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Arizona Wildcats vs. ASU Sun Devils Memories: Vincent Smith & David Adams




These are quotes from interviews I’ve had with former Arizona players about the ASU-Arizona rivalry. This site will run a series of the interviews through Friday, when the Wildcats and Sun Devils play each other in Tucson.

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Years at Arizona: 1990-92

Position: Offensive guard

Vincent Smith once coached Tucson High School and a professional women’s football team in Tucson. He is a behemoth of a man (6’6″ and 368 pounds) with a big heart to match his size. He transferred to Arizona in 1990 after his freshman season at Colorado, which was a power in the Big 12 at the time. Smith was hired as the head coach at Gardena (Calif.) High School this year, leading the struggling program to a 2-8 record.



Years at Arizona: 1984-86

Position: Running back

David Adams is a Tucson businessman who also serves as a motivator for young athletes. He has encouraged youth athletes at his alma mater, Sunnyside High School, and elsewhere to push themselves.

“My greatest UA-ASU memory is going 5-0 (against ASU) during my years at the U! Plus, when you run into some the A-State players and they cant say a damn word!”


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“My greatest memory of the rivalry was my first game in 1990 after transferring from Colorado. I had to watch as a spectator the year before and I was jacked sky high to be a part of this one. I remember the elation I felt when Bobby Roland picked off Paul Justin to seal the victory. The stadium went ballistic. That was my introduction to the rivalry live on stage and I loved it.”

— Vincent Smith

[/ezcol_1half_end] publisher, writer and editor Javier Morales is a former Arizona Press Club award winner. He has written articles for Bleacher Report and Lindy’s College Sports.

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