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The AD's Corner — Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015

Kylie Schott mug shot
Kylie Schott

Volleyball Sweeps Bearkats Invitational
UTSA registered wins against tournament host Sam Houston State, Tulane, Prairie View A&M and Montana State to sweep the two-day Bearkats Invitational Championship last week in Huntsville. Kylie Schott was named the event’s Most Valuable Player and tabbed Conference USA Defensive Player of the Week on Monday, while Dajana Boskovic and Jessica Waldrip also were named to the all-tournament team.

The Roadrunners (4-0) continue their season-opening, seven-match road swing this weekend at the Delta Zeta Classic in San Marcos.

UTSA will take on tournament host and I-35 rival Texas State at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday before facing Indiana (3 p.m.) and Texas Southern (2 p.m.) the next two days.

The Roadrunners will begin their home season against 11th-ranked Oregon at 6 p.m. next Monday, Sept. 7, at the Convocation Center.

2015-16 men's basketball schedule

Men’s Basketball Announces Remainder Of 2015-16 Schedule
The men’s basketball announced the rest of its 2015-16 schedule on Monday (it released the Conference USA portion earlier this summer) and the full slate includes at least 10 games against teams that appeared in postseason play last season.

The Roadrunners open their 16-game home schedule on Nov. 5 against Southeastern Oklahoma State in their lone exhibition contest. UTSA will begin the regular season with eight of their first nine games on the road.

The Roadrunners will participate in the Men Who Speak Up Main Event with contests at Clemson (Nov. 15) and Creighton (Nov. 17) before concluding the tournament with two games at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on Nov. 23 and 25. The Birds' first game in Sin City will be against old Southland Conference foe Central Arkansas and the final contest will be against either Howard or Texas Southern.

Click here for a look at the complete schedule.

UTSA Football Insider logo

UTSA Football Insider To Air On Three Networks This Fall
UTSA Football Insider will air weekly on three different networks this year. Now in its fourth season, the 30-minute TV magazine show will debut statewide at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday on Time Warner Cable SportsChannel (323) and will continue in the same time slot throughout the season.

It also will air at 5:30 p.m. each Friday on ROOT SPORTS and at 10 a.m. each Saturday on KMYS-CW 35 in San Antonio. Please note that all times are subject to change, so please check local listings for availability in your area.

All 13 episodes will provide fans an all-access look at the UTSA football program with game highlights, previews, interviews with coaches and student-athletes, features and activities around the UTSA campus.

Hector Ledesma will host the weekly program that is produced by San Antonio’s Quarter Moon Productions.

Did You Remember Orange And Blue Day?
Today is the first Orange and Blue Day for the new football season. Roadrunners fans who wear their UTSA colors on the day before a football game will receive gifts and discounts from participating UTSA Business Alliance members and official UTSA Athletics sponsors.

Please visit to view the current list of businesses offering gifts, discounts and other promotions.

More importantly, remember to wear your orange and blue on Sept. 11, the day before UTSA opens its home season against Kansas State at the Alamodome.

Lion & Rose To Host The Larry Coker Show
Two Lion & Rose Restaurant & Pub locations in north San Antonio will host live radio broadcasts of The Larry Coker Show this season.

Fans are invited to join Coach Coker and host Andy Everett at Lion & Rose each week for the one-hour show, listen live on Ticket 760, online at Ticket or on your mobile device with the free IHeartRadio app.

The first weekly show aired last night from the brand-new Lion & Rose at The Rim. Click here for a complete listing of show times, dates and locations.

DOCUmation To Highlight Academic Accomplishments
Official UTSA Athletics sponsor DOCUmation will recognize six distinguished faculty members for their special achievements at Roadrunners football games again this season.

DOCUmation President Scott Woolfolk will present each honored faculty member with a $2,000 check during on-field ceremonies at home game.

This year’s recipients and games in which they will be recognized are Dr. Kelly Nash, College of Science (Kansas State); Sue Ann Pemberton, College of Architecture (Colorado State); Kandis Larky, College of Business (Louisiana Tech); John Philip Santos, Honors College (Old Dominion); Roberto Rico, College of Public Policy (Rice); and Roberta Bauer, College of Engineering (Middle Tennessee).

Mia Hamm with team
Mia Hamm met with UTSA following its Sunday match against No. 5 North Carolina.

Final Thoughts
The dog days of summer waiting for football season to begin will end for UTSA fans at 9 p.m. (CT) tomorrow. That’s when head coach Larry Coker and UTSA meets 22nd-ranked Arizona in Tucson on the first full night of college football. If you do not have Pac-12 Networks at home, please join one of the many watch parties at restaurants around town to cheer on the Roadrunners.

A few members of our staff will make the trip to the desert. Most will stay behind to continue preparing for the Sept. 12 home opener at the Alamodome when UTSA hosts Kansas State at 11 a.m. This will be a return appearance for the Wildcats, who tried valiantly to overcome a 25-point halftime deficit in the Valero Alamo Bowl on Jan. 2 but fell short in a 40-35 loss to UCLA.

Many have inquired about construction this season at the Alamodome. Earlier this summer, I mentioned that Rowdy Town would be moving from the North Plaza to Sunset Station because of the construction. Well, upon further review, Rowdy Town will remain on the North Plaza for the Kansas State home opener and throughout the 2015 season.

The city of San Antonio will invest $44 million in Alamodome improvements between now and the 2018 NCAA Men’s Final Four. Construction projects over the next two-and-a-half years will include new video walls, media work space and expanded concourses. Valero Alamo Bowl officials hope these additions will bolster their bid for a future College Football Playoff game.

The only disruption to this year’s UTSA football game operations will be the reduction of available parking spaces in Lot C. Construction operations and equipment will be staged in this area, reducing parking for UTSA donors and season ticket holders. Everyone issued Lot C parking passes for this season will retain their parking.

To help alleviate the reduced Alamodome parking, UTSA Athletics recently secured 200 parking spaces on the northwest corner of East Commerce Street and Cherry Street. Season parking passes still are available for this lot through the UTSA Ticket Office at (210) 458-UTSA (8872). Like Alamodome parking, a Roadrunner Athletic Fund donation is required to purchase these parking passes.

Throughout the Alamodome renovation process, UTSA Associate Athletics Director Jim Goodman will take part in regular construction meetings with city and Alamodome officials.

Hopefully, by next summer, we will have a detailed construction calendar and can keep you informed on eventual game day pedestrian detours and event relocations.

It probably won’t feel like the end of summer on Thursday night in the desert or next Saturday in San Antonio, but, remember, it’s always clear and 72 degrees on UTSA football game days inside the Alamodome. See you there.

Go Runners!


Lynn Hickey
Director of Athletics

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