Fans, experts gather at Gentle Ben's for taping

The Mike Stoops love fest continued Wednesday afternoon as a good sized crowd filled the upstairs portion of Gentle Ben's to watch Coach Stoops and some players tape segments for Fox Sports Arizona's Wildcat Insider program.

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It was a festive Wildcat atmosphere. In addition to numerous fans in attendance, members of the band, the pomline and Wilbur himself were in attendance.

Sean Mooney hosted the festivities.

Stoops and host Sean Mooney taped a few segments for the program that will air on FSN Arizona on Friday, Sept. 3, at 6:30 & 10 p.m., which is the night before the UA's season opener against Northern Arizona University.

Mooney also interviewed running back Mike Bell and defensive end Andre Torrey. Torrey was a last minute replacement for injured Darrell Brooks who could not attend the taping.

Mooney promises the show will be in-depth, but a bit light hearted at the same time. He pointed to the show's opening, which he says will set the tone.

"You should really see the opening, we had a lot of fun filming it," Mooney said. "I think it is something Wildcat fans will really enjoy."

Mooney will also host the coach's show, which will have a radical format shift from the old shows of John Mackovic and Dick Tomey.

"We're not even going to call it a coach's show," Mooney explained. "I've watched a lot of coach's shows around the country and some of them are very bad. I think this is a completely new format that everyone will enjoy."

Sean Mooney and Mike Stoops film their segment for the Wildcat Insider.

The new show will be recorded at the studios of 1290 a.m., the flagship station for the Wildcat football broadcasts. The radio portion will be played live on Tuesdays, with the television portion being edited and run Wednesday nights. Mooney compared the look of the show to the Howard Stern Show, minus the strippers.

"Like the Stern Show, we'll record it right there in the radio studio," Mooney said. "We added some extra's to the studio to make it more pleasing to the eye."

Also on hand were Dave Sitton and Larry Smith, the announce team for Fox Sports Net Arizona's broadcasts. Smith, the former Wildcat head coach, had a lot to say about the team.

"We get to broadcast them five times, which is a lot better than just twice," Smith said alluding to last season's lack of television coverage. "To build a program you have to have a lot of exposure, so this will be great for them."

Smith has been out to a number of practices and scrimmages and pinpointed one player he feels is key.

"Mike Bell is special," Smith noted. "He has worked very hard to get where he is and he's a great example to the rest of the team. They'll need a guy like that over the next few years."

Cat Tracks' editor Brad Allis (right) appears on the Ryan Radtke Show.

The Source 1290 was also broadcasting from the bar. Mid-day host Ryan Radtke did his show from the patio and had on Coach Stoops, former Wildcat Lamont Lovett and myself. Lovett, the color commentator for radio broadcasts, feels that the team is much improved.

"There's some talent on this team," Lovett said. "Where the talent is lacking, the coaches and their schemes will help dramatically. This team could surprise people."

Stoops conducted the two interviews and had a lot of praise for many aspects of his team, especially his veterans, some of whom are on their fourth head coach.

"They've believed in us and let us coach them the right way," Stoops said. "That's the thing I appreciate about all of these kids."

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