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The AD's Corner — Wednesday, April 23, 2014


UTSA Football Fiesta Spring Game Scheduled For Saturday at Alamodome
When we began visiting with subject-matter experts on starting a football program at UTSA, former Baylor head coach Grant Teaff said, “You need to be having Fiesta six times every fall over at the Alamodome.”

Well, Coach Teaff, it’s spring practice, but we’re celebrating Fiesta with a football game on Saturday at the Alamodome.

The Fourth Annual UTSA Football Fiesta Spring Game presented by HealthTexas will begin at 1 p.m. Scheduled for the next-to-last day of the 123rd Fiesta San Antonio, the game will be the 15th and final workout of the 2014 spring season.

The offense (white) will be pitted against the defense (orange) in four 12-minute quarters with a 10-minute halftime.

The offense will be able to put points on the scoreboard in the traditional manner with touchdowns, field goals and extra points. A single point also will be added for each first down.

The defense, meanwhile, will be able to score touchdowns on turnovers and points after touchdown, but it also will receive five points for a takeaway or safety and three points for stopping an offensive drive with no points.

If you’re headed to the Alamodome for Football Fiesta, here’s all the information of interest:

Admission — FREE.

Parking/Tailgating — The Fiesta Carnival will be operating in Lot C, so parking will be limited to Lots A and B. Lot B will open at 10 a.m., although tailgating will be allowed in Lot A, which will open at 8 a.m. Both lots will have a fee of $10 per vehicle.

Bus Service — No bus service will be provided to the Alamodome. VIA Park and Ride service will be running from 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m. to the Fair in the King William District. That’s about a 20-minute walk to the Alamodome.

Radio — Andy Everett, the voice of the Roadrunners, will host a one-hour pregame show beginning at noon on Ticket 760 AM.

Food Drive — Game sponsor HealthTexas and the San Antonio Food Bank have partnered to raise food and monetary donations as fans enter the Alamodome. Fans who donate two cans of food or $5 will be eligible for a unique VIP Experience at the 2014 home opener against Arizona, which is scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 4.

Parade — After a day at the Football Fiesta and Carnival, plan to stay downtown for the Fiesta Flambeau Night Parade at 6:15 p.m. VIA Park and Ride service will run from the Convention Center after the Parade.


Arriaga Wins Conference USA Championship
Congratulations to Fabiola Arriaga for winning the Conference USA Women’s Golf Individual Championship earlier today in Gulf Shores, Ala. The senior from Torreon, Mexico, tied the league record with a nine-under-par 207 (68-69-70) in becoming the third Roadrunner to claim a league crown. Fellow senior Taylor Newlin joined Arriaga in the top 10, tying for seventh place to help the Roadrunners to a runner-up finish in the team standings behind No. 34 Tulane. UTSA, which currently is ranked 56th by Golfstat, has a chance at a second consecutive at-large selection to the NCAA Championship. The selection show will air live at 5 p.m. on Monday, April 28, on the Golf Channel and online here. The top 58 teams made the field last year, including the Roadrunners, who made history with the first at-large berth to an NCAA Championship by any UTSA program.


No. 14 Baylor To Visit Softball On Wednesday Night
The softball team (20-26) will play its fourth consecuitve game against a Top-20 opponent at 6 p.m. tonight when No. 14 Baylor visits Roadrunner Field. Fans will have an opportunity to make a contribution to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and win two tickets to the One Direction concert on Sept. 21 at the Alamodome. Donors will receive one ticket in the drawing for every $1 donated. The winner will be announced in the seventh inning and must be present to receive the tickets. The Lady Bears (32-10) pulled out a 2-1 victory against the Roadrunners at the Mississippi Gulf Coast Classic earlier this season.


Lucky Baseball Fans To Receive Fiesta Medals
The baseball team (26-15, 11-7 C-USA) will return home this weekend for a crucial three-game Conference USA series with Charlotte (11-25-1, 4-13 C-USA). We will be giving away UTSA Fiesta medals to several lucky fans in the stands for the 6 p.m. matchup on Friday. Saturday is Pirate Day, so bring your kids out in their pirate costumes. There also will be a balloon artist on hand for the 2 p.m. contest. Sunday’s series finale is scheduled for 11:30 a.m.


Garrett Jr. Named Conference USA Athlete of the Week Again
Richard Garrett Jr. was tabbed Conference USA Athlete of the Week on Tuesday for the second time in five weeks. The All-American led the field of 15 shot putters at last Saturday’s UTSA Invitational with a throw of 64-1, which was just two-and-a-half inches shy of his program record. The Garland native also was runner-up in the discus. Garrett currently ranks sixth in the nation in the shot put and leads C-USA in both the shot and discus. The track & field teams will return to action at Saturday's J. Fred Duckett Twilight in Houston.


Easter egg hunt
The softball team joined more 75 youngsters in an Easter egg hunt following last Saturday’s softball game against No. 16 Tulsa.

Final Thoughts
Greetings from Santa Monica, Calif., where I am attending the Collegiate Sports Summit, a conference put together by athletics directors for athletics directors. We’re discussing industry best practices, leadership and networking on the litany of current NCAA issues. Clearly, there is a mood of change in the Pacific Coast air.

A draft governance structure will be presented to the NCAA Board of Directors tomorrow. The revision draft has been circulated to NCAA members and it is complex. By far the biggest anticipated change is the proposal to allow greater autonomy for the 65 schools from the Big Five conferences (Atlantic Coast, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12 and Southeastern).

The NCAA Steering Committee on Governance will meet again in June or July to consider membership reactions and comments on the “draft” governance structure model. In the meantime, Conference USA presidents and athletic directors will meet the second week in May to determine if we will address governance issues as a conference or as individual schools.

Faced with the Northwestern football team’s vote on unionization Friday, NCAA President Mark Emmert has done several interviews with national media to provide facts and data on pay-for-play (click here to see the NCAA’s position on pay-for-play and unionization).

I recently was interviewed on a San Antonio radio station on this subject. Please click here and scroll down to the bottom of the page to listen to my thoughts from April 10.

These are interesting debates, but I truthfully would rather be back in San Antonio watching our softball game with Baylor tonight. I’m looking forward to leaving “governance” and “Big Five autonomy” behind, and returning home for our baseball series with Charlotte this weekend. I plan to have a cotton candy at the Fiesta Carnival after watching the Football Fiesta Spring Game on Saturday at the Alamodome.

Why don’t you come join me?

Go Runners!

Sincerely,

Lynn Hickey
Director of Athletics

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