March 6, 2003
TUCSON - The University of Arizona's spring football practice, set to begin Saturday, has officially been re-scheduled to commence later this month.
Head coach John Mackovic pushed the start until after the UA's annual Spring Break recess because several coaching positions have yet to be filled. One key newcomer to the staff, defensive coordinator Mike Hankwitz, has been on the job for only a full day.
Arizona will open spring drills the morning of Saturday, March 29, and fill the first week with with six practices in eight days. Thereafter the team will work three times the following week including the annual Red-Blue Scrimmage, four times the third week and twice the final week with the closing day Thursday, April 24.
The NCAA allows a maximum of 15 practices during spring. UA originally had four planned before Spring Break (March 15-23), but had to push the drills back after five coaches left in the past five weeks.
With UA in the midst of moving from its decade-long use of the double-eagle flex defense to a more traditional system, that staff particularly needed an opportunity to spend more planning time prior to drills, coaches said.
Spring practice is free and open the public. The Wildcats use their twin-field facility just southeast of McKale Center and Arizona Stadium for major scrimmage work. Mackovic said the team plans possibly three scrimmage-type sessions including the spring game.
The Wildcats open the season at 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 30, against Texas-El Paso in Tucson.
Spring Football Schedule
All times subject to Change
Thursday, March 13 Pro Timing Day, a.m./p.m. March 15-23 Spring Break recess Wednesday, March 26 Tucson area Coaches Clinic Friday, March 28 Football Alumni Golf Tournament Saturday, March 29 Practice, a.m. Sunday, March 30 Practice, a.m. Tuesday, April 1 Practice, 3:45 p.m. Wednesday, April 2 Phoenix area Coaches Clinic Thursday, April 3 Practice, 3:45 p.m. Friday, April 4 Practice, 3:45 p.m. Saturday, April 5 Practice, a.m. Tuesday, April 8 Practice, 3:45 p.m. Thursday, April 10 Practice, 3:45 p.m. Saturday, April 12 Annual Spring Football Red-Blue Game, 1 p.m., Arizona Stadium Sunday, April 13 Practice, a.m. Tuesday, April 15 Practice, 3:45 p.m. Wednesday, April 16 Team Picnic Thursday, April 17 Practice, 3:45 p.m. Friday, April 18 Practice, 3:45 p.m. Tuesday, April 22 Practice, 3:45 p.m. Thursday, April 24 Practice, 3:45 p.m.