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Want the scoop on National Signing Day, straight from the head coach\u2019s mouth?

Arizona fans can hear from and ask questions of Wildcats coach Rich Rodriguez during a \u201cSigning Day Celebration\u201d event on Feb. 1.

Rodriguez will discuss the 2017 signing class and take questions during the event, which begins at 6 p.m. in the Sands Club at the Lowell-Stevens Football Facility. Doors open at 5:30.

Tickets are $10 for Wildcat Club members and season-ticket holders, $20 for the general public. Tickets include admission, appetizers, soft drinks, beer and wine. Fans also can have their picture taken with the Territorial Cup.

Free parking is available in the lots east of Arizona Stadium after 5 p.m. Parking in the Cherry Avenue Garage is $5.

For more information, click here or call 520-621-2287.

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Parker Jackson-Cartwright may hit the back end of that 4-8 week recovery window after all \u2014 at least in a sense.

While the Arizona junior point guard returned from his high ankle sprain on Dec. 30, just after the four-week mark, he still hasn\u2019t returned to the player the Wildcats really know.

At least as a shooter. In five games since he came back, Jackson-Cartwright has put up a remarkable 6-to-1 assist-turnover ratio (30 to 5), but is shooting only 27.8 percent from the field and has missed all five three-pointers he has taken.

Last season, Jackson-Cartwright led the Pac-12 in 3-point shooting percentage (48.6 percent) while selectively picking long-range shots and making exactly one per game.

\u201cHe has not shot it very well. He\u2019s a much better shooter than he\u2019s showed,\u201d UA coach Sean Miller said. \u201cBut I believe that that will come back once he starts to feel normal again.\u201d

Miller said he has spoken to Jackson-Cartwright about not getting caught up in his shooting, since the injury he suffered isn\u2019t an easy one to deal with. Besides, by just coming back at less than full speed, Jackson-Cartwright has given the Wildcats some much-needed depth and ballhandling to start the Pac-12 season.

Maybe it\u2019s no coincidence that with Jackson-Cartwright on the ball for an average of 23.6 minutes per game since his return, Kadeem Allen has hit two-thirds of his 3-pointers, put up a 2-1 assist-turnover ratio and limited some of UA\u2019s top perimeter opponents.

That was the original plan, after all: Entering the season, Jackson-Cartwright and freshman Kobi Simmons were expected to take all of the point guard duties, leaving Allen freer to score and save energy as the team\u2019s top defender.

\u201cThat\u2019s what it was,\u201d Allen said after scoring 18 points against Arizona State last week. \u201cComing into the season, it\u2019s easier said than done until you get comfortable with it. I feel like I\u2019ve gotten comfortable with it.\u201d

The Wildcats have been so successful overall with their current rotation, starting Allen and Simmons in the backcourt while bringing Jackson-Cartwright off the bench during a 5-0 Pac-12 start, that there appears to be no hurry to put PJC back in the starting lineup.

Miller said Monday that he didn\u2019t plan to change it at this point.

\u201cWe could moving forward,\u201d Miller said. \u201cWhatever is best for our team, that\u2019s what we\u2019re gonna do. What\u2019s good about Parker is we\u2019ve given him the right minutes. You haven\u2019t seen him really struggle because we\u2019ve never asked him to play 34 minutes in a game.

\u201cIt\u2019s been the right amount, which has allowed him to help us and maybe not put him in a bad way. Sometimes if you start favoring your ankle, that\u2019s when other injuries will occur, not necessarily the injury that he had but a different type. I think we\u2019re beyond that point and we can just go from there. But all eight players are important whether they start or not.\u201d

Jackson-Cartwright wasn\u2019t selected for the UA\u2019s weekly news conference this week, but said last week he was fine with not starting and wasn\u2019t 100 percent recovered anyway.

\u201cI wish,\u201d he said. \u201cBut that\u2019s just not realistic. The healing process was sped up for sure and it didn\u2019t take the normal time that it takes to heal. With that there\u2019s still some pain, and some stuff that I can do. It\u2019s getting close to 100 percent but I think it\u2019ll take a little bit more time.\u201d

He had a good chunk of extra time this week. After Arizona played ASU last Thursday, the Wildcats took Friday and Monday off, and sat Jackson-Cartwright out for practices on Saturday and Sunday.

That meant four straight days without pressure on the ankle, and Arizona\u2019s game Thursday at USC also puts him past the seven-week mark since he suffered the injury.

He might be almost there, finally. And just in time for a critical trip to his Southern California homeland, too.

\u201cYou think about the games he missed and how long this has taken,\u201d Miller said. \u201cThis is a tough injury for a basketball player and Parker has handled it really well.\u201d

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UA athletic director Greg Byrne is Alabama-bound, leaving many Arizona Wildcats fans to wonder who\u2019ll replace him.

There\u2019s a simple answer and a complicated one.

Erika Barnes will serve as the UA acting athletic director until a hire is made. Who that will be \u2014 and when it will happen \u2014 remains a mystery. Will university President Ann Weaver Hart hire someone with UA (or Pac-12) experience? Will she look for an up-and-comer, the way Robert Shelton did when plucking Byrne from Mississippi State back in 2010?

Will Hart, who plans to leave the UA within the next year, even make the hire? It\u2019s unclear.

But these nine candidates all make a compelling case to replace Byrne, who announced his departure Monday. Here\u2019s a look:

The sitting ADs

Chris Del Conte

Who he is: Athletic director, TCU

How long? Del Conte was named the Horned Frogs\u2019 AD in October 2009.

Why he fits: Del Conte was a senior associate athletic director at the UA from 2000-2009, and was viewed by many as Jim Livengood\u2019s eventual successor. The 48-year-old Del Conte is a master fundraiser who has overseen more than $300 million worth of construction projects to TCU\u2019s athletic facilities. The Horned Frogs play in new (or renovated) football, basketball and baseball facilities. He was named the 2015 Under Armour Athletic Director of the Year.

Why he doesn\u2019t: TCU has deep pockets and, as a recent addition to the Big 12 Conference, motivation to keep its AD around. Its possible Del Conte could be too expensive for the UA.

Notable: Del Conte ran track at UC Santa Barbara.

Mark Harlan

Who he is: Athletic director, South Florida

How long? Harlan was named the Bulls\u2019 AD in March 2014.

Why he fits: Harlan is a 1992 UA grad and close friend of former Wildcats football coach Dick Tomey and his family. The two worked together when Tomey was at San Jose State a decade ago. Tomey served as an adviser to former USF football coach Willie Taggart two years ago.

Why he doesn\u2019t: Harlan just hired former Texas coach Charlie Strong to replace Taggart, who was hired away by Oregon. He may want to stick around and see how the hire, which has been universally praised, works out.

Notable: Harlan, then a UA graduate assistant, was in the stands the night Tomey played all nine positions in a Tucson City League baseball game.

Tom Jurich

Who he is: Athletic director, Louisville

How long? Jurich was named the Cardinals\u2019 AD in October 1997.

Why he fits: Jurich is a California native who played football at NAU and later returned as the Lumberjacks\u2019 AD. He had to be convinced to leave Flagstaff for Louisville; he initially resisted because it was so far away from his and his wife\u2019s western roots. Jurich hired Rick Pitino as Louisville\u2019s basketball coach and Bobby Petrino (twice) as the Cardinals\u2019 football coach, proving he has the salesmanship and guts to land big-name coaches. That could come in handy at Arizona .

Why he doesn\u2019t: Jurich is well-paid and entrenched at Louisville. Pitino is one of his closest friends. And at age 60, Jurich may be closer to retirement than another job.

Notable: Jurich played in one game for the New Orleans Saints, in 1978.

Mack Rhoades

Who he is: Athletic director, Baylor

How long? Rhoades was named Baylor\u2019s AD last July.

Why he fits: Rhoades is a Tucson native and UA grad, though he never worked full-time in the Wildcats\u2019 athletic department.

Why he doesn\u2019t: The 51-year-old Rhoades is on his third job in two years. He served as Houston\u2019s AD, where he hired coach Tom Herman. From there, Rhoades spent 15 months as Missouri\u2019s AD.

Notable: Rhoades played basketball at Rincon High School.

Hunter Yurachek

Who he is: Athletic director, Houston

How long? Yurachek was named the Cougars\u2019 athletic director in April 2015.

Why he fits: Yurachek is a rising star among athletic directors in the West, a former No. 2 at Houston who was promoted when Rhoades went to Missouri. Yurachek oversaw the building of the $120 million TDECU Stadium and helped secure a 10-year, $15-million naming rights deal for the park. Yurachek is a skilled fundraiser and a builder of buildings, which would seem to fit perfectly with Arizona\u2019s needs.

Why he doesn\u2019t: The 48-year-old Yurachek has never worked west of Texas and has never been an AD at a Power-5 conference school.

Notable: Yurachek did, however, spend four years as Coastal Carolina\u2019s athletic director. Arizona fans may remember CCU as the team that beat the Wildcats in last summer\u2019s College World Series.

The first-timers

Erika Barnes

Who she is: Interim athletic director, Arizona

How long: Barnes, 38, was named interim AD on Monday, but has been with the athletic department in various capacities since 2005.

Why she fits: Barnes rose from the marketing department to be one of Byrne\u2019s most trusted associates. She is a noted fundraiser and communicator who works well with the department\u2019s largest donors. That she\u2019s a Wildcat \u2014 Barnes played softball at the UA from 1997-2001 and is married to former Arizona golfer Andy Barnes \u2014 doesn\u2019t hurt, either.

Why she doesn\u2019t: Barnes has no athletic director experience.

Notable: Barnes interned at Channel 4 and with Fox Sports after college, and spent years as Brian Jeffries\u2019 color analyst on UA softball radio broadcasts.

James Francis

Who he is: Senior associate director of athletics/internal operations, Arizona

How long: Francis, a UA grad, has been part of the athletic department for nearly two decades, first as marketing coordinator and then in external relations. He oversees ticket sales and operations, marketing, creative services and community outreach. Francis has taught in the UA Eller Sports Management Program.

Why he fits: Francis, 45, has served under both Livengood and Byrne, and knows the way the athletic department operates.

Why he doesn\u2019t: Francis has no athletic director experience.

Notable: Francis was a walk-on defensive back on the UA\u2019s \u201cDesert Swarm\u201d teams of the mid-1990s.

Marc Hill

Who he is: Associate athletic director for internal operations, Kentucky

Why he fits: Hill is a former UA trainer. His wife is former Arizona Wildcat Jenny Dalton-Hill, the 1996 Women\u2019s College World Series most valuable player.

Why he doesn\u2019t: Hill\u2019s specialty is external relations, and it\u2019s unknown whether the UA would pursue someone with no athletic director or fundraising experience.

Notable: Hill is an ex-Wildcat who used to work in the Kentucky strength department. The Wildcats recently hired Mark (with a K) Hill, another former UA employee, to work with the \u2026 strength department.

Mike Ketcham

Who he is: Senior associate athletic director for men\u2019s basketball and football administration and major gifts, Arizona

How long: Ketcham, 51, was hired by Byrne in 2010.

Why he fits: Ketcham\u2019s fundraising acumen and familiarity with the Pac-12 make him (along with Barnes) an intriguing in-house hire. He works closely with the UA\u2019s two most profitable sports programs and has earned praise from basketball coach Sean Miller. Ketcham\u2019s background is in coaching; He served as the golf coach at Scotts-dale Community College, Oregon State and Arkansas before Byrne hired him at Arizona.

Why he doesn\u2019t: Ketcham has no collegiate athletic director experience.

Notable: Ketcham served as AD at Dowling Catholic High School in West Des Moines, Iowa, before coming to the UA. There, he oversaw a 19-sport department.

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Star reporter Zack Rosenblatt is previewing Arizona\u2019s recruits in the weeks leading up to the Feb. 1 national signing day. All ratings according to Scout.com.

Name: Rhedi Short.

Position: Safety.

Height: 6-1.

Weight: 175 pounds.

Hometown (high school): Los Angeles (Cathedral).

Rating: Three stars, No. 50 safety, No. 8 West, No. 4 California.

Other offers: UCLA, Oregon, Penn State, Washington, Colorado.

2016 stats: 47 tackles, 4 tackles for loss, 2 sacks, 12 pass deflections, 2 forced fumbles.

Who he is: A former UCLA commit, Short flipped to the Wildcats not long after visiting Arizona\u2019s campus in the fall. He\u2019s expressed some interest in Illinois since, but visited the UA campus over the weekend.

How he fits: Short is one of four safeties in Arizona\u2019s 2017 class, and the Wildcats return a bunch of safeties with experience from last year \u2014 namely, Demetrius Flannigan-Fowles, Tristan Cooper and Isaiah Hayes. Playing time will be hard to come by, though Arizona is desperate for defensive depth.

He said it: \u201cThe biggest thing is, I was most comfortable there (at Arizona). So when I was up there, and I was talking to everybody, it just felt like home.\u201d \u2014 Short

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Arizona Wildcats coach Sean Miller finally did comment on Allonzo Trier\u2019s status Monday, in a way that might be fitting after the sophomore guard\u2019s 18 unexplained absences.

\u201cAllonzo\u2019s situation is kind of a once-in-a-lifetime situation,\u201d Miller said Monday, on the College Hoops Podcast, later adding: \u201cI can\u2019t even say that I\u2019m optimistic. I\u2019m just kind of neutral. It\u2019s a very, very unique situation.\u201d

Miller later added: \u201cWe have our fingers crossed that at some point maybe he gets the green light, but at this point I can\u2019t say when or even if it\u2019s going to happen.\u201d

Miller\u2019s \u201conce-in-a-lifetime\u201d statement spoke to the bizarre nature of Trier\u2019s season-long suspension, over which the UA and NCAA have declined to detail. Trier has also not been made available for comment since he began sitting out games on Nov. 1.

By making his statement, Miller also appeared to further back away from a Pac-12 Networks\u2019 Jan. 7 report during the UA-Colorado game that Miller told them he believed Trier would play sometime this season.

During his news conference with local reporters later Monday, Miller was asked if not being optimistic was now how he felt.

\u201cI\u2019m ambivalent,\u201d Miller said. \u201cI don\u2019t have control of the situation. So when you\u2019re dealing with a crisis or adversity, and we\u2019ve had plenty here over the least nine months, you finally settle into what can you really control.

\u201cFor me, the purpose every day is we have to coach Rawle (Alkins), Kobi (Simmons), and all of those guys. We are coaching Allonzo. Academically he\u2019s in a great place.

\u201cHe does what he\u2019s supposed to. He practices hard every day. He\u2019s in great physical condition but he\u2019s not allowed to play and it\u2019s not my choice. And it\u2019s just one of those situations that I wish was different but it\u2019s not.\u201d

Miller thanks Byrne

Miller praised departing UA athletic director Greg Byrne for spearheading a $30 million renovation of McKale Center and overall leadership since arriving in 2010, a year after Miller was hired by then-AD Jim Livengood.

\u201cI have a hard time believing that an athletic director anywhere did a better job for his university than he did here for us at Arizona,\u201d Miller said. \u201cIn the seven years he was here a lot of great things have happened. \u2026 I couldn\u2019t imagine a better relationship, better leadership.\u201d

Miller said the McKale renovations, which were completed in 2014, came at a \u201ccritical time.\u201d The Wildcats have recruited Top 5 classes every year since 2011, and Miller has often said that the renovations have a big effect on recruiting targets, who often visit in the offseason when there aren\u2019t games to take in.

\u201cYou walk into McKale right now ... it looks like a brand new arena, it shines, and the impact is for everybody,\u201d Miller said. \u201cTelevision, fan base, our team, the guys who play here, and from a recruiting perspective, that is a big, big deal on why young people choose the place that they go to school. ...

\u201cIf it impacted our ability to be better, then he was going to find a way to get that done for our program.\u201d

Miller said Byrne\u2019s decision to leave is also an \u201cempty feeling\u201d because of the close relationship they have developed since Byrne was hired away from Mississippi State in 2010.

Rim shots

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Erika Barnes arrived at the UA in 1997 as one of the West\u2019s best softball prospects.

It didn\u2019t take long for her to learn The Arizona Way.

\u201cThere\u2019s no walking in between the lines,\u201d Barnes said. \u201cYou\u2019re always running, you\u2019re always moving, you\u2019re always doing something to help yourself and help your program.\u201d

And so Barnes hit the ground \u2014 what else? \u2014 running shortly after being named the Arizona Wildcats\u2019 interim athletic director. She accepted the position Sunday night after word broke that Greg Byrne was headed to Alabama.

Barnes, 38, will start Feb. 1. What happens next is anyone\u2019s guess: Barnes says she isn\u2019t sure if she will pursue the job full-time, and it\u2019s unknown if UA officials would consider her.

Arizona announced Monday that it has already begun a national search that\u2019s bound to include a few sitting athletic directors: South Florida\u2019s Mark Harlan and TCU\u2019s Chris Del Conte both have deep Arizona ties, and Baylor athletic director Mack Rhoades is a Tucson native and UA grad.

For now, and perhaps for a while, Barnes will be in charge. She has been a senior associate athletic director since 2013.

Few know the athletic department better than Barnes, a onetime Wildcats first baseman and 2001 Women\u2019s College World Series champion.

Barnes started in the UA\u2019s marketing department in 2005 before moving to fundraising and major gifts. Barnes has sat in the Hillenbrand Stadium radio booth \u2014 she was Brian Jeffries\u2019 color analyst for years \u2014 and has strode onto private jets. Those close to her say she\u2019s equally at home at a women\u2019s basketball game as she is serving alongside UA president Ann Weaver Hart on a Pac-12 board.

Barnes holds two degrees from the UA: a 2001 bachelor\u2019s in communication and a 2010 M.B.A. from the Eller College of Management.

\u201cShe\u2019s done a little bit of everything,\u201d said Mike Candrea, the UA\u2019s longtime softball coach. \u201cShe\u2019s very well-prepared and very well-connected with our donors; I think, truthfully, that\u2019s a big part of this job. They all know that she\u2019s a Wildcat through and through.\u201d

Barnes\u2019 people skills, fundraising acumen and school spirit \u2014 she \u201cwore the colors\u201d on Monday \u2014 remind many of Byrne, her departing boss. UA basketball coach Sean Miller called her \u201cvery capable.\u201d

Her organizational skills? Those come from Candrea.

Barnes lives one mile from the UA campus, the closer to work the better. Her children \u2014 daughter Tillie is 3, and son Blake turned 1 on Friday \u2014 accompany her to Wildcats games.

The young family outgrew its Sam Hughes-area home recently. Barnes looked at homes throughout Tucson before finding the perfect one \u2026 1,000 yards east of the old place.

Same block, same grocery store. Close to campus.

McKale \u201cis where our life is centered around,\u201d she said. \u201cEvery hour of the day is really valuable. If we can cut down on my commute time, it means more time for Arizona or more time for my family.\u201d

In Barnes\u2019 case, Arizona is family. Her husband, Andy, is a former UA golfer and the caddy for PGA Tour pro Ricky Barnes, his brother and another ex-Wildcat. Barnes remains close friends with many of her former UA teammates, and has a mentor in Candrea. She and former Arizona deputy athletic director Kathleen \u201cRocky\u201d LaRose traded text messages on Monday morning.

Barnes\u2019 UA ties run so deep, the story goes, that she can help a UCLA Bruin see the light.

Barnes laughed Monday as she recalled setting up her sister, Vanessa, with former McKale Center IT specialist Greg Shaffer. Vanessa initially resisted her sister\u2019s meddling, given that she lived in Los Angeles and Greg was in Tucson.

Erika found a way to get them together after all.

\u201cThey met at our wedding, fell in love,\u201d Barnes said, \u201cand the rest is history.\u201d

Barnes\u2019 new role will require a little more matchmaking, a lot of glad-handing and some serious steering. She talked to Byrne throughout the day Monday about some of the challenges of the position. Barnes and Byrne will travel to the NCAA convention in Nashville later this week.

LaRose, who served as the UA\u2019s interim athletic director between December 2009 and March 2010, said the job requires a light touch.

\u201cIn some ways, you\u2019re a healer. You\u2019re trying to get everybody facing forward again,\u201d said LaRose, who retired in 2013. \u201cWhen someone leaves, it\u2019s a shock to the system and a shock to the department. It goes from coaches to athletes to trainers. And when you\u2019ve lost the leadership you\u2019ve relied on for years, especially with someone of Greg\u2019s caliber, it\u2019s sort of stunning.\u201d

LaRose\u2019s advice?

\u201cKeep doing it The Arizona Way,\u201d she said. \u201cI used to tell people, it\u2019s not brain surgery. We\u2019re here to educate young people. If you think about that, you\u2019ll be OK.\u201d

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As dawn broke Saturday morning in Tuscaloosa, Ala., Greg Byrne pulled a cap low on his head and began a 90-minute walking tour of the University of Alabama campus.

He was accompanied by one of the most powerful men in Alabama, Finis E. \u201cFess\u201d St. John IV, a third-generation Birmingham-area attorney and member of the Alabama Board of Trustees.

\u201cI wasn\u2019t attempting to avoid being recognized,\u201d Byrne said Monday afternoon in his office at McKale Center. \u201cIt was early in the morning and chilly outside.\u201d

It was a power walk like few others in Byrne\u2019s 45 years.

He visited all of the Crimson Tide landmarks: the Denny Chimes, the Woods Quad and Gorgas Library. Twelve hours earlier, Byrne and his wife, Regina, were dinner guests of sainted Alabama football coach Nick Saban and his wife, Terry.

\u201cIt was awesome,\u201d Byrne says.

A month earlier, while in New York City for the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame banquet, Byrne was contacted by representatives of Alabama president Stuart R. Bell. Byrne wasn\u2019t pursing a job. In fact, he recently purchased a home at Skyline Country Club and was waiting for renovations to be completed to expedite the move.

\u201cI wasn\u2019t looking for a job,\u201d he says. \u201cI have been \u2018all-in\u2019 on Arizona from the day I got here.\u201d

Last week, while in Tampa for a meeting of the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics\u2014 Byrne is the NACDA\u2019s third vice-president \u2014 he agreed to fly to Tuscaloosa on a Crimson Tide jet and meet with Saban, Bell and St. John.

He accepted the job Saturday night.

By Sunday at noon Alabama\u2019s next athletic director was back in Tucson. But Byrne didn\u2019t go home and pack. He went to McKale Center to watch Arizona\u2019s women\u2019s basketball team play Washington State.

\u201cI sat alone in a corner,\u201d he says, his voice breaking with emotion. \u201cI just love Adia. \u2026\u201d

As Byrne discussed the first season of coach Adia Barnes, he retrieved a box of Kleenex from his desk. He stopped about 30 seconds to compose himself.

\u201cRegina always told me I\u2019d cry at the grand opening of a Safeway,\u201d he said with a smile. Over the next 40 minutes, reflecting on his 6\u00bd years in Tucson, Byrne stopped three times to apply Kleenex and dab away tears.

By noon Monday, more than 280 messages had stacked up on his phone. He scheduled an early Tuesday staff meeting so he can say goodbye in person, one by one.

Let\u2019s hope he stocked up on extra Kleenex.

\u201cIt\u2019s hard to believe there\u2019s an athletic director anywhere who did a better job for his university than Greg did for us,\u201d Arizona basketball coach Sean Miller said.

Whatever Alabama is to pay Byrne \u2014 it\u2019s probably about $1 million more than the $700,000 he was paid at Arizona \u2014 it\u2019s difficult to put a value on his years at Arizona.

\u201cHe\u2019s bright and he\u2019s transparent and he did a great job there,\u201d said iconic Arizona AD Cedric Dempsey, the man who persuaded Byrne to leave Starkville, Mississippi, in 2010 and become the seventh AD in UA history. \u201cHe\u2019ll be hard to replace.\u201d

Byrne became the most untraditional athletic director in Pac-12 history. He didn\u2019t sit in a bunker, count pennies and balance budgets. He insisted on getting to know each of the school\u2019s 500 student-athletes on a first-name basis, one by one. Who does that?

If you want to get him to reach for a Kleenex, ask him about the night he toured the upper deck on the east side of Arizona Stadium, introducing himself to those in the cheap seats.

\u201cSome of those people could only afford to buy two $10 tickets to one game a year,\u201d he remembers. \u201cI loved talking to them. I really cared. I have a lot of weaknesses, but I\u2019m not a phony.\u201d

Byrne worked all sides of the UA family. He was a dinner companion of Hollywood producer Scott Stuber, flew to Florida to golf with Ryder Cup captain Jim Furyk and wasn\u2019t camera shy when photographers focused on him sitting with actor Greg Kinnear.

That was a strength. He created a bond with those in the cheap seats and with those who produced \u201cYou, Me and Dupree.\u201d Over time, you, me and Dupree became part of Byrne\u2019s extended family.

For the past 6\u00bd years, Arizona\u2019s athletic department enjoyed more financial growth and outside attention than at any time in history. It was an image-changer. Byrne orchestrated all of it, exchanging Twitter messages with strangers, declaring Phoenix to be \u201cWildcat Country,\u201d and raising more than $140 million to build a better football stadium, spruce up a state-of-the-art basketball arena and get the word out.

Not all of it worked. This isn\u2019t Alabama.

The UA\u2019s swimming program, once among the nation\u2019s three or four powerhouses, imploded when Byrne hired the wrong head coach. The men\u2019s golf program, once a threat to win the NCAA title year after year, has bottomed out. The man he hired to run Arizona\u2019s football operation, Rich Rodriguez, is in the struggle of his coaching lifetime.

But those things are predictable; there are limitations at Arizona and its $85 million athletic budget that Byrne won\u2019t encounter at Alabama, which has a budget of about $190 million.

His departure isn\u2019t unlike Dempsey\u2019s decision to leave Arizona in 1994 to become executive director of the NCAA. The right people notice when you do a good job.

\u201cGreg\u2019s reputation in the industry is very strong,\u201d Dempsey says. \u201cI thought it would be hard to keep him much longer.\u201d

With a Kleenex in hand, Byrne talked about the sleepless nights he\u2019s spent and the importance of his successor remaking Arizona Stadium, something that could cost in excess of $100 million.

\u201cThis is a special place,\u201d he says. \u201cI put every bit of myself into this job until, frankly, I ran low on energy. Before we move to Alabama, I\u2019m going to take a month off to recharge. I\u2019ve never done anything like that.\u201d

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When Maryland came after Sean Miller to become its new head coach after UA\u2019s surprising run to the 2011 Elite Eight, Greg Byrne was among the obstacles standing in the way.

While Miller and Maryland AD Kevin Anderson didn\u2019t appear to hit it off well, there was no doubt Byrne was aggressively working on his end to make sure Miller didn\u2019t leave after the Wildcats\u2019 surprising Elite Eight run of 2011.

Not only did Miller receive a contract extension, but also a more generous budget to fly charter for recruiting and raises for his assistant coaches.

Asked if Byrne played a role in his decision to stay at UA, Miller said:

\u201cThat was a part of it. That seems like 20 years ago now, so long ago, but every coach you have a sense of comfort and Dr. (Ann Weaver) Hart is a big sense of comfort as well. The time here at Arizona is unique in that she\u2019ll be leaving us as well and she\u2019s been incredibly supportive of our basketball program, of athletics in general and things that are behind the scenes on a daily basis and she\u2019s always been there in a very positive light.

\u201cI respect her and so with her leaving and also Greg leaving obviously there are gonna be two new people who are going to have a big impact on the future of Arizona Athletics. And I\u2019m excited to see it. We have tremendous people making those decisions. Like we did when Jim Livengood left and Greg became the next athletic director, Dr. Hart followed Robert Shelton. Obviously, it\u2019s a critical time, but I\u2019m confident we\u2019ll get two really good people.\u201d


Miller began his news conference today speaking highly of Byrne.

\u201cI have a hard time believing that an athletic director anywhere did a better job for his university than he did here for us at Arizona,\u201d Miller said. \u201cIn the seven years he was here a lot of great things have happened. In terms of his support, relationship, direction of the men\u2019s basketball program, which I\u2019m in charge of, I couldn\u2019t imagine a better relationship, better leadership.

\u201cOn a personal level, a friend is leaving. His wife and Greg are great friends with my wife and myself. That usually doesn\u2019t happen in a relationship between an athletic director and a coach but in this case it did happen. We didn\u2019t really know each other when Greg came from Mississippi State.

\u201cObviously it\u2019s kind of an empty feeling with him leaving only because of how meaningful he was to our program, our university and the friendship in addition to that. I know that he\u2019ll go on and do great things at Alabama. They\u2019re lucky to have him. I know that we\u2019ll move on in a positive direction and most important get somebody here as our new athletic director who approaches things in the same way, does a great job. So I\u2019m anxious to see that happen.\u201d

Later, Miller said: \u201cHe\u2019s someone who\u2019s incredibly candid and honest with a coach, and very transparent. He\u2019s an incredible communicator. He has a great pulse and feel for the goings on in your program.

\u201cIt\u2019s not always smooth. There are crisis moments, there are tough moments in an athletic program of this stature and he never wavers. He problem solves. He\u2019s with you and he loves to win. All of us benefited by his overall passion to improve, whether it be facilities, whether to give us the biggest advantage we could have in any recruiting situation.

\u201cAnd is really part of his every day. He woke up every day with tremendous passion and energy to make Arizona the best place it could possibly be. His energy and effort are unmatched. In an athletic director it\u2019s almost like hiring a coach today. You have to burn the candle at both ends, fundraising and being comprehensive. It\u2019s a difficult job for sure and to get a great person in that position, it\u2019s amazing what it does for everybody.\u201d

When asked for an example of how Byrne helped the basketball program, Miller talked of the renovations to McKale Center:

\"His ability to change McKale at a very critical time. You walk in to McKale right now ... it looks like a brand new arena, and it shines and the impact is for everybody. Television, fan base, our team, the guys who play here, and from a recruiting perspective, that is a big, big deal on why young people choose the place that they go to school. ... If it impacted our ability to be better, then he was going to find a way to get that done for our program.\"


Miller was also asked if he might have any say in a new athletic director hire. While there\u2019s no doubt UA will look for an AD who will mesh with him, Miller first answered that question lightheartedly:

\u201cI\u2019m the basketball coach. I\u2019m getting ready for USC and UCLA,\u201d he said, smiling. \u201cThat\u2019s No. 1. That\u2019s my job. If asked, certainly I would love to have a sense or a feel for who they are and I\u2019m confident that that will happen.\u201d


Miller appeared again to back off the Pac-12 Networks\u2019 report that he believes Allonzo Trier will be back at some point this season. He told the College Hoops Today podcast that \u201che can\u2019t even say he\u2019s optimistic right now\u201d about what he termed a \u201conce in a generation type deal.\u201d

Asked if that\u2019s how he now feels at today\u2019s presser, Miller said:

\u201cI\u2019m ambivalent,\u201d he said. \u201cI don\u2019t have control of the situation. So when you\u2019re dealing with a crisis or adversity and we\u2019ve had plenty here over the least nine months, you finally settle into what can you really control.

\u201cFor me, the purpose every day is we have to coach Rawle (Alkins), Kobi (Simmons), and all of those guys. We are coaching Allonzo. Academically he\u2019s in a great place. He does what he\u2019s supposed to. He practices hard every day. He\u2019s in great physical condition but he\u2019s not allowed to play and it\u2019s not my choice. And it\u2019s just one of those situations that I wish was different but it\u2019s not.\u201d


While the Wildcats practiced both Saturday and Sunday, then took today off, Miller said he gave Parker Jackson-Cartwright both weekend practices off while he continues to recover from his high ankle sprain.

Miller also said he didn\u2019t plan to change his starting lineup for now.

\u201cWe could moving forward,\u201d Miller said. \u201cWhatever is best for our team, that\u2019s what we\u2019re gonna do. What\u2019s good about Parker is we've given him the right minutes. You haven\u2019t seen him really struggle because we\u2019ve never asked him to play 34 minutes in a game.

\u201cIt\u2019s been the right amount, which has allowed him to help us and maybe not put him in a bad way. Sometimes if you start favoring your ankle that\u2019s when other injuries will occur, not necessarily the injury that he had but a different type so I think we\u2019re beyond that point and we can just go from there. But all eight players are important whether they start or not.\u201d


Miller said he enjoyed watching the ESPN-televised game between signees DeAndre Ayton and Brandon Randolph at the Hoophall Classic on Saturday, when Randolph was named the game\u2019s MVP after scoring 28 points to help Westtown beat Ayton\u2019s Hillcrest Prep 66-54.

Curiously, while Ayton was named to the McDonalds All-American Game, Randolph wasn\u2019t even among several hundred nominees. Miller said Randolph isn\u2019t a fifth-year senior and thus he would have been eligible.

\u201cBrandon was late on the scene,\u201d Miller said. \u201cIf you would have judged him a year or so ago, he wouldn\u2019t be as highly thought of as he is now. But a lot of times those are the guys who continue to improve. If you think of how far he\u2019s come in the last two years, I think he\u2019ll stay on that same track.\u201d


Biggest non-Byrne-related \u201cnews\u201d of the day might have been that New Yorker Rawle Alkins was using his day off to go to the Arizona DMV to see if he could pass tests and get a driver\u2019s license.

\u201cRight after this interview,\u201d said Alkins, who was the designated player to be interviewed today. \u201cMy cousin\u2019s waiting for me outside.\u201d

Having grown up taking the subway at home, Alkins said he\u2019s taken a lot of Uber rides since arriving in Tucson but finally decided to take the plunge on driving. He said he has often practiced late at night while driving with a cousin who came out to Tucson with him this year.

\u201cHaven\u2019t done the highway yet, so I don\u2019t know what to expect on the test,\u201d Alkins said. \u201cI know the rules and stuff. I did the written part. Practiced. So hopefully I do well. Pray for me, guys.\u201d


Arizona jumped two spots to No. 14 in the Associated Press Top 25 poll. UCLA moved to No. 3 and Gonzaga to No. 4, while USC dropped out after losing to Utah. Oregon is No. 11.

My ballot had the Wildcats at No. 15.


UCLA's Bryce Alford beat out UA's Lauri Markkanen and others for the Pac-12 Player of the Week award.

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Good news has been hard to come by lately for Arizona's football program, particularly in the wake of former commit\u00a0Braxton Burmeister\u00a0flipping to Oregon and athletic director\u00a0Greg Byrne\u00a0bolting for Alabama.\u00a0

Monday, the Wildcats managed to deliver a recruiting shocker \u2014 3-star defensive end\u00a0My-King Johnson\u00a0announced a verbal commitment to Arizona, in turn backing out of his commitment to UCLA.\u00a0

\"Just received a great home visit with Coach Rod,\" Johnson tweeted. \"With that being said I have decided to commit to UofA\".

UA coach Rich Rodriguez, special teams coach Charlie Ragle and defensive line coach Vince Amey took an in-home visit with Johnson on Monday.\u00a0

Johnson's decision comes as one of the bigger surprises for Arizona in this recruiting cycle, as Johnson had been committed to UCLA since Jan. 6 and hadn't mentioned Arizona as a finalist previously.\u00a0

Johnson is a huge pick-up for the Wildcats, a team both desperate for talent on the defensive line and to make up ground in keeping talented in-state recruits in Arizona. Johnson, from Tempe, is rated three stars by Scout.com and is the top-rated defensive end in Arizona.\u00a0

Johnson, listed at 6-foot-3 and 225 pounds, also had offers from USC, Oregon, Arizona State and Texas A&M.\u00a0

The addition of Johnson brings Arizona's 2017 class back up to 25 players, including kicker\u00a0Lucas Havrisik, who committed to the Wildcats on Sunday.\u00a0

Just received a great home visit with Coach Rod. With that being said I have decided to commit to UofA. #beardown

\u2014 My-King Johnson (@kingj9943) January 16, 2017
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Greg Byrne is bolting to Alabama, leaving stunned Arizona Wildcats fans to wonder who will replace him as athletic director.

For now, the answer is simple.

Erika Hanson Barnes was named the Wildcats\u2019 interim AD on Monday. The Star reported Byrne\u2019s decision to leave for Alabama on Sunday night, shortly before the Crimson Tide announced that athletic director Bill Battle was retiring because of health reasons. Byrne reportedly spent Saturday in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, where he received the blessing of Crimson Tide football coach Nick Saban.

The UA will now turn to Barnes, who has risen from the UA\u2019s marketing department to the top of the McKale Center food chain over the last 11-plus years. She currently serves as the UA's senior associate athletic director.

Here are six things you need to know about Barnes:

1. She started with Mike Candrea\u2019s Cats. Barnes (then Erika Hanson) played first base at the UA from 1998-2001, winning a Women\u2019s College World Series championship as a senior. Barnes played professionally for the New York/New Jersey Juggernaut of National Pro Fastpitch, working for the team\u2019s marketing department during the offseasons. Barnes has been involved with the Wildcats\u2019 softball program in one way or another since her return to the UA in 2005. For a time, Barnes served as the color analyst on Arizona\u2019s radio broadcasts.

2. She hit the books. Barnes was an NFCA Scholar-Athlete All-American while in college, and holds two degrees from Arizona: A 2001 bachelor\u2019s degree in communications and a 2010 M.B.A. from the Eller College of Management. Barnes also serves on the Pac-12 board alongside UA president Ann Weaver Hart.

3. She started in marketing. Barnes worked in the UA\u2019s marketing department before moving into fundraising. She was promoted to senior associate athletic director for administration and major gifts in 2011, a position she held for two years.

4. She replaced a legend. Kathleen \u201cRocky\u201d LaRose\u2019s retirement in 2013 led to Barnes\u2019s promotion to senior associate athletic director and senior woman administrator. In her role, she oversees the internal operations of all 20 sports and support programs, including the C.A.T.S. student-athlete services. LaRose was a pioneer in women\u2019s athletic administration who, like Barnes, began as a UA softball player. LaRose served as the UA\u2019s last interim athletic director, in 2010.

5. She\u2019s not that Erica Barnes. From 2010-14, Barnes shared a name \u2014 but not a spelling \u2014 with a UA women\u2019s basketball player. Erica (with a c) starred on the court, while Erika (with a k) worked behind the scenes in McKale Center.

6. It's a family affair. Barnes is married to former UA golfer Andy Barnes; together, they have two young children: Daughter Tillie is 3, and son Blake turned 1 on Friday. Andy Barnes is the brother of PGA Tour pro Ricky Barnes, one of the most accomplished golfers in Arizona history.

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Greg Byrne said Monday he is looking forward to returning to the Southeastern Conference and is \"honored\" to become the new athletic director at Alabama. Contract terms and salary were not announced, though Byrne is expected to receive a raise on the $735,000 he made at Arizona.\u00a0

The Crimson Tide announced Byrne's hire on Monday morning, one day after the Star's Greg Hansen reported that Byrne will replace the retiring Bill Battle. Byrne will start on March 1, pending approval from the Alabama's board of trustees.\u00a0

Byrne, 45, will be introduced to the Alabama media later this week. Erika Hanson Barnes will serve as Arizona's interim athletic director while the university performs a national search for Byrne's replacement. \u00a0

\"The last nearly seven years has been a wonderful experience for me and my entire family,\" Byrne said in a news release issued Monday by the office of University of Arizona president Ann Weaver Hart. \"We truly appreciate President Hart, our student-athletes, coaches, staff and friends. Because of the unbelievable support of all those who make up the Arizona Family, Tucson and the University of Arizona will always hold a special place in our hearts.\"

Byrne has been at the UA since 2010. During his time in Tucson, he hired coaches Rich Rodriguez and Jay Johnson, negotiated an extension for basketball coach Sean Miller, opened the Lowell-Stevens Football Facility and spearheaded a $30 million McKale Center renovation.\u00a0

Alabama president Stuart Bell said in news release that Byrne was the perfect fit. He served as Mississippi State's AD from 2008-10.

\"We knew Bill was considering a change, and we wanted to hire someone who can assume that mantle of leadership and continue the tradition of success that Bill and so many others before him have established,\" Bell said. \"We believe Greg Byrne is uniquely qualified for this role, and we are pleased to announce he has accepted the position of athletic director here at The University of Alabama.\"

Said Byrne: \"I have incredible respect and admiration for both Coach Battle and Coach Moore, as well as all of the talented coaches and staff in place. We look forward to returning to the SEC and being a part of Alabama's outstanding tradition.\"

Read more on Byrne's departure here, here and here.

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The University of Alabama may have been targeting Arizona's Greg Byrne for months.\u00a0

Outgoing athletic director Bill Battle told school administrators last summer that he planned to retire when his four-year contract expired, according to a story posted on the Crimson Tide's official website.\u00a0

At the time, Battle told university president Stuart Bell \"that he should be looking for a replacement,\" Battle told the website. \u00a0

\"That process has been going on over the last few months,\" he added. \"As you know, in this business, high-level changes are hard to map out and announce very far in advance.\"\u00a0

Battle took a leave of absence last summer as he underwent treatment for multiple myeloma. Battle said health was not a factor in his decision to retire. Battle's myeloma is in remission, he said, a relief after the athletic director spent two years battling the disease.

The Star's Greg Hansen reported Sunday night that Byrne was leaving for Alabama following 6 1/2 years at the UA.\u00a0

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