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The AD's Corner — Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014

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Television Instructions For New Mexico Game
The best way to follow Saturday's New Mexico football game is to be in the Alamodome, but if you have to watch the American Sports Network (ASN) telecast, here are some game-day instructions.

If you’re in the San Antonio area, the ASN telecast can be seen on KMYS-CW 35 beginning at 2:30 p.m. ASN is a network of television stations and cable networks linked together by Sinclair Broadcast Group, one of the largest television station operators in the country. For a complete list of stations and cable networks carrying Saturday's game, click here.

Please note that there are no ASN stations or cable providers carrying Saturday’s game in the Austin, Dallas/Fort Worth or Houston areas, so that’s another reason to jump in the car and head for the Alamodome. We would love to see you at the game.

Wear Pink & Help Soccer, Volleyball Beat Cancer
The UTSA soccer and volleyball teams are urging fans to wear pink and help them defeat cancer when they take on Conference USA rivals this weekend.

The soccer team will “Kick Cancer” at 7 p.m. on Friday when it hosts Rice in the C-USA home opener at the Park West Athletics Complex. Volleyball is asking fans to “Dig Pink” at 1 p.m. on Sunday against UTEP at the Convocation Center.

Both teams will be holding silent auctions with an autographed ball, autographed jersey and lunch opportunities with the head coaches. Both squads also will be selling T-shirts commemorating the fight against cancer. Proceeds from the silent auctions will go to benefit the Alamo Area Breast Cancer Foundation.

McKenzie Adams mug shot

Women’s Basketball Welcomes Back Adams
UTSA volleyball All-American McKenzie Adams has rejoined the women’s basketball team for the 2014-15 season. The Steele High School product earned 2013 Conference USA Volleyball Player of the Year honors after leading the Roadrunners to the regular season and tournament championships.

After UTSA was eliminated from the NCAA Tournament, Adams joined the basketball team for its final 21 games last season. Starting 16 contests, the 6-foot-3 forward averaged 5.3 points per game and grabbed a team-high 5.7 rebounds per contest.

Even though her volleyball eligibility expired after the 2013 season, Adams has one more season of basketball remaining.

Alamodome vs. Arizona

Football Season Tickets Still Available
There still is time to become a 2014 UTSA football season ticket holder. Season tickets start as low as $50 per seat in the upper level and $270 for a "Family 4-Pack" at field level. The "Family 4-Pack" includes four season tickets.

“You can secure great seats at affordable prices for the five remaining home games,” IMG/Learfield general manager Aaron Johnson said. “Once you have purchased season tickets, you have the right to renew those seats for upcoming seasons. Purchasing season tickets is one of the best ways to support UTSA Athletics.”

To purchase or obtain more information on a five-game season ticket or a "Family 4-Pack," please call the UTSA Ticket Office today at (210) 458-UTSA (8872) or online at

Airport Park & Ride Available For UNM, FIU Games Only
VIA Metropolitan Transit will add park & ride service at San Antonio International Airport for Saturday’s New Mexico game at the Alamodome and next Saturday's FIU game on Oct. 11. Because of construction at the airport, park & ride services will NOT be available for the final three games of the season.

Transportation to and from the Alamodome will be provided on all game days from park & ride locations at UTSA’s Main Campus, Crossroads Mall and the Madla Transit Center. Service to the Alamodome begins two-and-a-half hours before kickoff. The last returning bus departs from the Alamodome 45 minutes after the official end of the game.

UTSA students may purchase tokens at a student rate of $1.25 each way. A current UTSA student ID is required to receive the student rate. Special event tokens for the public from any VIA game-day pick-up location will cost $2.50 each way.

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First Fan Pic Winners To Be Revealed On Saturday
HealthTexas, the official medical group sponsor of UTSA Athletics, will reveal its first winners of the most outlandish Roadrunners fans at Saturday’s football game against New Mexico.

Please continue to dress in your best or most outlandish Roadrunners gear, take a picture and post it at Your post enters you to win autographed UTSA jerseys, campus book store gift cards and season passes to next year’s football games. You also can share your pics on social media with classmates and friends for chances to win an autographed football in a bonus contest.

More winners will be revealed at next Saturday's football game against FIU.

Prep Bands Invited To SOSA Showcase
UTSA Director of Athletic Bands Ron Ellis is inviting high school bands to participate in the inaugural Spirit of San Antonio (SOSA) Band Showcase on Oct. 25 when UTEP visits the Roadrunners at the Alamodome. Bands from throughout the Lone Star State will join SOSA in its halftime performance on Band Day.

“It’s our goal to make the SOSA Showcase an unforgettable experience unlike anything offered at any other university in the state,” Ellis said. “Due to the expected popularity of this event, there are a limited number of performance slots available. We urge band directors to reserve spots as soon as possible.”

Band directors and parents are urged to click here to obtain the SOSA Showcase information packet, registration form and waiver. Questions about the inaugural SOSA Band Showcase should be directed to Stefanie Constable by email at or by phone at (210) 458-4646.

Conference USA Commissioner Opposes Pay for Play
In a recent interview with The Dallas Morning News, Conference USA Commissioner Britton Banowsky said he does not subscribe to the pay-for-play concept being supported by more affluent NCAA athletics departments. Banowsky said that of the 1,000 schools in the NCAA, roughly 900 feel as he does.

“We think it deviates from the fundamental mission of the university and what higher education means,” Banowsky said.

Later this fall, the so-called "Power Five" conferences (Big 12, Pac-12, ACC, Big Ten and SEC) are expected to introduce legislation to increase college athletics scholarships to the full cost of attendance. Click here to read more about Commissioner Banowsky’s thoughts.

Roadrunner statue
Rowdy the Roadrunner left a message for students on the recently installed roadrunner statue on the Main Campus.

Final Thoughts
UTSA’s first football jersey auction begins Saturday. The Roadrunner Athletic Fund purchased 108 lead-colored jerseys to be worn in Saturday’s home game against New Mexico. Money raised through the “Get the Lead Out” auction will benefit the football program.

These game-worn jerseys will be auctioned off online over a three-week period. Player names will be removed because of NCAA rules, but fans will be able to bid on their favorite player’s jersey or their favorite number in the following order:

· Jerseys Nos. 1-24 — Oct. 4-13
· Jerseys Nos. 25-60 — Oct. 13-20
· Jerseys Nos. 61-99 — Oct. 20-27

To place a bid, fans should go to beginning at 2 p.m. on Saturday. We hope everyone will wear lead or gray to Saturday’s game and will pick their favorite one of a kind jersey to bid on after the game. Let’s make it a gray/lead day for the Lobos.

Wearing unique uniforms and auctioning them off is new to UTSA, but it has been duplicated successfully at many other universities. Associate Athletics Director for Development Brandon Raphael and his staff have brought new energy and ideas to the athletics department’s fundraising efforts.

This past year, the RAF annual fund drive topped $4 million, shattering the old annual fundraising mark by more than $1 million. Athletics also received its largest cash gift in history, a $1 million gift from Valero to be applied to the department’s new facilities campaign.

Funds raised by the RAF are invested back into more than 350 student-athletes. Donors are encouraged to just give what they can. More than half of the RAF donors gave $500 or less. Every dollar counts and every gift matters.

Again, I would like to emphasize that our fans and donors are part of our athletics family. Thank you for being such a close-knit family, celebrating the victories and bouncing back quickly after the defeats. Our goal is to have the entire Roadrunners family exemplify the “ALL IN” attitude. 

So let’s “Get the Lead Out” and turn Saturday into a gray day for the Lobos.

Go Runners!


Lynn Hickey
Director of Athletics

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