UA-ASU rivalry: Pranks that made the news

2013-11-26T10:53:00Z 2013-11-26T14:37:15Z UA-ASU rivalry: Pranks that made the newsArizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

Pranks and vandalism have been a big part of the UA-ASU rivalry for years. In the latest rivalry-related incident, yellow paint covered the "Arizona Wildcat Family" statue on the UA Mall this week.

Here's a brief history of some of the pranks between the two schools over the years:

Nov. 16, 1990

Headline: Pranksters: ASU fans allegedly paint the 'A'

What happened: An unknown group of vandals managed to splash some maroon and gold paint on the white-washed "A" shortly after midnight. The vandals left behind some rollers and a couple of buckets of paint.

Retaliation: Meanwhile in Tempe, after the "A" over Arizona State was vandalized. About 11 paint-splattered Wildcats were caught red-and-blue handed at a shopping mall.

Nov. 17, 1989

Headline: 'A' Mountain paint strike thwarted; hapless Sun Devils given heave-ho

What happened: Tucson police spotted ASU students, who had several gallons of gold paint, as they climbed "A" Mountain after they 'went up the wrong hill the first time.' No arrests were made and the ASU students were escorted out of the city by police.

Nov. 20, 1986

Headline: Cops foil attempt to yellow 'A'

What happened: Four ASU students were cited after the "A" on Sentinel Peak was painted yellow. When a police helicopter swooped over the mountain the officers spotted not only the repainted "A" but also seven men and a car. "ASU No. 1" was also scrawled on the road that winds to the top. Three men escaped but four were apprehended with yellow paint on their hands and shoes.

Retaliation: An anonymous band of Wildcat faithful slipped into Tempe and applied red and blue paint to the large "A" overlooking Sun Devil Stadium. UA students also hung an anti-ASU banner from the third floor of an ASU parking garage, chalked sidewalks and soaped windows with pro-UA epithets and put blue bubble bath in the fountain on the mall. "In terms of the pranks, we kind of dominated the week," boasted the UA student body president.

Nov. 25, 1962

Headline: Slipup In Elaborate Plan Recovers Tempe's Bell

What happened: Three University of Arizona students were apprehended by an off-duty sheriff's deputy who happened to see a missing 1,500-pound bell that had been reported stolen five weeks earlier from the ASU campus in the back of a horse trailer.

The students said they had planned to ring the huge bell during halftime activities at the traditional UA-ASU football game in Tucson.

From the story: "University police had expressed concern earlier that if the bell were smuggled into the stadium and rung it might cause a riot between the rival student bodies." Dep. Les Godare said it was a matter of luck that he stopped the students, "It was a precisioned-timed operation involving walkie-talkie radios, lookouts and a code that provided for the sighting of law officers," Godare said. The students were "pretty disgusted that their plans had failed only a few blocks from the university."

Oct. 31, 1958

Headline: Tempe Partisans Paint Signs On UA Buildings

What happened: Vandals from Tempe vandalized UA sidewalks, windows and buildings after the UA opposed allowing the college up north to change its name from Arizona State College at Tempe to Arizona State University. From the story: "Lettering measuring from one to three feet and saying 'ASU-200. Yes.' was printed on sidewalks, windows and buildings. Principal target was the Student Union building where workers were kept busy Thursday trying to take off the paint."


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