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The AD's Corner — Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016


Frank Wilson at press conference

Frank Wilson Announces First Signing Class
It is a very exciting day for Roadrunners Nation, as Frank Wilson announced his first signing class as UTSA's head football coach today.

Eleven highly-decorated student-athletes signed National Letters of Intent or financial aid agreements today and they will join 10 who previously were announced and already are enrolled in classes at UTSA, bringing the total number to 21.

Click here for complete information on today's signing.


Men’s Basketball To Host Pair Of Games This Week
The men’s basketball team will return home this week for a pair of Conference USA games at the Convocation Center.

The Roadrunners will host Western Kentucky (11-11, 3-6 C-USA) at 7 p.m. on Thursday and then meet Marshall (11-11, 7-2 C-USA) at 1 p.m. on Saturday.

Both UTSA and WKU hope to launch February charges to move up in the C-USA standings heading into the postseason tournament that is scheduled for March 8-12 in Birmingham, Ala. Thirteen teams will fill out the bracket with games played over five days. For tournament ticket information, please call the UTSA Ticket Office at (210) 458-UTSA (8872).

Thursday night’s game is being promoted on campus as the “Hall Brawl.” Student residence hall groups will compete for gift cards, pizza parties and a chance to lead the Roadrunners onto the field at a home football game at the Alamodome next year.

Saturday's game is sponsored by H-E-B. The first 150 students through the doors will receive H-E-B gift cards. There also will be special Valentine’s Day promotions throughout the game.

If you are unable to make it to the Convo on Saturday, the game will be broadcast by the American Sports Network in the San Antonio area on KMYS-CW 35.


Dusan Makevic mug shot
Dusan Makevic

Makevic Collects Conference USA Weekly Honor
Dusan Makevic was tabbed Conference USA Men's Track Athlete of the Week on Tuesday.

The senior from Sabac, Serbia, clocked a program-record 14:01.36 en route to a third-place finish in the 5,000 meters at last Saturday’s John Thomas Terriers Classic in Boston, Mass.

That broke the previous school standard of 14:36 that current distance coach David Hartman established back in 1995. The time not only leads C-USA, but it also currently ranks 12th in the nation. It shattered his former career-best of 14:46.05, registered during his sophomore season at Louisiana-Monroe, by nearly 45 seconds.

The men's and women's track & field squads will be back in action this weekend at the Charlie Thomas Invitational in College Station.


Softball Meet-And-Greet Scheduled For Friday Night
UTSA softball will host a meet-and-greet with the team and coaches from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Friday at Big’z Burger Joint (2303 North Loop 1604 West).

Anyone interested in attending should RSVP to rowdy@utsa.edu or call (210) 458-8073.


Reid Ryan w/ Houston Astros

Baseball First Pitch Banquet Set For Saturday
Each year, the UTSA baseball team hosts the First Pitch Banquet to kick off its spring season and raise funds for the program.

Reid Ryan, president of business operations for the Houston Astros, will be the keynote speaker at this year’s banquet on Saturday at the H-E-B University Center Ballroom on the Main Campus.

General admission is $75 per seat and dress is business casual. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. for social hour with the program scheduled to begin at 6:45 p.m.

Click here for complete information or to register.


2016 men's tennis team photo
First-year head coach Rodrigo da Silva earned his first win at UTSA in last Friday's 4-2 triumph against Louisiana-Lafayette.

Final Thoughts
New head football coach Frank Wilson has used “This Bird Has Landed” as his theme for his first recruiting season at UTSA. I know he didn’t intend it that way, but his theme has become my theme.

During the past two weeks, I was on the road for eight straight days attending C-USA winter meetings in Boca Raton, Fla., and association board meetings in Kansas City and Marco Island, Fla.

The football staff transition and recruiting season, the middle of basketball season and preparations for spring sports made it an inopportune time to be away, but the meetings and locations were not bad.

Time demands on student-athletes is a hot discussion topic on the national scene. Information from the National Student Athletic Advisory Committee and a student-athlete survey identified concerns. The NCAA membership decided to table any voting on new legislation at its recent National Convention in San Antonio.

There seems to be no strong consensus on the best next steps for legislation. What works for tennis or golf, does not necessarily make sense for football or volleyball. This will remain a hot topic for the next several months.

At last week’s winter meetings, C-USA passed two new rules giving student-athletes some time relief and also additional education. We will continue in conversations with our student-athletes to implement these changes and identify additional concerns and suggestions.

The energy, ideas and work ethic demonstrated by the new football staff is inspiring and exciting. In a period of about two weeks, they have done a phenomenal job completing the recruiting process while moving into new offices and seeking temporary residences. Their efforts in recruits’ homes and two recruiting weekends yielded an outstanding list of new signees today.

Baseball and softball will open their seasons this month. Both groups are hosting social events this weekend to introduce their coaches and players to fans. I look forward to seeing you at the softball meet-and-greet on Friday at Big’z Burgers and at the baseball First Pitch Banquet on Saturday on campus.

I’m back on the road to Indianapolis for NCAA meetings next week. Many thanks to all of you who have helped welcome our new football staff to San Antonio and our campus. We are very thankful for all who have embraced our new direction and look forward to continuing to build a great athletics program at UTSA.

Go Runners!

Sincerely,

Lynn Hickey
Director of Athletics

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