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TCU athletic director Chris Del Conte among candidates to replace Greg Byrne at Arizona

TCU athletic director Chris Del Conte among candidates to replace Greg Byrne at Arizona

Del Conte once worked at Arizona before heading to Fort Worth The University of Arizona has officially started a national search to find a replacement for Greg Byrne as the Arizona Wildcats’ athletic director. One person near the top of the list will be TCU athletic director Chris Del Conte, who once worked at Arizona. To replace Byrne, Arizona should take a long look at alum Mark Harlan, currently running USF, and Chris Del Conte (TCU), who worked for UA— Jon Wilner (@wilnerhotline) January 16, 2017 Del Conte worked at Arizona from 2000-06 as the senior associate athletics...
Arizona Desert Swarm 15 hours ago
Arizona football: Paul Magloire’s draft stock rising during East-West Shrine Game practice

Arizona football: Paul Magloire’s draft stock rising during East-West Shrine Game practice

Magloire has met with seven NFL teams this week The Arizona Wildcats’ top NFL Draft prospect, Paul Magloire Jr., got a late call to join the East-West Shrine Game and has taken advantage of the opportunity. Originally slated to play in the Tropical Bowl, Magloire decided it was best to play in the Shrine Game, a more prestigious event that has allowed him to showcase his skills to NFL coaches and scouts. Magloire has been turning heads and improving his draft stock since Shrine Game festivities have begun. The Chicago Bears, New York Jets, Jacksonville Jaguars, Detroit Lions, Los Angeles...
Arizona Desert Swarm 16 hours ago
Arizona football recruiting: The final push to National Signing Day

Arizona football recruiting: The final push to National Signing Day

The staff will look to hold this class together There are two weeks until National Signing Day, when Rich Rodriguez and his staff can finally solidify the 2017 recruiting class. The class currently holds 25 commitments and is ranked No. 36 in the nation. Arizona’s decommitments Arizona’s class has been getting picked apart by bigger schools and I don’t think anyone can really blame these kids for looking into bigger and better schools, mainly Oklahoma, Oregon, USC, and Washington. Four-star corner Greg Johnson started the big wave after Donté Williams left for Nebraska. The coaching...
Arizona Desert Swarm 19 hours ago
Arizona basketball: Dusan Ristic is anchoring the Wildcats’ offense

Arizona basketball: Dusan Ristic is anchoring the Wildcats’ offense

Ristic has been crazy efficient since Pac-12 play started, plus he helps Arizona scope out opposing teams’ defenses When in doubt, feed the ball to Dusan Ristic — it’s been a simple, yet effective strategy for the Arizona Wildcats lately. The 7-footer has scored in double figures in 11 of Arizona’s last 12 games, and since Pac-12 play began, he is averaging just north of 16 points per game, while shooting 65 percent from the field. “He has the softest touch I’ve seen around the basket,” said Lauri Markkanen, Ristic’s frontcourt partner. “If you play good defense he can...
Arizona Desert Swarm 21 hours ago
Doug Gottlieb endorses Erika Hanson Barnes for Arizona athletic director

Doug Gottlieb endorses Erika Hanson Barnes for Arizona athletic director

Here’s your first national personality weighing in on Arizona’s situation On Monday, the Arizona Wildcats announced that former softball player Erika Hanson Barnes would become the interim athletic director as a national search gets underway. She has her first endorsement from a national personality, though Doug Gottlieb spelled her name wrong while doing it. Not many. But she was a great softball player at Zona, came back and worked her way up. Why bring some1 in w/o relationships? https://t.co/NMpXEdHgEj— Doug Gottlieb (@GottliebShow) January 17, 2017 While...
Arizona Desert Swarm 23 hours ago
Arizona basketball: Wildcats not expected to change starting lineup against USC, UCLA

Arizona basketball: Wildcats not expected to change starting lineup against USC, UCLA

Don’t expect to see Parker Jackson-Cartwright back in the starting five in Los Angeles The Arizona Wildcats are in the midst of a 10-game winning streak, so don’t expect Sean Miller to try to fix what isn’t broken. Last week, Miller said Parker Jackson-Cartwright’s return to the starting lineup “could happen here soon”, but the UA head coach said Monday at his weekly press conference that he has no plans to change the Wildcats’ starting lineup for the team’s upcoming road games against USC and UCLA. “I don’t think we’ll change our (starting) lineup right now,”...
Arizona Desert Swarm Jan 17, 2017
Arizona interim AD Erika Hanson Barnes unsure if she will pursue long-term position

Arizona interim AD Erika Hanson Barnes unsure if she will pursue long-term position

The former Wildcat softball player is going to be learning on the fly, while also deciding whether or not she wants to be in the running for the job. The University of Arizona has announced that there will be a national search for the school’s next athletic director, but could that person actually come from right in their own backyard? Former Wildcat softball player Erika Hanson Barnes will officially take over as the interim athletic director on February 1st, but does she have her sights set on making this more than an interim gig? Well, it’s too early to know. “I don’t know yet at...
Arizona Desert Swarm Jan 17, 2017
Sonoran Hot Reads: Lauri Markkanen 9th-best NBA Draft prospect this year

Sonoran Hot Reads: Lauri Markkanen 9th-best NBA Draft prospect this year

Also Kobi Simmons is 61st and Allonzo Trier 83rd On Monday, DraftExpress released a new list of their top 100 prospects for this year’s NBA Draft. There are three Arizona Wildcats, with Lauri Markkanen leading the way in the 9th spot. Behind him are Kobi Simmons (61st) and Allonzo Trier (83rd). These new rankings kind of reaffirm the group that most believe will be leaving Arizona early after this year, but of course, nothing’s ever set in stone until it happens. You can watch the video breakdown of Lauri’s strengths, along with all the other videos DraftExpress has of him - Speaking...
Arizona Desert Swarm Jan 17, 2017
Wildcat Radio: Arizona basketball midseason update

Wildcat Radio: Arizona basketball midseason update

The podcast is back to chat about the basketball season up to this point The Wildcat Radio Podcast is back! We review the Arizona Wildcats basketball season to date, the Pac-12 basketball season, talk UCLA and Oregon, plus the development of Lauri Markkanen, Dusan Ristic, Rawle Alkins and more.
Arizona Desert Swarm Jan 16, 2017
Arizona has critical decisions to make as a university in the near future

Arizona has critical decisions to make as a university in the near future

The two most important positions on campus are now vacant With athletic director Greg Byrne leaving Arizona for Alabama, the University of Arizona now has to fill two of the most important positions on campus at about the same time. It’s been known for sometime that president Ann Weaver Hart would be done when her contract expires in 2018, making Byrne’s departure even more critical than normal. And that’s not lost on Sean Miller. “To get a great person in that position, it’s amazing what it does for everybody,” Miller said about hiring a new athletic director. “Every coach,...
Arizona Desert Swarm Jan 16, 2017
Rawle Alkins trying to get driver’s license as he adjusts from New York to Tucson

Rawle Alkins trying to get driver’s license as he adjusts from New York to Tucson

Alkins is good at driving to the hoop, and now is getting better at driving a car Moving from New York to Tucson can be quite the culture shock and Rawle Alkins is still making the adjustment. So far, it’s going well. “It’s been amazing,” the freshman said of his time in Tucson. “An East Coast kid from New York City coming to Tucson, it’s a whole different life. ...I’m used to the cold and snow and now it’s just really hot. Over the summer it was like 110 degrees.” Aside from differences in weather, time zones, food, people and other things, Tucson is different from New...
Arizona Desert Swarm Jan 16, 2017
Sean Miller reacts to Greg Byrne’s departure to Alabama

Sean Miller reacts to Greg Byrne’s departure to Alabama

Byrne didn’t hire Miller, but the two had a great friendship, nonetheless. Outgoing University of Arizona athletic director Greg Byrne was not the one who brought Sean Miller to Tucson in 2009 — that was former AD Jim Livengood — but the two have worked together since 2010 and formed a “great relationship” in the process. And when Miller held his weekly press conference Monday, naturally the head coach was asked about Byrne’s departure, and this was his response: “First of all, I’m happy for Greg and his family. There’s really two levels to him leaving. Number one, I...
Arizona Desert Swarm Jan 16, 2017
Arizona football recruiting: My-King Johnson verbally commits to Wildcats

Arizona football recruiting: My-King Johnson verbally commits to Wildcats

The Wildcats land one of the top in-state prospects The Arizona Wildcats are starting to rebound on the football recruiting trail heading into National Signing Day, and have now landed one of the top in-state prospects. My-King Johnson, a defensive end from Tempe HS, committed to Arizona on Monday afternoon according to Jason Jewell. Johnson is the 20th-ranked player in the state of Arizona, and is slotted as the 46th-best weakside defensive end in the country. On January 6th, Johnson actually gave his “soft verbal” commitment to UCLA, leaving the door open for other schools,...
Arizona Desert Swarm Jan 16, 2017
Arizona basketball: Allonzo Trier’s situation “once in a lifetime”

Arizona basketball: Allonzo Trier’s situation “once in a lifetime”

There’s no end in sight The Arizona Wildcats have played 18 games this season, and none of them with star sophomore guard Allonzo Trier. While the school still can’t comment on the exact issue that has been keeping Trier off the floor due to privacy issues, Sean Miller did talk about it on Jon Rothstein’s College Hoops Today podcast. “Allonzo’s situation is kind of a once in a lifetime situation,” Miller says at about the six minute mark of the podcast. “He practices every day, so you have a great feel for how good he is, and in my mind, he would be one of the best guards in...
Arizona Desert Swarm Jan 16, 2017
Arizona names Erika Hanson Barnes as interim AD

Arizona names Erika Hanson Barnes as interim AD

The Byrne departure is now official The University of Arizona made the departure of athletic director Greg Byrne official on Monday, releasing a statement saying that Byrne was moving to Alabama. "The last nearly seven years has been a wonderful experience for me and my entire family,” Byrne said in the statement. “We truly appreciate President Hart, our student-athletes, coaches, staff and friends. Because of the unbelievable support of all those who make up the Arizona Family, Tucson and the University of Arizona will always hold a special place in our hearts.” Arizona has named...
Arizona Desert Swarm Jan 16, 2017
Memphis’ Tom Bowen and Houston’s Hunter Yurachek listed as possible candidates to be Arizona’s next athletic director

Memphis’ Tom Bowen and Houston’s Hunter Yurachek listed as possible candidates to be Arizona’s next athletic director

More names emerge to be Arizona’s next AD In an unexpected move, Greg Byrne has decided to leave his position as the University of Arizona athletic director to take the same position at the University of Alabama, it was reported Sunday. Now, UA will have to find his replacement, and one popular name is South Florida’s athletic director, Mark Harlan, who is a UA alum. But two other AAC candidates’ names have been “floated” for the job as well, according to USA Today’s Dan Wolken. They are Memphis’ Tom Bowen and Houston’s Hunter Yurachek. Here is some info about both: Tom...
Arizona Desert Swarm Jan 16, 2017
Sonoran Hot Reads: Arizona signees impress at HoopHall Classic

Sonoran Hot Reads: Arizona signees impress at HoopHall Classic

Some future Wildcats were on display in Springfield Last year, Arizona Wildcats fans cared about the HoopHall Classic because that’s when Kobi Simmons committed to the program. This year, with most of the class in place, those Arizona signees got to show some of what the future holds for U of A. Adam Zagoria has the details of what DeAndre Ayton, Brandon Randolph, and Ira Lee were able to do in Springfield in front of Book Richardson. The quote that stands out came from Ira Lee: “We got a chance to win a national championship,” he said. “DeAndre is a big part of that. Honestly,...
Arizona Desert Swarm Jan 16, 2017
USF athletic director Mark Harlan headlines early candidate list for Greg Byrne’s replacement at Arizona

USF athletic director Mark Harlan headlines early candidate list for Greg Byrne’s replacement at Arizona

If you want an alum running things at Arizona, here’s your guy With Greg Byrne leaving Arizona for Alabama, the attention now turns to who will replace him as the Wildcats’ athletic director? On the surface, this looks like a search that will take some time. The University of Arizona currently has a lame duck president in Ann Weaver Hart, who will be leaving the position when her contract expires in 2018. So, in all likelihood, Arizona will have to choose between hiring an A.D. first, or hiring a school president first. But let’s just look at the athletic director position for...
Arizona Desert Swarm Jan 15, 2017
Arizona football recruiting: 5-star kicker Lucas Havrisik commits to Wildcats

Arizona football recruiting: 5-star kicker Lucas Havrisik commits to Wildcats

Arizona is trying to finish strong The Arizona Wildcats landed a commitment from five-star kicker Lucas Havrisik of Norco High School (Norco, CA), as he announced on Twitter late Sunday night. This gives Arizona 24 commitments for the 2017 recruiting class. Extremely blessed and excited to say I have committed to play football at the university of Arizona #BearDown @ArizonaFBall pic.twitter.com/AqshoxRFh4— Lukicks (@Lucash_03) January 16, 2017 This was a commitment that should have been expected, as special teams coach Charlie Ragle was on the lookout for a new specialist. Arizona...
Arizona Desert Swarm Jan 15, 2017
Arizona signee DeAndre Ayton named to the 2017 McDonald’s All-American team

Arizona signee DeAndre Ayton named to the 2017 McDonald’s All-American team

Ira Lee and Alex Barcello did not make it, however The No. 1 player in the 2017 recruiting class and Arizona Wildcats signee DeAndre Ayton has been named to the 2017 McDonald’s All-American team, it was announced Sunday night. Ayton becomes the 22nd Wildcat to be given the nomination with the last being Kobi Simmons a year ago. Here is the full roster: Ayton, a 7-footer from Hillcrest Academy in Phoenix, is known to be a big man with a tremendous physical presence and a smooth stroke from the perimeter. UA head coach Sean Miller had incredibly high praise for Ayton in...

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