Scrap your Black Friday shopping plans.
For the first time since 2004, the Arizona Wildcats will host rival Arizona State during the afternoon the day after Thanksgiving.
The Pac-12 announced kickoff times and television plans for select games Thursday morning. Arizona and Arizona State will battle on Friday, Nov. 28, at 1:30 p.m.
The Territorial Cup game will be nationally televised on Fox.
Usually reserved for late-night TV, the rivalry game will be played during the day, which should bring back some positive memories for Arizona fans. The Wildcats hosted the Sun Devils for a matinee 10 years ago in Mike Stoops’ first season and upset ASU 34-27.
Start times and TV assignments were announced Thursday for four other UA games as well.
The Wildcats’ season opener against UNLV on Friday, Aug. 29, will kick off at 7:30 p.m. and will be televised by ESPN. It’s the first time since a 41-2 win at Toledo in 2010 that Arizona’s opening game will be telecast by ESPN.
The following week, Arizona will travel to the University of Texas-San Antonio for a Thursday night game (Sept. 4) that will kick off at 5 p.m. on Fox Sports 1.
The Wildcats appeared on Fox Sports 1 once last season, losing to USC 38-31 in a Thursday night primetime game.
Arizona’s first Saturday game of the season — a Sept. 13 contest versus Nevada — starts at 8 p.m. and will be televised on Pac-12 Networks. The UA went 5-2 last year in games televised by the conference’s channel.
The only other set kickoff time comes for Arizona’s road game at Oregon on Thursday, Oct. 2, which will kick off at 7:30 p.m. ESPN will televise the game.
The rest of the start times and TV plans will be announced during the season.
Jets welcome WR Miller
When the NFL draft came and went earlier this month and Terrence Miller wasn’t selected, it was hardly a surprise.
The former Arizona wide receiver knew that would probably be the case. In fact, he was eager for the draft to end so he could figure out his next move.
It didn’t take long for things to get settled.
Less than an hour after the final selection of the draft, Miller signed an undrafted free agent contract with the New York Jets.
The Moreno Valley, California, native attended rookie minicamp with the Jets last weekend and just began organized team workouts at the team’s practice facility in Florham Park, New Jersey. He’ll stay there through the end of June.
“From Day 1, the team has been very inviting and accepting,” Miller told the Star. “The coaches and veterans have been lending a helping hand and teaching me how to be a Jet.
“I’ve already been getting a lot of good feedback, and I’m excied about what’s ahead.”
Miller began his college career as a receiver but saw some reps at tight end last season. That’s where the Jets have him working and see his future.
“I didn’t know what to expect coming in, but it’s been good,” Miller said. “Jeff Cumberland, who has been in the league for a long time at tight end, has been like a big brother to me, making sure I’m on top of my game. From Day 1, when I first started talking to them, they really liked my film and thought I could help them.”
The only other former Arizona player on the Jets roster is kicker Nick Folk.
“I met him one of the first days I was up here,” said Miller, who had never been to the New York/New Jersey area before minicamp. “He’s a cool dude.”
Shaq joins Steelers
Former Arizona cornerback Shaq Richardson signed a four-year contract with the Pittsburgh Steelers on Thursday.
The team did not disclose financial terms.
Richardson was drafted by the Steelers in the fifth round of the NFL draft (157th pick overall). He started 37 games in his UA career, including all 13 last season as a senior.
The Carson, California, native had 10 interceptions in his UA career. Last year, Richardson had 55 tackles and three picks.
Richardson is currently in Pittsburgh for offseason training with the Steelers.
- Former UA cornerback Derek Babiash will walk on at San Diego State, U-T San Diego reported this week. The former four-star recruit played in nine games as a true freshman last season, almost exclusively on special teams. He had two tackles. Babiash left the program following spring drills.