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The AD's Corner — Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016

Women's Basketball Returns Home This Week
The women's basketball team is back at home with a pair of Conference USA games at the Convocation Center this week.

The Roadrunners will host Florida Atlantic at 7 p.m. on Thursday and FIU at 1 p.m. on Saturday for the annual Pink Out Game. There will be a silent auction at the game with all proceeds going to the Alamo Breast Cancer Foundation.

This will mark the second meeting with each team this season. UTSA split two games on the road last month in the Miami area, beating FIU, 63-52, before falling to Florida Atlantic, 64-51.


Softball To Open Season This Weekend
The softball team will open the season this weekend at the Titans Classic in Fullerton, Calif.

The Roadrunners will face Weber State at 3:30 p.m. and Cal State Fullerton at 6 p.m. on Friday, San Diego State (1 p.m.) and Canisius (4 p.m.) on Saturday and San Diego State again at noon on Sunday (all times Central).

Third-year head coach Michelle Cheatham welcomes back 13 letterwinners from last year's team that went 36-18 and won the C-USA West Division with a 16-7 mark.

The Roadrunners will open their home slate next weekend with the UTSA Classic (Feb. 19-21) when North Dakota, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, Tulsa and Virginia come to town.

Dusan Makevic at UTSA Invitational

Makevic Breaks Another Long-Standing Record
Men's track & field distance runner Dusan Makevic was at it again last weekend, this time in the 3,000 meters.

One week after breaking a 21-year-old program record in the 5k, Makevic broke the tape first among the field of 35 athletes in a program-record time of 8:08.35 last Saturday at the Charlie Thomas Invitational in College Station.

That bested Olympian Roger Soler's 31-year-old mark of 8:10.09 established all the way back in 1985. The senior from Sabac, Serbia, now sits atop the Conference USA standings by more than six seconds. The performance was nearly seven seconds faster than his previous career best of 8:15.27, which he clocked during his sophomore campaign at Louisiana-Monroe.

The Roadrunners will return to action at Friday's Howie Ryan Invitational in Houston. 

Bryce Alley at Oak Hills Invitational

Alley Leads Men's Golf At UTSA Oak Hills Invitational
Bryce Alley fired a 4-under-par 67 to help the men’s golf team charge up the leaderboard in the final round for a sixth-place finish at this week’s UTSA Oak Hills Invitational.

The 15-team tournament concluded Tuesday at Oak Hills Country Club with No. 44 Baylor on top of the team standings, followed by 11th-ranked Oklahoma and Louisiana Tech.

UTSA moved all the way from 13th following an opening-round 307 to sixth after turning in a 3-over 287 on Tuesday. The Roadrunners finished with an 887, one shot behind McNeese State and two ahead of North Texas.

Alley entered Tuesday’s final round in 47th place. The junior posted a 36 on the front nine before carding five birdies on the back side to finish in a 10th-place tie at 6-over 219 in the 84-man field. It was his second consecutive top-10 finish at the Roadrunners’ annual home tournament.

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Conference USA Unveils 2016 Football Schedule
Conference USA unveiled its 2016 schedule last week and UTSA will play eight league games, all on Saturdays, this fall.

Following non-conference home games against Alabama State (Sept. 3) and Arizona State (Sept. 17) sandwiched around a road date with Colorado State (Sept. 10), the Roadrunners will open their fourth season of C-USA play on Sept. 24 at Old Dominion.

After its only bye week of the campaign, UTSA will host the first of three home games during the month of October against Southern Miss on Oct. 8. The Roadrunners then will make the short trip to Houston to face Rice (Oct. 15) before welcoming UTEP (Oct. 22) and North Texas (Oct. 29) to the Alamodome.

UTSA will hit the road for the first three weekends in November with league games at Middle Tennessee (Nov. 5) and Louisiana Tech (Nov. 12) and a non-conference contest at Texas A&M (Nov. 19).

The Roadrunners will conclude the regular season slate when they host Charlotte on Nov. 26.

Click here for the full release and this year’s complete schedule.

Alamodome construction
Alamodome excavation entry plan

Alamodome Outlines Initial Construction Projects
Construction on the initial phase of the Alamodome renovation project began on Jan. 25 and excavation of the North Plaza and expansion of the east and west concourses will have an impact on UTSA football fans beginning this fall.

Due to the construction on the North Plaza, the glass doors on the north side of the Alamodome will be restricted throughout the 2016 season. The Alamodome staff plans to maintain north access through the metal doors on the east and west wings, as well as the east and west entrances.

Plans call for a north box office to be located inside the Alamodome. If additional ticket windows are required at the north entrance, a portable box office may be provided for UTSA football games and other public events.

More information on adjustments to UTSA football game-day activities will be provided as plans develop and you can click here for updated construction information.

Jordan Kotara/Aron Taylor Knowlton Elementary School
  UTSA volleyball player Jordan Kotara (left) and football player Aron Taylor (right) joined Knowlton Elementary School third grade student council representatives following a recent career day presentation.

Final Thoughts
Athletic Director Lynn Hickey is attending the NCAA meetings this week in Indianapolis and she invited new head football coach Frank Wilson to complete this week’s newsletter with his final thoughts.

It’s a pleasure to fill in for our Athletics Director this week. We’re one week removed from National Signing Day and our coaching staff already is devoting much of its attention to fast-approaching spring practice.

The NCAA allows 34 consecutive days to hold 15 spring practice sessions. We will hold our first workout on March 21 and continue each Monday, Wednesday and Friday morning until the spring game at 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 23, at the Alamodome.

Three times during the spring, the NCAA allows teams to devote practice primarily to 11-on-11, full-contact scrimmages. We’ll use those days on Friday sessions and will reserve one for the spring game. Additionally, each Friday during spring practice (March 25, April 1, April 8 and April 15), we plan to open practices to the public beginning at 8 a.m.

We’re eager to hit the field on March 21. We have 43 returning lettermen and 10 new recruits who enrolled and began offseason workouts this semester. With an all new coaching staff, everyone is a new face and has an equal opportunity to earn playing time next fall.

In just two weeks on the job, our coaching staff did an outstanding job filling needs at various positions on National Signing Day. We were able to bring in 11 new signees and we still can add players after spring practice if there’s a need and an available player who we feel can help.

If you think recruiting ends the first Wednesday in February, please think again. Recruiting never ends. We’re already evaluating the 2017 and 2018 recruiting classes in Texas and throughout the country. In our initial contacts, the response to UTSA and San Antonio has been tremendous.

We also need to add two coaches to our staff, one on offense and one on defense. Interest in these positions has been strong and we’ll be able to add two quality coaches by the beginning of spring practice.

Between now and our season opener against Alabama State on Sept. 3, I want to meet as many UTSA fans as possible. We’re working on a get-acquainted gathering in the near future. Then I plan to hit the road in May along with the Alumni Association and new student recruitment to meet Roadrunners throughout Texas.

My family is here this week getting to know San Antonio and I’m so pleased to introduce them to our new home. We’re going to do great things here.

Go Runners!


Frank Wilson
Head Football Coach

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