Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: May 22, 2014
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Many of you know Arizona State University recently instituted a mandatory student fee to help offset the funding ASU was spending to subsidize athletics. It’s meant to let tuition funds flow back to academic and student support programs. Since their fee was announced, I have been regularly asked about the role student fees play in supporting university athletics and why the UA doesn’t have one. The frequency of the questions made me feel like a response was warranted.

It’s well known that funding makes a difference, but passing those costs on to our students won’t be the first option we pursue. Both institutions annually receive 315 tuition waivers from the Arizona Board of Regents and some of our utility costs are shared with campus.  Beyond those resources the Arizona Athletics program has nearly a 30-year record of paying its way and hasn’t received state-appropriated funding since the 2002-03 academic year, and hasn’t received any student fee support since 2003-04. The program’s financial success is the result of maximizing revenue opportunities such as broadcast rights and royalties, loyal fan attendance and generous private giving from our donors.

Our ability to generate revenue over the years has helped UA’s student-athletes win 21 team national championships and 53 Pac-10/12 conference team championships. Most of the money we earn covers operations, travel and staff for 20 sports. We also pay for room, board, books and academic support for our nearly 500 student-athletes to make sure they succeed in school. While we are always striving for improvement, the latest NCAA academic report card says UA student-athletes scored well in the classroom, too.

Arizona Athletics will keep a close eye on staying competitive and we’re constantly looking for new ways to compete, both financially and on the field. We greatly appreciate your support because it is critical to the success of our program and our student-athletes.


Congratulations to Arizona Softball and their accomplishments to this point, and we wish them good luck tonight as they take on the Louisiana Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns. First pitch for tonight’s game is scheduled for 6 p.m. Tucson time on ESPNU.

We are incredibly proud of the team and coach Candrea for putting Arizona Softball in the position to advance to the program’s 23rd Women’s College World Series. The Wildcats have advanced to nine of the 10 super regionals since they began in 2005, with their only miss coming in 2013. Arizona is 12-7 in the round and has advanced six out of its previous eight trips. Overall, entering tonight’s game, Arizona is 155-48 in postseason play including eight national championships (1991, 1993, 1994, 1996, 1997, 2001, 2006, 2007).

Please visit our Super Regional page for information on TV times, live stats, live updates, an interactive bracket and more.


Over the last few years, you’ve heard us talk a lot about how important the fan experience is at Arizona Stadium. We’ve made a lot of improvements to our game day atmosphere, and this summer we’re introducing a concept that we feel will take that commitment to the next level with the introduction of Fan Alliance Network (F.A.N.). The F.A.N. will be a group of 20 football season ticket holders who will be selected to represent Arizona football fans, and provide feedback, input and suggestions over the next year to further improve the fan and game day experience.

Two weeks ago, we launched the “11+1, Be The One” campaign, connecting our program and fan base by making the fans an extension of our 11 players on the field. F.A.N. is one more way that we’re demonstrating that connection. F.A.N. will work closely with our administration and marketing staff to collaborate and foster dialogue and conversation on game day feedback and we’re now recruiting. Applications will close on Friday, June 13.  Click here  for more information and to apply to the F.A.N. #BeThe1


Baseball closes out the 2014 season with a three-game home series vs. Abilene Christian this weekend. We know this has been a challenging baseball season, but the support from our fans has not been diminished. Baseball currently ranks 27th in the country in average home attendance and 17th in total home attendance.  We’re hoping fans take advantage of some of our special promotions to help fill Hi Corbett Field for one more home series.

Tickets for Friday’s game are only $5 when you purchase online using this special promo code – BBGOCATS2014. Click here to enter the promo code and make sure to use all caps and no spaces. This offer expires Friday at 5 p.m. Saturday’s game is Senior Night. Our departing seniors will be honored before the game in a special ceremony. On Sunday, it’s Military Appreciation Day. We are proud to honor special guests from Davis-Monthan Air Force Base and Fort Huachuca. The first 150 fans will receive a camouflaged Arizona Wildcat drawstring bag. In addition, it’s Sunday Funday – select food and beverage items are 50% off and after the game kids can run the bases. To buy tickets to Saturday’s and Sunday’s game click here or call 520-621-CATS (2287).


At the 2014 Pac-12 Track and Field Championships last weekend, the men's team earned a third-place finish while the women finished in fifth place overall. Arizona had four individual champions over the course of the meet. Nick Ross won his third career title in the high jump. Ross and Dick Fosbury are the only people in conference history to ever win three titles in the event. Lawi Lalang won titles in the 1,500 meters and the 5,000 meters. Julie Labonte won her fourth title in women's shot put competition, the only student-athlete in conference to win accomplish that feat in the event. Well done, Coach Harvey and staff and to all of our student-athletes who competed!


Ken Giovando played football for the Wildcats from 1962-64. As an Arizona letterman, Ken learned the skills necessary to continue his football career as a coach, and recently completed his 49th year as an educator and football coach. Ken coached at local high schools Amphitheater and Salpointe Catholic, before taking his talents to the next level at Towson State University. In 1973, Ken returned to Arizona to coach at Scottsdale Community College and serve as offensive coordinator. In 2001, Ken was named head coach, and in 2004, guided the Artichokes to a conference title and a No. 2 national ranking.

Ken’s Wildcat career was highlighted by a game against BYU in which he became the first defensive lineman in school history to intercept two passes in one game, a feat that has yet to be matched by another Wildcat. Ken, thank you for all your support and your work as a football coach. Bear Down.


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This summer, there will be some changes for our football student-athletes regarding summer workouts. In the past, student-athletes were only permitted to participate in voluntary summer weight training and conditioning activities with strength and conditioning coaches. Recently, the NCAA approved a measure to permit student-athletes to participate in eight hours per week of required weight training, conditioning, and review of practice and game film (limited to two hours per week) during an eight-week period with their coaches during the summer.


Women’s golf played the second round at the NCAA Championships today and currently sit in the top 10. They wrap competition on Friday … Football’s Steven Gurrola was one of six Pac-12 centers named to the 2014 Rimington Trophy Watch List, given to the nation’s best center, it was announced on Monday. On May 15, senior safety Jared Tevis joined 11 fellow Pac-12 players on the 2014 Lott IMPACT Trophy Watch List, given to the defensive player who has the biggest IMPACT on his team both on and off the field … No. 45 Lacey Smyth of women’s tennis played in the NCAA Singles Championship today in Athens, Ga.


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

5:30 a.m.: Women’s Golf at NCAA Championships (Tulsa, Okla.)
4 p.m.: Track and Field hosts Tucson Elite Classic (Roy P. Drachman Stadium)

5:30 a.m.: Women’s Golf at NCAA Championships (Tulsa, Okla.)
6 p.m.: Baseball vs. Abilene Christian (Hi Corbett Stadium) (Live Stream) (Live Audio)

4 p.m.: Track and Field hosts Tucson Elite Classic (Roy P. Drachman Stadium)
6 p.m.: Baseball vs. Abilene Christian (Hi Corbett Stadium) (Live Stream) (Live Audio)

12 p.m.: Baseball vs. Abilene Christian (Hi Corbett Stadium) (Live Stream) (Live Audio)


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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

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