Monday, May 27, 2013
ESPNU's just-completed NCAA baseball selection show began with a clip of Arizona's Brandon Dixon driving in the game-winning run in last year's College World Series, and also included some words of wisdom from UA coach Andy Lopez.
It ended with the Wildcats not getting a chance to defend that title.
Arizona was not among the 64 teams chosen for the postseason, despite a 34-21 record that moved the Wildcats to 15-15 in the Pac-12 tournament. The UA finished tied for fifth in the conference, but only four schools (ASU, Oregon, Oregon State and UCLA) got invites. The latter three get to host regionals this weekend, as Arizona did last year en route to its first NCAA title since 1986.
Thus officially ends the 2012-13 athletic season for the UA, which usually doesn't happen prior to the first 100-degree day of the year. But when the spring season involves a somewhat-rebuilding baseball team and a softball program on its way down and maybe in need of a change in leadership, sometimes these things happen.
The world will not end, Wildcat fans. Just remember that it's only 95 days until the football team opens against Northern Arizona on Aug. 30 at the newly renovated Arizona Stadium, followed a week later by what sounds like it will be the road trip to end all road trips, a Sept. 7 game at UNLV in Las Vegas.