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Arizona will have a chance to make up plenty of ground in the Pac-12 Tournament. But this is what the Wildcats\u2019 loss to UCLA on Saturday means as of now:

\uf06e Oregon will likely be the Pac-12 Tournament\u2019s No. 1 seed regardless of whether UA wins at ASU on Saturday. The Ducks, who are tied with UA at 15-2, only have to play Oregon State and they hold the tiebreaker with Arizona because of their Feb. 4 win over the Wildcats in Eugene.

\uf06e That means the Wildcats could face UCLA in a 2-vs.-3 Pac-12 semifinal on Friday, March 10 (tipoff 9:30 p.m. on ESPN if you want to go ahead and make plans) in Las Vegas if seeds hold up.

Assuming Oregon wins at OSU, UA will be the No. 2 seed if it beats ASU or UCLA loses either of its home games to the Washington schools next weekend; UCLA will be the No. 2 seed if it sweeps and UA loses to ASU, because the teams would be tied at 15-3 and UCLA would get a tiebreaker edge because it owns a win over first-place Oregon.

\uf06e Oregon also holds an even bigger edge over UA for the right to stay in the West Region in the NCAA Tournament (while it is no longer a foregone conclusion that Gonzaga will be the No. 1 in the West after the Zags lost to BYU, that's irrelevant to the Pac-12 placement because only one of the top four Pac-12 teams can stay in the West).

The NCAA selection committee revealed on Feb. 11 that it ranked Oregon over Arizona, putting the Ducks in the West and UA in the Midwest, and that was when the Wildcats had a one-game lead over the Ducks.

\uf06e Arizona also cannot win the outright Pac-12 regular-season title by beating ASU if Oregon beats OSU, and it won\u2019t know what happens at Gill Coliseum until after it plays ASU (UA-ASU starts at 2 p.m. Saturday and the Oregon schools tipoff at 4 p.m.).

\uf06e UCLA may have pulled itself closer to being the second team placed in the NCAA Tournament out of the Pac-12, since it has now a comparable overall record with the Wildcats and a tie in head-to-head play with UA. That means the Wildcats could be sent even farther away for the second weekend (the first still will likely be in Salt Lake City because of the pod system). (In any case, UCLA looks like a legit Final Four contender).

\uf06e But, of course, all that could change if UA faces and beats UCLA in the semifinals of the Pac-12 Tournament\u2026

Speaking of which, UA coach Sean Miller is hoping to bring a different team to that game, if it happens:

\u201cI know the team that we lost to and they\u2019re a great team and just like when we went to Pauley Pavilion and beat them there, I\u2019m sure it was a tough moment for them,\u201d Miller said. \u201cBut they found a way to respond and I\u2019m sure in some ways they\u2019re probably better because it happened.

\u201cWe have to do the same thing. In two weeks, we could find ourselves in Las Vegas playing this very same team, and hopefully we\u2019ll be more ready.\u201d


UA\u2019s first three Pac-12 champions under Miller had four, three and two losses, but Miller said he was not surprised to find the Wildcats at 15-2 and still having Oregon right there with them.

Oregon was picked to win the Pac-12 in the conference\u2019s official media poll, Arizona was picked second and UCLA third, which is exactly how the Pac-2 Tournament seedings look now.

\u201cWe knew before the season started that Oregon was a 1 (NCAA Tournament) seed a year ago and they return a lot,\u201d Miller said. \u201cThe players they\u2019ve added in addition to who they\u2019ve returned are really good so I think you\u2019re looking at a one seed. And I\u2019m not sure if you\u2019re look at UCLA that they\u2019re not in the conversation for those types of seeds.

\u201cObviously our season speaks for itself. But it\u2019s up to us to put this behind us in some way and in the other ways to learn from it and a week from today to be better, healthy and ready to go and again we gave up 14 second shots, 11 in one half. We wouldn\u2019t be 26-4 if that\u2019s happened to us throughout the season.\u201d


Miller said the Wildcats can control their sense of perspective. Even with the loss to UCLA, they\u2019ve still only lost four games, all to teams ranked in the Top 25.

\u201cWhen you\u2019re in a situation like ours, when you\u2019re 26-4 and 15-2, there are a lot of great moments that we've had and every once in a while people can distract players on your team,\u201d Miller said. \u201cIt\u2019s `You need to play more minutes.\u2019 \u2018Coach doesn\u2019t know what he\u2019s doing.' Etcetera, etcetera.

\"I think my worry and any coach at this time when you enter March with a lot at stake is to keep our team on point, to make sure we have our circle and our locker room and we\u2019re focused like we\u2019ve been getting better, preparing for the next game and in moments like this you learn a lot about the character of your team, about the character of the families that you coach, you learn a lot about yourself as a coaching staff.\u201d


Miller and the two players UA presented for interviews, Parker Jackson-Cartwright and Allonzo Trier, expressed plenty of regard for Kadeem Allen, who played his last game at McKale (likely along with multiple others).

Miller: \u201cI certainly didn\u2019t want one game to take away from what I think is one of the greatest kids I\u2019ve ever coached and that\u2019s Kadeem. He comes from a really big family. He\u2019s struggled growing up. He found his way to a junior college and he decided to come to Arizona. Was national junior college player of the year, and we redshirted him. Never said a word. Grew and in my mind he\u2019s become a man out here in Tucson. He has two classes left to graduate. He\u2019s gonna be the first person in his family to graduate and he\u2019s one of the best defenders we\u2019ve ever had. Our team\u2019s leader, and heart and soul.

\u201cKadeem\u2019s one of my favorite players I\u2019ve ever coached. He\u2019s about one thing and that\u2019s team. He embodies so many qualities that all of us love about sports. Obviously I want him to see it through.\u201d

Trier: \u201cI told him I love him and thanked him for everything. His effort. His leadership. Everything. Everything he brings every day. The mistakes he covers up for us. Everything he brings to the team. We\u2019re all sorry we didn\u2019t get it done for him.\u201d

Jackson-Cartwright: \u201cHe means everything. He epitomizes the identity of our program and everything we do every day. He comes to work every day just working hard, sets the tone. We\u2019re not here 26-4 without his leadership and how hard he plays each day.\u201d


Our full five-person coverage is attached as are PDFs of the box scores and updated UA stats.

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Arizona officially hired Theron Aych as its wide receivers coach Saturday.

The former receivers coach at UTEP was on campus last week and, given Saturday\u2019s announcement, should be on the field for next week\u2019s practices.

The Wildcats are schedule to practice Monday, Wednesday and Thursday. The latter is the team\u2019s \u201cSpring Showcase,\u201d which is open to the public. The event is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. at Arizona Stadium.

Arizona coach Rich Rodriguez said Friday that he plans to fill the remaining on-field assistant opening with a full-time special-teams coach, whom he expects to hire within the next two weeks.

Aych spent only one season at UTEP. Before that, he was the offensive coordinator at Angelo State in San Angelo, Texas. In 2015, when the Rams led Division II in total offense, Aych was a finalist for the Division II American Football Coach Association Assistant Coach of the Year award.

At Central Missouri, one of Aych\u2019s previous stops, he coached Delanie Walker, the star tight end of the Tennessee Titans.

To read the official UA release on Aych\u2019s hiring, click here.

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Maybe the Zona Zoo can take some heart in the fact that Jay Williams was partly wrong the last time.

In GameDay's 2015 appearance at McKale Center, Williams revealed a T-shirt that said \"#Bear Down 4 Indy,\" and while UA beat UCLA later that day, the Wildcats never made it to the Final Four in Indianapolis. On Saturday, he teased the student section about that moment and asked if they should \"Bear Down for Phoenix.\"

Then he ripped off his dress shirt to reveal a UCLA jersey and said \"Nope.\"

Jay Williams gets teepeed for picking UCLA pic.twitter.com/SbjHC67XFV

\u2014 Bruce Pascoe (@BrucePascoe) February 25, 2017

(Staffers had provided the Zona Zoo with the toilet paper beforehand \"in case\" Williams picked UCLA).


Williams' pick wrapped up the third basketball GameDay held at McKale, which also featured Lauri Markkanen winning one of its Oscar-style \"awards\" - his was for \"best foreign film\" and the Finnish freshman beat out Gonzaga's Przemek Karnowski (Poland) and Iowa's Peter Jok (Sudan).

Markkanen appeared on a pretaped video to offer thanks. (For the second straight time, no UA players or coaches showed up at GameDay, though they did in 2011-12).

Other \"awards:\" Oregon's Dillon Brooks won for Best Visual Performance (a.k.a. flopping), Siena coach Jimmy Patsos won for Best Animated Feature (for his \"air handshakes\" after Rider skipped the postgame handshake line), and Kansas' Frank Mason won for Best Actor in a Leading Role (this drew cheers from the Zona Zoo, who had roundly booed Lonzo Ball's nomination).


The show also featured a great video from Cleveland of the four Cavaliers with alumni ties to today's UA-UCLA game.

Richard Jefferson, still rocking his Kyrie Irving-inspired \"Flat World Champions\" T-shirt, teased Kevin Love about UCLA's good players while Derrick Williams and Channing Frye joined in.

\"You have Lonzo Ball. You have Lonzo Ball. And you have Lonzo Ball,\" Jefferson said.

Cavs teammates now. College rivals forever.

UCLA-Arizona in a top-5 clash on ESPN tonight: Who ya got? pic.twitter.com/fLJLLSV3p5

\u2014 ESPN (@espn) February 25, 2017

A clip of the Arizona baseball parody of \"Major League\" was also shown during GameDay show.

Among other discussions held by the crew: Rick Pitino's interaction with a fan, Josh Hart being an Eagle Scout and whether Northwestern needs to worry about making its first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance (Bilas said no).


Among the signs waved in the Zona Zoo:

\"LaVar Ball is Crazier than Bill Walton.\"

\"Daddy Issues (with Ball mugshot)\"

\"Pay my tuition please: 505-801-8045\"

\"I need money for the Pac-12 Tournament\"

\"Lonzo Ball pours his milk before his cereal\"

\"UCLA #5 Fake News.\"

And:\u00a0\"Fire Goodell\"

Big heads waved included several UA players plus Erika Barnes, Bill Walton and Steve Kerr.


We had a live blog of the GameDay filming.


USA Today calls the UA-UCLA game the \"game of the weekend.\"


The Bruins could use a win to convince the NCAA selection committee of a better seed.


Arizona is between a 1.5-2.0-point favorite, according to VegasInsider.


After the UA-UCLA game at 6:15 p.m., ESPN will show Gonzaga trying to complete a perfect regular season against BYU starting at 8:15.


UA-signee-turned-Aussie-pro Terrance Ferguson finished his season\u00a0Down Under\u00a0averaging 4.6 points and 1.1 rebounds, but he's still projected as a first-round pick in the June NBA Draft (so are three players in today's UA-UCLA game).

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Quick hitters from the Arizona Wildcats\u2019 media availability after their fourth practice of spring Friday afternoon:

* UA coach Rich Rodriguez confirmed that his plan is to hire a full-time special-teams coach, and he expects that to be done within the next two weeks. Arizona is expected to announce the addition of receivers coach Theron Aych any day not, but Rodriguez couldn\u2019t comment on that because the hiring is not official yet.

*\u00a0Rodriguez said freshman tailback Nathan Tilford is among the players who have looked better in pads than shorts.

*\u00a0Rodriguez said tailbacks J.J. Taylor and Nick Wilson took some \"quality reps\" today after being held back in previous practices. \"I like where we're at at tailback,\" Rodriguez said.

*\u00a0Can quarterbacks improve how they see the field? Rodriguez believes they can - and that Brandon Dawkins and Khalil Tate will over the rest of spring.

*\u00a0Rodriguez said 2-4 offensive linemen have been banged up each practice, limiting that unit\u2019s capacity to rotate. None of the injuries is considered long term, and Rodriguez is hopeful everyone will be healthy by the middle of next week.

*\u00a0Asked about the team\u2019s cornerback play last year, Rodriguez said: \"Not very good. That's putting it mildly.\" He said the corners as a whole need to get bigger, stronger and more consistent

*\u00a0Rodriguez conceded that the '16 regulars, Dane Cruikshank and Jace Whittaker, had little Division I experience. He expects that group to improve in 2017.

*\u00a0Cornerback Sammy Morrison revealed that he suffered a partially torn ACL in spring last year and then tore a hamstring on the first day of training camp, forcing him to redshirt. Fellow corner Lorenzo Burns ended up redshirting after suffering a sprained MCL in Week 2 against Grambling State. Both are healthy now.

*\u00a0Arizona defensive coordinator Marcel Yates said he wanted to move back to the secondary after coaching linebackers last year and told Rodriguez as much during his search for a new defensive assistant. Rodriguez hired Scott Boone to coach linebackers, enabling Yates to make that move.

*\u00a0I asked Yates about Rodriguez\u2019s blunt assessment of the 2016 defense. Yates agreed with it. \"It was bad,\u201d he said. Yates expects improvement with more talent and familiarity in Year 2.

*\u00a0In videos posted by Arizona of Friday's closed practice, tackle Cody Creason looked impressive in blocking drills.

*\u00a0Linebacker Jacob Colacion participated in the \u201cboard drill,\u201d a sign that he\u2019s able to practice now after being held out because of a concussion.

*\u00a0Defensive end Jalen Cochran left the practice field with a helmet, a possible sign that he\u2019s back after being limited to start spring camp.

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The Arizona Wildcats are set to name Theron Aych as their wide receivers coach, a move that should become official in the coming days.

Aych spent last season at UTEP, which Arizona is scheduled to visit on Sept. 16. He spent the previous five seasons as the offensive coordinator at Angelo State in San Angelo, Texas.

Aych\u2019s r\u00e9sum\u00e9 suggests he has ties in Texas, a state that has been relatively under-recruited under Rich Rodriguez. Aych said in this video that he recruited the Houston area for Angelo State.

In 2015, Aych\u2019s final season at Angelo State, the Rams led Division II in total offense.

Aych also has ties to the Pac-12, having served as a graduate assistant at Washington for two seasons (2003-04).

Aych played wide receiver at Northern State in Aberdeen, South Dakota, in the early 1990s.

Aych replaces Tony Dews, who left Arizona to join the staff at West Virginia last month.

The addition of Aych leaves one unfilled on-field opening on the UA staff. Rodriguez likely will fill that slot with a full-time special-teams coach.

WildcatAuthority.com first reported Aych\u2019s hiring. He has updated his Twitter bio to reflect his new job.

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By this late in the season, Sean Miller usually has his starting lineup and role players pretty locked into position.

But with about seven guys he considers \u201cstarters,\u201d Miller started a brand-new lineup Thursday against USC and says he will keep juggling things the rest of the way.

\u201cThe way we\u2019re gonna do the starting lineup moving forward, because of how many players have been injured, is we have to look at it more on a game-by-game basis, what\u2019s gonna allow us to get off to a good start and maybe be the best for us,\u201d Miller said. \u201cI think we\u2019ll have a number of different lineups here down the stretch.\u201d

Against USC, Miller started Parker Jackson-Cartwright, Kadeem Allen, Allonzo Trier, Lauri Markkanen and Chance Comanche, and Dusan Ristic\u2019s ankle injury appeared to have only a little to do with it, since Comanche has played well over the last few weeks, and particularly while filling in for Ristic in Washington.

\u201cDusan is working his way back,\u201d Miller said. \u201cI think he\u2019s about 100 percent but he missed some time in practices and Chance has played really well so he got the nod tonight.\u201d


The lineup marked the first time all season that Rawle Alkins has come off the bench, but his production was typical: He had 12 points, four assists (with three turnovers), and four rebounds while making all five shots he took \u2013 including a pair of 3-pointers.

\u201cRawle is a great teammate,\u201d Jackson-Cartwright said when asked about Alkins not starting. \u201cI didn\u2019t think it affected him at all. He came in and did his job. I think he would have done the same thing if he started.\u201d

Said Miller, \u201cRawle\u2019s one of our cornerstones. He\u2019s one of our pillars. Hasn\u2019t missed a practice; hasn\u2019t missed a game. He\u2019s very, very unselfish. It\u2019s not one thing he does well; it\u2019s the fact he\u2019s so versatile and can do so many different things.\u201d

Miller said Markkanen has been the most consistent of UA\u2019s freshmen (though he\u2019s been slumping from the perimeter recently) but said all three freshmen have been a very consistent group.

\u201cAs much as we\u2019ve asked of them they\u2019ve delivered,\u201d Miller said.


Trier has made 8 of 11 3-point shots over his past two games, after making just 10 of 33 before that since he became eligible on Jan. 21, but he isn\u2019t yet proclaiming himself back to normal.

He\u2019s still only played 10 of UA\u2019s 29 games so far, sort of in the \u201cDecember\u201d of his own personal season.

\u201cI think every game allows me to be more comfortable,\u201d Trier said. \u201cWhen you think about it, this late in the season, you\u2019re starting to hit your peak and play your best basketball and I\u2019m still a little early compared to everybody else. It\u2019s hard to gauge. But I just gotta go out there and compete for my team and do what\u2019s right every time I step on the court.\u201d


UA\u2019s other hot shooter these days is Jackson-Cartwright, who went 7 for 10 combined last week in Washington, and then made 3 of 4 on Thursday, for a three-game total of 10 for 14 (71.4 percent).

\u201cThe guy I\u2019m most proud of is Parker,\u201d Miller said. \u201cHe\u2019s gone through a lot. A high ankle sprain for a basketball player, it\u2019s not an easy injury for anybody but it really took him out of things for two months. He wasn\u2019t shooting the ball well for a long time.\u201d

Jackson-Cartwright said he thought he\u2019s been in a good rhythm, but credited his teammate for finding him.


Of course, Miller was asked plenty about UCLA towards the end of the post-game news conference (he typically isn\u2019t available otherwise to local media before the second game of a two-game home weekend).

When asked if he and the players were excited about the Top 5 matchup, he said:

\u201cI hope they\u2019re excited. I probably ruined their excitement a little bit after the game but that\u2019s kind of my job. To allow them to be the most successful, they have to be really focused on task at hand. If you start to get too excited about the game and everything about it you end up coming unglued, or you have that anxiety we\u2019ve seen in these big games when you\u2019re not just yourself.

\u201cAnd for us to have a chance to beat UCLA we really have to be ourselves. We have to be at the top of our game, we have to play great defense, great offense. Can\u2019t be just the starting group that plays well. We need guys off the bench and that\u2019s really what happened in L.A. We played a great game on both sides and no matter who beats UCLA that\u2019s what you have to do.\u201d

When asked what exactly he said that might have \u201cruined\u201d their excitement, Miller said:

\u201cFor us, we have to be able to embrace the challenge, but at the same time recognize this isn\u2019t an easy thing. We\u2019re gonna have to play with incredible effort, incredible togetherness. We don\u2019t have time to have breakdown defensively and with that they\u2019re still gonna score.\u201d

And, yeah, well, it is exciting. He continued:

\u201cThat\u2019s what\u2019s so exciting, to be able to play a team like them this late in the year for what\u2019s at stake, that\u2019s what we all expected when we came to Arizona. It\u2019s fun for the fans and I think to a certain degree we enjoy the challenge but it\u2019s an immense challenge. To play UCLA and to beat them have to play really great and that\u2019s what we\u2019re gonna try to do.\u201d

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Arizona coach Rich Rodriguez has yet to hire a special teams coach to replace\u00a0Charlie Ragle, nor a receivers coach to replace\u00a0Tony Dews, who left for West Virginia.

Miguel Reveles won't be replacing either of them.

Reveles instead will join Ragle in California as a special teams quality control assistant.

Reveles was believed to be a candidate for the special teams opening on Arizona's staff, but. He joined Arizona's staff in 2013 as a staff analyst, assisting in day-to-day program management with a focus on the running backs and special teams. Last year, his job title changed to \"director of junior college relations.\"

Reveles' ties to Southern California have helped the Wildcats out in recruiting, particularly in the recruitment of running back\u00a0Nathan Tilford, a four-star signee in Arizona's 2017 class and the UA's highest-rated incoming recruit. Prior to joining Arizona, Reveles spent time on the staff at Colony High School in Ontario, California, where he coached ex-Wildcat\u00a0Samajie Grant.

Thursday, offensive graduate assistant\u00a0Kylan Butler was hired as running backs coach at Glenville State. Arizona is expected to add former UA receiver\u00a0Terrence Miller as a graduate assistant at some point.

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Oregon's Dillon Brooks loved seeing \"every single crowd member\" looking down after his game winner at Cal on Wednesday, and his shot was also a reminder to the Arizona Wildcats that there isn't much room for error if they want to win the Pac-12.

Since Oregon has just road games left at Stanford and Oregon State, that means Arizona will have to win out to win the Pac-12 outright and earn the Pac-12 Tournament's No. 1 seed unless the Ducks stumble in one of those two final games.

And maybe more so than in most years, getting the No. 1 seed for Arizona is significant because it would mean likely avoiding either Oregon or UCLA in the semifinals, since those two would probably be the No. 2 and No. 3 seeds if UA wins the No. 1 seed. But if UA and Oregon tie for the championship, the Ducks will earn the No. 1 seed based on their win over the Wildcats on Feb. 4.

Arizona's game with USC tonight will tip at 8 p.m. on Pac-12 Networks, with Ted Robinson and Steve Lavin.


Brooks' game-winner showed an eerie resemblance to not only his other-game winners this season but also the one of Oregon women's player Sabrina Ionescu -- who hit one from the same spot at Haas Pavilion.


USC may be the luckiest team in America... or maybe not. Certainly, Elijah Stewart has some issues with Kenpom's \"luck\" metric.

\u201cUnless Jesus runs that site, it\u2019s not very credible to me,\" Stewart said of Kenpom. \"If you\u2019re so good at telling the future, work for the government.\"

(Actually, Pomeroy did work for the government in weather forecasting...)


Finnish forward Lauri Markkanen has developed a taste for animal style at In-and-Out Burger, according to\u00a0this SI feature.


Adam Butler takes an\u00a0analytical look at Markkanen's\u00a0ups and downs.


Lonzo Ball's shot may look weird but a lot of folks have noticed that it goes in.


Maybe Ball is visiting his future home area tonight when UCLA plays at ASU. (7 p.m., ESPN2).


Far from being the \"rivals\" that the Pac-12 drew up when adding them, Colorado and Utah have become friendly, though they'll have to put it aside tonight at 9 p.m. (ESPNU).


Arizona Desert Swarm has a look at Emmanuel Akot, who will be among the visitors to Arizona this weekend.

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Quick hitters from the Arizona Wildcats\u2019 media availability after spring practice No. 3 Wednesday afternoon:

* Tailback J.J. Taylor, who's recovering from a broken ankle, said he's about 80 percent of his usual self at this point. Taylor missed the final eight games of last season.

*\u00a0Despite Taylor's assessment, running backs coach Calvin Magee said Taylor looks quicker than before his injury. Magee said he\u2019s giving Taylor and Nick Wilson (who\u2019s recovering from a knee injury) less work initially because he knows what they can do.

*\u00a0Magee said he wants to get the younger backs as many reps as possible. He said big, bruising freshman Nathan Tilford (6-2, 203) is more agile than he thought he'd be.

*\u00a0Arizona practiced in pads today for the first time, including live scrimmaging at the end. I heard quarterback Brandon Dawkins and the offense had a good day.

*\u00a0Improving the passing game isn't just on the QBs, per UA coach Rich Rodriguez. \"It's all of us,\" he said. Rodriguez reiterated the importance of the quarterbacks and receivers putting in extra work this summer.

*\u00a0Rodriguez said senior receiver Cam Denson is among the veteran players whose \"time has come. ... I think Cam is poised to have a big year.\"

*\u00a0Rodriguez said big receivers Shawn Poindexter (6-5) and Zach Benjamin (6-4) \"have shown some good stuff\u201d through three practices. He expects both to have meaty roles this year.

*\u00a0Rodriguez is Arizona's acting receivers coach. He said he's trying to keep things simple for that group, although he wants all of them to learn all four receiver positions.

*\u00a0Linebacker Jacob Colacion has been unable to practice because of a concussion, Rodriguez said. Colacion redshirted last year after suffering a knee injury as a senior in high school. He jogged to the locker room after today\u2019s practice.

*\u00a0Offensive lineman Michael Eletise has progressed from a yellow jersey to a green one, indicating a greater level of participation. Eletise has been limited by an undisclosed injury.

*\u00a0Rodriguez said the two worst four-letter words in the UA program are \u201clazy\u201d and \u201csoft.\u201d Said RichRod: \"You can\u2019t be lazy and soft and play at Arizona. I think our guys understand that.\"

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The Arizona Wildcats\u2019 \u201cSpring Showcase\u201d next week will be free and open to the public.

The two-hour practice takes place at 6 p.m. Thursday at Arizona Stadium. Gates open at 5 p.m. Pac-12 Networks also will televise the event.

Parking in the lots east of the stadium is free. Fans also can park in the Cherry Avenue Garage for a small fee.

In addition to drills and scrimmaging, the Showcase will feature interactive opportunities for fans. Those include on-field challenges (throwing, kicking, punting) and a Kid Coach of the Game.

Fans are asked to enter through Gate 2 in the northeast corner of the stadium. All seating is general admission and limited to the ZonaZoo section. Concessions and restrooms will be available.

Players and coaches will not sign autographs after the practice, but Arizona is planning a fan-appreciation event in April. Details will be announced at a later date.

For complete details on the Spring Showcase, click here.

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