#BeThere AGAIN FOR FOOTBALL VS. WASHINGTON ST.
First off, I want to thank everyone for making our environment so electric during the UCLA game. Although we ended up short of selling out, the people inside Arizona Stadium were loud and engaged and I could tell that our team fed off that energy. While we didn’t get the result we were looking for, I think everyone can see the progress we’ve made in just Coach Rodriguez’s second year. We took what is now the 13th-ranked team in the country to the wire and part of that is because of the support you all provided our student-athletes.
But, we’re not done. This week’s game with Washington St. is crucial, not only in the Pac-12 South race, but for our bowl placement. The guys have been working their tails off to put us in this position, and hopefully, we can reward them by replicating last Saturday’s atmosphere again this Saturday.
It is a noon kickoff, so we’ll get started earlier than we’re used to, but we hope you can find a reason to come out and support your Wildcats. While we build for the future, I think this team is giving us plenty of reasons to be supportive and optimistic about where our program is headed. And, when I say program, I don’t just mean the players, coaches and staff, I mean all of us including the fans. We all play a role in the development of this program.
If you know someone who is on the fence about coming to our home games and supporting our program, I hope you’ll share this with them. If you are able to be here, we need you. We’ve made the commitment to a future of winning football, now we need your continued help to see this through. So, if you are able to, we hope you’ll #BeThere this Saturday.
If you haven’t already done so, you can buy your tickets online here or call 520-621-CATS (2287). Tickets start at just $20, so we hope you’ll decide to join us this weekend.
OBSERVATION AND CHALLENGE FROM HOMECOMING
One thing that is important to me as AD is to communicate and interact with our fans on a regular basis. I enjoy being around our events and listening to different feedback. When we have 50,000 fans at a game, there is always a WIDE variety of opinions on what takes place in and around the stadium. I can tell you we do our very best to create an environment that pleases as many people as possible.
On Saturday, I made it a point to get around to a lot of different tailgate spots to talk with our fans. One of the questions I asked at many of the spots was whether or not the people attending the tailgates were going to be inside the stadium attending the game. This is highly unscientific but I estimated a minimum of 50% of the people I spoke with had not purchased a ticket to attend the game but were down on campus to take in the tailgating around homecoming.
As the AD, I want every person that attends tailgating to also attend the game. It has led me to do some thinking and wondering about creating an incentive during the offseason to reward our tailgaters who recruit the most new season ticket holders/ticket buyers for next season. I already have a few ideas on how to structure something like this but give me some input on any creative ideas that you may have. I will buy lunch at the Bear Down Kitchen for the person with the most creative idea. Email me your ideas at firstname.lastname@example.org.
SALUTE TO OUR MILITARY
Saturday will be a special football game for our community. It’s our annual DM Day. For the ninth consecutive year, Arizona Athletics will honor our friends at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base. Thousands of military personnel from the base will be in attendance, with several participating in a special halftime recognition ceremony. Special thanks to the DM-50 for their efforts in making DM Day a reality. We are very appreciative of the relationship we have with the Davis-Monthan Air Force Base.
We also had a special ceremony during Monday’s basketball game around Veteran’s Day. We recognized two Air Force members who recently returned to Davis-Monthan from combat deployment, Technical Sgt. Rachel Lemoine and 1st Lt. Brett Neilson. You can watch the ceremony by clicking on the video below. We want to thank Rachel, Brett and all the military veterans who have sacrificed so much for our freedom.
BASEBALL AND SOFTBALL RENEWAL DEADLINES COMING UP
We’re about three months away from the start of the 2014 baseball and softball seasons. Coach Lopez and Coach Candrea are both optimistic about their respective upcoming seasons. I wanted to remind you that our baseball and softball season ticket renewal deadlines are coming up. The baseball renewal deadline is Friday, Nov. 15 at 5 p.m. The softball renewal deadline is Tuesday, Nov. 19 at 5 p.m. Reserved seat season tickets were sold out for both sports last year. Make sure to get your renewals in before the deadline to ensure you don’t lose your seat location. Click here to log into your account to renew online.
SOCCER HEADED IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION
In just his first season as head coach, Tony Amato led the Arizona women’s soccer team to a 9-7-4 record, its first winning record since 2005. The team opened the season by going 3-0-3, which was the best opening stretch in program history. The Cats ended the season with a 2-0 shutout against our in-state rival, earning a Territorial Cup Series point. Senior Jazmin Ponce finished the season leading the Pac-12 in shots with 92 and game-winning goals with five. Goalkeeper Gabby Kaufman finished her junior season leading the Pac-12 in saves with 105.
A-CLUB LETTERWINNER UPDATE
The A-Club was so excited to welcome more than 500 letterwinners back to campus for Homecoming this year. Thanks to each and every letterwinner who was able to travel to Tucson for this year’s memorable homecoming weekend. Here are few pictures from this weekend’s A-Club events!
Today is an exciting day for most of our programs as it is the first day a recruit can sign a National Letter of Intent (NLI) to enroll in fall 2014. The NLI is a binding agreement between a prospective student-athlete and an institution. With the exception of three programs (football, soccer and track & field), today, the verbal commitments become official for so many prospects across the country that our coaches have been busy recruiting. Before signing, our coaches were prohibited from making public comments, however those restrictions are lifted once the prospect signs the NLI. Prospects in these programs will have another opportunity to sign starting in April, while football, soccer and track & field will have just one general signing period beginning February 5 (plus a small midyear JC period in December). Congrats to all future Wildcats who signed an NLI during this early November signing period!
Volleyball is currently 25th nationally in the RPI … Women’s Basketball’s Candice Warthen averaged 21.5 points per game during the Iona Tip-Off Tournament … More than 50 former players and staff returned to Hillenbrand for the alumni softball game, which ended in a 4-3 victory for the blue team … Five of Arizona's seven women’s golfers recorded rounds of 69 or lower during fall tournament play. Their spring schedule begins Feb. 9 at Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge.
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.
7:00 p.m.: Volleyball vs. Utah (TV: Pac-12 Networks)
8:05 p.m.: Men’s Basketball at San Diego St. (TV: CBS Sports Network)
11:35 a.m.: Cross Country at NCAA West Regional (at Sacramento, Calif.)
3:00 p.m.: Women’s Basketball at UC Santa Barbara
2:00 p.m.: Volleyball vs. Colorado (TV: Pac-12 Networks)
9:00 p.m.: Men’s Basketball vs. Fairleigh Dickinson (TV: ESPNU)
9:00 p.m.: Men’s Basketball vs. Rhode Island or Metro State (TV: ESPNU)
7:00 p.m.: Women’s Basketball vs. Stephen F. Austin (Live Stream)
WEAR THE COLORS – SHARE THE PHOTOS
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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,
Vice President for Athletics
The University of Arizona