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The AD's Corner — Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2015

Black Friday deal

Football To Host Middle Tennessee In Season Finale
UTSA will host Middle Tennessee (6-5, 5-2 C-USA) in the football season finale at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday at the Alamodome. Seventeen seniors will be honored in a pregame ceremony beginning at 1:10 p.m. on the field. The game is sponsored by Taco Bell and KFC. Here are a few important game day reminders:

Kickoff — 1:30 p.m.

Tickets — Tickets are available and may be purchased by calling (210) 458-UTSA (8872) or clicking here. The UTSA Ticket Office will close Thursday for Thanksgiving but will reopen on Friday. The Alamodome box office will open at 11 a.m. on Saturday. Doors will open to the public at noon.

Television — The game will be televised nationally on FOX College Sports (FCS). Please check local listings or click here for availability in your area.

Radio — Ticket 760 AM San Antonio will carry the radio broadcast, beginning with the pregame show at 11:30 a.m. Fans also can listen to the broadcast online here or with the free iHeartRadio mobile app.

Parking — All Alamodome parking lots are SOLD OUT. Alamodome lots will open at 8 a.m. UTSA Athletics has secured additional parking on the northwest corner of East Commerce and Cherry Streets. Parking in this lot is available through the UTSA Ticket Office by calling (210) 458-UTSA (8872). UTSA students, faculty and staff may park in any unmarked spaces on Saturdays at the Downtown Campus in Lots D3 and D4 under IH-35.

Park-and-Ride — Beginning at 11 a.m. on Saturday, VIA will offer park-and-ride service from the following locations: UTSA Main Campus, Crossroads Park & Ride, Randolph Park & Ride and Madla Transit Center. The last returning bus from the Alamodome will leave 45 minutes following the end of the game. Click here for more park-and-ride information.

Orange and Blue Day — On the day prior to all UTSA football games, fans are encouraged to wear orange and blue to participating businesses in the San Antonio area that are members of the UTSA Business Alliance for special discounts. Click here for the latest list of establishments offering the discounts.

Spirit Walk — The Spirit Walk will begin at approximately 11 a.m. on Saturday at the corner of Hoefgen Avenue and Commerce Street. The UTSA Spirit of San Antonio marching band will lead the Roadrunners football team down Hoefgen through Roadrunner (Sunset) Station and into the Alamodome.

Sweet Suite Deal — For only $15 per ticket, you and your guests can have access to a catered Alamodome Suite at the Middle Tennessee game. The first 20 companies to purchase Sweet Suite Deal tickets receive a one-year subscription to the San Antonio Business Journal. The company purchasing the most tickets for the two remaining home games will receive the use of a 16-person suite for the Roadrunners’ 2016 season opener against Alabama State.

Roadrunners To Host UTSA Thanksgiving Classic This Weekend
The women's basketball team will host the UTSA Thanksgiving Classic this Friday and Sunday at the Convocation Center. Action gets underway with Houston Baptist and Omaha at 2 p.m. on Friday, followed by the Roadrunners and Illinois State 30 minutes following the conclusion of the first contest.

After a day off, Illinois State and Omaha will square off at noon on Sunday, followed by UTSA and Houston Baptist at 2 p.m. Admission is free for all four games.

Men’s Basketball To Open Home Slate On Sunday Following Season-Opening Six-Game Road Trip
The men's basketball team will return to the Alamo City after a season-opening six-game road trip that featured games in five different states and four time zones. The Roadrunners will host UT-Permian Basin at 6 p.m. on Sunday in their home opener.

UTSA picked up its first win of the season with an 82-79 triumph against Southern Utah last Saturday night in Cedar City, Utah.

Basketball Meet & Greet To Be Held Dec. 1 At Lion & Rose
Come join the men’s and women’s basketball coaches and student-athletes for dinner at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 1, at the Lion & Rose at The Rim (17627 La Cantera Parkway).

Men’s head coach Brooks Thompson and women’s head coach Luby Lichonczak will discuss games played so far this season and what the upcoming schedule holds.

Please RSVP by Nov. 27 via email or by phone at (210) 458-4288.

Fair Oaks Ranch Offering UTSA Faculty & Staff Membership Deal
In an effort to show its support and appreciation of UTSA’s educational excellence, official UTSA Athletics sponsor Fair Oaks Ranch Golf & Country Club is offering a preferred membership to all UTSA faculty and staff.

The special offer includes no enrollment fee and monthly dues of only $349 (regularly $549) inclusive of carts. New members who join by Nov. 30 also will receive complimentary dues through March 1, 2016, a $5,000 savings.

Contact Erin Burrows (210) 582-6704 for more information.

Final Thoughts
It's hard to believe we are nearing the close of our fifth football season. The weather forecast for Saturday’s game is calling for rain. Maybe that will give tailgaters an incentive to get into the Alamodome early for Senior Day ceremonies.  

Seventeen seniors will be playing their last game as Roadrunners. It will mean so much to them to have fans in their seats by 1:10 p.m. to say thank you. Fifth-year seniors David Morgan II, Jason Neill and Mauricio Sanchez are the last active players who appeared in UTSA’s first game in back in the inagural 2011 campaign.

Tomorrow is the official kickoff of the 2015 holiday season.

It’s time to enjoy great food, shop a little (or a lot) on Black Friday and watch some really important college football games. I hope you do all of the above AND set aside time to give thanks for all your blessings.

A long day of meetings dealing with staff and student issues and searching for financial resources left me emotionally drained walking the aisles of my local H-E-B late last night. On two occasions somewhere between the green beans and the cranberry sauce, people stepped forward to say kind words.

“Lynn, thanks for the athletic program at UTSA,” each said in a slightly different way. “We are so proud of what the university has become.”

My step quickened as I left H-E-B with a smile and these thoughts, “We’re okay. We’re making an impact. We can do this!”

While roaming the grocery store aisles, I was reminded once again to live with an attitude of gratitude. By remaining focused on prioritized plans and remaining selfless in pursuit of those plans, all of us can be successful and impact the world around us.

Thank you to those who stepped forward to pick me up when I was down. You reminded me once again how fortunate we all are to be part of the UTSA experience and the Roadrunners team.

Let me leave you with this story about a group of our student-athletes.

Early one morning this week while opening emails I was shocked to find a photo of the entire baseball team with shaved heads. This group has a tendency to be a little mischievous.

Upon further review, there in the middle of the picture was baseball’s academic advisor Beth Noteware. Beth is going through chemotherapy in her second bout with cancer. When she lost her hair, the baseball team decided to do the same.

This act of love and kindness on the part of an ornery group of baseball players hopefully adds to your spirit of Thanksgiving.  

I hope that you and your family have a warm and happy Thanksgiving tomorrow. Get your shopping out of the way on Friday and come early to the Alamodome on Saturday for Senior Day against Middle Tennessee. Also get into the season, basketball season that is, with women’s games at the Convocation Center on Friday and Sunday and the men’s home opener on Sunday evening.  

Thanks for all that you do to support UTSA Athletics.

Go Runners!


Lynn Hickey
Director of Athletics

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