The cover page of ASU’s athletic website insists, in bold letters: PROTECT OUR HOUSE, Jan. 19, 2013.
In 1989, moments before kickoff at Sun Devil Stadium, Arizona State’s charged from its locker room in uniforms much different than those it wore during pre-game drills.
In Jim Krohn’s quarterbacking days, first at Amphitheater High School and later as the Arizona Wildcats’ starter, 1978 and 1979, he estimates he suffered “eight or 10 concussions.”
Even today, 50 years later, you can run your finger down the long-ago records of the exemplary Arizona Wildcats golf program, 1935-2012, and not find a single entry of the 1962 Wildcats, as if they didn’t exist.
You could write a long story, maybe a book, about the baseball career of Glenn Ezell. No, forget that. It should be a movie. “Bull Durham II” and maybe “III.”
Retired Tucson pharmacist Joe M. Mendez is a 92-year-old season ticket-holder who paid 10 cents for a Knothole Club ticket at the 1937 Arizona-Oregon football game.
My recollection of the Orange Bowl is decades old now, gathering dust, but two things remain forever frozen from the game played 20 years ago this weekend.
In the post-game mob scene at Arizona Stadium, as Matt Scott conducted the band in “Bear Down, Arizona,” Raquel Rodriguez found her father in the crowd, took a running start and jumped into his arms, an embrace that probably meant as much to Rich Rodriguez as hanging 59 points on the Oklahom…
On an otherwise quiet Saturday at Pima College, scouts from the Yankees, White Sox, Reds, Diamondbacks, Astros and Giants, and about 25 college coaches filled the third base dugout before the sun had a chance to clear the morning clouds.
Frank Busch’s named popped up on my cell phone Tuesday at 1:12 p.m.
To celebrate Brigetta Barrett’s departure to the London Olympics, UA track coach Sheldon Blockburger ordered a red, white and blue cake, appropriately decorated with the five Olympic rings and, yes, a high jump pit.
Bill Mehle was 18 when he received his first paycheck from the Boston Red Sox. It was 1950, and he played for the Wilson Tobacconists of the Class D Coastal Plains League.
One spring day in 1957, short on pitching, UA coach Frank Sancet let Ajo right-hander Burdette Morago pitch his way into trouble — and out of trouble — and back into trouble against the Wisconsin Badgers.
Rather than be part of his high school’s sports programs, Stephen Sambu cleaned windows at the school. “That was the punishment,” he says now. “If you don’t run, you clean the windows.”
I run my finger down the ballot, 76 names, and do not find a single player unworthy of selection to the College Football Hall of Fame. I would vote for all 76.
In the State of Softball, which is an accurate description of Arizona and especially Tucson over the last 25 years, there are two people who can create such a stir that a game almost stops when the players, coaches and fans turn their heads upon hearing “Hey, isn’t that Mike Candrea?”
If anyone is still looking for an explanation why Sean Miller examined the Maryland coaching vacancy (and its fertile recruiting turf) last year, these figures just became available:
Steve Webber will wear jersey No. 27 for the Tucson Padres this year, which is about one numeral for every baseball team he has played for or coached since he left tiny Van Buren High School of Keosauqua, Iowa, in 1966.
In my first year of high school, our baseball team played at Worthington Field. Our football team played at the Worthington Park complex. My first high school PE teacher was “Coach Worthington.”
In the prime of his life, Rocco Bene sold $117,000 worth of
tickets to the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championships. That's a
dollar sign followed by six digits. Another year it was
Stanford has won 30 consecutive Pac-12 men's swimming
championships and is so overpowering at the Avery Aquatic Center
that it is might be the most imposing road venue in the league, any
sport, any gender.
Linda Hatfield, chairwoman of the Pima Area Labor Federation, proposed that the Randolph Golf Complex should be sold to commercial developers to help balance the city budget and avoid further layoffs.
In the final moments of Arizona's video introductions, a red
neon sign at the McKale Center ticket office flashes SOLD OUT.
Late Saturday afternoon, when almost no one except a few hundred people in the Aztecs' gym were paying attention, Pima stunned ACCAC powerhouse Cochise College 104-91. And it wasn't a fluke.
In the transition from old coach to new coach, Arizona lost six
players, and the translation is that the Wildcats lost again to
Arizona State on Sunday night.
Upon Sonny Dykes' departure to Louisiana Tech, Mike Stoops
quickly posted an opening for a co-offensive coordinator, which
Kevin O'Neill and Russ Pennell couldn't beat the Sun Devils, not in five games, never able to figure out Herb Sendek's "Hoosiers"-era zone defense. Sean Miller finally cracked the code.
Rihards Kuksiks is the Pac-10's most feared three-point shooter.
Do you know who recruited him to Arizona State? UA associate head
coach Archie Miller.
Since Pop McKale's retirement in 1957, Arizona's five full-time
athletic directors have included the school's boxing coach/PE
teacher, the football coach at New Mexico, a former basketball
coach at Michigan and sitting athletic directors at Houston and
Amphi appears to be onto something so special that it has a chance to win its first basketball state championship in 71 years of existence. In his third season as Amphi's head coach, Ben Hurley has implemented a dribble-drive offense that has become the rage, invented by once-obscure junior-…
EUGENE, Ore. -After a classic pre-tipoff tribute to Lute Olson on Saturday at Mac Court, public address announcer Don Essig asked the crowd to welcome Arizona's new head coach "Russ. … John … Miller."
Don't look now but a three-point shooting star with UA and NBA
genes has moved onto college basketball's recruiting radar. Last
name rhymes with legend.
EUGENE, Ore. - This unholy place, Mac Court, was already 52 and in a famously bad mood when Arizona played its first basketball game here on Jan. 12, 1979. It didn't take long to loathe its existence.
CORVALLIS - Arizona lost a game that seemed almost impossible to lose, 67-64, and by the time Miller left the arena his voice was strained.
Had Arizona whipped Nebraska in the Holiday Bowl, or even lost
in a stirring finish, it was conceivable that the 2010 Wildcats
could've drawn in excess of 400,000 fans for the first time and
virtually sold out Arizona Stadium.
The distressed PGA Tour launched its 2010 schedule last week
with a South Korean sponsor, a 27-man field minus Phil Mickelson,
and Yogi Berra trotted out to entertain the media at the
sponsor-starved Bob Hope Classic.
McKale Center is no longer the basketball fortress of the
previous 25 years, no longer a sold-out showplace of Top 25
basketball, but on Sunday afternoon the Wildcats all but shouted an
advance warning. Something like: IT WON'T BE MUCH LONGER.
Washington State's Ken Bone is the 55th Pac-10 head coach to sit
on the visitors' bench at McKale Center and on Friday night he
became just the 32nd to win a game there.
The Pac-10 granted Arizona $1.1 million in Holiday Bowl
expenses, ranging from $30,000 for new helmets to about $175,000 to
lodge the band, cheerleaders and twirlers at the Sheraton at
In the days leading to the Fiasco Bowl, Nebraska coach Bo Pelini
did three things that would lead to the single most embarrassing
football game in UA history.
1. Russ Pennell. Interim UA head basketball coach experienced
the sweetness of the NCAA tournament.
In his provocative season as Arizona's basketball coach, Russ
Pennell grew a beard, commuted to work in a pickup truck and hired
his dad to help him figure it all out.
If you want a happy ending to Arizona's football season, I'll
give you one:
On a night the UA football program would've been happy had ESPN lost its audio and video feeds, a night the Wildcats played their worst game of the Mike Stoops years, the Holiday Bowl came off as a game between the Big 12 and the Little One.
Dear Mr. Football: What did Nebraska athletic director Tom
Osborne mean when he said, "People used to hate to play us?"
Someone goofed up the pre-game protocol Monday night at McKale
Center because BYU's starting lineup wasn't introduced. The Cougars
weren't given a few moments for some polite applause or even some
leftover boos from the WAC days.
Cedric Dempsey, former executive director of the NCAA and
Arizona's athletic director from 1982 to 1993, says that the UA's
vacant athletic directorship will appeal "to many sitting athletic
directors" at BCS-type schools.
This Christmas in Tucson won't be the story of Three Wise Men,
but rather, one Wise man.