Arizona head coach Rich Rodriguez voiced his displeasure with the Pac-12 Conference’s scheduling on Tuesday.
The Wildcats have started five of their last seven games with a 5 p.m. MT (7 p.m. ET) or later kickoff time. Arizona also does not have a bye week until after the regular season finale against Arizona State on Nov. 21.
“I just don't understand how this happens when you play 12 straight games, then you play night road games and then we are going to play an 8 p.m. road game at Washington, get back at 5 in the morning and then have to go back on the road again,” Rodriguez said in his Tuesday press conference.
“If the conference is really concerned about student-athlete welfare, I think someone should step in, because when do guys get a chance to get healthy?” Rodriguez added. “They are not getting treatments on the plane. They can try to sleep, but they are not getting a whole lot of rest when they are traveling. It is just ridiculous in my opinion.”
The Wildcats reportedly plan on filing a formal complaint to the conference.
Arizona (5–2) will face Washington State (4–2) on Saturday at 4 p.m. ET.
- Christopher Chavez