Here's the highlight from Thursday night's UCLA-Arizona game at Tucson. Watch closely as a man dressed as an official enters from the top of the screen. He attempts to grab the ball from an official, then runs off camera, removes his clothes and streaks around the north end of Arizona Stadium.
While law enforcement wrestle the man to the ground, a brawl starts between Bruin and Wildcat players. Three players were ejected — two from Arizona and one from UCLA.
The Wiz of Odds is conducting a comprehensive study of bowl game expense reports. All of the data collected — expense reports for 56 teams and bowl surveys for 40 teams — are being posted on the site. Here is the latest installment. For an overview of the project, click here.
The Alamo Bowl, played in San Antonio, is operated by the nonprofit San Antonio Bowl Association Inc. The first game was played in 1993.
2010 participants: Arizona and Oklahoma State.
Arizona report: Total expenses reportedly were $1.42 million with the biggest chunk ($552,375 or 38.6 percent) coming from 6,424 absorbed tickets. Other expenses included Federal Express ($2,410) and credit card fees ($2,392). Download Arizona Expenses
Survey: Athletic director Greg Byrne rated his level of satisfaction as "neutral" when answering if his institution — the team and university officials — received an adequate amount of complimentary tickets to social events.
When asked what areas needed improvement, he wrote, "The band rental field was a bit pricey and given the timing, probably unnecessary." Download Arizona Survey
Oklahoma State expenses: The Cowboys reported 3,505 tickets absorbed at a cost of $248,075. Total reported expenses were $1.38 million. An unusually high $344,793 was reported for administrative costs. Download Oklahoma State Expenses
Survey: Athletic director Mike Holder indicated he was "dissatisfied" with the location of Alamodome seats for Cowboy fans. "Hard to sell tickets to fans when they can get a much better location on the Internet," he wrote.
Holder was also "dissatisfied" on the number of complimentary tickets to social events.
Regarding areas of improvement, he wrote: "Bowl needs to provide hospitality room and games for student athletes and coaches. There was too long of a cooling off period for the team before kickoff." Download Oklahoma State Survey
All the good feelings surrounding an 8-4 regular season in 2009 were washed away on a drizzly December night in San Diego, where the Wildcats played a clunker of a game and lost to Nebraska, 33-0, in the Holiday Bowl. Mike Stoops' team returns seven starters on offense and only four on defense, but consecutive 8-5 seasons is fueling optimism in Tucson. The schedule is favorable with seven home games, including a Week 3 showdown against Iowa in Arizona Stadium.
As a run up to the start of the season, the Wiz will display one poster each day until our supply is exhausted. Last year, the site displayed 69 posters.
Then we turn it over to readers, who will vote on the poster of the year. In the meantime, send your team's poster schedule to jayzuma (at) gmail.com.
ESPN recently visited the McKale Center weight room on the University of Arizona campus for a feature on former Wildcat standout Lance Briggs, who has spent much of the summer in Tucson training with current members of the Arizona team.
Briggs, a Chicago Bear linebacker, was paired with linebacker Jake Fischer in this video, which was shot by the Arizona athletics department.
"The most important thing here really is U of A," Briggs said in the video. "I could be a Bear for 16 years, I could be Washington Redskin, but I will always be a U of A Wildcat. And the pride starts here."