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SPORTS
Wednesday October 1, 2003
photo Football puts turmoil to rest, returns to practice field

With all the commotion that has surrounded Arizona football this week, the team finally got back to focusing on playing football.

The Wildcats practiced for the first time following the firing of head coach John Mackovic last night.

Arizona cancelled its normally scheduled walk-through practice on Sunday evening because of the events of the day, and since the team does not normally hold practices on Mondays, this was the team's first meeting on the field since the coaching change. [Read article]

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photo Athlete of the week: Hardt in the right place

Arizona's Clay Hardt earned Athlete of the Week honors this week because of his performance on the defensive end of the football. The free safety from Marana had 13 tackles, including 10 solo tackles, two tackles for a loss and a sack during the Wildcats' 13-10 overtime loss to Texas Christian.

Hardt, a senior, is not only one of the oldest members of the team he's also a team captain and one of the Wildcats' most animated players. We sat down with Clay to find out some of his thoughts about football, and a few other things. [Read article]

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Stanford, Cal await Cats

Arizona volleyball coach Dave Rubio said he is not sure how his program will be affected by John Mackovic's nearly $1 million dollar buyout, although it was untouched by Dick Tomey's buyout.

While the volleyball team was spared from cuts resulting from Tomey's $600,000 buyout, Rubio doesn't know how the athletic department will foot the $910,000 Mackovic bill.

According to John Perrin, the UA's senior associate athletic director of business affairs, solely athletics department funds will be used, with no tuition revenue or state appropriated funds included. Morgan said the department generates all of its own income through gate receipts, television revenue and advertising. [Read article]

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