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Links: RichRod changing a culture, Aaron Gordon the next D-Will

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  • CBS's Dennis Dodd has the next feature in a long line of how Rich Rodriguez coming to Tucson just might work. No, it's probably nothing you haven't heard before, but it's still a good read, and an interesting glimpse into how RichRod has the tall task of changing the football culture, not only with the players, but with the entire city of basketball-loving Tucson.
  • Avinash Kunnath of Pacific Takes wonders if 2013 recruit Aaron Gordon, a powerfully-athletic, yet undersized power forward, just might be the next Derrick Williams. Washington and Stanford are also in the chase, but you can't underestimate Sean Miller's recruiting savvy.
  • The ESPN Magazine article that details those pesky Oregon Ducks smoking the ganja. Yes, it's the thing to do in Oregon, but as a recent college graduate, don't think that it's not common across sport and across the nation. Some Duck fans were upset the story targeted them, and while it's definitely a better story because of the marijuana use in the state of Oregon, it's just a point to be made that it's something that teams look the other way can't catch.
  • The softball team avoided a series sweep against the No. 1 California Golden Bears this week by taking the final game, and they're led by the next youngster in a long line of Mike Candrea successes -- freshman Shelby Pendley, who's just four homers off fellow Wildcat Brigette Del Ponte's freshman record. The Wildcats are now 31-12 on the year.
  • The Arizona baseball team, ranked No. 13, dropped one against the No. 20 ASU Sun Devils on Wednesday night, and fell to 24-12 on the season. It came painfully, with the Wildcats giving up a five-run lead. Andy Lopez's squad is third in the Pac-12 currently, but have an equal 10-5 conference record as do leaders UCLA and Oregon.
  • The biggest concern for Lopez? The pitching, writes Jeff Metcalfe of The Arizona Republic.
  • The women's basketball team is losing three players to transfer, including prized big Aley Rohde, writes the Daily Wildcat.
  • Anthony Gimino writes on running back Daniel Jenkins tough injuries and the role he's looking to play this season. It's probably obvious that Jenkins' shiftiness is a nice change-up to Ka'Deem Carey, who will likely be the No. 1 back coming into the 2012 season. And despite a recent hammy injury, Jenkins looked solid at the spring game, ripping off a nice touchdown run in between the tackles.
  • Below, if you haven't peeped it already, is a cool highlight package by the athletic department that includes Matt Scott being wired for sound, and wondering if his teammates are "working hard or hardly working."