Athletics Director Greg Byrne's weekly email discussing Wildcat Athletics
Athletics Director Greg Byrne
Dec. 8, 2010
ALAMO BOWL AND 2010 RECAP
We were very pleased when the Valero Alamo Bowl selected our University to play #14 Oklahoma State. With our connections in Texas, the fact that we recruit heavily there and since this is the first year the Alamo Bowl partnered with the PAC 10, we felt it was a great opportunity for us to play there this year.
Let me touch on our regular season that we just finished. It had some very high points – the Iowa and Washington wins. And some low points – last Thursday certainly sticks out. I felt our team had their ups and downs, but I certainly felt that they gave great effort throughout. We lost a few that easily could have gone our way with one or two different plays, Oregon State and, again, last Thursday. However, we did not make those plays and we obviously need to do so if we want to play in Pasadena. With that said, Coach Stoops and his staff have dramatically improved our program from when they took over seven years ago.
I want to thank our fans for the strong turnouts we have had this year. I know I mention this regularly, but you are the foundation of our program and whatever success we have can only happen with your support. This cannot be stressed enough. However, we will never be satisfied with our attendance until we are completely sold out on season tickets, but I can see a time when we can do that and I would love for that to be next season.
If you have not signed up already, we really need your support at the Valero Alamo Bowl. I can tell you that one of the reasons we were chosen for the game is the belief Arizona will travel as well or better than any Pac-10 team. San Antonio will be a great city to visit and I know we have traveled well there in the past for the NCAA men’s hoops tournament. Alamo Bowl tickets and travel packages are still available and you can order them by calling 520-621-CATS (2287) or ordering online by clicking HERE.
RED AND BLUE GANG
Thanks to Jessica Hernandez for this photo of the staff at the Tucson Orthopedic Institute. That's a big crowd in the red and blue, indeed. Be sure to send pictures from your workplace to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The men's basketball team is in action, with the Cats taking on Cal State Fullerton in McKale Center tonight at 6:30 p.m. The women won 84-60 last night against New Mexico at "The Pit," where everyone has a rough go of it. They'll be back in action on the 19th in Tucson, while the men's squad plays a tough road game at BYU on Saturday... Volleyball finished at 20-10 with a loss in the NCAA Regional at Northern Iowa last weekend, its 23rd trip to the NCAAs in program history and 14th under Coach Dave Rubio... Kudos to football senior Colin Baxter for his selection as one of six finalists for the Rimington Trophy, awarded to the nation's top center. Also, receiver Juron Criner and defensive end Brooks Reed earned first-team All-Pac-10 honors among nine Wildcats picked by the league coaches as among the best... Congrats guys!
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