The Arizona Wildcats may have lost three straight games, and their bowl hopes are getting smaller by the week, but there’s still a lot to be excited about for Saturday’s game against the Oregon State Beavers.
For one, it’s Homecoming. It’s a day game, the first at home since last year’s Territorial Cup, and Arizona is set to wear special throwback jerseys honoring the Desert Swarm era.
And it will mark the debut of new defensive coordinator Chuck Cecil, elevated from an analyst role on Sunday after Kevin Sumlin fired Marcel Yates along with linebackers coach John Rushing (with former Arizona LB Hank Hobson taking over his job).
Now here’s another reason to get excited about Saturday’s game: a Dick Tomey-inspired hype video courtesy of Arizona’s athletic department.
The 88-second video is narrated by ex-Arizona great Tedy Bruschi, one of dozens of Tomey-era players featured wearing the old-school blue jerseys the Wildcats will don against the Beavers. And based on the video, Arizona is also bringing back the red-and-blue stripe on its white helmet. (Screenshots of the uniforms can be seen below.)
Tomey, who passed away earlier this year, has had the practice field next to the Davis Sports Center named in his honor. Based on this video, further remembrances of Arizona’s all-time winningest coach are likely on Saturday.