Women’s Basketball vs. Bowling Green or Michigan (at New Rochelle, N.Y.)
1:00 p.m.: Swimming & Diving vs. USC
8:00 p.m.: Football vs. UCLA (TV: ESPN) (Radio: TuneIn)

Sunday
All Day: Women’s Tennis at Hawaii Invitational (at Honolulu, Hawaii)
All Day: Men’s Tennis at Dick Vitale Clay Court Classic (at Sarasota, Fla.)
12:00 p.m.: Softball Alumni Game
2:00 p.m.: Volleyball vs. Washington (TV: Pac-12 Networks)

Monday
8:00 p.m.: Men’s Basketball vs. Long Beach St. (TV: Pac-12 Networks)

Tuesday
No Events Scheduled

Wednesday
No Events Scheduled

WEAR THE COLORS – SHARE THE PHOTOS

NOTE: When submitting photos for Wildcat Wednesday, please ensure they are clear and properly lit. Also, please make sure to identify everyone in the photo so we can highlight them accordingly. Thanks for your help.




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
uofaad@arizona.edu

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