Links: Olympic updates, Miller offers a couple and football training camp upon us

Mar 30, 2012; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Darian Townsend wins the men's 200 meter freestyle championship final at the Indianapolis Grand Prix at the Indiana University Natatorium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-US PRESSWIRE

It's hard to believe we're already in August. Luckily, Football training camp is upon us as Rich Rodriguez gets to test run a roster full of bullet holes. I apologize for being out of the loop of late. Moving out of Tempe and into Chandler has been a bit of work, but I'm glad to say I'm further away from ASU country, gang violence (there was a 1990s COPS episode shot at my old complex) and feral cats. Anyway, on to the links, which include much about former UA swimmers, a little hoops recruiting news and a little commentary about football. The American kind.

  • There will be a two Wildcats racing in the 4X200-meter freestyle relay. South Africans Jean Basson and Darian Townsend will be in the finals of the relay event after posting the seventh-best time in the semis. While a medal is hard to fathom, the duo represents Arizona's strong connection to South Africa; Townsend and former Wildcats Ryk Neethling, Roland Shoeman and Lyndon Ferns won a gold medal in the same race in Athens.
  • Another former Wildcat, Clark Burckle made the finals of the 200m breaststroke on Tuesday.
  • If you haven't checked it out, former swimmer Annie Chandler is blogging for FSAZ from London, where she's watching fiance Matt Grevers, you know, set Olympic records and stuff. On a personal level, this is pretty cool just because Annie was one of the first people I met/interviewed when I started working for the Daily Wildcat, this being at the beginning of my writing education. It's weird that she's getting more hype for getting married than for her athletic abilities -- freakin' Ryan Seacrest was talking to Grevers about his proposal to her on the radio as I was driving around today -- considering she's pretty good at swimming in her own right.
  • I found this kind of wonky story about Andre Iguodala worrying about pick-pockets, talking about the UA-ASU rivalry with James Harden and dealing with the not-so-consistent game balls of FIBA hoops. I say wonky because it's really just a collection of random questions and answers. It should be pointed out that it's written by someone in the Cronkite News Service, which as expected, is a news service for ASU's J-school ... this explains much.
  • Just as the UA swim team has created a strong connection to South Africa in its recruiting, Sean Miller and the hoops team is attempting to create some shorter pipelines in the US. Miller offered Pinnacle High School's Dorian Pickens, Bruce Pascoe reports. Pickens is on the Arizona Stars AAU squad coached by Ray Arvizu, who was the coach of former UA player Daniel Bejarano. Miller also gave an offer to high school freshman Derryck Thornton, Jr.
  • Another recruiting pipeline Miller has a stronghold upon is the Oakland Soldiers AAU squad, Pascoe writes. Nick Johnson, Brandon Ashley and Josiah Turner were all Soldiers and UA is keeping tabs on the Bay Area's elite. Aaron Gordon is on that team, and for Arizona to land him -- I believe Jeff Goodman threw out there that Gordon could soon become the No. 1 recruit in the nation next year -- would be big time.
  • Ryan Finley gives a preview of Rich Rodriguez's closed camp, which begins on August 2. One question Finley asks is whether this team will avoid the injury bug, and the hopeful guess here is that the Wildcats will be better off than last season. Why? The strength and conditioning program instilled by Rodriguez is, sure, a way to make this team physically superior to other. Strength, speed and agility will make them better football players. Yet, at the base of it, a better strength program means less injury and more ability to avoid season-building wear-and-tear.
  • Anthony Gimino gives us a look at where a number of former Arizona football players are located right now.
  • Arizona still finds itself No. 3 in Every Day Should Be Saturday's Fulmer Cup rankings. With 15 points, the Wildcats have thankfully been holding steady as Arkansas has run away with the No. 1 spot -- 68 points, wow.
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