ASU's Anderson far off when it comes to Pac-12 title game

2014-05-18T00:00:00Z ASU's Anderson far off when it comes to Pac-12 title game Arizona Daily Star
May 18, 2014 12:00 am

I laughed last week when new ASU athletic director Ray Anderson used Washington State’s Martin Stadium and the UA’s Arizona Stadium as examples of why the Pac-12 won’t take a chance on playing its football championship game at member school facilities. Instead, the Pac-12 will play its title game at the 49ers’ new park in Santa Clara, California. This news was greeted by yawns everywhere. There is absolutely no college football fever in the Bay area. Anderson told The Arizona Republic “you can’t really put on a first-class championship game (at Arizona and WSU) because you just don’t have the infrastructure.” I doubt Anderson, an attorney who has spent most of his career working in pro sports, has ever been to Tucson or Pullman. Both have spent in excess of $70 million in the last year redoing football facilities. … The oft-bungling Arizona Interscholastic Association will stage the Canyon del Oro-Ironwood Ridge state championship softball game at Tempe’s Farrington Stadium on Monday night. It will be the fourth time the Dorados have driven to Phoenix in the playoffs. The AIA won’t move the game because it rented the ASU facility and has contracted with a webcaster to televise the game. So what else is new? On Saturday night, Sahuaro and Nogales played a state semifinal baseball game in Maryvale instead of, say, Hi Corbett Field, where they might’ve drawn 2,000 fans instead of about 250. Just once I’d like to see two Phoenix teams stuck playing a state softball or baseball title game in Tucson and see how the AIA would respond to those objections. The parents/family of CDO’s softball players who attend all the playoff games will each probably spend an estimated $500 on gasoline, meals and game tickets. To be fair, the AIA should schedule Hillenbrand Stadium and Kino Stadium for its softball/baseball playoffs every other year. … Since Tucsonan Yewki Tomita won the 1996 Junior Olympics National All-Around gymnastics title, his father and Gymnastics World coach, Yoichi Tomita, steadily produced national contenders. But last week in Long Beach, Calif., at the Junior Nationals, Tomita’s gymnasts went a step beyond. He called their performance the best in his club’s 34 years in Tucson. Nathan Goff won the All-Around championship (Level 10, 17-year-olds), and Angel Leon won the All-Around gold medal (Level 9, 13-year-olds). Leon also won the championship in floor exercise, high bar and vault. Well done.

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