Heeke promises excellence as head of Arizona athletics

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) As Dave Heeke tells it, he and his new wife loaded up their Chevy Nova nearly 30 years ago and headed to Oregon for a low-level University of Oregon administrative job bolstering the athletic department's support in Portland.

He is back out West again, in a much more prestigious job, new athletic director at the University of Arizona.

Heeke was introduced at a news conference Thursday, saying he wants to lead ''a national-caliber program'' across the board.

The 53-year-old Heeke comes to Tucson after 11 seasons at Central Michigan, hired just 39 days after Greg Byrne's surprising resignation to become athletic director at Alabama.

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