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Arizona Desert Swarm 13 hours ago

Arizona defensive lineman Dan Pettinato signs with Houston Texans as undrafted free agent

The Texans bringing in another Arizona prospect Former Arizona Wildcats defensive lineman Dan Pettinato has signed with the Houston Texans as an undrafted free agent. UDFA DT Dan Pettinato (Arizona) has agreed to a deal with the #Texans. — Adam Caplan (@caplannfl) May 2, 2015 Pettinato will join ASU wide receiver Jaylen Strong in Houston, as the Texans drafted him in the third round. In 14 games in 2015, Pettinato racked up 45 total tackles (4.5 for loss), four sacks, two forced fumbles, and this touchdown against Utah. He was clearly a better player his senior year compared to his...
Arizona Desert Swarm 13 hours ago

Arizona football: Fabbians Ebbele signs with Green Bay Packers as undrafted free agent

The senior Wildcat offensive line signing those UDFA contracts According to the Arizona Daily Star's Daniel Berk, Arizona Wildcats offensive lineman Fabbians Ebbele has signed with the Green Bay Packers as an undrafted free agent. OT Fabbians Ebbele has signed with the Packers as an UDFA, per his agency. — Daniel Berk (@DSBerk) May 2, 2015 Ebbele only missed one game in his Arizona career, starting 51 of a possible 52 games during his time playing college football. The senior started all 14 games at right tackle this season for the Wildcats. He's part of an offensive line that loses...
Arizona Desert Swarm 13 hours ago

2015 Kentucky Derby results: Arizona alum Bob Baffert wins with American Pharoah

Arizona alums out here winning things We here at Arizona like winning things. Bob Baffert trains horses, and won things with those horses. Odds-on favorite American Pharoah took home the Kentucky Derby on Saturday, with another Bob Baffert horse, Dortmund, finishing third. American Pharoah now heads to the Preakness in two weeks with a chance to take the second leg of the Triple Crown. We are all American Pharoah! Congrats to Bob Baffert and American Pharoah on the Derby win!!#BearDown — Rich Rodriguez (@CoachRodAZ) May 2, 2015 Congratulations to the Baffert family and American...
Arizona Desert Swarm 19 hours ago

Gronk's Kentucky Derby suit is on point

This is so Gronk Ah the Kentucky Derby. Where people wear outrageous things that they would never wear anywhere else. Well, except Gronk. Because Gronk probably wears this outfit often. What in the name of Craig Sager is Gronk wearing? #KentuckyDerb y pic.twitter.com/NLR1Wl7Qin — Duane Munn (@DuaneFromNJ) May 2, 2015 Gronk is the best
Arizona Desert Swarm 21 hours ago

Arizona football schedule: 2015 Nevada game time set

We know one game time for Arizona next year When the Mountain West announced all of its Saturday TV times and slots, that gave us one kick time set for the Arizona Wildcats. When Arizona travels to Reno to take on the Nevada Wolf Pack on September 12th, the game will start at 4 PM PT and be broadcast on CBS Sports Network. Last year, Arizona hosted Nevada in Arizona Stadium, and the game was a lot closer than Wildcat fans would have liked it to be. Of course, these two teams met in the crazy 2012 New Mexico Bowl as well, with Arizona prevailing in that one after a couple of late...
Arizona Desert Swarm May 2, 2015

Arizona baseball recap: Wildcats offense stays hot, downs Cougars 14-5 in series opener

Making up for a month without runs I guess After Tuesday night's game, we were left wondering if the momentum from 20 hits that night would carry over moving forward. Well, it certainly stayed around for one game. The Arizona Wildcats opened a three-game series in Pullman against the Washington State Cougars with a dominating 14-5 win. JJ Matijevic, who had a career night on Tuesday, did more of the same on Friday night. The freshman capped off a productive fourth inning with a three-run home run over the center field wall, which put Arizona up 7-2 at the time. The fourth inning rally...
Arizona Desert Swarm May 1, 2015

Arizona basketball: A breakdown of what the starting five may look like

The center and power forward positions are the only two that we are nearly certain of who will start Sean Miller mentioned that the Arizona Wildcats were only looking to add one more player after the departure of Stanley Johnson. A day later, the Wildcats landed graduate transfer Mark Tollefsen, which means we can assume that the roster is now set for the new year. Three things come to my mind when I think of the 2015-2016 roster. Shooting, experience, and backcourt depth. The Wildcats will no longer be called a team that "struggles to hit jump shots".The additions of Allonzo Trier and Mark...
Arizona Desert Swarm May 1, 2015

Why choose the University of Arizona

Your chance to share why you love U of A! All day, we at SB Nation are partnering with The White House to promote College Signing Day and the Reach Higher campaign. In an effort to promote the glorious University of Arizona to the rest of the world, tell us why you love not only the Arizona Wildcats, but the school as a whole, or what U of A has done for you personally, professionally, or whatever it is that you want to share!
Arizona Desert Swarm Apr 30, 2015

Arizona Football Recruiting: Wildcats offer Cal Commit Derrick Clark

Rich Rodriguez continuing to go after running backs for 2016 After sending out a few offers earlier this week, Rich Rodriguez continues to make moves. His latest offer goes to 3-star running back Derrick Clark out of Mission Bay (San Diego, CA). Clark is the 75th-ranked running back in the nation and 98th-ranked recruit in the state of California. He holds offers to Bowling Green, Navy, Washington State, and California. He committed to the Golden Bears on April 11th. Arizona has five commits for 2016, four on offense, two of which are running backs. This is an interesting offer, not only...
Arizona Desert Swarm Apr 29, 2015

Arizona Football Recruiting: Wildcats offer Lamar Jackson and Korey Banks

It's time to start recruiting on the defensive side of the ball for 2016 The Arizona Wildcats have recently sent out offers to two three-star players on defense in Lamar Jackson and Korey Banks. As of now, Arizona only has one commit for 2016 on the defensive side of the ball, which is an issue that Rich Rodriguez is currently working on. We'll start with Lamar Jackson, a 6-3 205lb athlete out of Elk Grove, CA. He was offered by Arizona as a safety and ranks 44th in the nation among all defensive backs and 484th among all recruits in the nation. He currently holds offers to Arizona State,...
Arizona Desert Swarm Apr 29, 2015

Arizona baseball: Wildcats look to gain momentum after domination of ASU

We saw a completely different team on Tuesday night Where has this Arizona baseball team been for the last month? Nevermind the 17 runs and 20 hits. The atmosphere, the energy, the excitement, the fun. It's almost like a completely different set of guys showed up. "We came in to this game knowing we had to win it," JJ Matijevic said after Tuesday night, where he drove in a career-high seven runs. "We had that mentality where we're not getting down on ourselves for these past sweeps, and we knew we had to get hot right now, and this game's a good start." Perhaps the tone was set Sunday...
Arizona Desert Swarm Apr 29, 2015

Rich Rodriguez and Kenny Lofton place T-5 in Chick-fil-A golf tournament

So close to winning The Arizona Wildcats combo of RichRod and Kenny Lofton came up just one stroke shy of being in the playoff for the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Challenge. The Arizona team shot -8 on Tuesday, which placed them T-5 behind four teams that finished at -9. The Georgia Tech team of Paul Johnson and Jon Barry won the tournament for the fourth time in five years. RichRod and Lofton pulled in $40,000 worth of scholarship money with the performance. You may remember that the two fared pretty well in the long drive contest on Monday. It's nice that Arizona and RichRod get invited to...
Arizona Desert Swarm Apr 29, 2015

Arizona Basketball: Latest mock draft projections for former Wildcats

It seems as if we have two first rounders on our hands We're just two months away from the 2015 NBA Draft and we're taking a look at some of the latest mock draft projections. Stanley Johnson Much like Aaron Gordon last year, Stanley is projected to go no later than 8th among almost every mock draft out there. However, with this draft class, it's hard to believe that Stanley can make the jump into the top five like Gordon did. If he doesn't go 7th to the Denver Nuggets, he's going 8th to the Detroit Pistons, which would actually be a great fit for him. Many scouts are comparing him to Kawhi...
Arizona Desert Swarm Apr 29, 2015

Arizona baseball: JJ Matijevic has wild night as Wildcats down Sun Devils 17-6

An extremely fun night in an otherwise tough month Man did Arizona baseball need this performance. It's safe to say that the entire roster went ham on ASU's core. On Tuesday night, the Arizona Wildcats took down the Arizona State Sun Devils by a score of 17-6. The star of the night was JJ Matijevic, who was certainly the most interesting man in the state of Arizona for four innings. "How do I describe my day? Pretty great," Matijevic said afterwards. "I felt good coming into this game, my swing felt great. This past weekend I've been seeing the ball well, barreling balls up and came into...
Arizona Desert Swarm Apr 28, 2015

Unique challenge awaits Sean Miller in '15-16

Fueled to overcome back to back Elite Eight losses, Sean Miller wasn't dealt any favors with four major contributors to his team departing at year end. With expectations in Tucson rising by the year, Miller looks ahead to one of his biggest challenges yet at Arizona. Before this past season even began it was understood by nearly everyone that there would be significant roster changes to the team after the year. T.J. McConnell, the team's do-it-all point guard, was a senior who was the one surefire loss. Stanley Johnson was coming to Tucson as one of the highest regarded freshman in America...
Arizona Desert Swarm Apr 28, 2015

Arizona baseball: Wildcats face Sun Devils for final time in 2015

One last chance to get a win against ASU While the Arizona Wildcats have lost seven-straight at home, they'll have a chance to end that in a big way Tuesday night against the Arizona State Sun Devils. Time: 6 PM PT TV: Pac-12 Networks Announcers: Roxy Bernstein and Kevin Stocker (Stocker was in Seattle Monday night for WSU's win over UW) Online: Pac-12.com Mobile: Pac-12 App in the App Store and Google Play Andy Lopez will send Robby Medel out to the mound for Arizona to face ASU's Ryan Hingst. Just like last Wednesday, this will probably be a game determined by the bullpens. In...
Arizona Desert Swarm Apr 27, 2015

Rich Rodriguez and Kenny Lofton are out golfing together

Kenny Lofton going ham on the core of a golf ball Rich Rodriguez is keeping himself busy this week by taking part in the Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl Challenge, where he's essentially golfing with Kenny Lofton for a few days. Monday was the skills competition day, including the long drive and closest to pin competitions. We're going to ignore the closest to pin results, because coach and Lofton did not do so great. But the long drive competition had some notable things happen. First off, Kenny Lofton is capable of hitting a golf ball 300 yards. The former Arizona basketball and baseball player...
Arizona Desert Swarm Apr 27, 2015

Arizona football: No Wildcats listed in NFL.com's seven-round mock draft

Is Arizona going to go without a player drafted in this year's NFL Draft? NFL.com put out a seven-round mock draft ahead of this week's NFL Draft, and they have no Arizona Wildcats being selected by any of the 32 NFL teams. When you get to the undrafted players tab, you'll find a former Wildcat in wide receiver Austin Hill. The former Arizona star was the only guy who impressed scouts at Arizona's pro day, but it seems that probably was not enough to get Hill drafted this year. When you get down to it, it's probably better for a player to go undrafted rather than going in the sixth or...
Arizona Desert Swarm Apr 27, 2015

Pac-12 Baseball Power Rankings: Oregon State gets big series win

Are the Beavers getting hot at the right time? It was an interesting weekend around the Pac-12. Every series except the Cal/Arizona series was even through Saturday, putting a lot of pressure on everyone on Sunday. Oregon State got the big series win of the week, while Arizona was easily the most disappointing team. The top four looks to be pretty much solidified heading down the stretch, but the race for 5-12 will certainly be an interesting one. Here's a look at this week's power rankings: 1. UCLA Bruins (31-9, 16-5 Pac-12) Previous ranking: 1 It's a little concerning that UCLA dropped...
Arizona Desert Swarm Apr 27, 2015

Arizona Basketball Recruiting: Wildcats offer 4-star center Ike Anigbogu

Sean Miller starting to search for big men after missing out in 2015. Just last week, Arizona sent out an offer to 2016 4-star center Ike Anigbogu. He's an interesting prospect in terms of size, as he's a bit short at 6-9, but holds his weight at 230lbs. With a commitment from TJ Leaf at power forward, it would force Sean Miller to go small at center and plug Anigbogu in. He currently holds offers to Arizona State, New Mexico, UCLA and Vanderbilt. He's ranked 18th among all centers and 129th among all recruits. This is a bit of an interesting offer here simply because Sean Miller hasn't...

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