photo The long road back [12.11.02]
This can't be happening. Half a season into his professional career with the Saskatchewan Roughriders, Keith Smith has his shot. No more holding the clipboard, and definitely no splitting snaps. It's his show.

And then, like a cruel replay of his freshman season, everything goes to hell. [Read article]

photo Quarterback Q & A: UA's Jason Johnson [12.11.02]
Perhaps one of the most disarming athletes on campus, Jason Johnson wrapped up his senior season as the UA's single-season passing leader, with 3,327 yards. But records meant little to Johnson this season, as the team stumbled to a 4-8 record and capped off the second-straight season without a Pac-10 win at home. To make matters worse, Johnson and his teammates had to weather a storm of publicity surrounding their coach John Mackovic and his ability to retain his job despite a near-mutiny by almost half the team. [Read article]

photo Wade named football team MVP [12.10.02]

At the football team's annual awards banquet Sunday night, Arizona senior receiver Bobby Wade, the school's all-time career receptions leader with 230 catches, was named the team's Most Valuable Player.

Wade set the UA single-season mark this year with 93 receptions, breaking the mark of 88 set by Dennis Northcutt in 1999. Wade finished with 1,389 yards this year and is the UA career record holder in that category with 3,351 yards in his four-year career. [Read article]

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photo Jason 3:16 [8.28.02]
This season, it's up to Jason Johnson to lead Arizona through the desert and back into the promised land - a bowl game. [Read article]

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Weekly Stories:

Wildcat Staff Picks [12.05.02]

Heisman Trophy
National Champion
Coach of the Year
Biggest Disappointment other than UA

[Read article]

Online Exclusive: Pac-10 Notes [11.01.02]

Arizona (3-5, 0-4)
Last week: Lost to Washington State 21-13
This week: Oregon State

The Wildcats' running attack reached rock bottom Saturday night, as the team rushed for negative 17 yards, the worst performance this season. But what's surprising to many is that the defense, considered to be the weak link on the team, put together its second straight strong performance and kept Arizona in the game. But in those same two games, the offense has struggled. [Read article]

UA football

Fall 2002 Schedule
Date
Opponent
Score/Time
Saturday, 8/31 Northern Arizona  W: 37-3 (recap)
Saturday, 9/14 Utah  W: 23-17 (recap)
Saturday, 9/21 at Wisconsin  L: 10-31 (recap)
Saturday, 9/28 North Texas  W: 14-9 (recap)
Saturday, 10/5 Oregon  L: 14-31 (recap)
Saturday, 10/12 at Washington  L: 28-32 (recap)
Saturday, 10/19 at Stanford  L: 6-16
Saturday, 10/26 Washington State  L: 13-21 (recap)
Saturday, 11/2 at Oregon State  L: 3-38 (recap)
Saturday, 11/9 UCLA  L: 7-37
Saturday, 11/16 at California  W: 52-41 (recap)
Friday, 11/29 Arizona State  L: 20-34 (recap)

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Past Stories:

photo Football Notes: Coaches look to begin turnaround with top recruits [12.04.02]
The season might have ended Friday for the players, but for some of the coaches it's just beginning, as the coaches will scour the country recruiting.

The Wildcats will be recruiting players from every position and will look at athletes from both the high school and junior college levels. [Read article]

photo Football Notes: Cats place three on Pac-10 first team [12.03.02]
There was very little good news this season for the Wildcat football team, but four Arizona seniors got some good news yesterday.

Wide receiver Bobby Wade and linebackers Lance Briggs and Ray Wells were named to the Pacific 10 Conference's first team, while offensive lineman Makoa Freitas was named to the second team. Wade was also named to the second team as a punt returner. [Read article]

photo The good news: It's over [12.02.02]
Season-ending loss to ASU ties Wildcats for last place in Pac-10

If the sting from a 34-20 loss to rival Arizona State wasn't enough pain for the Wildcats, the end to Arizona's worst season since joining the Pacific 10 Conference should be. [Read article]

Commentary: Seniors not the story anymore [12.02.02]
One of the sayings John Mackovic was most fond of using, before everyone became familiar with his affinity for "You're a disgrace to your family," was that a season could be divided into four quarters, much like a football game. [Read article]

photo ╬The biggest game of the year' [11.27.02]
Senior quarterback Jason Johnson said it best when asked about the rivalry between Arizona and Arizona State.

He said that all the clichÄs apply.

"It's the biggest game of the year. You can throw out all the records," Johnson said. "We are just going to try and go out with a bang." [Read article]

Opponent Analysis: 2 of conference's top QBs face off Friday [11.27.02]
Center stage will be under center Friday when UA and ASU stage the latest act in the rivalry between the two teams.

UA's Jason Johnson and ASU's Andrew Walter have been among the Pacific 10 Conference's passing leaders most of the season and own the league's No. 1 and No. 2 single-game passing performances. [Read article]

photo Bye week heats up ASU rivalry [11.26.02]
Arizona has not had a week off since the first week of September, and last week's break couldn't have come at a better time, with rival Arizona State coming to Tucson on Friday.

The team was coming off its first conference win of the season, a 52-41 win at California, and an extremely hectic week before that included a player meeting with President Pete Likins. [Read article]

Wildcat Staff Picks [11.21.02]
No. 9 Michigan vs No. 2 Ohio State
The best running back in football is named Ě Maurice Clarett? Sounds like a pastry chef or an Impressionist painter. Running backs have nicknames like ╬Bus' or ╬Tank' or ╬Moose.' What nickname do you give an oft-injured guy named Maurice Clarett? ╬Peugeot?' Having a WR/DB named Gamble might make up for it. Clarett says he'll play, and if he does, OSU wins at home. [Read article]

photo Athlete of the Week: Ray Wells [11.20.02]
Sport: football
Position: rover
Year: senior
Major: secondary education

Latest Highlight: Wells had two interceptions in the Wildcats' 52-41 win over California this past weekend. He was the team's leading tackler, with seven, and ran one of his interceptions back for a 42-yard touchdown. Wells also had a tackle for a loss and broke up two passes. [Read article]

photo Quarterback gives game ball to coach [11.19.02]
As Jason Johnson was leaving the field Saturday after the Wildcats' 52-41 win against California, he grabbed a football from his team's sideline.

It wasn't a memento of what could be his biggest win as the starting quarterback at Arizona, but rather it was a gift for his coach John Mackovic. [Read article]

photo Good news after bad week [11.18.02]
After a week of turmoil within the Arizona football program, it has been all positive since Saturday's 52-41 victory against California. Not only did the Wildcats win their first game against a Pacific 10 Conference foe this season, but the team should actually be healthier for its next game, in two weeks against Arizona State. [Read article]

Commentary: No good reason for Mackovic to resign [11.18.02]
Despite what you might have heard prior to this weekend from the media, and even some players, John Mackovic did the right thing by apologizing to the UA community Wednesday. And winning the Cal game has nothing to do with it. [Read article]

photo Mackovic ╬interested' to see how team plays [11.15.02]
Every week prior to this one, the question has been: Which Wildcat team will show up tomorrow at 1:30 PST in a non-televised game?

Will it be the team that put up a battle and lost to current No. 3 Washington State 21-13? Or will it be the one that just went through the motions in a 37-7 loss to UCLA last weekend? [Read article]

photo Team remains divided [11.14.02]
Mackovic's apology leaves UA players demanding change, but unsure if it will happen

Just hours after head coach John Mackovic held a press conference to personally apologize for his conduct toward his players, reactions were mixed from the team as it left practice last night. [Read article]

Time to listen to the players [11.14.02]
The coach: somebody players not only look up to, but respect.

The problem now is that the coach at Arizona will not be able to command ¸ not when he leads his players on the field in at least two more football games this season, and not next season, if UA athletic director Jim Livengood holds true to his word. [Read article]

Cal fights problems of its own [11.14.02]
After finishing last season with a 1-10 record, the only positive thing for the California Bears was that they at least got the one win.

The furthest thing from the team's mind was a bowl berth and after the NCAA infractions committee banned the Bears from bowl eligibility in 2002, playing after the regular season ended was out of the question. [Read article]

John Mackovic asks for forgiveness [11.14.02]
EDITOR'S NOTE: This is a complete transcript of head coach John Mackovic's remarks at yesterday's press conference.

Last night, a contingent of team members met with President Peter Likins to discuss my leadership with our football program. The meeting of the team members and the president was without my knowledge. Subsequent to that meeting, President Likins called athletics director Jim Livengood to apprise him of the remarks in the meeting. [Read article]

Viewpoints [11.14.02]
Head football coach John Mackovic was called out by a majority of his team after he made inappropriate remarks to several players. Many thought Mackovie would resign in a press confrence yesterday, but rather he apologized for his actions. The Wildcat asked students, "Should Mackovic still be Arizona's football coach?" [Read article]

Athlete of the Week [10.16.02]
Name: Jason Johnson [Read article]

Athlete of the Week [10.09.02]
Name: Bobby Wade
Sport: Football
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Where were you when it happened? [10.09.02]
Ask yourself: where were you when it happened? Since you're reading this, chances are you were in the stands. [Read article]

Jingle all the way [10.01.02]
The story, or lack thereof, behind the shaking of the keys [Read article]

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