Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday
Wildcat Wednesday - 10/05/10
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: October 06, 2011
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Oct. 5, 2011

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The NCAA's Division I board of directors could consider recommending later this month that individual scholarships for student-athletes be raised to the full cost of attending school. In the case of the University of Arizona, a suggested increase of as much as $2,000 under this stipulation might boost our scholarship costs by $300,000 - $500,000 per year, a very sizeable expense. Sentiment in the past year has grown to find ways to put more money into the hands of student-athletes as their out-of-pocket expenses beyond tuition, board and books increases. Some analyses peg the median college costs at public universities to exceed scholarship values by as much as $4,000. Needless to say, such a move would benefit many student-athletes but also put more strain on institutions and conferences to maximize real income and development programs. It's not a done deal, but there is widespread support for the "full cost of attendance" changes to scholarship resourcing and you can count me as one who supports the idea.


We certainly know that it has been a tough start to our football season.  At the same time we faced a difficult schedule, to say the least.  I know it, our coaches know it, our team knows it, and you the fans know it.  We still have a lot to play for and need to get on the right track this weekend at Oregon State.  We will have a week after Oregon State to rest and get a few team members healthy and then our team needs your support when we welcome UCLA into town on October 20th. Go Cats!


The men’s basketball Red-Blue game is right around the corner. Join us on October 22nd at 2pm as we tip-off the 2011-12 season, and help us pack the house and create an electric atmosphere at McKale. Our marketing team just put the finishing touches on one of the coolest posters we’ve ever produced and we are really excited to debut them at the game. As always we’ll have a pre-scrimmage slam dunk contest with a few celebrity judges and we are inducting two Wildcats into the Ring of Honor. We hope you join us in celebrating Chase Budinger and Derrick Williams as we reveal their place among other Wildcat greats. Tickets are just $7 for adults and $3 for youth with advance purchase, and $10 for adults and $5 for youth on the day of the game.Plus, if you purchase tickets to the UCLA football game on Thursday, October 20th you can add Red-Blue Game tickets for only $3 each! This offer is only available in advance when purchasing UCLA football tickets. I hope to see you there.

We also have two new ticket packages available this year – the Red Mini-Plan and the Blue Mini-Plan. Mini-Plans include six (6) home games – 1 premium game (Clemson or ASU), 1 exhibition game and 4 regular games. Save $25 off the single game price with each mini-plan purchased. These two packages are available now. And don’t forget, a limited number of season tickets are also still available.

ur women’s team is gearing up for an event-packed month. On October 8, the team will have representatives at the Park Place Mall A-Store and October 22, the coaching staff will be at the Tucson Mall A-Store for a fun shopping event. This is the perfect opportunity to take advantage of great deals on Arizona Basketball merchandise. Stop by the Park Place Mall A-Store between 2-4 p.m. this Saturday and from 11-1 p.m. on October 22 at the Tucson Mall A-Store location. On October 15, the team is hosting Movie Night at Tower Theatres; 5755 W. Arizona Pavillions Drive. The team is screening The Mighty Macs, based on the inspiring true story of Immaculata College’s climb to become the first ever Women’s Basketball powerhouse. Show time is 7p.m. and free to all fans. Come early for a meet-and-greet with head coach Niya Butts and her staff and enter to win great Arizona Basketball prizes.

Season tickets are available now and start at just $75. Coach Butts and the team love to see and hear the support every game day at McKale Center.


As noted above, we are on the road again in football, at Oregon State, in a game to be shown live at 12:30 p.m. Saturday on Fox College Sports (FCS Pacific)... available on DirecTV, Cox and Comcast with expanded sports packages. You can also watch the game live on Arizona All-Access (paid subscription required).”  Oursoccer team will be home for a 7 p.m. match Friday against Oregon, and at noon on Sunday against Oregon State. Both matches are at Mulcahy Field/Murphey Stadium... The volleyball team meets USC at 7 p.m. Friday and UCLA at 7 p.m. Saturday, in McKale Center... Women's swimming and diving will play host to Kansas in a meet at 10 a.m. Saturday at Hillenbrand Aquatic Center...  Men's tennis will travel to Albuquerque and our cross country teams will have competitors in the Grand Canyon Invitational at GoodyearAriz... This week Wilbur is in the featured mascot match-up for the week as it corresponds with our opponent on the field as well - WILBUR vs. BENNY THE BEAVER FROM OREGON STATE. Don’t forget to cast your vote by texting Wilbur to 78527, or vote online by clicking here, or on Facebook and keep Wilbur in the hunt for grand prize that will go towards a scholarship endowment…


On behalf of our student-athletes, coaches and staff, I would like to say “thank you” to the 9,592 members who have already joined “The Movement” and made a contribution to the Wildcat Club this past year. Your financial support provides scholarships, state-of-the-art facilities, equipment, team travel and all the other tools that help our over 450 student-athletes succeed on and off the playing surface.  We thought you might enjoy seeing the“Bear Down Buzz” video email we recently sent out to our current Wildcat Club members.

Spread the word and encourage others to join and help us reach our next goal of 10,500 members by June 30, 2012. We’re on our way to ultimately reaching 12,000 members by 2013, putting our membership on top of the Pac-12.


Below, Kimberly Kee, Miss Navajo Nation UA, rides (at left) in the Navajo Nation Fair parade, while at bottom Matt Winemiller ('Class of '10), poses in Jeonju, South Korea, where he teaches. They are just two of the many Wildcats from all walks of life who've sent us photos. Keep the photos coming…


Continue to do what you can to help Arizona Athletics and:

  1. Join the Wildcat Movement
  2. Wear the Colors (Especially on Friday)
  3. Get Others to Do the Same
  4. Buy Season Tickets

Bear Down with Pride,

Greg Byrne
Director of Athletics
University of Arizona 

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