Dec. 1, 2010
HERE WE GO - TERRITORIAL CUP, PART V...
Tomorrow's football game with our friends from Tempe will be the fifth event in the 2010 State Farm Territorial Cup series, but the actual battle for the real Territorial Cup itself, is the nation's oldest NCAA-sanctioned trophy for a football game. Let's put forth our best effort as hosts before, during and after the game, and let's get behind the Wildcats as they wrap up a quality regular season. The schools are knotted in a 2-2 tie after soccer, volleyball and men's and women's cross country.
The game is a RED OUT so give your Wildcat blue and white the day off and make sure you wear your Arizona Wildcat Red to the Stadium! Fewer than 400 tickets remain for the game. Grab another friend (or two), and let's sell-out Arizona Stadium for the 24 seniors playing their final home game!
Since Thursday is a normal University work day with regular scheduled classes, parking, and normal day-to-day activities, we will need everyone's cooperation as we get closer to the 6 p.m. kick-off time. Please visit our website for more information on parking and campus access. Thank you for your understanding and let's keep the Territorial Cup in Tucson.
One other item for tomorrow... Yesterday, I was shown the photo below from one of our Wildcat Walks. Look at the wonderful crowd and support it shows to our university, our student-athletes and recruits. Let's be out there tomorrow for the Wildcat Walk at 4:15 p.m. to welcome our team and show the great unity we have at the University of Arizona.
FOOD FIGHT'S CAN BE POSITIVE
The State Farm Territorial Cup series game against Arizona State tomorrow evening (6 p.m. ESPN) has all kinds of story lines. One you may not know is a "Territorial Cup Food Fight" between the two institutions -- all to benefit the Community Food Bank. State Farm and UA4Food will be collecting donations of canned food at Gates 1, 8 and 16, much as ASU did a year ago in Tempe. Thanks to State Farm, the Food Fights will occur at various State Farm Territorial Cup series in Tucson and Tempe during competitions between our sports teams.
BOWL GAME ON THE HORIZON
We're very proud to have matched a school accomplishment with our third consecutive bowl game this year - with many more expected. All the variables will shake out this weekend and we should know on Saturday or Sunday where we'll be heading. Head coach Mike Stoops pointed out to the media Monday that U of A's successive appearance string is among the best in the Pac-10 and that's surely a good thing to carry over as we begin Pac-12 play nine months from now. I trust many of you will join us in attending the bowl game. Tickets, of course, can be pre-ordered here.
BANQUET BEFORE BOWLING
Celebrate the season with the UA football team and coaching staff at their year-end banquet on Friday, Dec. 10. Registration and reception will begin at 6:00 p.m. with dinner and program following at 6:30 p.m. The event is open to the public. Individuals may purchase tickets for $50 per person. The evening will include dinner and awards. To R.S.V.P. please call 520-621-2331 by December 3rd.
VOLLEYBALL OFF TO NCAAs
Congratulations to the volleyball team for its selection to the NCAA Championships. The team left today for competition in Cedar Falls, Iowa, against Northwestern. The winner of that match meets the winner of the host Northern Iowa vs. Missouri match in the second round. Go Cats!
WILDCATS WEAR RED & BLUE - FRIDAYS
It's been a few of weeks since I reminded you to keep showing your UA colors at work on Fridays, and to encourage your friends and co-workers to do the same. Fly a UA flag, show a poster, and/or wear some UA gear...it all makes a difference in showing and spreading Wildcat spirit in Tucson! Here's a picture from a fan at Northwest Medical Center... Be sure to send us pictures from your workplace to email@example.com. I'll make a point to post a photo from the workplace each week.
Some of you may have heard about our football team's return from Oregon last week -- a return leg involving a five-hour wait in the Eugene airport while a replacement aircraft was summoned from Tucson. Normally on a trip like this, the team leaves the stadium, buses to a staging area for screening, boards the plane and is gone. We spent some time watching the end of an exciting football game on TV, ate some more, and kicked back with the entire wing of the airport to ourselves. I commend our players for their patience, good manners and good humor. Frankly, it's one of those trips that gets better and better as time goes on... The 5-1 women's basketball team did a nice job in a tournament on the Yucatan Peninsula last weekend and plays tomorrow at Nevada. Coach Butts has her team playing well and is off to its best start in years. Catch the team in action when they return to McKale on Dec. 19th... Coach Sean Miller's basketball team did a good job over the weekend at a Las Vegas tourney and plays tonight in Houston against Rice. They return home for a key match-up with Oklahoma on Sunday... We also offer great group ticket discounts for men's and women's basketball, as well as other sports. Grab a group of family members, friends, valued customers, co-workers or teammates and enjoy a great time out with the Wildcats at a discounted price...Frank Busch's swimming teams are at the Texas Invitational this weekend and Frank said he hopes the squads will post more than 20 NCAA individual qualifying times...
Continue to do what you can to help Arizona Athletics and:
- Buy Season Tickets
- Join the Wildcat Club
- Wear the Colors (Especially on Friday)
- Get Others to Do the Same
Director of Athletics
University of Arizona