Arizona Wildcats football: UNLV reportedly considering moving game against Cats to Glendale

2013-05-02T19:21:00Z 2013-05-02T19:35:56Z Arizona Wildcats football: UNLV reportedly considering moving game against Cats to GlendaleDaniel Berk Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
May 02, 2013 7:21 pm  • 

Rich Rodriguez and a host of UA coaches are in the Phoenix-area tonight as part of a booster event for the athletic program. It may not be long before Rodriguez returns with the entire football program.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal is reporting UNLV is considering moving its home opener on Sept. 7 against the Wildcats from Las Vegas to Glendale. 

Former UA athletic director Jim Livengood, who now serves in that same role at UNLV, told the Review-Journal today that it's not a done deal, but certainly is a possibility at this point. 

"There are still some things we're trying to work through," Livengood told the newspaper. "It's in the contractual stage. We're trying to put the pieces together to make it work for everybody." 

Livengood told the paper the UNLV football program would receive a large guarantee by moving the game to University of Phoenix Stadium-home of the NFL's Arizona Cardinals. 

Last month, the UA announced a three-game series with BYU, with the first game in 2016 to be played in Glendale. The game against the Rebels would get the Wildcats in the Phoenix-area sooner and twice in four seasons. 

If it goes through, this would be the second change to the Wildcats' 2013 schedule. The team's season opener against NAU has already been moved up a day from Aug. 31 to Friday the 30th.

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Daniel Berk began covering UA football in 2013 after spending two-plus years as the Star's high school sports coordinator. Previously, he served as the sports editor and NAU beat writer for the Arizona Daily Sun in Flagstaff for three years.

A University of Kansas graduate and St. Louis native, Berk is still getting used to 350 days of sunshine, the relentless "dry heat" of the summer and the fact that Tucson doesn't have a real hockey rink.

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