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Statements From Andy Lopez and Jim Livengood Regarding His Future at Arizona
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: June 09, 2005
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Arizona Baseball Head Coach Andy Lopez -


            “Contrary to published reports and rumors about my imminent departure from Arizona, I would like to firmly state my commitment to the university and to its baseball program.


            “(Athletic Director) Jim Livengood and the administration at Arizona have made a commitment to me and my coaching staff, and in turn I have made one to them. I feel in the four years since I arrived at Arizona, the players and coaches have made significant strides in re-establishing the program as a nationally respected group. I have every desire to continue the groundwork we’ve laid so far and to recruit and field the type of student-athletes that will make not only the university and athletic department proud, but the city of Tucson as well.


“Over the 28 years that I have been a coach, I have learned that you can’t measure things by numbers. My wife and four children love living here and making Tucson our home, and to me that is more important than any other factor that could be considered.


            “Additionally, I want our fans to understand how large of a role that they can play in helping the program to reach a higher level. By coming out to support your team, you not only get one of the best entertainment values in town, but a chance to see some very talented and special young men that will earn your respect and admiration through their hard play and the way they carry themselves as human beings off the field. By working together we can make Omaha and the College World Series a regular June destination for us all.”


Arizona Athletic Director Jim Livengood ?-


            “I want to make it perfectly clear that Andy Lopez is the finest coach that there is in collegiate baseball today. We’re totally committed to him, his coaching staff, the student-athletes, the program and their collective efforts on the field, in the classroom and in the community.”

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