WALNUT CREEK, Calif.--The University of Arizona's football game against California in Tucson on Nov. 11 has been selected by ABC Sports for a regional television broadcast. The game time will switch from the previously announced 4 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. (MST).
The game falls on UA's Homecoming Weekend, celebrated on campus Friday through Sunday.
It will be Arizona's fifth network telecast this season after three previous games and the Nov. 25 Arizona State finale (FSN) to come. The Wildcats' contest against No. 3 Southern California on Sept. 23 also was an ABC game, the season opener against Brigham Young was shown by Turner Sports on TBS, and the road game at LSU was an ESPN2 cablecast. UA's local television partner, FSN Arizona, cablecast the Stephen F. Austin game and the UCLA game, produced for the Los Angeles market by FSN Prime Ticket.
UA athletics director Jim Livengood said the selection by ABC "is indicative of what ABC and others in the industry feel about the direction of our football program," Livengood said. "We're getting there."
"We like the tough opportunity to play another potential top 10 team in the kind of atmosphere we should have in Arizona Stadium. That should be appealing to our fans," he said. "Some of the memorable games in our stadium have been on sunny November days before wide television audiences such as this game will afford," Livengood said.
California, 7-1, is ranked No. 12 this week and has a bye Saturday before a game at home in Berkeley Nov. 4 against UCLA. The Wildcats, 3-5, also have a bye this week and travel to Washington State on the 4th. The California game, a Nov. 18 contest at Oregon and the ASU game close out the regular season.
The Wildcats took Monday and Tuesday away from the practice field in the bye week, and have begun preparations for the WSU game.
No. 1 quarterback Willie Tuitama, who missed the last two games after a concussion suffered against UCLA, resumed practice Wednesday. Head coach Mike Stoops said that medical clearance for his play at WSU could come early next week. Backup QB Adam Austin, who suffered a knee injury at Stanford, also might be available for action soon. Senior two-year letterman Kris Heavner has performed the quarterbacking chores since the second half of the Stanford game.