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Ex-Arizona star Jason Gardner getting fresh start as head coach at his old high school

Ex-Arizona star Jason Gardner getting fresh start as head coach at his old high school

Photo by Michael Allio/Icon Sportswire via A little under a year ago, Jason Gardner resigned as the head coach at IUPUI after being arrested for drunk driving. Now he’s getting a fresh start at his old stomping grounds. On Wednesday, the former Arizona Wildcats point guard was approved as the new boys basketball coach at North Central High School in Indianapolis, where he won a state championship in 1999 on his way to be named Indiana’s Mr. Basketball. Gardner said in an interview with The Indy Star that he has spent the last year reflecting on his mistakes at IUPUI, and is excited...
14 hours ago
Arizona coach Sean Miller not surprised Pac-12 basketball season is delayed, is eager to develop his team

Arizona coach Sean Miller not surprised Pac-12 basketball season is delayed, is eager to develop his team

Photo by Christian Petersen/ Some folks were surprised Tuesday when the Pac-12 cancelled all competition through the end of 2020, effectively delaying the start of the college basketball season, but Arizona Wildcats coach Sean Miller wasn’t one of them. “Since the early part of April, we have been communicating regularly on several topics, including the 2020-21 season,” he said in statement released by the UA. “The new start date gives our conference the best opportunity to have a successful season in the safest environment possible for everyone involved, especially the...
16 hours ago
NCAA council recommends extra eligibility for fall sports student-athletes

NCAA council recommends extra eligibility for fall sports student-athletes

Photo by Mitchell Layton/ With the Pac-12 postponing fall sports on Tuesday due to the coronavirus pandemic, one of the biggest questions left unanswered was how that would affect the eligibility of student-athletes impacted by either canceling those sports or moving them to the spring. Now it appears we know what their fate is. The NCAA Division I Council recommended Wednesday that its Board of Directors adopt “minimum protections” for student-athletes affected by COVID-19, either due to opting out of the season or having that season shortened. The recommendations, which are to be...
17 hours ago
How Arizona soccer is affected by Pac-12 postponing fall sports

How Arizona soccer is affected by Pac-12 postponing fall sports

Jada Talley | Photo by Ryan Kelapire The Pac-12 announced Tuesday that fall sports have been postponed until at least Jan. 2021. Here’s how that decision affects the Arizona Wildcats soccer team. More time for the freshmen to adjust The Wildcats have 13 freshmen, the largest class in the Tony Amato era. Normally, newbies only get a month of summer workouts and two weeks of practice before their first games, leaving many unprepared to contribute at a high level by the time the season opener rolls around. Now? If the season starts in January, the freshmen will have five months and an...
19 hours ago
Tucson quarterback Treyson Bourguet commits to Arizona for 2022

Tucson quarterback Treyson Bourguet commits to Arizona for 2022

Courtesy 247Sports A little thing like a pandemic isn’t getting in the way of the Arizona Wildcats building for the future through recruiting. And based on the early returns for the Class of 2022, it might actually be helping them in their efforts to land in-state products. Treyson Bourguet, a 3-star quarterback from Tucson’s Salpointe Catholic High School, has committed to the UA: “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Let’s get this thing started!!#beardown ⬇️...
Aug 11, 2020
3-star WR Kyion Grayes commits to Arizona, becoming first member of 2022 class

3-star WR Kyion Grayes commits to Arizona, becoming first member of 2022 class

On the same day the Pac-12 postponed the 2020 football season, the Arizona Wildcats managed to get some good news. Three-star wide receiver Kyion Grayes, one of the best prospects in the state, announced his commitment to the Cats on Tuesday, becoming the first member of the 2022 class. Grayes is a 6-foot-1 wide receiver from Chandler High School. 247Sports ranks him as the No. 6 player in Arizona. He also had offers from Michigan State, UCLA, ASU, Miami (FL), Oregon State, Kansas and Iowa State, but cited a desire to stay close to home due to coronavirus pandemic. (Though he also noted his...
Aug 11, 2020
How Arizona basketball is affected by Pac-12 postponing sports until January

How Arizona basketball is affected by Pac-12 postponing sports until January

Photo by Jennifer Stewart/ The Pac-12 not only followed the Big Ten’s lead in postponing fall sports, they took it a step further by postponing all sports until January 2021 due to concerns over the coronavirus. Yes, that even means even college basketball is impacted by the announcement. Here’s what it means for the Arizona Wildcats. The non-conference season has been blown up Arizona’s non-conference season, which typically runs from November through December, has effectively been cancelled. That’s a shame because it was supposed to include some marquee road games against...
Aug 11, 2020
How Arizona football is affected by Pac-12’s postponement of fall sports

How Arizona football is affected by Pac-12’s postponement of fall sports

Photo by Christian Petersen/ The 2020 season was supposed to be a pivotal one for the Arizona Wildcats, one where some notable among of progress needed to be made in order to feel like the Kevin Sumlin era was going to work. Now that season won’t happen until 2021, either in the spring or not until this time next year, after the Pac-12 canceled all athletic competition for the remainder of the calendar year on Tuesday. This decision affects all of Arizona’s falls and winter sports, and likely will have an impact on the spring ones as well depending on when things are able to...
Aug 11, 2020
Arizona coach Kevin Sumlin reacts to 2020 football season’s postponement

Arizona coach Kevin Sumlin reacts to 2020 football season’s postponement

Photo by Christian Petersen/ There will be no college football in 2020, at least in the Pac-12, after the conference announced Tuesday it was postponing all competition through the remainder of the year. Plenty of Arizona Wildcats players have taken to social media to express their opinions on the decision, and head coach Kevin Sumlin has also weighed in on Twitter: Although our football program is disappointed that we will not have the opportunity to compete this fall, we know that this decision was made in the best interests of the health and safety of our student-athletes. I hurt for...
Aug 11, 2020
Arizona players, coaches react to Pac-12 sports being postponed until January

Arizona players, coaches react to Pac-12 sports being postponed until January

Photo by Carlos Herrera/Icon Sportswire via The Pac-12 announced Tuesday that all sports have been postponed until at least January 2021. It is a crushing decision for players, coaches and anyone else associated with college athletics. Here’s how the Arizona Wildcats are reacting. This will be updated as more reactions become available. Arizona quarterback Grant Gunnell You have two options now as a player and a team , I know my squad is about to go harder than ever.. #BearDown— G² grant gunnell (@grantgunnell7) August 11, 2020 Arizona offensive tackle Donovan...
Aug 11, 2020
Report: Pac-12 postpones football, other fall sports season due to coronavirus concerns

Report: Pac-12 postpones football, other fall sports season due to coronavirus concerns

Photo by David Madison/ All league competition for the rest of 2020 may be cut, too The inevitable has become reality. Multiple outlets—Ross Dellenger of Sports Illustrated, Pete Thamel of Yahoo! Sports and Brett McMurphy of Stadium—are reporting the Pac-12 Conference will cancel the 2020 football season due to ongoing concerns related to the coronavirus pandemic. Jon Wilner of the San Jose Mercury News is reporting it may be more than just fall sports that will be affected by the postponement: Source: #Pac12 has canceled fb this fall. Vote was unanimous. All athletic competition...
Aug 11, 2020
Herm Edwards’ “success” at ASU should have no bearing on Kevin Sumlin, Arizona

Herm Edwards’ “success” at ASU should have no bearing on Kevin Sumlin, Arizona

Photo by Christian Petersen/ The predictions are wrong. Ever since the Pac-12 released its schedule (one that seems ever more likely to not actually be played) many have provided their take on how the Arizona Wildcats will fare. We here at AZ Desert Swarm did it, and it should come as no surprise that none of us are expecting greatness. Plenty of national writers have chimed in with similar expectations. Save for Stewart Mandel’s belief that Arizona will win as many games as they would if the season was canceled, there is little to quarrel with. There’s little reason to think...
Aug 10, 2020
Former Arizona LB Tony Fields II commits to West Virginia

Former Arizona LB Tony Fields II commits to West Virginia

Photo by Kevin Abele/Icon Sportswire via The likelihood of a 2020 college football season seems to be decreasing by the hour, but Tony Fields II does know where he’d like to play his final year. And it just so happens to be where a former teammate and an assistant coach from his past has ended up. The former Arizona Wildcats linebacker, who left the program in mid-July, announced on Twitter Monday he’s committed to play for the West Virginia Mountaineers. As a graduate transfer he will be eligible immediately. Committed to West Virginia University. #TrustTheClimb...
Aug 10, 2020
Suns’ Deandre Ayton misses first quarter vs. Thunder after missing coronavirus test

Suns’ Deandre Ayton misses first quarter vs. Thunder after missing coronavirus test

Photo by Kevin C. Cox/ The Phoenix Suns were without Deandre Ayton in the first quarter of Monday’s pivotal game against the Oklahoma City Thunder after the big man missed his daily coronavirus test on Sunday, according to The Athletic’s Shams Charania. Suns’ Deandre Ayton missed his coronavirus test Sunday, was retested Monday morning and can rejoin team when results return, source tells @TheAthleticNBA @Stadium. Suns face Thunder now.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) August 10, 2020 Ayton was retested Monday morning and was able to rejoin the Suns once his results showed...
Aug 10, 2020
Pac-12 hasn’t made final decision to cancel 2020 football season, per report

Pac-12 hasn’t made final decision to cancel 2020 football season, per report

Photo by Doug Pensinger/ While Big Ten administrators have voted to cancel the 2020 football season, according to The Detroit Free Press, the Pac-12 has not yet come to that conclusion, according to Pac-12 insider Jon Wilner of The Mercury News. Wilner is reporting that the conference won’t make that decision until Tuesday “at the earliest.” Source: #Pac12 presidents have not made final decision to cancel. And they won't until tomorrow at the earliest.— Jon Wilner (@wilnerhotline) August 10, 2020 Wilner’s tweet comes a few hours after radio host Dan Patrick reported on air...