- Alex Williams of the Arizona Daily Wildcat talked extensively with Arizona AD Greg Byrne regarding the timeline on the Arizona Stadium scoreboard and also about the renovation plans for the stadium construction. And, is there any chance the Wildcats move the basketball arena from McKale to downtown Tucson? Byrne also says the baseball team playing at Hi Corbett Field would make the UA facilities one of the best on the West Coast.
- And he's not screwing around with that last factoid. I wrote about the possibility of Hi Corbett being an awesome place to rejuvenate Arizona baseball (OK, so I just want to go there and drink a few beers, too), but there's other reasons for such a move. Byrne is apparently not just scoping the place out. On Tuesday, the Tucson City Council authorized a letter of intent for a lease deal to be signed by a 6-0 vote. From the Star:
The UA would pay $250,000 a year to become the major tenant for five years, with a five-year extension at the school’s option. The rent would be subject to a 3 percent annual inflation escalator.
The vote also allows the UA to move in before the final agreement is approved.
- Andrew Lynch, a University of Arizona graduate and writer at Hardwood Paroxysm, refutes Chuck Klosterman's claim that sports hall of fames are nothing but a Matrix of fiction ... all based on what seeing Damon Stoudmire's Toronto Raptors jersey meant to him personally while visiting Springfield.
- Jon Dove at Mocking the Draft lists Nick Foles as one of three candidates who could be the 2012 NFL Draft's Ryan Leaf. Not a good thing, though billing Foles in Leaf's shoes means he will A) get picked in the first or second round B) have a stellar year at Arizona and C) trick people into thinking he's better than he really is -- while it's taken as an insult, I'm sure, Wildcat fans need to realize that for Foles to be considered as such, it means he'll have a damn good year. And whether that's fools gold or not, so be it.
- Then again, Dove also argues that Foles, who is compared to Blaine Gabbert formerly of Mizzou, could be better than the former Tiger, who was drafted No. 10 overall by the Jacksonville Jaguars.
- San Jose's Aaron Gordon, a 2013 high-flying forward, is looking at Arizona, Kansas, New Mexico and Washington, according toe 247 Sports. At 6-foot-7 and 210 pounds, Gordon is among the top-ranked overall players in the state of California.