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Sonoran Hot Reads: Arizona’s dumpster-fire season has made them too shocked to be miserable

Some strong takes coming from the national media on Arizona

NCAA Football: Arizona at Washington State James Snook-USA TODAY Sports

In the past, I’ve heard people lament the lack of Arizona Wildcats coverage by the so-called national media. Well, after Saturday’s 69-7 beatdown, we’re starting to see some. In the AP’s Top 25 observations from the weekend, Arizona’s season was listed as a “dumpster-fire”. Meanwhile, USA Today puts the Wildcats in the “Too Shocked to be Miserable” category. Dan Wolken writes:

Here it is, absolute rock bottom of the Rich Rodriguez era. It simply can’t get worse than a 69-7 loss at Washington State that Rodriguez called a “nightmare.” From the Fiesta Bowl to the New Mexico Bowl to 2-7 and generally uncompetitive in the Pac 12 in a span of 24 months? It almost seems impossible, but here the Wildcats are with a lot of things to fix for next year beyond the massive number of injuries they’ve suffered. Because at some point, the damage to a program is as much mental as it is physical, and Rodriguez will be tested for his therapeutic skills as much as his football acumen.

- Will Parks is just like the rest of us...he eats pizza while wearing sunglasses

- We went and saw Rhett Rodriguez on Friday, and his command and freedom with the CatFoot offense was something rarely seen in high school football

- With all the debate about whether Rich Rodriguez should be retained after this year, one of our readers gave this take from both sides of the argument. Here was all of our coverage from the disastrous loss

- Antonio Pierce has an interesting Long Beach Poly scholarship board, and there are plenty of block A’s on there

Basketball

- Arizona needed to come from behind to beat Chico State 78-70 on Sunday afternoon. Fortunately, it appears Chance Comanche will be back for Friday’s opener, but we’re still unsure if Allonzo Trier will even make the trip to Honolulu

- The early signing period is on the horizon, so here are a bunch of updates on potential Arizona targets

- Check out Brian Bowen’s mixtape on Courtside Films

- In Pac-12 news, there still isn’t a set timetable for Dillon Brooks’ return at Oregon

- The Wildcat Radio podcast gave their preview of the “South” teams

Baseball

- Willie Calhoun was named the Arizona Fall League’s All-Star Game MVP. He was 3-for-3 with 3 RBI in the game. Scott Kingery was 1-for-2, and James Farris recorded an out on the mound

- 2019 RHP Hunter Cranton announced his commitment to Arizona

Other sports

- Arizona’s Abdi Abdirahman finished 3rd in the New York City Marathon. “My plan today was to make sure I always stayed in the top group,” he said. “I was treating this as my Olympic trials because I didn’t get to run the trials.”

Tucson news

- Staff Sgt. Kevin J. McEnroe of Tucson was one of three Green Berets killed in an attack in Jordan on Friday

- Don’t take your dog to the park at Cortaro and Silverbell