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Pac-12 football media day 2014: Rich Rodriguez's best quotes

We weren't at Pac-12 media day and don't know what questions were asked of Rich Rodriguez. But we found a transcript of his responses and ranked them accordingly. 10. RichRod being honest "I could be like every other coach in America and tell you how excited I am to be here, but that would be lying. Truth is I'd rather still be on vacation or meeting with my coaches." "@GoldenBlogs: "I'd rather still be on vacation" Rich Rodriguez on how excited he is to be at #Pac12MediaDay" pic.twitter.com/YDj5TLCu5u — Jason Kirk (@JasonKirkSBN) July 23, 2014 9. Get hyped for Austin Hill "He's...
Arizona Desert Swarm Jul 23, 2014

Arizona football jerseys pop without gradient

In February, we learned the Arizona football jerseys would lose their odd numeral gradient. Here's what they look like. #Selfies with @sportsiren at #Pac12FB Media Day pic.twitter.com/bPhDtAnVkO — Arizona Football (@ArizonaFBall) July 23, 2014 Solid numbers! pic.twitter.com/DT009YJCL8 — Daniel Berk (@DSBerk) July 23, 2014 Not bad, right?
Arizona Desert Swarm Jul 23, 2014

Rich Rodriguez plays cornhole at Pac-12 Football Media Days

This is RichRod playing cornhole. Thanks, Pac-12. Breaking news out of Pac-12 Media Day RT @KyleRingo: Pac-12 cornhole pic.twitter.com/QNWM4MqaZb— AZ Desert Swarm (@azdesertswarm) July 23, 2014 This is called cornhole. It is a fun bar game that the Pac-12 brought to the football media days in Los Angeles. Now, watch Rich Rodriguez play cornhole.
Arizona Desert Swarm Jul 23, 2014
Arizona 4th in 2014 Pac-12 preseason media poll

Arizona 4th in 2014 Pac-12 preseason media poll

The Arizona Wildcats were picked to finish in fourth place in the 2014 Pac-12 preseason media poll. If this looks familiar, that's because it is. The Arizona Wildcats were picked to finish fourth in the Pac-12 South last year and once again find themselves behind UCLA, USC and ASU in the 2014 preseason media poll. Surprising? Not really. It's pretty clear that Arizona will once again have to prove itself with the departure of an offensive star. Matt Scott left in 2012, leaving B.J. Denker at the helm and Ka'Deem Carey having to prove he could succeed with defenses edging closer to the line...
Arizona Desert Swarm Jul 23, 2014
Nick Johnson to sign 3-year, guaranteed deal with Rockets

Nick Johnson to sign 3-year, guaranteed deal with Rockets

Arizona product Nick Johnson was the 42nd pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, but he's earned a three-year contract that reportedly is guaranteed. Former Arizona Wildcats guard Nick Johnson will sign a three-year contract with the Houston Rockets in the near future after entering the summer without a guaranteed deal as a second-round pick, according to the Houston Chronicle's Jonathan Feigen. Even more importantly, Johnson will have all three seasons fully guaranteed, according to RealGM's Shams Charania. Yesterday, I wrote about how much appreciation Johnson has received. I judged that from...
Arizona Desert Swarm Jul 22, 2014
Finally, Nick Johnson is being appreciated

Finally, Nick Johnson is being appreciated

Former Arizona basketball guard Nick Johnson caught the attention of NBA onlookers with a few dunks, and that led to people appreciating his full game. A two-plus month grind for former Arizona Wildcats guard Nick Johnson has ended. On Monday, he was on the losing end of the Las Vegas Summer League championship game. It was the Houston Rockets guard's 13th game in 17 days on two sides of the country, and it was the next step of a growing process that began with an intense workout and travel schedule leading into the NBA Draft. Must Reads Nick Johnson another example of Arizona...
Arizona Desert Swarm Jul 20, 2014

Cape Cod League All-Star Rosters: Nathan Bannister, Kevin Newman to represent Arizona in midsummer classic

Bannister and Newman made the All-Star teams in Cape Cod, while Bobby Dalbec is doing another home run derby. The Cape Cod League All-Star rosters were announced this weekend, and there will be two Arizona Wildcats playing in the midsummer classic. RHP Nathan Bannister and SS Kevin Newman each got the nod for their respective divisions. Bannister, a pitcher for the Orleans Firebirds, will play for the East Division, and Newman, a member of the Falmouth Commodores, will be a part of the West squad. As I wrote last week, Bannister has been one of the best players not only on his team, but...
Arizona Desert Swarm Jul 16, 2014

Arizona basketball prepares for an exodus in 2015 NBA Draft

It's never too early to look way too far ahead. It's sort of ridiculous we can already talk about next summer. The Arizona basketball program is months from throwing together this year's iteration, but what we do know is that players on a very good team could turn a very good season into very good NBA careers. Arizona's commitment from 2015 swingman Ray Smith gave the Wildcats their 10th five-star recruit in the Sean Miller era, and as Gary Parrish noted for CBS Sports, that means he's right behind John Calipari as one of the best recruiters in the nation. The Wildcats could potentially...
Arizona Desert Swarm Jul 15, 2014

Grant Jerrett to sign deal with Thunder

The former Arizona Wildcat is continuing with the Oklahoma City Thunder. Oklahoma City Thunder forward Grant Jerrett has agreed to sign a multi-year contract with the club that dealt for him on draft night in 2013, according to RealGM. The Thunder didn't pick up a team option on Jerrett following this past season, making him a free agent, but apparently haven't wavered in their commitment to the 40th draft pick. Must Reads Validation for Jerrett Kevin Zimmerman Grant Jerrett proved the doubters wrong about his decision to go pro. Grant Jerrett does it the right way Kevin...
Arizona Desert Swarm Jul 14, 2014

Arizona football: NFL.com weighs in on Wildcats' QB situation

Arizona is ranked low, but there's some other weird stuff going on with this list NFL.com writer Mike Huguenin posted a list from 1-128 of all the college QB situations heading into the 2014 season, and the Arizona Wildcats check in at No. 86 overall. Yep, based on the criteria, Arizona should definitely be down here at 86 based on no one on the roster having any real game experience in college football. Huguenin lists the starter as "Jesse Scroggins or Anu Solomon", and offers up this explanation for the ranking: "This is the final go-round for Scroggins, who began his career at USC....
Arizona Desert Swarm Jul 14, 2014
Arizona basketball represented on Steve Kerr's Warriors

Arizona basketball represented on Steve Kerr's Warriors

Steve Kerr's coaching staff with the Golden State Warriors is deep with Arizona roots. Former Arizona Wildcats point guard Steve Kerr joined former forward Andre Iguodala when he became the Golden State Warriors this summer, but the filled-out coaching staff goes even deeper into Kerr's UA roots. Inside Bay Area's Diamond Leung has more: ... there's assistant coach Luke Walton, a former University of Arizona player and triangle offense expert from winning championships playing for Phil Jackson. The player development coaches are former Suns big man Jarron Collins and Kerr's former...
Arizona Desert Swarm Jul 14, 2014

Arizona baseball: Wildcats pitcher Nathan Bannister dominating Cape Cod League

Nathan Bannister is getting it done this summer Arizona and Andy Lopez have a few pitchers up in New England this summer getting some work in, and Nathan Bannister is proving his value for next season. In five appearances this summer, Bannister has posted a 3-0 record and a 1.50 ERA in 24 innings pitched. In all five of the games he's pitched in, Bannister has gone at least four innings, and has thrown six innings in each of his last two outings. Usually, pitching dominates in Cape Cod play because it's a whole bunch of college guys using wood bats. But his 1.50 ERA is the second-best of...
Arizona Desert Swarm Jul 13, 2014
Arizona basketball recruiting: Ray Smith commits to Wildcats

Arizona basketball recruiting: Ray Smith commits to Wildcats

Swingman Ray Smith, a 5-star prospect, joins guard Justin Simon as a member of the 2015 basketball recruiting class. Arizona basketball picked up a commitment from 2015 small forward Ray Smith, a Las Vegas High School product who announced his decision via Twitter. My high school has a saying once a wildcat always a wildcat. I guess it's true. I have committed to UofA #beardown pic.twitter.com/WRWjPMlNcg — Rekwon Smith (@raysmith2297) July 14, 2014 Smith's commitment comes days after tearing his ACL in the adidas Unrivaled camp in Chicago. The 5-star prospect is ranked as high as...
Arizona Desert Swarm Jul 10, 2014
Arizona football recruiting: DT Kahlil McKenzie picks Tennessee

Arizona football recruiting: DT Kahlil McKenzie picks Tennessee

The Arizona Wildcats came in second in 5-star tackle Kahlil McKenzie's recruitment. Rich Rodriguez's best recruiting work came up short when 2015 5-star defensive tackle Kahlil McKenzie picked the Tennessee Volunteers over the Arizona Wildcats on Thursday. Tennessee grabs a huge commitment in 5-star DT Kahlil McKenzie. http://t.co/v4xVPHcbzH https://t.co/klsTthHkaF — SB✯Nation CFB (@SBNationCFB) July 11, 2014 Must Reads Volunteers land 5-star DT Kahlil McKenzie Hunter Turner Rocky Top Talk on the commitment of Kahlil McKenzie Must Reads Volunteers land...
Arizona Desert Swarm Jul 10, 2014

Rondae Hollis-Jefferson incites Kentucky basketball fans

Ready for the couch fires! It all started off with an innocent enough comment that isn't exactly ridiculous. As you might expect, some non-Arizona fan bases are going to be rubbed the wrong way about Rondae Hollis-Jefferson's comment, much like the Syracuse fans did last season whenever someone pointed out that Arizona could be the better team though they weren't ranked No. 1 -- or vice versa. @GoodmanESPN tell him thanks we all needed a good laugh — KentuckyDude (@JHNNsports) July 10, 2014 @GoodmanESPN @Beisner_cn2 Who? #BBN — Josh Worley (@jollyroger_f3) July 10,...
Arizona Desert Swarm Jul 10, 2014

Arizona football: Jared Tevis on Bronko Nagurski preseason watch list

Arizona Wildcats safety Jared Tevis was one of 81 members on the 2014 Bronko Nagurski preseason watch list. Jared Tevis is one of 18 of the Pac-12's best defensive players named to the 2014 Bronko Nagurski preseason watch list. The Arizona Wildcats' bandit safety joined a list of players that include four Stanford Cardinal defensive standouts and four Washington Huskies defenders. The rest of the Pac-12 representation for the award come from UCLA, USC and Oregon. Arizona has been an underrated team on the defensive side of the ball since Rich Rodriguez's arrival. Their numbers often skew...
Arizona Desert Swarm Jul 9, 2014
Arizona football recruiting: Playing a bowl game in Louisiana paying off on the recruiting trail

Arizona football recruiting: Playing a bowl game in Louisiana paying off on the recruiting trail

Man, that Independence Bowl or whatever it was called is having a little bit of an impact on the recruiting trail. It seemed crazy at the time that the Arizona Wildcats coaching staff would have preferred to play in a bowl game not even associated with the Pac-12. Fresh off a thrilling New Mexico Bowl appearance, why wouldn't Albuquerque want the Cats back? And why wouldn't RichRod and co. want to play just one state over? Well, that little trip to Louisiana may have paid off in a big way this week with recruiting. Over the last three weeks or so, Arizona has picked up three, THREE,...
Arizona Desert Swarm Jul 9, 2014
Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and Stanley Johnson attend LeBron James Skills Academy

Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and Stanley Johnson attend LeBron James Skills Academy

Only four Pac-12 players were invited to attend the LeBron James skills academy in Las Vegas. LeBron James got away from the grappling over his second big free agency decision of his career by coaching a 30-player group of college players that included two Arizona Wildcats. Forwards Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and Stanley Johnson attended the LeBron James Skills Academy in Las Vegas on Wednesday, and if anything measured out as two of the more impressive players. LeBron Skills Academy College Roster w Hts and Wts headlined by Stanley Johnson, R.Hollis-Jefferson, Kelly Oubre...
Arizona Desert Swarm Jul 9, 2014
Arizona football recruiting: LB Kendrick Jackson commits to 2015 class

Arizona football recruiting: LB Kendrick Jackson commits to 2015 class

The Arizona Wildcats received a commitments from Kendrick Jackson out of Louisiana on Wednesday. Arizona pulled in its 17th commit to the 2015 football recruiting class on Sunday with inside linebacker Kendrick Jackson's announcement that he'll play for the Rich Rodriguez's team. The 3-star composite-ranked player had interest from Arkansas, Memphis and Arizona, according to 247 Sports. Jackson announced his decision to head west on Twitter. Proud to say that I'm committed to the University of Arizona! #Beardown #Wildcats — Kendrick Jackson1⃣5⃣ (@15Kjackson) July 10, 2014 It...

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