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Wildcat Wednesday - McKale Renovation Update
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: May 07, 2014
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The McKale renovation is moving along rapidly in hopes of meeting our quick deadlines on the project. All of the old seats are scheduled to be removed by Saturday. As much as we would have liked to have been able to preserve seats or pieces of the floor for our fans, the tight turnaround and time commitment it would have taken to do so would have caused delays, limiting our chances of completing the project on time. We’ve also completed updates to the communication boxes for fiber, audio and video connections within the arena. Currently, we’re in the process of removing the old floor and sub-floor, while installing the new sub-floor and playing floor, which is expected to be completed by June 1.

I’ve received a number of questions about the new floor and its look. I’m a big fan of the classic look that we had previously and we’ll continue to utilize that look and feel moving forward. Although there may be some tweaks, here is an example of what the new floor could look like.

In addition, our friends in Planning, Design & Construction have set up a webcam that is now live, so you can watch the progress as it happens. You can click here to access the webcam feed.

I want to remind everyone that a good portion of McKale is now considered a construction site, so we want to urge everyone to be careful when in and around the building. Also, it is illegal to enter the construction areas without the proper credentials or attire, so please steer clear of these areas while the renovation is in progress.


Arizona football’s “Be The One” campaign launched today. Arizona football is 11+1, 11 players on the field working together along with one passionate and unified Wildcat Nation. Fans are a huge part of the equation and we need you to “Be The One” if we're going to reach the goals we know Arizona football can achieve. To complement today's launch, we'll have posters and schedule cards available soon, so be on the lookout!

We want Wildcat fans to show they have what it takes to “Be The One,” by showcasing their support for Arizona football on social media. Fans on Facebook and Twitter have a chance to win #BeThe1 swag. Here’s how to enter:

For Twitter – Change your profile pic to the “Be The One” logo and retweet this tweet.

For Facebook – Change your profile pic to the “Be The One” logo and comment “#BeThe1” to this post.

100 winners will be randomly selected over the next few weeks.

If you’d like to watch our initial video, click on the #BeThe1 logo below.


Congratulations go out to former Arizona athletics director Jim Livengood and former Arizona assistant track and field coach Bob Myers for being announced as members of the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) 2014 Hall of Fame class last week. This is a great honor for two men who had a huge impact on Arizona Athletics.

Jim served as our director of athletics from 1994-2009 and had a tremendous ability to manage the fiscal challenges within collegiate athletics. He also was extremely active within the conference and nationally, serving on a number of Pac-10 committees and assisting with NCAA initiatives. He spent time as NACDA’s President and was the chair of the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Committee.

Bob was an assistant track and field coach for 13 years before taking over as the director of athletics at Solano Community College. While at Solano, he was elected president of a number of different entities and earned the L. William Miller Award from the National Alliance of Two Year College Athletic Administrators, which is the highest AD honor awarded by the association. Since retiring from Solano in 2011, Bob has returned to Tucson and serves as a volunteer assistant with our track and field program.

Congrats on a pair of great careers.


The football season ticket and Wildcat Club donation renewal deadline has come and gone. We are very pleased with the response from our fans. We determined that 83 percent of last year’s football season tickets have been renewed. That is one of our highest deadline renewal percentages in years. The number was 74 percent this time last year and eventually went up to 81 percent after some other renewals came in. Thank you to everyone who renewed by the deadline. Your support is critical to our future success. If you missed the deadline, please contact the McKale ticket office at (520) 621-CATS (2287) as soon as possible and we'll work with you to renew and secure your same great seats.


If you have kids and live in the area, I hope you can join us for a special kids promotion at a softball and/or baseball home game this week. We are hosting “Superhero Days” at Arizona softball and baseball. The first 200 kids at each game will receive an Arizona Wildcats superhero pack, which includes a cape, power bands and a mask. Softball’s Superhero Day will be Thursday night (5 p.m. start) in the first game of a three-game series vs. No. 1 Oregon. The baseball Superhero Day will be on Sunday in the series finale vs. Stanford. In addition to the superhero promotion, Sunday is Mother’s Day, so the first 150 mothers will receive an Arizona tote bag. Click here for softball tickets, clickhere for baseball tickets or call (520) 621-CATS (2287).

Abby Dudek, daughter of football recruiting coordinator Matt Dudek


The C.A.T.S. Silver Anniversary Award was established in 1991 and given to University of Arizona student-athlete alumni, who competed a minimum of 25 years ago. The acronym C.A.T.S. stands for Commitment to an Athlete’s Total Success and the A-Club Silver Anniversary Award recognizes past letterwinners who embody the C.A.T.S. ideals. Recipients are chosen based on their significant impact to their communities, to the University of Arizona, and to their chosen profession.  

This year’s female recipient, Nan Barash, lettered in softball at Arizona in 1980. Nan received her undergraduate degree in business administration in 1983 from UA. During her time as a student-athlete, she was president of the Mortar Board, a yearbook photographer, and Maricopa dorm president. Nan also works to raise awareness and funds for breast and ovarian cancer for the Bryn Mawr Birth Center in Bryn Mawr, Pa., where she resides with her husband David.

This year’s male recipient, Edward Wimberly PH.D., was a three-year letterman for the Cats in football. Edward received his undergraduate degree in history in 1965, and his doctorate in pastoral psychology and counseling from Boston University in 1976. He is the acting president for the Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta, Ga., where he continues his role teaching pastoral care and counseling.

Congratulations to Nan and Edward for all of their accomplishments and for receiving this year’s A-Club Silver Anniversary CATS Award!

L-R: David Schwartz, Nan Barash, Rocky LaRose

L-R: Erika Barnes, Edward Wimberly, Austin Hill, Greg Byrne


One of our photographers, Paul Dye, was inducted into the Sunnyside High School Hall of Honor last week. Paul taught at Sunnyside for over 30 years while developing his passion for photography. He is one of the most charismatic and energetic people in our department, not to mention an outstanding photographer. Congratulations Paul on the impact you’ve had in Tucson, at Sunnyside and with the athletics department. You can watch Sunnyside’s tribute video on Paul by clicking here.


I wanted to, again, thank UA alum Jack Wagner for teaming with Coach Rodriguez at the Chick-fil-A Bowl Challenge and draw your attention to his new video for the single “Drivin’ Miss Daisy” off of his sixth studio album, “On the Porch.” You can visit his website or watch the new video on YouTube by clicking here. Thanks so much Jack for taking the time to represent Arizona.


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 finals starting this week and the spring semester ending, we now enter what the NCAA refers to as “summer vacation period.” During this time period, student-athletes are permitted to participate in outside competition (not representing The University of Arizona) in a variety of ways. Depending on their sport, they could participate as an individual or on another amateur team and even win permissible amounts of prize money. It’s a fun time of the year for a large number of student-athletes to break out of their normal routine and compete with and against a variety of individuals.


Track & Field’s Nick Ross was named Pac-12 Field Athlete of the Week after clearing 7-6.5 (2.30m), which broke James Frazier’s school record of 7-6 (2.29m) set in 1980 … No. 8 Women’s Golf will compete at the NCAA Central Regional in Stillwater, Okla. May 8-10  … No. 27 Women’s Tennis will start its NCAA Tournament play in Athens, Ga. on Friday, when they take on Florida St. at 10 a.m. … Erik Oja and Alex McMahon from Men’s Golf both qualified for the postseason and will play in the NCAA San Antonio Regional May 15-17.  


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

5:30 a.m.: Women’s Golf at NCAA Central Regional (at Stillwater, Okla.)
5:00 p.m.: Softball vs. Oregon (TV: Pac-12 Networks)

5:30 a.m.: Women’s Golf at NCAA Central Regional (at Stillwater, Okla.)
10:00 a.m.: Women’s Tennis vs. Florida St. (at Athens, Ga.) (NCAA Tournament)
6:00 p.m.: Baseball vs. Stanford (Live Stream) (Live Audio)
7:30 p.m.: Softball vs. Oregon (TV: 
Pac-12 Networks)

5:30 a.m.: Women’s Golf at NCAA Central Regional (at Stillwater, Okla.)
11:30 a.m.: Softball vs. Oregon (TV: Pac-12 Networks)
12:00 p.m.: Track & Field Multis at Pac-12 Championships (at Pullman, Wash.)
6:00 p.m.: Baseball vs. Stanford (Live Stream) (Live Audio)

11:00 a.m.: Track & Field Multis at Pac-12 Championships (at Pullman, Wash.)
12:00 p.m.: Baseball vs. Stanford (Live Stream) (Live Audio)

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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

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Bear Down with Pride,

Greg Byrne
Vice President for Athletics
The University of Arizona