Monday’s Coverage of the Cats


>> Sporting News writer Steve Greenberg put together a good piece on UA coach Rich Rodriguez’s transition to Tucson. The most intriguing part of the article is the fact most of Rodriguez’s staff at West Virginia — where he enjoyed most of his success nationally — is together again in Tucson. The togetherness of the staff — head coach to the trainer — is important for any program. The feel-good story of Rodriguez and his staff is in stark contrast to the situation under the temperamental Mike Stoops, who alienated his staff on occasion because of his sideline tirades, especially when they were aimed at them.

>> Anthony Gimino of writes about “The Kid’s” kid. That would Ken Griffey Jr., whose nickname is “The Kid” and who has a son — Trey Griffey — playing with the Wildcats as a highly-touted freshman receiver. Because Trey has been around his father at the ballparks and he has noticed his dad’s popularity, Rodriguez told Gimino: “Trey is probably more prepared for this type of environment than anybody.”

>> Arizona Daily Wildcat reporter Zack Rosenblatt breaks down the contribution of offensive players Taimi Tutogi, Greg Nwoko and Keoni Bush-Loo to the defense. Funny how Nwoko thought he was about to be kicked off the team when UA assistant Calvin Magee called him into the office to tell him of his position change from running back to linebacker.

>> Tracy McDannald of reports that 30 newcomers are on the UA roster and many of the players come from diverse backgrounds and regions. The melting pot makes for some interesting accents and different food choices.

B.J. Denker

>> Ryan Finley of The Arizona Daily Star writes about “Vanilla Vick” — backup quarterback B.J. Denker, a junior college transfer who says he will be ready if called upon. Fortunately for Rodriguez, Denker decided to utilize a redshirt year in junior college or else he would be at another university. Also, Finley writes in his “Extra Points” section: “Defensive tackle Justin Washington did not attend Sunday’s meet-the-team function at McKale Center, and has been away from the Wildcats for the last few days. Washington remains listed on the roster.”

>> Gimino, a senior editor with Lindy’s, reports at — where he serves as the sports director — that Arizona’s basketball team is ranked No. 18 in a preseason poll that will be published by Lindy’s. A laughter, as Gimino points out: ESPN bracketologist Joe Lunardi has UCLA projected as a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament, Arizona as a No. 6 and then Cal as a No. 12 and Oregon No. 13. How can UCLA project to be a top seed in this scenario if Lunardi believes there is such a tremendous disparity between UCLA and the rest of the league?

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