Arizona men’s basketball to face Purdue in Indianapolis, per report
Arizona hasn’t gotten an invite to join the Big Ten Conference, but that league’s teams don’t mind playing the Wildcats. College basketball insider Jon Rothstein is reporting that Arizona will take on Purdue in a neutral-site game in Indianapolis. The game is tentatively set for Dec. 16 at Gainbridge Fieldhouse, home of the NBA’s Indiana Pacers.
Santa Rita principal on only JV football season this fall: “Only viable option” due to safety concern
Santa Rita High School principal Tamara Ray, new athletic director Bryant Howard and first-year football coach Douglas Smith have foremost the best interest of their student-athletes in mind with the cancellation of the 2023 varsity season with the intent to play only a junior varsity season for the underclassmen. “Our...
Arizona baseball to hire Boston College’s Kevin Vance as pitching coach, per report
Arizona has apparently found the guy to help solves its pitching woes. D1Baseball.com’s Kendall Rogers is reporting the Wildcats will hire Boston College assistant Kevin Vance as pitching coach, replacing Dave Lawn, who was let go Monday after eight years with the program. Vance, 32, is a San Diego...
Arizona president says realignment talk premature until Pac-12 has hard numbers on TV deal
University of Arizona President Bobby Robbins says until Pac-12 Commissioner George Kliavkoff gives the conference's leaders hard numbers on a future media rights deal, any talk about schools leaving the league is premature
Arizona softball lures assistant coach Josh Bloomer away from South Carolina, per report
Extra Inning Softball is reporting that Arizona softball has lured away an SEC coach for the fourth spot on its coaching staff. Josh Bloomer, who is the current hitting coach at South Carolina, will apparently join Caitlin Lowe’s staff. With the addition of Christian Conrad as the pitching coach, it will complete the Wildcats’ coaching staff for the 2023-24 season.
Arizona Rattlers QB Drew Powell back to MVP form, heading into season's biggest game
It's the biggest game of the season. A showdown at home with first-place Bay Area Panthers. And it's time for Drew Powell to make a statement. The Rattlers quarterback was hampered in the early-season meeting in San Jose, where he fractured a bone in his hand in the third quarter and was limited...
Arizona softball announces hiring of Christian Conrad as pitching coach
In what wasn’t a very well-kept secret, Arizona softball has hired Christian Conrad as its next pitching coach, as announced on Friday afternoon. Conrad replaces former Wildcat great Taryne Mowatt-McKinney, who guided the Arizona pitchers from October 2017 until May 2023 under former head coach Mike Candrea and current head coach Caitlin Lowe.
Heading into the summer, who can you trust among Arizona’s top-tier coaches?
With all their seasons over, it’s apparent that the Arizona Wildcats’ big-time sports and their coaches are all in interesting spots. On the basketball court, both Tommy Lloyd and Adia Barnes have reloaded in a way some may not have expected, and each program will head into the next season with incredibly high expectations.
Utah forward Brooke Ahern transfers to Arizona soccer
In high school, forward Brooke Ahern intended to be a Wildcat under former Arizona soccer head coach Tony Amato. When Amato left for Florida, those plans changed and she ended up at Utah. One year into her college career, she decided that Tucson was the place to be after all.
Arizona’s Jordan Geist wins NCAA championship in shot put
Down to his last throw and sitting in second place behind his biggest rival, Arizona’s Jordan Geist urged on the crowd for support as he attempted to win the men’s shot put at NCAA Outdoor Championships. With a flurry of spectators clapping in unison, Geist reached back, spun...
Santa Rita will not field a varsity football team in 2023, to play JV schedule
Santa Rita High School will not field a varsity football team in 2023 but still plans to have a junior varsity team compete that will be comprised of underclassmen. The move was made primarily for safety reasons because of a lack of upperclassmen on the roster. “We put different options...
College Sports Summit Hosted by University of Arizona
The University of Arizona held a two-day summit in Washington D.C. called 'The Future of College Sports', which convened athletic representatives from across the nation. Key attendees included University of Arizona President Robert Robbins and Head Football Coach Jed Fish. The summit aimed to address various topics, such as name, image, and likeness (NIL), conference realignment, and the potential for athletes to profit from their names.
Arizona least friendly for naked cycling, study finds
With World Naked Bike Ride happening this month, a recent study found that three Arizona cities made the list of the 10 worst places for naked biking. Surprise, Arizona, ranked worst, out of the 200 biggest cities in the U.S., for those who want to brave the urban outdoors wearing nothing but their tennis shoes.
Salpointe Grad Elise Munoz Earns All-American Honors in Softball
Elise Munoz, a graduate of Salpointe Catholic High School, has achieved Second Team All-American honors in softball at Pima College. Munoz excelled as an athlete, leading the Aztecs with a remarkable .454 batting average.
Arizona baseball notebook: All-American nods, transfer portal departures, MLB Draft projections
The college baseball season doesn’t officially end for another few weeks, after the College World Series is completed, but one national publication has put out its All-American teams and a pair of Arizona players made the cut. First baseman Kiko Romero has been named a 2nd Team All-American by...
Tucson Women’s Fastpitch League: Estela Piñon Giles and “Las Viejas”
Andy Morales with Addison Scott. In some circles, “Las Viejas” might be seen as a bunch of old ladies playing softball on Tuesday nights, but to some of us who grew up coaching them, watching them and cheering for them, they are still a group of niñas playing the game they love.
Uncertainty Surrounds Deandre Ayton's Role in Phoenix Suns' Future
The future of Deandre Ayton, a former University of Arizona standout, with the Phoenix Suns has become a hot topic of discussion among basketball enthusiasts. Speculations about Ayton's potential trade started brewing even before the appointment of new head coach Frank Vogel. Known for making significant changes to teams and starting lineups, it is unclear if Ayton will be a part of the Suns' efforts to reach the NBA finals.
Where are they now? Tracking where former Arizona Wildcats landed in transfer portal
Over the last two years, the Arizona Wildcats have struck it rich in the transfer portal, which has emerged as an essential resource to rebuild rosters in college football. Arizona has also lost a star — or two or three — in the transfer portal. This year, over...
Mason White Joins UA's Freshman All-American Honorees
Third-generation University of Arizona (UA) baseball player and Salpointe graduate, Mason White, earns a Collegiate Baseball Freshman All-American title with a .313 average and 10 home runs. White joins fellow Wildcats Daniel Sousek, Jacob Berry, and Nick Quintana in receiving this esteemed honor. Congratulations to White and the entire UA baseball team for their ongoing success.
A Few Sports Notes
After the end of the 2022 University of Arizona softball season. (a season where first-year coach Caitlyn Lowe took the Cats to the College World Series), two of the top players on the team transferred out. Their leaving was damaging enough, but it was multiplied multiple times by the fact that their destination was Arizona’s rival, UCLA.
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