Joe Cavaleri blew kisses to the crowd as he walked off the McKale Center court as the Ooh Aah Man for the final time.
Cavaleri, a Tucson tradition for 34 years, retired from his superfan duties Saturday after performing in the second half of the Arizona Wildcats’ 73-58 victory over Arizona State.
The university honored him at halftime — it was such a big deal that UA president Ann Weaver Hart was there — and presented him with gifts. A tribute was played on the video board (you can watch the video below).
I asked Arizona coach Sean Miller about the Ooh Aah Man last week.
“There are so many great traditions in McKale, and he’s one of them,” Miller said.