According to the Society of Baseball Research, the number of African American players in the MLB has fallen nearly every year since 1981, and by 2016 it plummeted to 6.7%, the lowest percentage since 1957.
Cummings will be the Wildcats’ Wide Receivers Coach, Dougherty will serve as Passing Game Coordinator and Quarterbacks Coach, Graham will lead Arizona’s running backs and Paopao will coach the Wildcats’ tight ends.
Murray’s status going into Sunday was in doubt earlier in the week after he suffered a right leg injury in last week’s loss to San Francisco. He was a full participant during practice leading up to the game though.
He was placed on the Reserve/COVID-19, which is for players that test positive or come in close contact with someone who tested positive. However, as of Tuesday [Dec. 8] afternoon, Fitzgerald is no longer on the list.
In a press release, the team announced they will take on the University of Idaho Vandals on Wednesday, Dec. 23. The Wildcats have only played the Vandals one other time in school history back in March 2019.
The Phoenix City Council has voted to shut down all organized sports activities, including youth tournaments, at parks and fields amid concerns over increasing cases of COVID-19. Closures will begin Dec. 3rd and be effective until February 2021.
Based on the latest COVID-19 information and advice from the Arizona Department of Health Services, the team announced Friday the State Farm Stadium will be closed to the general public for the upcoming home game.