ASU, UofA Territorial Cup: ASU students guard, protect "A" Mountain

TEMPE, AZ - Protect the "A" at all costs.

That's what ASU students have been doing all week, 24/7, sitting next to the 60-foot golden "A" on "A" Mountain in Tempe ahead of Saturday's face-off against rivals, UofA Wildcats.

The "A" was painted red by in-state rival University of Arizona last Wednesday, forcing a group of students to paint it gold in time for tonight's big game. Since the incident, the A, which has been on the mountain since 1938,  has remained gold.

"The A is a symbol of our university's pride and tradition," said Dan Turbyfill, advisor for the ASU Student Alumni Association. 

"The students did a fantastic job guarding the A 24/7," he said.

Turbyfill said more than 100 kids volunteered this week to guard the "A."

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