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Wildcat Wednesday - Remembering Fred Enke
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: April 16, 2014
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We’re mourning the loss of an iconic Wildcat this week. Arizona alum and Tucson High School standout Fred W. Enke passed away last Sunday at the age of 89. Fred was one of Arizona’s first great athletes and his contribution to the athletics department will always be remembered.

After starring at THS, Fred joined the Navy and was a pilot in World War II. He returned to Arizona in 1946, when he began his athletic career. Fred lettered in football (1946, ’47), basketball (1946, ’47, ‘48) and baseball (1946, ’47, ‘48) and was the first Wildcat to earn a major college All-America honor when he was named to the third team following the 1947 season.

Fred went on to play seven seasons in the NFL with the Lions (1948-51), Eagles (1952) and Colts (1953-54), and earned All-Pro honorable mention honors as a rookie.

Our deepest condolences go out to Fred’s family and friends. A Celebration of Life is scheduled for 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 10 at First Presbyterian Church of Casa Grande. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that you consider making a donation to the Wildcat Scholarship Fund in honor of Fred by calling (520) 621-CATS.


You may have seen that the NCAA Legislative Council ruled yesterday that student-athletes may now receive unlimited meals and snacks. This is a good step from a student-athlete well-being standpoint. We want to make sure we give our student-athletes the best experience possible and we will need to make sure that this is implemented properly, without waste. This is another indication of how our industry is evolving.


As you may have seen earlier this week, we released this year’s second Wildcat Movement video. By now, I’m guessing you’ve figured out that the narrator for this video is our very own men’s basketball alumni letterwinner and Wildcat Club member, Luke Walton.

If you haven’t had a chance to watch the video yet, check it out here.

We’re excited about our future and hope you’ll join us by becoming a Wildcat Club member. Our best chance for future success will occur when we all pull the rope in the same direction. A large part of this is making sure we have the financial resources to provide our student-athletes with the tools they need to succeed. You can join the Wildcat Movement with a tax-deductible donation of $100 or more which will make you a Wildcat Club member and a key player in the success of Arizona Athletics.

Thank you Luke for your help with this video and a big thank you to everyone who has already joined the Wildcat Movement!


We wanted to pass along a huge thank you to Dr. Donna Swaim, who will be retiring this year after 50 years on campus. Donna was one of the original Faculty Fellows at Arizona and has been a favorite professor and advisor for many of our student-athletes over the years. She has had a major impact on so many lives in the athletics department throughout her career and we want to express our gratitude for all that she has done. Thank you Dr. Swaim for the time and effort you put into helping develop our young men and women and best of luck to you on your next chapter.


Head coach Vicky Maes and the No. 31 women’s tennis team have enjoyed a successful 2014 season so far. Their Senior Day match is at home this Saturday and it’s a big one. The Wildcats will host our rivals in a critical Territorial Cup Series event. Right now, we’ve secured six points, while our rival has 7.5 points, with only a few events remaining. We’ve won all four Territorial Cup competitions and we need your help to ensure we keep this streak going. Please come out to the Robson Tennis Center (located on campus just off of Campbell and University) to support the women’s tennis team. There’s no charge to attend and parking is free on campus during the weekend. The match starts at 1 p.m. Wear red and be there!


I’m really proud of how much support we’ve received from ZonaZoo over the last year. We noticed an improvement in students staying for the entire football game and this past men’s basketball season was off the charts with the creativity, school spirit and atmosphere at McKale. ZonaZoo red and blue passes went on sale for current students this weekend at Spring Fling. To kick things off, we’re doing a ‘15 Prizes in 15 Days’ contest for students that sign up early. Parents of current students, please pass this along to your sons and daughters. Click here to buy a ZonaZoo pass for next year.


We wanted to remind everyone that May 1 is our renewal deadline for football season tickets & Wildcat Club donations (including men’s basketball priority seating). Renewing on-time is extremely helpful to our staff because it allows them to concentrate on our next steps, while keeping them from having to follow-up on late payments. We also want to note that Wildcat Club annual giving benefits are not guaranteed for individuals who haven’t paid in full by the May 1 deadline (for example parking, specialty item, invitation to team trips etc).  

Thank you to everybody who has already renewed. We appreciate your support! If you still need to do so, please click here to renew today!


We’re collecting questions and topics to address in Wildcat Wednesday and we’d like to encourage everyone to continue sending items. We don’t expect to be able to answer every question or address every topic, but we’ll do our best to pick items that seem most important to the readers and write about them in the space above. If you have something you think might make a good question or topic, please email it to


While Wildcat football players were preparing for Saturday’s Spring Game, the compliance department hosted “Elite Athlete Education Day” for student-athletes with aspirations to play their sport professionally. Because impermissible contact with an agent can cause a student-athlete to lose their amateur status and become ineligible to compete collegiately, educating student-athletes on rules regarding agents becomes important. The University of Arizona hosted agents who represent both NBA and NFL players and facilitated conversations between the agents and student-athletes. Also present were representatives who provide insurance to student-athletes with professional potential in the event of a career-ending injury.

Along with facilitating conversations between student-athletes and professional representatives, there was also a presentation to players and parents explaining the NCAA rules that apply to agents, which actions are permissible, and which actions can affect student-athlete eligibility. It was a great experience for both current student-athletes, who were able to meet with professional representatives in a controlled environment, and for the agents themselves, who were able to meet with a number of student-athletes.


With its first series win against UCLA since 2005, Baseball has now won 5-of-6 heading into this weekend’s three-game set at USC … Track & Field’s Julie Labonté (shot put/discus) and Nick Ross (high jump) were named Pac-12 Field Athletes of the Week for their performances at the Jim Click Shootout … Gymnastics’ Shana Sangston was named Pac-12 first-team All-Academic team, while Shelby Edwards and Amber Wobma earned honorable mention … Men’s Tennis will have its Senior Day festivities honoring Kieren Thompson and Mario Urquidi prior to the 11 a.m. match versus Utah.


Here is a look at this week’s Arizona Athletics events (Home events in BOLD). All times are listed as Mountain Standard Time. To purchase tickets for home events, click here. To access live stats from your desktop or mobile device, visit

All Day: Track & Field at Mt. Sac Relays
7:00 p.m.: Baseball at USC (TV: Pac-12 Networks) (Live Audio)

All Day: Track & Field at Mt. Sac Relays
11:00 a.m.: Men’s Tennis vs. Utah
7:00 p.m.: Baseball at USC (TV: Pac-12 Networks) (Live Audio)

All Day: Track & Field at Mt. Sac Relays and LSU Alumni Gold Classic
9:00 a.m.: Sand Volleyball at Pac-12 Invitational (at Los Angeles, Calif.)
1:00 p.m.: Women’s Tennis vs. Arizona St.
7:00 p.m.: Baseball at USC (TV: Pac-12 Networks) (Live Audio)

9:00 a.m.: Sand Volleyball at Pac-12 Invitational (at Los Angeles, Calif.)

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No Events Scheduled

All Day: Men’s Tennis at Pac-12 Championships (at Ojai, Calif.)
4:00 p.m.: Softball vs. New Mexico St. (Live Stream)
6:00 p.m.: Softball vs. New Mexico St. (
Live Stream)


Thank you for wearing the colors and sharing your Arizona pride! If your photo submission did not make this week’s edition of the Wildcat Wednesday, please check our “Wildcat Wednesday” album at

NOTE: Please submit photos for Wildcat Wednesday with an original email to using the subject line ‘Wildcat Wednesday photo.’ Also, please ensure all submissions are clear and properly lit. We also ask that you identify everyone in the photo so we can highlight them accordingly.

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

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