The "Ooh Ahh Man" days of Joe Cavaleri appear to be over.

UA athletic director Greg Byrne announced on his weekly newsletter tonight that the uniquely popular cheerleading fixture is retiring after making a final appearance at the UA-ASU game on Saturday.

Byrne said that Cavaleri will be UA's guest at the Pac-12 Tournament and would continue to attend future UA games.

Cavaleri has been coping with Parkinson's disease since 2010 and said last summer that that he was asked not to take the court anymore. 

Known for disrobing as he implores different sections of McKale Center to cheer, Cavaleri wore a tie dye shirt in his last appearance, against WSU on Feb. 23.


Teams for UA to root for tonight: Stanford over California, WSU over UCLA  and Washington over USC.

Arizona appears most likely headed for a No. 4 seed in the Pac-12 Tournament -- and a 5 if it loses to ASU -- but UCLA would fall into a tie with the Wildcats if they lose to either WSU tonight or Washington on Saturday and UA beats ASU.

USC, which would earn the tiebreaker if it winds up tied with UA for fourth place, will play at Washington tonight and WSU on Saturday.

The lineup:

UCLA-WSU, 7:30 p.m. (Pac-12 Networks)

Stanford at Cal, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)

USC at Washington, 9:30 p.m. (Pac-12 Networks)


Jay Bilas says Larry Drew II is the MVP in the Pac-12, agreeing with Sean Miller.


Ben Howland backed off his statement that Shabazz Muhammad definitely would not return next season, though nobody expects him to.


Stanford's Dwight Powell deflected questions about whether he will leave early for the NBA.


Colorado's Sabatino Chen hopes to end his career in the NCAA tournament.