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Wildcat Wednesday - WE HAVE A LOT TO BE THANKFUL FOR AT ARIZONA ATHLETICS
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Release: 11/27/2013
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WE HAVE A LOT TO BE THANKFUL FOR AT ARIZONA ATHLETICS

What an exciting weekend. Few outside our program gave us a shot against No. 5 Oregon, but the team came out, executed flawlessly and took it to the Ducks in a 42-16 win. It was our first win over a Top 5 team since 2007 and served as another example of the progress we are seeing in our football program. 

We’ve talked about investing in the success of our football program. We did so by hiring one of the nation’s top coaches, Rich Rodriguez, and building the Lowell-Stevens Football Facility. Now, we have a signature win to build off of. We’re still in the infancy of this era of Arizona Football, but I see a bright future on the horizon and hope you can see it too. 

I want to thank everyone who stuck with this team throughout the year and was fortunate enough to be in Arizona Stadium to share in the excitement. We’ve talked at length about the unique experience a fan can have by attending games. The crazy world of college athletics means anything can happen at any time. We hope you’ll remember the wonderful feeling we all had as we watched the final seconds tick off the clock on Saturday and you’ll draw on that feeling when you’re making your decision to purchase bowl game tickets this year and season tickets for next year. If we want to get where we all want to go, it’ll take your support, and last weekend showed a glimpse of what this program can be consistently. 

But that isn’t it. We’re having an outstanding fall collectively as an athletics department. Thewomen’s cross country team just wrapped up its season by finishing second at the NCAA Championships after winning both the NCAA West Regional and the Pac-12 Championship. Thesoccer program finished the year 9-7-4 in head coach Tony Amato’s first season. It was our first winning season since 2005 and ended with a Territorial Cup victory over our neighbors to the north. The volleyball team is 19-11 and has an RPI of 20, which puts them in good position for an NCAA berth. And the men’s basketball team is up to No. 3 in the national polls and takes to the national stage with two games at Madison Square Garden in New York City this week.

We have a lot to be thankful for here in the Arizona athletics department. We’ve got great coaches, student-athletes, staffers and fans. We still have a lot of work to do but we’re moving in the right direction. 

Have a great holiday and Bear Down.

NOTE: To relive the big win over Oregon, click on the photo below for ‘Sounds of Arizona Football.’



BOWL BOUND

With Saturday’s victory over Oregon, the football team has reached seven wins on the season and is guaranteed to play in a bowl game! This is the second consecutive year and the fifth time in the last six seasons we’ve gone to a bowl game. Which of the bowl games are we headed to? Any attempts by me to guess would be just that, a guess. We won’t officially know until the announcement is made on Sunday, Dec. 8. Wildcat Club members and football season ticket holders received information on how to request bowl game tickets. Those requests are now being accepted. Visit ArizonaWildcats.com/bowlgame for more information. There, you’ll find a link to make a ticket request, a schedule of all the bowl games affiliated with the Pac-12 and more. 

If you have the means to travel to our bowl game, I strongly encourage you do so. We need you there. Fan support is probably the biggest factor bowl committees look at when evaluating their options on who to invite to their game. The more fans we have purchasing bowl tickets through our ticket office and attending bowl games, the better our chances are for a future invitation to a prestigious bowl game. In addition, buying your bowl game tickets through the ticket office helps us meet our ticket minimum. Schools are expected to sell a certain amount of tickets and anything under that number is reduced from the bowl game payout. We’ll have much more information when the official announcement is made on Dec. 8th, but avoid the rush and place your bowl game ticket request today. 

SINGLE-GAME BASKETBALL TICKETS GO ON SALE SATURDAY

Sean Miller has the men’s basketball team off to a great start. I am in New York City as I write this week’s Wildcat Wednesday, about to head out to the world famous Madison Square Garden to watch the Wildcats play Drexel in the semifinals of the preseason NIT. The game will start at 5 p.m. MT and will be televised on ESPNU.

Without a doubt, we have by far the best fan support in the Pac-12 for men’s basketball. Across the nation, you’ll find a handful of programs that can match that support, but none can surpass it. On this week of giving thanks, we are extremely thankful for you, our fans. 

Single-game tickets for the remaining home games go on sale this Saturday at 10 a.m. at ArizonaWildcats.com. They will be on sale at the McKale Ticket Office Monday at 9 a.m. Last year, every Pac-12 home game was a sellout and the vast majority of those tickets were purchased online the day they went on sale. Save this e-mail and click here on Saturday at 10 a.m. to be sent to the ticket purchase page.

VOLLEYBALL CLOSES THE SEASON WITH RIVALRY MATCH

The 2013 volleyball regular season concludes this week with two big home matches. The team is playing Stanford tonight at 6 p.m. and then hosts our rivals from up north on Friday at 5 p.m. As always, any time we play our rivals, the Territorial Cup Series Trophy is on the line. It’s also Senior Day. Our departing seniors will be honored before the match. If you’re in Tucson over the holiday, get to McKale to support our team. And, if you have out-of-town guests visiting, take them to the match and introduce them to the passion of the rivalry. You can order your tickets online by clickinghere. Remember, you can save $2 per ticket when you purchase in advance.

WOMEN’S CROSS COUNTRY WRAPS UP STRONG SEASON

As I mentioned above, the women's cross country team capped off an outstanding 2013 campaign last Saturday with a second-place finish at the NCAA Championships. It was the best finish ever by an Arizona women's team at the national meet. In addition, two Wildcats, senior Elvin Kibet (15th place) and junior Nicci Corbin (22nd place), earned All-America honors.

Oddly, the second-place finish ended up being the team's worst finish of the season. The women won every other race, including the first conference championship in program history. They also won the NCAA West Regional for the first time since 1998. Kibet, sophomore Kayla Beattie and Corbin each earned all-conference honors. Kibet was also named the 2013 Pac-12 Scholar-Athlete of the Year. The quartet of Kibet, Corbin, Beattie and freshman Maria Larsson each earned all-region accolades, while James Li was named the 2013 U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches' Association West Region Women's Head Coach of the Year.

CLUB ARIZONA (Sponsored by Hughes Federal Credit Union)

Congratulations to this year’s Arizona Football Jr. Wildcat Reporter, Julian Fernandez. If you missed it on Saturday, Julian’s interview with Ka’Deem Carey was featured on the video board in between the third and fourth quarter of the Wildcats’ victory over Oregon. Make sure to follow Club Arizona on Facebook for more giveaways and awesome experiences! Click here to view the Jr. Wildcat Reporter in action.

A-CLUB LETTERWINNER UPDATE

Recently, Chrissy (Gill) Alexander, a softball letterwinner who graduated in 2000, sent us what it means to her to be a Wildcat. Here was her testimonial:

“Being a Wildcat allowed me to play for a head coach who not only made me a better player, but made me a better person. Being a Wildcat has given me the confidence to achieve goals I never imagined were possible, to Bear Down in tough times and dig deep to win on and off the field. As a Wildcat, I was introduced to some of the most important people in my life. To this day, I still have teammates, no, “sisters” who support me. From my first day at freshman orientation, to my wedding day (my husband’s a Wildcat as well), to the birth of my daughter and son, my teammates have always been there to support me. And that’s why I am so PROUD and HONNORED to call myself a Wildcat. I love being a part of the Wildcat family. Bear Down!”



COMPLIANCE CORNER

The University of Arizona considers the definition of a booster to be a representative of The University of Arizona’s athletics interest. This representative can be an individual, agency or entity. Any representative who promotes the university’s athletics programs, has made financial contributions to the athletics department, has assisted in the recruiting of prospects, or has provided benefits to student-athletes is considered a representative of our athletics interests. The definition is purposefully broad to encompass a wide range of individuals associated with the university. Because the definition is so broad, even if you have purchased a ticket to one of The University of Arizona’s sporting events, you are likewise considered a representative of our athletics interests. If you are a representative of our athletics interests, your status as one continues indefinitely, so please be aware of the rules and regulations that involve you. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact the compliance office at (520) 621-4796.

ARIZONA NUGGETS

Men’s Basketball signed a class of four players during the early signing period last week that ranks as high as No. 3 nationally. Arizona is one of just two programs nationally that has ranked in the Top 10 of ESPN’s recruiting class rankings in each of the last three seasons … Football’sKa’Deem Carey was named one of three finalists for the Doak Walker Award, which goes to the nation’s most outstanding running back … Baseball signed a class of 17 players that is ranked No. 11 nationally.

IN THE HEADLINE PHOTO

Last weekend, Arizona recognized 50 years of sports medicine in the athletics department with a reunion. Pictured in the headline photo from left to right are Senior Associate AD Erika Barnes, former basketball athletic trainer Ed Orr, former director of medical services John Woolf, the first ever full-time health care provider hired by athletics Dr. Gary Delforge, current team physician Dr. David Millward and Director of Athletics Greg Byrne.

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
HAPPY THANKSGIVING!! (No Events Scheduled)

Friday
4:00 p.m.: Men’s Basketball vs. No. 6 Duke (TV: ESPN)
5:00 p.m.: Volleyball vs. Arizona St. (TV: Pac-12 Networks)

Saturday
3:00 p.m.: Women’s Basketball at BYU
7:30 p.m.: Football at Arizona St. (TV: Pac-12 Networks) (Radio: TuneIn)

Sunday
No Events Scheduled

Monday
No Events Scheduled

Tuesday
7:00 p.m.: Men’s Basketball vs. Texas Tech (TV: Pac-12 Networks)

Wednesday
No Events Scheduled

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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
uofaad@arizona.edu

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