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Sonoran Hot Reads: Braxton Burmeister receives Oregon offer

Should Arizona fans be worried?

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There’s a ton of uncertainty surrounding the Arizona Wildcats’ 2017 recruiting class, so fans get worried at each little thing that comes down. Well, this one’s not so little, as quarterback commit Braxton Burmeister received an offer from the new Oregon coaching staff on Tuesday night. What really works in Arizona’s favor is that Burmeister is scheduled to move to Tucson on Sunday, and begin school in the spring semester. If anything happens, it will have to happen quickly

- You should also expect Nathan Tilford to enroll early. Brandon talked to Jose Ramirez, who is also planning on being in Tucson for the spring semester

- Adrian Ealy, a four-star offensive tackle, will choose between Arizona, LSU, and Oklahoma on Thursday morning. He would also be an early enrollee

- According to UniAuthority, Arizona had the best military appreciation uniforms last year

- There seems to have been discussions about a Pac-12/Big 12 Challenge in football. Arizona already has Texas Tech and Kansas State scheduled for future years

- After receiving a targeting ejection in the Rose Bowl, USC’s Cam Smith will miss the first half of the Trojans’ opener next year. What does this mean for Arizona? Jarvis McCall should miss the first half of the 2017 opener as well after being ejected for targeting in the second half of the ASU game

- We take a look back at how former Arizona players did in the final week of the NFL’s regular season. The list doesn’t include Tom Savage, but maybe it should since he did attend Arizona. However, he won’t be active for the Texans this week


- If Arizona was a stock, what should you do with it? Well, Seth Davis says to hold on to it

- You should check out this video breakdown by DraftExpress of the Lauri Markkanen vs. Ivan Rabb matchup from last weekend

- Don’t forget that Markkanen could have ended up at Utah last year, but says he feels at home at the U of A. Arizona will look to start a new winning streak against the Utes on Thursday night

- Are Wilbur and Wilma really only the fourth-best Wildcat mascots around the college world?

- Kenzie Fowler put together this basketball hype/recruiting video:


- Jimmy VanOstrand landed a very unique job with the Mariners. He has become the coordinator of character and leadership development for their farm system. His status on the Arizona staff has not been updated on the team’s official website

- Mark Melancon has joined the Players’ Tribune team with his piece on joining the Giants and a fun Hunter Pence doing yoga story. Buster Olney has Melancon ranked as the 6th-best reliever in the game right now

Other sports

- Katrina Konopka was named the Pac-12 Women’s Swimmer of the Month for December. The Wildcats host NAU, New Mexico State, and Oregon State in a meet Friday afternoon

- Gymnastics season begins on Friday night in McKale

Tucson news

- The UA-led space mission OSIRIS-REx was named the Arizonan of the Year instead of naming an actual person

- UA researchers have shown that running has the same kind of impact on the brain as playing music. Get out there and run Reid Park with me

- An escaped inmate was taken into custody on Wednesday

- Macy’s is closing a lot of stores, but none of them are in Arizona

- I went to Autobahn Indoor Speedway on Tuesday night, and I recommend everyone in town go check it out. Pro tip: Tuesdays are half-price for anyone with a college ID