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Arizona Wildcats social media reactions: More good news for Rich Rod



Arizona’s Class of 2016 running back recruit Sean Riley of Harbor City (Calif.) Narbonne High School becomes the fourth prospect in his class to commit to Rich Rodriguez and Arizona. He was offered a scholarship earlier in the day along with Keyshawn Johnson Jr., son of the former NFL receiver who was in Tucson with his 7-on-7 program.

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Xavier coach Chris Mack to Jim Rome about his “mentor” Sean Miller: “A guy that’s been really good to me and my family, we spent a lot of time recruiting together, coaching together, he’s taught me an awful lot. And so even though our teams, our players won’t have connections to their players and vice versa it’s going to be hard just from a personal standpoint because there’s so many people on my staff and Sean’s staff and addition to our families, that you hate to be put in this position, but it is what it is.”

One of the highlights of the T.J. McConnell interview with Rome was McConnell changing his mind when comparing himself to Miller and Damon Stoudamire. “Coach (Miller) has still got it,” McConnell told Rome. “And Coach Stoudamire has still got it, too. (But) I’d have to say I’m the third best out of the three. … You know what? I have to change my mind. I have to be first on that list. I’m not sure about those two. They can duke it out. I certainly belong first on that list.” …

The only loss for Miller was against a Final Four team, Wisconsin, a year ago.


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Arizona safety Paul Magloire gets his photo opportunity with Johnson.

Another Class of 2016 commit, Gardena (Calif) Serra quarterback Khalil Tate, shows his appreciation of Arizona on his unofficial visit.


The final analysis of Mike Schmitz of concerning Rondae Hollis-Jefferson’s defense on Ohio State’s D’Angelo Russell: “The OSU freshman scored only one bucket on RHJ but McConnell & (Kaleb) Tarczewski were just as responsible for Russell’s struggles.”

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Xavier’s Matt Stainbrook vs. Arizona’s Kaleb Tarczewski would also be a great challenge in the classroom. Stainbrook is working on his MBA and Tarczewski has been accepted into Arizona’s prestigious Eller College of Management.

Hey, if the coach’s wife is enamored with your work ethic, the coach sure must be. Gabe York’s performance Saturday against Ohio State “made those could-they-beat-Kentucky wheels spin a little faster,” Washington Post’s Adam Kilgore writes. “York came off the bench and drained 5 of 9 three-pointers, which accounted for 15 of his team-high 19 points. The rest of his teammates shot 2-of-10 from three.”


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You can no longer say Arizona is the only Pac-12 team without a Power 5 conference opponent through 2020.

People tend to forget about the pressure these 16- and 17-year-olds face to make one of the most important decisions in their life.

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

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