Arizona Wildcats 2018 countdown to kickoff: 67 days

We are now 67 days until the Arizona Wildcats kick off their 2018 season under new coach Kevin Sumlin.

When Arizona hosts BYU on Sept. 1, it will mark the 40th anniversary since the Wildcats joined the Pac-12 (went from the Pac-8 to the Pac-10 then) and also the 20th anniversary of the 1998 team with the best record in school history, 12-1, and the 25th anniversary of the 1993 team that went 10-2 with a win over Miami in the Fiesta Bowl.

To get ready for the upcoming season, All Sports Tucson offers another countdown, which will include memories from former Wildcats, history notes and a look ahead to the season. Think of it as a way to keep Arizona football on the mind in the summer months leading up to fall camp in early August and then kickoff against the Cougars marking the start of the Sumlin Era.

To catch up on the countdown click on this: Arizona Wildcats 2018 countdown to kickoff.

A look back

— With it being the 67th day until kickoff, the best player to wear No. 67 for Arizona? That would be offensive lineman Charlie Dickey, who was with the Wildcats in 1983 and 1984. He was also a 12-year assistant coach through 2003. He compiled a streak of 1,230 consecutive offensive plays, including all 840 offensive plays of the 1983 season. He was named a second team All-Pac-10 performer in 1984 and was Arizona’s Offensive Most Valuable Player. Before going to Arizona, he completed an all-conference community-college career at Scottsdale Community College.

Charlie Dickey has been the offensive line coach at Kansas State since 2009 (Kansas State photo)

Dickey coached at Washington for one season in 2004 before leaving to Utah for four seasons through 2008. He has coached the offensive line at Kansas State under Bill Snyder since 2009. Staring in 2016, he has been the co-offensive coordinator in charge of the running game.

A look ahead

It’s early with the commitments of Class of 2019 recruits in Arizona, but presently California is making its presence known with four known commitments, according to the Arizona Republic.

The Golden Bears have four commitments from Arizona, tying ASU with the most. Arizona has two — punter Kyle Ostendorp of Desert Vista and offensive lineman Jordan Morgan of Marana.

BYU and Texas also have two commitments from the state.

They tweeted it

Apparently, Sumlin’s replacement at Texas A&M, Jimbo Fisher, is not a fan of the way the Arizona coach decorated his office with dark carpet and black walls. “It’s like a damn nightclub in here,” Fisher told Dave Campbell’s Texas Football magazine. “This ain’t gonna be my office.”

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