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The AD's Corner — Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014


Men’s Basketball To Face Undefeated TCU
The UTSA men’s basketball team evened its season record to 4-4 on Monday with a come-from-behind 73-60 victory at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. The Roadrunners continue their month-long road trip on Saturday when they face undefeated TCU (10-0) at 7 p.m. in Fort Worth.

UTSA used on a 17-2 run early in the second half to overcome a 32-25 Islanders lead. Junior guard Ryan Bowie led the charge with 20 points for the Roadrunners, while Keon Lewis hit 13 free throws on his way to 19 points.

Saturday’s game at TCU will be played at the Wilkerson-Greines Athletic Center (5201 Ca Roberson Boulevard). TCU’s home court on campus is undergoing renovations, so the Horned Frogs will play all their home games this season at the local high school gymnasium.

UTSA returns to the Convocation Center on Tuesday, Dec. 30, for its next home game against Cameron at 1 p.m.. The Roadrunners are 2-1 since playing their last home game on Nov. 30.


Women To Visit Lubbock For Athletes In Action Classic
After a two-week layoff for final exams, the women’s basketball team returns to action on Friday for three games in three days in Lubbock.

The Roadrunners (4-3) will meet Houston (3-5) at 3 p.m. on Friday, Texas Tech (6-2) at 2 p.m. the following day and Nicholls (3-4) at 11 a.m. on Sunday in the Athletes In Action Classic.

UTSA then will returns home to host its annual Holiday Classic from Dec. 28-29 at the Convocation Center. Chattanooga and SIU Edwardsville tip off the event at noon on Dec. 28, followed by UTSA/South Dakota at 2:30 p.m. The following day, Chattanooga and South Dakota will meet at noon and UTSA will face SIU Edwardsville at 2:30 p.m.


Lighthouse for the Blind

Lighthouse For The Blind Wins Free 2015 Suite
The San Antonio Lighthouse for the Blind has won the use of an Alamodome suite at next fall's football home opener against Kansas State on Sept. 12, 2015.

Lighthouse staff and volunteers purchased the most “Sweet Suite Deal” tickets for the season finale with North Texas on Nov. 29, earning the use of a suite for the 2015 lid-lifter.

The San Antonio Business Journal and DOCUmation teamed up to offer businesses a Sweet Suite Deal for the final two home games of the season. Several businesses took advantage of the opportunity to use a suite to host a family-member outing, entertain customers and reward employees.

Lighthouse for the Blind is a non-profit organization providing blind and visually-impaired individuals with rehabilitation services, as well as employment opportunities in its light manufacturing assembly plant.

Congratulations to the Lighthouse staff and volunteers.

We look forward to hosting you at next year’s home opener against the Wildcats from the Big 12 Conference.


Get A Sneak Peak Of Kansas State At Valero Alamo Bowl
Here’s your chance to do a little advance scouting for the 2015 UTSA football season. The Roadrunners open next season’s home schedule with Kansas State on Sept. 12, 2015, at the Alamodome. The Wildcats visit San Antonio on Friday, Jan. 2, when they play UCLA at the Valero Alamo Bowl.

The UTSA Ticket Office has been authorized to offer Alamo Bowl tickets for $20 per seat in upper level end zone sections and $50 per seat for upper level sideline seats.

When you’re calling to purchase or renew your 2015 Roadrunners football season tickets, ask about Alamo Bowl tickets as well. Call (210) 458-UTSA (8872) or email aaron.johnson@utsa.edu to purchase tickets or obtain more information.


Still Time to Make End-of-Year Gift to RAF
Many individuals like to give their gift to the Roadrunner Athletic Fund (RAF) prior to the end of the calendar year, especially for tax purposes. To make a gift to the RAF prior to Dec. 31, please give online at goUTSA.com/giving or mail to UTSA Athletics, Attn: Roadrunner Athletic Fund, One UTSA Circle, San Antonio TX, 78249. All gifts will be recorded in the 2014 calendar year if postmarked or received online by 11:59 p.m. (CT) on Dec. 31. If you have any questions about giving to UTSA Athletics, please contact the Roadrunner Athletic Fund at (210) 458-4288.


UTSA Ticket Manager Earns Fan’s Approval
UTSA Assistant Ticket Manager Charles Pettis is extremely quiet. A lengthy conversation with Charles generally lasts two or three sentences, but please do not associate his reserved nature with a lack of friendliness or customer service.

Brandy Mabry, the stepmother of UTSA senior defensive tackle Ashaad Mabry, recently took time to send an email to Athletics Ticket Manager Brian Fox commending Pettis’ responsiveness.

“We have been going to the games since UTSA started their football program,” Mrs. Mabry wrote. “There were times when the (players’) tickets weren’t there yet or down in the tunnel, but Charles was always there to help figure it out. He has been there as long as I can remember and has ALWAYS been respectful, polite and willing to go above and beyond with a smile, in the hot or cold I normally do not do things like this but figured it was time! I just wanted someone to know what an amazing job he is doing! We need more of ‘him’ in the world these days.”

Thank you Mrs. Mabry for your note.

We appreciate Charles as much as you do.


Softball To Host Advanced Camp After New Year
The UTSA softball program will host an advance level all-skills exposure camp from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015, at Roadrunner Field. The camp is open to 2015-19 high school graduates and will consist of infield, outfield and hitting instruction and it will include drill and competition stations.

Click here to get camp pricing and for more information.


Letter to Santa

Final Thoughts
I am an All-America shopper, so this is truly a joyous season. When I’m rushing up and down aisles, I’m especially attracted to orange and blue. So news of good friend Susan Blackwood’s recent find was particularly exhilarating.

Susan recently was shopping at Costco in north San Antonio and came across a really nice orange UTSA soft-shell jacket displayed on a high-traffic aisle. She quickly purchased the jacket and sent notes to fellow Roadrunners to brag on her score.

Not so long ago, it was difficult to find a Roadrunner on the San Antonio retail landscape. Stores stocked Boise State, Michigan and North Carolina, but no UTSA.

The times have changed.

For example, UTSA is one of 85 universities featured in 244 different Costco outlets. The UTSA jacket that Susan purchased went on sale in San Antonio during early December. That’s a real coup for the collegiate merchandise business since retail real estate is precious this time of year.

Craig Westemeier, head of The University of Texas System Licensing Office in Austin, recently passed along our quarterly payment for merchandise royalty collections.

“Gross royalties collected in this period were $88,548, which represents an increase of 87 percent when compared to the first quarter of 2013,” Westemeier wrote in his transmittal letter.

UTSA’s first quarter royalty payment was the second highest ever. The 2011-12 second quarter payment following the initial Roadrunners football season remains the highest at $104,652.

To give you an idea how much UTSA’s popularity in retail aisles has grown, consider this.

The annual gross royalty for 2003-04 was only $64,284. The gross royalty for 2013-14 topped $240,000.

Kasey Moore is the university services representative for strategic marketing affiliates (SMA) in Austin. She and other SMA agents represent UTSA in discussions with retail purchasing agents across the country.

“UTSA’s recent increase in royalty revenue is a direct reflection of the growing brand recognition of both the university and athletics,” Moore said. “With an increase in enrollment and the addition of football, UTSA has steadily increased its brand presence in the San Antonio marketplace.”

Not so long ago I spent much of my Christmas shopping time asking retail clerks why their stores did not stock UTSA merchandise. Now Roadrunners merchandise can be found in many local retail locations. One major San Antonio chain soon will announce an entire Roadrunners section in one of its stores near the UTSA Main Campus.

I still encourage you to be on the lookout for South Texas retail outlets that display Longhorns, Aggies and Red Raiders, but no Roadrunners. Stop and ask a clerk, “Where can I find the UTSA merchandise?”

Remind them that there are an estimated 75,000 UTSA graduates living in South Texas. Let them know that there are more than 28,500 current students and more than 3,000 faculty and staff, and the Roadrunners drew more than 165,000 fans to six home football games in 2014.

Moore and SMA are working to expand the UTSA retail footprint throughout Texas. Let’s help her at the grassroots level by asking retailers, “Where’s the UTSA stuff?” Who knows, next year they may stock a really nice orange UTSA jacket.

I hope Santa stuffs your stockings this year with plenty of orange and blue. More importantly, I hope you enjoy the full spirit of the season. This is a great time of year to share with those less fortunate and spend time with family and friends.

Just as you have been “All In” with the Roadrunners this year, I hope you are doing that with your family traditions. ‘Tis the season to share love and caring with those around you.

This will be our last newsletter until Jan. 7, 2015. I hope you and your families have a tremendous holiday season and are looking forward to the new year.

Remember, our basketball teams both have home games between Christmas and New Year’s Day, so try to take some time to bring family and friends to a game at the Convocation Center.

Go Runners!

Sincerely,

Lynn Hickey
Director of Athletics


SPECIAL NOTE: The UTSA Athletics family mourns the loss of Kenneth Sooter, father of UTSA Athletic Director Lynn Hickey. Sooter, 88, died early Tuesday at home in Welch, Okla. Sooter taught and coached for 37 years in Welch and is a member of the Oklahoma Coaches Hall of Fame. Lynn and her four brothers all played for their father and earned Oklahoma all-state honors in either basketball or baseball. Funeral services will be held Saturday in the Welch High School Gymnasium. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be sent to the Welch Public Schools Enrichment Foundation and designated for the Kenneth and Wynona Sooter Scholarship Fund: P.O. Box 129, Welch, OK 74369.


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