Arizona’s Lloyd a new model for college coaches

The Star’s long-term columnist shares insights on how the 1967 Wildcat football team pulled off a major victory against Ohio State, a story that precedes current events at Michigan, meanwhile Arizona (and Canyon del Oro) goalkeeper Hope Hisey establishes an impressive record-breaking career. Additionally, Andre Iguodala has retired from playing, but remains with the NBA; Arizona football made major plays in the fourth quarter against Colorado, scoring the 7th win. Tommy Lloyd the fearless head coach at Arizona is more of a communicator and teacher than a control freak or a strict leader. Open to suggestions and input has been in a constant conversation with assistant coaches.

Lloyd goes against the grain by scheduling Duke in a home-and-home series, a move that reflects “a new way’’ of coaching at college basketball’s highest level, setting it apart. Arizona’s reputation as one of the biggest names in college basketball has grown and it was built on fearless scheduling. With basketball coach Lute Olson leading the charge, which to this day defines Arizona’s national brand. Not everyone does it that way; lackluster non-conference games were played by UCLA, Oregon, and more.

Arizona’s success is a testament to coach Lloyd’s leadership, as demonstrated by the team’s toughness while playing Duke. Darrell Mudra, a former coach at Arizona, shares an engaging story from 1967 that proved that Arizona made huge plays in the big game, dealing a blow to Ohio State through creative scouting. The Wildcats overcame a major top-ranked team, a story that precedes current controversies in college football. Sadly, Snyder has been overlooked and not been inducted into the UA Sports Hall of Fame, despite his significant contributions.

Hope Hisey concluded her exceptional career in heroic fashion, setting records and earning an impressive position within the division. Additionally, Arizona guard Jemarl Baker has achieved an unprecedented career, remarkably playing a seventh NCAA basketball season. It’s certainly noteworthy and unprecedented.


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