Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday
Spring Practice Draws Some Fans
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: March 27, 2001
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Arizona's spring football practice has drawn attention from Tucson fans even as the Wildcat basketball team's participation in the NCAA Championships has been the biggest story in Wildcat athletics of late.

Coach John Mackovic and staff put the football team through the paces in two sessions Saturday and Sunday, and hold the third practice Tuesday afternoon.

Some 250 spectators attended the open practices over the weekend. Considering UA's basketball team was on national television in the Midwest Regional final on Sunday, the turnout was substantial.

Mackovic moved the Sunday session to the morning so players and coaches could watch the basketball game. "We want to make this quick and see the tipoff, right?" he was said to have told reporters before his post-practice comments.

Observers described practices as well organized and designed with a fast pace, keeping players moving quickly between drills.

"I would not say we're businesslike. We have to be organized. We have to accomplish a lot in a short time," Mackovic said. He was hired Dec. 4 to succeed Dick Tomey and is seeing UA players in action for the first time.

The team is allowed 15 spring practices under NCAA guidelines and will conclude sessions with the Spring Game on April 21.

All spring practices are open to the public. Most are scheduled on the practice facility at North Campbell Avenue and Enke Drive, across from McKale Center, although the Spring Game and some other sessions will be held in Arizona Stadium.

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