I have been bombarded with some of the same questions and comments from Arizona fans over the past few weeks. With so many of you out there with the same thoughts, I thought I’d address some of these topics.
I DO NOT CARE THAT THE NEW AD WENT TO ASU!!! Yes, in a perfect world the new AD would be a UA grad, but you have to get over the fact that Greg Byrne went to ASU. He is not here to subvert the UA athletic department from the inside. Byrne no longer looks through Mustard and Rust colored glasses. The only color he cares about is green.
I like the hire. He has experience in the private sector as well as academia. He has not spent his entire career in the “ivory tower”. He’s young, energetic and apparently media friendly. He gets it. He blogs, he tweets, he embraces technology. He was firing off texts and calls the moment he hit the ground in Tucson.
He has experience in the Pac-10 and SEC. His time in the SEC means that he knows big boys athletics.
I AM NOT WORRIED ABOUT THE CO-COORDINATORS!!! Let me rephrase that. I am not overly worried about the dynamics of having co-coordinators. Other teams have done this with no problems and great success. While the lack of play calling experience is a concern, it is not a huge one with me. I know the football minds here and they are all top-notch. My guess is there will be no issues with who actually calls the plays and that the coaches will be able to come up with game plans just fine.
THERE IS NO REAL QUARTERBACK BATTLE!!! Despite what new quarterback coach Frank Scelfo said, I do not believe that Matt Scott and Nick Foles are really competing for the starting quarterback job. Sure, if Scott makes clear gains and Foles scuffles, then Scott could conceivably win the job. The team has seemingly made a commitment to Foles and his type of passer. That is evident in how they have recruited quarterbacks this year. They offered and took a commitment from Dax Garman, a player very similar to Foles, while they waited to offer in-state prospect Brett Hundley. Hundley is more similar to Scott and despite being the son of a former Wildcat, just recently received an offer. Add to that the Wildcats just moved Richard Morrison, another running quarterback, to wide receiver.