Arizona Wildcats football uniforms to honor USS Arizona, late head coach Dick Tomey

Tomey passed away in May at age 80
Posted at 11:23 AM, Aug 21, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-22 02:16:47-04

The Arizona Wildcats will honor the memories of those who died on board the USS Arizona during the Pearl Harbor attack, as well as the memory of former head coach Dick Tomey, in their season-opening football game at Hawaii on Saturday.

The Wildcats posted a video on social media Wednesday featuring the uniform and helmet they will wear for Saturday's matchup. Their helmets will include decals featuring one of the bells that belonged to the ship, as well as the ship's battle cry, "At 'em Arizona" and the date of the Pearl Harbor attack. The Wildcats wore similar uniforms when they faced Hawaii in Tucson in 2016.

One of the original bells from the USS Arizona is located at the Student Union on the University of Arizona campus.

The Wildcats' helmets will also include a patch with the initials "DT" in honor of Tomey, who served as the head coach at both Arizona and Hawaii. Tomey passed away in May at age 80 following a battle with lung cancer.

Tomey, who coached the Wildcats from 1987-2000, is the winningest coach in UA football history. He guided the Wildcats to six bowl appearances and was the head coach of the Wildcats' "Desert Swarm" defense of the early 1990s. Former Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer remembered Tomey and "Desert Swarm" at Tuesday's Fiesta Bowl luncheon.

Hawaii will also honor Tomey at Saturday's game. Tomey served as Hawaii's head coach from 1977-86 before accepting the Arizona job. He returned as Hawaii's special-teams coach in 2011.