Arizona-Arizona State Confusion Remains Confusing


Can you imagine the uproar if ESPN routinely referred to Alabama as the Tigers, or Florida State as the Gators? What if Johnny Manziel’s Heisman Trophy had been shipped to Mack Brown’s office? That would be doubly upsetting, because we all know safeties don’t win the Heisman (drink).

And yet, this is the kind of affront Arizona and Arizona State must endure regularly. The latest installment?

The American Football Coaches Association sent Arizona running back Ka’Deem Carey’s 2013 All-America plaque to Tempe. If that sentence doesn’t make you cringe, the following lesson is meant for you.

Arizona-Arizona State is one of the longer running and more bitter rivalries going in college sports. For those unfamiliar with its origins–hello, folks in Bristol!–I’ve addressed the nature of the Duel in the Desert in the past on this very website.

Visit the Grand Canyon State sometime, and you’ll quickly learn that Wildcats and Sun Devils agree on almost nothing. But one point on which the two sides can come to a vehement accord is that the rest of the nation needs to get the two programs straight.

For those on awards committees and in the national media, please bookmark this page and refer back whenever you’re unsure about which Arizona school is which.


Full Name: The University of Arizona

Nickname: Wildcats

Location: Tucson

Colors: Navy and red

Head Football Coach: Rich Rodriguez

Football Venue: Arizona Stadium

Local Social Hotspots: 4th Avenue; University Boulevard

Former Football Stars: Ka’Deem Carey, Nick Foles, Rob Gronkowski, Tedy Bruschi, Lance Briggs, Dennis Northcutt

Is The Word “State” Anywhere In The Name?: No


Full Name: Arizona State University

Nickname: Sun Devils

Location: Tempe

Colors: Maroon and gold

Head Football Coach: Todd Graham

Football Venue: Sun Devil Stadium

Local Social Hotspots: Mill Avenue

Former Football Stars: Pat Tillman, Jake Plummer, Terrell Suggs, Vontaze Burfict, Mike Haynes, Darren Woodson

Is The Word “State” Anywhere In The Name: Yes

Hopefully this brief primer can spare the foreheads of Wildcat and Sun Devil fans nationwide, which have already endured several thousand self-inflicted slaps over the years thanks to this avoidable confusion.