Aug. 20, 2010
TUCSON, Ariz. - Already more than two weeks into practices, the Arizona Wildcats find themselves exactly two weeks away from the season opener now that the final training camp practice is in the books.
The Wildcats held their last practice this morning at the Rincon Vista Complex, where they have spent most of their two weeks of camp. The vibe at this point in camp is certainly stale as the mid-point of four weeks of practices before a real game has set in. Fortunately, tomorrow night's scrimmage will provide a bit of freshness as the Wildcats look forward to good turnout from fans.
The team was scheduled to hold its final two-a-day today, but that was called off by Coach Stoops who rewarded his players with a movie night this evening instead. After two grinding weeks and two more critical weeks left before the opener, it was well-deserved for the players.
Two Friday's from today, the Wildcats will take on Toledo in the 2010 season opener that will air on ESPN beginning at 8 p.m. EDT. In about 24 hours, they will put on their final public showing inside Arizona Stadium for "Meet the Team" night before settling into classes and game-specific practices starting next Monday.
"There are usually quite a bit of people in the crowd," Head Coach Mike Stoops told his players afterwards. "We obviously don't show a lot in the public scrimmages, but it's another opportunity for all of you to compete and play with great effort. There's a lot still to be decided about ourselves before our first game. You can put on a great show for all the fans tomorrow."
Attendance to "Meet the Team" is free and fans will have the opportunity to meet players and get autographs following the scrimmage. Gates open at 5 p.m. and the scrimmage is set to begin at 6 p.m.