Arizona coach Lute Olson named Kevin O’Neill on Tuesday to replace longtime aide Jim Rosborough, who has rejected an offer to move elsewhere in the athletic department.
Many of Arizona’s problems last season stemmed from an inability — or refusal — to play defense. O’Neill stressed defense as the head coach at Marquette, Tennessee and Northwestern.
O’Neill served as his assistant from 1986-89 at Arizona.
• Kickoff time for Arizona State’s rivalry game against Arizona on Dec. 1 is 6 p.m. The game at Sun Devil Stadium will be televised by ESPN or ESPN2. Six kickoffs for ASU’s 2007 season are set, all of them at home. The other five include the first four contests — all at 7 p.m. — against San Jose State (Sept. 1), Colorado (Sept. 8), San Diego State (Sept. 15) and Oregon State (Sept. 22) and the Thanksgiving day game against Southern California at 6 p.m. (an ESPN telecast).
• Fred Miller, former director of athletics at ASU, has been chosen by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics to be the recipient of the James J. Corbett Memorial Award. The Corbett Award is presented annually to the collegiate administrator who has most typified Corbett’s devotion to intercollegiate athletics. Corbett, athletics director at Louisiana State University, was NACDA’s first president in 1965.
• ASU’s Eric Sogard and Brett Wallace were named as two of USA Baseball’s 50 semifinalists for the 2007 USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award, presented to the nation’s premier amateur baseball player.