Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: June 06, 2013
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June 6, 2013


Congratulations to Brigetta Barrett who on Monday was named the Pac-12 Conference Woman of the Year for the 2012-13 academic year. I could probably fill an entire Wildcat Wednesday with information about Brigetta’s accomplishments, her outstanding character, her commitment to faith and her passion and enthusiasm for all things in life, especially the University of Arizona. Needless to say, it is a well-deserved honor and with it she becomes the Conference’s candidate for the NCAA Woman of the Year. Way to go Brigetta! Thanks for exemplifying everything it means to be a student-athlete at the University of Arizona.


The men’s and women’s track and field teams are in Eugene, Ore. to compete in the NCAA Championships. Events start today and go through Saturday, June 8. Make sure to follow Arizona track and field on Twitter (@ArizonaTrack) to get live updates. You can watch the Championships live online at Bear Down!


Our video tour series of the Lowell-Stevens Football Facility continues this week with Part 3, a look at the lower bowl seating and new concourse in the north end zone, plus Bear Down Kitchen.  We’ve received a lot of great feedback on the video tour series – thank you. Of course, seeing the facility and the new seating areas in person will be even better! Stay tuned for some information on an upcoming open house event.


A special thank you to all those who responded to the Wildcat Nation call to join the Wildcat Movement!  We received 24 donations in the 24 hours following the Wildcat Wednesday last week, and we’ve received numerous others throughout the week.  We can’t stop here!  We need to keep up the momentum every day until June 30th to reach 12,000 Wildcat Club members.  

Tax-deductible donations of $100 or more to the Athletics Department make you a Wildcat Club member.  We also have monthly payment plans available to make it more feasible.  Our donors make our student-athlete’s success possible, and we can never lose sight of how lucky we are to have a great support system behind us.  If you haven’t joined the Wildcat Movement, we need you now.  
Click here to learn what it’s all about!  


If you’ve visited the 
stadium construction webcam lately you have noticed a tremendous amount of progress being made the last few days with the installation of Arizona Stadium’s new FieldTurf. The centerfield “Bear Down” just went in and it’s looking good. There are still some tweeks to be made before it’s finished, but we know when it’s complete it will look great. We wanted to do something that would make our field look unique and stand out in the minds of fans, media and recruits. The field should be ready for use in early July.


Congratulations to softball’s Hallie Wilson who has accepted an invitation to try out for the 2013 USA Softball Women's National Team, announced by the Amateur Softball Association (ASA) of America and USA Softball. Wilson is one of 32 current and former collegiate players competing for 17 slots on the team. Wilson is one of six sophomores on a list made up predominantly by upperclassmen and recent graduates.

Wilson led the Wildcats with a .372 batting average this season and got on base at a .476 clip primarily as the team's leadoff hitter. The Santa Ana, Calif., native hit seven home runs, 12 doubles, a triple and contributed 24 RBI.

The camp will be held June 10-12 in Oklahoma City before the roster is announced on Friday, June 14.


Eddie Smith, men’s basketball letterman (class of 1985), recently published his autobiography, The Cornerstone of Arizona Basketball: The Eddie Smith Story with Miracle Media Publishing. The purpose of Eddie’s book is to inspire people to become leaders and take action against major societal problems such as gangs, crime, addictions and premature death. Eddie began a pledge campaign associated with his book designed to raise money for schools in order to encourage others to join his fight. 

Congratulations Eddie on your recent publication. We are proud of how you are working tirelessly to help better our communities. Bear Down!


Within the academic year, hours of hard work are demanded by coaches and are well documented. During the summer, however, the decision to work out is subject to the student-athlete. Due to their competitive natures, many of our student-athletes do work out year-round, but NCAA rules require this decision to engage in summer workouts to be a strictly voluntary decision.  To govern these voluntary workouts, the NCAA has provided specific requirements and conditions that have to be satisfied in order for a workout to be considered a voluntary workout.  This is intended to provide an informational foundation on how these voluntary workouts relate to new incoming student-athletes, as well as returning student-athletes.
  • Did you know that coaches are not allowed to observe summer workouts? Student-athletes must not be required to report back to any athletics department staff member any information related to the workout.  Sometimes a strength coach and a trainer may be present for safety purposes, or the strength coach could be conducting the workouts, but none are permitted to report back to the student-athlete’s coach any information related to the workout.  
  • Did you know that summer workouts have to be, with the exception of basketball, initiated and requested solely by the student-athlete? In other words, no athletics department staff member may require the student-athlete to participate in a workout at any time during the summer.
  • Did you know that a student-athlete may not be subjected to a penalty if the student-athlete chooses not to participate in a workout? 


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
University of Arizona

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