The Arizona Wildcats released their camp schedule today, and the absence of a practice at Fort Huachuca is the most notable change.
Arizona has typically held a few days worth of practice at the Army installation and worked on team bonding while escaping the Tucson heat. This year, coach Rich Rodriguez will take the Wildcats there again — they just won't practice there. Arizona will travel to Fort Huachuca on Saturday, Aug. 16 after a morning practice in Tucson.
The team will have dinner with the soldiers and stay on the installation overnight. The UA will then have breakfast with the soldiers the following morning and head back to Tucson for media day in the afternoon.
Rodriguez said last year he enjoyed the team's annual trip to Fort Huachuca, but mostly for the team bonding and the interaction with the soldiers. With Arizona's new Lowell-Stevens Football Facility, there's less of a need for the Wildcats to take their act on the road during camp. With the new facility, two practice fields and a turf field at Arizona Stadium, Rodriguez and the Wildcats have a convenient setup on campus.
Of the time with the soldiers, Rodriguez said last year: "A lot of those guys are about the same age as my players, so it's really a good interaction there."
The Wildcats will open camp Saturday, Aug. 2 with an evening practice. The team's first two-a-day session is Aug. 7. The final camp practice is set for Aug. 22.
One highlight of the team's annual trip to Fort Huachuca was an open practice to the fans. Plans for an open practice this fall are still to be determined. There is not an open practice on the initial schedule.
Classes begin on Aug. 25. The UA opens its season on Friday, Aug. 29 against UNLV.