Mackovic was a key hire for UA following the Nov. 24 resignation of Dick Tomey. He was named the Wildcats' 26th head coach on Dec. 4. The staff will sign its first recruiting class on Feb. 7 and is preparing for the beginning of spring practice which is expected to start March 19 or 20 on campus. Mackovic will hold his first spring game on Saturday, April 21.
The tour will culminate in a "Meet John Mackovic Fiesta" at 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 9, in Tucson at the University Marriott Hotel. That program and each of the previous five stops on the tour are free and open to the public, with hors d' oeuvres style refreshments included.
The style of the events is "tailgate" atmosphere, with UA mascots and plenty of opportunity for UA supporters to mingle with the coach. University of Arizona alumni board members in each of the locations on the tour are helping to draw supporters to the events.
Mackovic, members of his staff and UA athletics personnel will travel in a recreational vehicle and a bus to three receptions in the southern part of the state Thursday, Feb. 8. First is a visit to the Nogales area for a breakfast gathering at the Rio Rico Resort, followed by a noon reception at the University of Arizona South Campus in Sierra Vista and a late afternoon gathering at the Douglas Golf & Social Club in Douglas.
Friday's schedule includes a morning stop at the Holiday Inn in Casa Grande, a noon reception at the Rustler's Roost just south of Baseline Road in Phoenix and the gathering back in Tucson in the late afternoon. Fans should RSVP for the Tucson event by calling 520-621-2331.
UA officials and Mackovic plan summer excursions in the same vein to other parts of the state including Prescott, Flagstaff, Show Low and Yuma.
The tour schedule: Thursday, Feb. 8 -- 9 to 11 a.m. at Rio Rico Resort; noon-2 p.m. at UA South Campus in Sierra Vista; 4-5:45 p.m. at the Douglas Golf & Social Club. Friday, Feb. 9 - 9 to 11 a.m. at the Casa Grande Holiday Inn; noon to 2 p.m. at Rustler's Roost in Phoenix; 5 to 8 p.m. at the University Marriott in Tucson.
For more information about any of the out of town receptions, the public should contact Frankie Acosta in the UA athletics department, 520-621-9272, or the athletics public relations office for information regarding the Tucson Fiesta event.
2001 Arizona Football Schedule Sept. 1 at San Diego State Sept. 8 Idaho Sept. 22 Nevada-Las Vegas Sept. 29 Washington State Oct. 6 Oregon Oct. 13 at Oregon State Oct. 20 at Washington Oct. 27 Southern California Nov. 3 at California Nov. 10 Stanford Nov. 23 at Arizona State