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Arizona Wildcats Athletic Director Dave Heeke: Safety and Well-Being of Student-Athletes, Staff Top Priority

Arizona athletic director Dave Heeke issued a statement this morning in which he and his department “fully supports” the Pac-12’s decision Friday to move to a conference-only schedule for fall sports.

“Friday’s announcement from the Pac-12 aligns with the guiding principles of President (Robert C.) Robbins, the University of Arizona, our athletics department and the NCAA, which put the health, safety and wellbeing of student-athletes, coaches, staff and our communities as the top priority,” Heeke stated.

“Moving forward, our athletics department will support our Fall sports programs with the impact of this decision. We will also begin reaching out to our fans, donors and supporters about this decision’s impact on ticketing and scheduling. The Wildcat Family has been tremendously patient, dedicated and compassionate during these trying times, and I want to thank you all again for your support.”

Dave Heeke

Arizona’s football team was to host Hawaii and Portland State and travel to Texas Tech in the non-conference portion of the schedule. The 2020 schedules for volleyball and soccer are not posted at Arizona’s official Web site.

“We will navigate the unprecedented times of this global pandemic and continue to consult with our campus partners as well as state and local government authorities on our safe and healthy re-entry processes,” Heeke stated. “Arizona Athletics remains committed to partnering with our local health leaders to protect our community.”

FOLLOW @JAVIERJMORALES ON TWITTER! publisher, writer and editor Javier Morales is a former Arizona Press Club award winner. He is a former Arizona Daily Star beat reporter for the Arizona basketball team, including when the Wildcats won the 1996-97 NCAA title. He has also written articles for, Bleacher Report, Lindy’s Sports,, The Arizona Republic, Sporting News and Baseball America, among many other publications. He has also authored the book “The Highest Form of Living”, which is available at Amazon.

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