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RICH RODRIGUEZ
MATTHEW KITCHEN
August 22, 2012
ON HIS PITCHING ARM AND THE NEED FOR A GOOD SUNBLOCK
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August 22, 2012

Rich Rodriguez

ON HIS PITCHING ARM AND THE NEED FOR A GOOD SUNBLOCK

SI: How do you and your family like Arizona?

RR: Everybody has embraced us. I know you're always most popular in your first year, but it's been enjoyable to go out and meet folks and explain our vision for the team. Oh, and the weather! It's 350 days of sunshine a year. Unbelievable.

SI: What was it like to throw out the first pitch at the Diamondbacks' season opener back in April?

RR: Exciting. [Arizona State] coach [Todd] Graham threw one out at the same time. It would have been more entertaining if one of us was batting and the other was pitching. I heard a few boos from ASU fans, and Todd may have heard a few from Arizona fans, but it was all in good fun.

SI: WHAT HAS IMPRESSED YOU ABOUT YOUR CONFERENCE FOES?

RR: THERE'S A LOT OF GOOD FOOTBALL IN THE PAC-12. THE QUALITY OF THE SKILL PLAYERS, PARTICULARLY THE QUARTERBACKS, IS SECOND TO NONE.

SI: How quickly can you get the Wildcats ready to compete in the Pac-12?

RR: It may take us a little while, but ... watching the program grow from where we are now to where we want to be is going to be a lot of fun for our fans.

SI: How do you prepare for the big game against ASU?

RR: That's at the end of the year. We've got a whole lot of work to do before we get to that one.

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