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Wildcat Wednesday - Renewal Deadline is May 1
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: April 30, 2014
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The deadline to renew football season tickets and Wildcat Club donations (including men’s basketball priority seating) is here. Thank you to everyone who has already renewed for 2014-15, and there are a lot of you. As of Monday, our renewal percentage for football season tickets was 73 percent, which is up from 54 percent at this time last year. That shows our loyal fans are excited and enthusiastic about the upcoming year. The deadline is tomorrow, May 1, by 5 p.m.

Renewing by the deadline ensures you will receive any benefits you may qualify for through Wildcat Club priority seating, while keeping your seat location for next year and having all tickets printed and mailed to you on time.

If you haven’t renewed yet, please do so by tomorrow. We have a list of people who have requested an upgrade in seat location and we’ll soon start the process of fulfilling those requests. There are three ways to renew:

  1. Visit the McKale Ticket Office during normal business hours (9 a.m. to 5 p.m.).
  2. Call (520) 621-CATS (2287) during those same hours.
  3. Renew online at by clicking here.


For our men’s basketball season ticket holders, this year we implemented a mandatory one-time, per-seat McKale contribution to aid in our McKale renovation fundraising efforts. All season ticket holders are required to make this contribution. By making a contribution of $100 or more, you will become a Wildcat Club member if you are not already. If you do so before June 30, you become eligible to enjoy Wildcat Club membership benefits during the 2014-15 year.

Thank you again for your support of Arizona Athletics. We have a very bright future and we appreciate you being a part of it.


With student-athlete welfare being discussed heavily on the national level, I thought you would find this interesting. Annually, there is an allotment of money called the Student Assistance Fund that the NCAA distributes to all NCAA Division I institutions. The amount each institution receives is based on a set formula that includes the number of Pell grant recipients and the number of scholarships available to student-athletes. This fund is above and beyond any scholarship dollars and is strictly intended to provide direct benefits to student-athletes or their families. As a guiding principle, the fund is to be used to assist student-athletes in meeting financial needs that arise in conjunction with participation in practice or competition, personal emergencies, enrollment in an academic curriculum, or that recognize academic achievement.  

Here at Arizona, we use our funds in a variety of ways to reach the maximum number of student-athletes. Each year, all student-athletes, walk-on or scholarship, receive a set amount of money to spend on personal items such as car repairs, campus parking passes, plane tickets home, clothes, shoes, computers, etc. In addition to this discretionary money for each student-athlete, there is a lengthy list of other ways we utilize this fund. Some examples include flying student-athletes to compete in international competition such as Olympics and World Games, covering personal hardships (such as expenses to travel home for family emergencies), and non-athletically related medical bills such as dental and vision bills.

The permissible ways to use the fund are very broad and often left to each conference and/or institution to decide how to most effectively use the allotment. While the fund is designed to provide direct benefits to student-athletes, the fund is not intended to be used to replace existing budget items.


Last Friday, I had the pleasure of visiting FLSmidth Krebs in Marana as part of our Ticket To Success Tour. It was their quarterly meeting, attended by nearly 300 people. I appreciated having the opportunity to be a part of the meeting and share our vision for Arizona football (and for the red, white and blue cupcakes – perfect for Wear the Colors Friday!). Here are some of the places we have scheduled for the next few weeks: Crest Insurance, NW Medical Center, EEC, Raytheon, Cox Communications, Tucson Chamber of Commerce, TEP and Casino del Sol. Our schedule is getting pretty full, but we might have a few dates available. Please e-mail or call (520) 621-3547 if you’re interested in participating in the Ticket to Success Tour.


One of my favorite events of the year and one we’re proud of starting in the state of Arizona, the Arizona Road Tour starts next week in the Phoenix area, where I’ll be joined by Coach Rodriguez, Coach Miller and Coach Butts. Unfortunately today, Four Peaks Brewery in Tempe unexpectedly backed out of hosting our first stop on May 7. So, after having this location secured for over a month and with the event one week from today, we are looking for a new Phoenix-area location and expect to have one soon. We will announce the new location as soon as it is confirmed and I want to urge all of our Phoenix-area fans to show up, support this event and thank what will be our new location for having us. Let’s show everyone that #PhoenixIsWildcatCountry. Fans who have RSVP’d will receive an e-mail or phone call with the new location information once it is finalized. For updates, follow Arizona Athletics on Twitter andFacebook.

We also announced the winning location of our “?, AZ” campaign. We’re excited to head to Prescott on May 29 and help them celebrate their 150th birthday! For more information on the Road Tour or to RSVP, please click here.


Track and field is hosting the Double Dual this Saturday. Field events begin at 4 p.m. while running events start at 6 p.m. It’s the final home meet of the season. A special senior day ceremony will commence at 5:40 p.m. The Double Dual is an annual in-state collegiate track meet that rotates between Arizona and our rivals up north, with NAU also participating. The event will take place at Drachman Stadium and admission and parking are free. This is our only home event taking place this weekend so I hope you can come out and support our track and field student-athletes.


Head football coach Rich Rodriguez played in the Chick-fil-A Bowl Challenge, an NCAA football coaches and celebrity alumni golf event, in Atlanta earlier this week. He was paired with UA alum Jack Wagner, famous for his roles on General Hospital and Melrose Place and his sixth studio album, “On The Porch.” The duo finished fourth, shooting -8, to earn $45,000 in scholarship money for the University and Jack earned an additional $5,000 for the U of A after winning the closest-to-the-pin challenge. Jack recently finished his sixth studio album, “On the Porch,” and you can watch his new video for the single “Drivin’ Miss Daisy” by clicking here. Here is a link to Jack’s website where you can purchase his album: Thanks so much Jack for taking the time to represent Arizona last week.


During Super Wildcat Weekend, the track and field/cross country program celebrated their reunion. Not only did these alumni letterwinners return to see former teammates and enjoy a weekend in the Tucson sun, but they also used it as an opportunity to give back and help support current and future generations of Wildcats.

At a reception at Coach Harvey’s house, track and field/cross country letterwinners presented a check in the amount of $5,388 to benefit their program (this amount actually grew to $8,498 as additional donations have come in since the check presentation). We are so grateful to this group of people for choosing to “pay it forward” and invest in the success of our student-athletes. Many of these individuals also became new Wildcat Club members with a donation of $100 or more, which definitely helps us get closer to our goal of 12,000 members by June!

A special thank you goes out to the reunion gift committee comprised of Abdi Abdirahman, Paul Andrew, Klindt Breckenridge, Arthur Brooks, Joe Hernandez, Vaughn Hormann, Robin Marks, Georganne Moline, James Riley, David Stein, Ronald Walker, and William Thomas White.


We’re collecting questions and topics to address in Wildcat Wednesday and we’d like to encourage everyone to continue sending items. We don’t expect to be able to answer every question or address every topic, but we’ll do our best to pick items that seem most important to the readers and write about them in the space above. If you have something you think might make a good question or topic, please email it to


With classes winding down for the semester and finals quickly approaching, it’s a good time to mention the rules regarding the time student-athletes can spend on practice and conditioning activities surrounding finals. Student-athletes who are not currently in their designated playing season cannot be required to work out or practice starting one week prior to the beginning of the final examination period. Our student-athletes are students first, and the rule is intended to help them focus on their finals and not on required work outs or practices. With finals beginning on Friday, May 9, the no-workout period starts on May 2. Good luck to all of our-student athletes as they finish up their spring semester!


Last week, the website University Primetime News released a poll of the Top 20 Schools with the Most School Spirit. As you would expect, Arizona ranked No. 1 on that list. Click here to see the full results … No. 8 Women’s Golf earned a spot in the NCAA Central Regional May 8-10 in Stillwater, Okla. The top eight teams and two individuals advance to the NCAA Championships from each region … Women’s Tennis will open the NCAA Regionals on May 9 against Florida St. in Athens, Ga. … Football’s Brian Chacon, Jake Fischer and Tevin Hood were named to the National Football Foundation Hampshire Honor Society after maintaining a 3.2 GPA throughout their career … Erik Oja frommen’s golf earned first-team All-Pac-12 honors while Alex McMahon was tabbed honorable mention.


Here is a look at this week’s Arizona Athletics events (Home events in BOLD). All times are listed as Mountain Standard Time. To purchase tickets for home events, click here. To access live stats from your desktop or mobile device, visit

No Events scheduled

7:00 p.m.: Baseball at Oregon (TV: Pac-12 Networks) (Live Audio)
7:00 p.m.: Softball at Washington (TV: Pac-12 Networks)

3:00 p.m.: Baseball at Oregon (TV: Pac-12 Networks) (Live Audio)
4 p.m. (Field)/6 p.m. (Track): Track & Field hosts Double Dual (Arizona St., NAU)
7:00 p.m.: Softball at Washington (TV: Pac-12 Networks)

All Day: Track & Field at Payton Jordan Invitational (at Palo Alto, Calif.)
12:00 p.m.: Softball at Washington (TV: Pac-12 Networks)
4:00 p.m.: Baseball at Oregon (TV: Pac-12 Networks) (Live Audio)

No Events Scheduled

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Thank you for wearing the colors and sharing your Arizona pride! If your photo submission did not make this week’s edition of the Wildcat Wednesday, please check our “Wildcat Wednesday” album at

NOTE: Please submit photos for Wildcat Wednesday with an original email to using the subject line ‘Wildcat Wednesday photo.’ Also, please ensure all submissions are clear and properly lit. We also ask that you identify everyone in the photo so we can highlight them accordingly.

Continue to do what you can to help Arizona Athletics and:

    1.   Join the Wildcat Movement
    2.   Buy Season Tickets
    3.   Wear the Colors (Especially on Friday)
    4.   Get Others to do the Same

Bear Down with Pride,

Greg Byrne
Vice President for Athletics
The University of Arizona

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