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UTSA, Oklahoma State agree to three-game series

Courtesy: UTSA Athletics Communications
Release: 09/22/2010
Courtesy UTSA Athletics Communications
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SAN ANTONIO — UTSA officials announced Wednesday that they have agreed to a three-game series with Oklahoma State. The Roadrunners and Cowboys will meet on Sept. 7, 2013, at the Alamodome and on Sept. 13, 2014, and Sept. 19, 2015, in Stillwater, Okla.

UTSA has several connections to Oklahoma State.

Head coach Larry Coker was the Cowboys' offensive coordinator from 1983-89, where he helped the team to four bowl victories and he coached 1988 Heisman Trophy winner Barry Sanders and current head coach Mike Gundy, a former standout quarterback.

“This is a huge opportunity for us from a standpoint to get a program like Oklahoma State to come into the Alamodome,” Coker said. “We’ve done an outstanding job of scheduling quality opponents and this will present another tremendous challenge for us. At the same time, it speaks volumes for the future of UTSA Football.”

Assistant coach Eric Roark was a four-year letterman as a defensive back from 1979-82, while both of UTSA’s head basketball coaches — Brooks Thompson and Rae Rippetoe-Blair — played and coached in Stillwater. Thompson was a two-time All-Big Eight guard from 1992-94, was an undergraduate assistant coach in 1998-99 and the director of operations in 2001-02. Rippetoe-Blair lettered for the Cowgirls from 1980-84 and was an assistant coach at her alma mater from 1992-2000.

This marks the ninth contract UTSA has unveiled with an NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) school.

UTSA announced a home-and-home series with Virginia on June 30, which will be played on Nov 2, 2013, in Charlottesville, and on Nov. 8, 2014, in San Antonio. On June 10, the Roadrunners agreed to a home-and-home series with Louisiana Tech to be played on Sept. 26, 2015, in Ruston, La., and on Sept. 24, 2016, at the Alamodome.

In May, UTSA announced that it will play Colorado State, a member of the Mountain West Conference, on Oct. 3, 2015, and Sept. 29, 2018, in San Antonio and travel to Fort Collins, Colo., for games on Oct. 1, 2016, and Sept. 30, 2017.

UTSA also released a home-and-home series with Houston in May. The Roadrunners will face the Cougars on Sept. 28, 2013, at the Alamodome and again on Aug. 30, 2014, at Robertson Stadium in the Bayou City. That announcement came one day after unveiling a three-game series with Kansas State, which will take place on Sept. 27, 2014, and Sept. 15, 2018, in Manhattan, Kan., and on Sept. 12, 2015, in the Alamo City.

The Roadrunners announced in April a pair of contracts with schools from the Desert Southwest. UTSA will face Arizona on Sept. 14, 2013, in Tucson, Ariz., on Sept. 6, 2014, at the Alamodome and on Sept. 5, 2015, again at Arizona Stadium. The Roadrunners will play Arizona State on Sept. 17, 2016, in San Antonio and on Sept. 1, 2018, in Tempe, Ariz.

The program unveiled in March a three-game series with Baylor that will be played on Sept. 9, 2017, at Floyd Casey Stadium in Waco, on Sept. 8, 2018, in San Antonio and on Sept. 7, 2019, back in Waco.

UTSA released its inaugural schedule that same month, which includes home games against Northeastern State (Sept. 3), McMurry (Sept. 10), Bacone College (Sept. 24), South Alabama (Oct. 8), Georgia State (Oct. 29) and Minot State (Nov. 19). UTSA has road dates at Southern Utah (Sept. 17), Sam Houston State (Oct. 1), UC Davis (Oct. 15), Northwestern State (Oct. 22) and McNeese State (Nov. 12).

Sam Houston State (Sept. 8), Southern Utah (Oct. 20), UC Davis (Oct. 27) and McNeese State (Nov. 10) all will return games at UTSA in 2012. UTSA will return games to South Alabama (Sept. 1) and Georgia State (Sept. 29) that same season.

All schedules are tentative and subject to change.

The University of Texas System Board of Regents unanimously approved UTSA’s Athletics Initiative Business Plan on Dec. 18, 2008, which granted the university permission to add a football program. On March 6, 2009, Coker was introduced as the program’s first-ever head coach.

UTSA will begin play as an NCAA Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) Independent in 2011. It then will notify the NCAA in June 2012 of its intent to advance to the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) by 2014. The Roadrunners will comply with FBS standards during the 2013 season, then will seek full FBS membership and bowl eligibility in 2014.

UTSA signed its first recruiting class in February and will redshirt all players during the 2010-11 school year, its practice season. The first practice was held on Sept. 8 at Dub Farris Stadium and the first game will be against Northeastern (Okla.) State on Sept. 3, 2011, at the Alamodome.

UTSA is offering fans an opportunity to place a $50 deposit on season tickets online at goUTSA.com or by calling the ticket office at (210) 458-UTSA (8872). Season ticket packages will go on sale to UTSA Alumni on Sept. 16 and to the general public on Oct. 5.

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