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The AD's Corner — Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014


Volleyball Wins Conference USA Opener, To Return Home This Weekend
Two days after beating Baylor for the first time since 1990, UTSA opened its Conference USA schedule on Monday night with a sweep at UTEP.

The Roadrunners (5-7, 1-0 C-USA) will return home to the Convocation Center for a 7 p.m. match on Friday against Florida Atlantic (10-4, 1-0 C-USA) and 1 p.m. two days later when they host North Texas (9-4, 0-0 C-USA).

Reigning C-USA Offensive Player of the Week Dempsey Thornton paced the Roadrunners with 16 kills against the Miners, while Dajana Boskovic recorded her third double-double of the season with 13 winners and 10 digs to go along with three blocks.


Roadrunners To Open C-USA Schedule
UTSA (1-2) begins its search for a Conference USA West Division title on the road on Saturday at Florida Atlantic (1-3). The inter-division matchup can be seen beginning at 4 p.m., (CT) on KMYS-CW 35 in San Antonio, The CW South Texas in Corpus Christi and on Time Warner Cable Sports Channel 323 throughout the Lone Star State.

Jay Howard (play-by-play), Don Harris (analyst) and Jim Goodman (sidelines) will call the action for the first-ever meeting between the two programs. The telecast will be produced by Quarter Moon Productions, the producers of “UTSA Football Insider,” which can be seen weekly on FOX Sports Southwest, Comcast Sports Net Houston, Time Warner Cable Sports Channel and KMYS-CW 35.


Rowdy Raids The Mike Taylor Show
UTSA mascot Rowdy the Roadrunner raided The Mike Taylor Show on Monday to present the radio sports talk show host with a bounty of UTSA gifts.

Roadrunners Sports Network play-by-play announcer Andy Everett was beginning his weekly dialogue with Taylor on Monday when Rowdy, Associate Athletics Director for Marketing Jim Goodman and Athletics Video Producer/Director Spencer Jones barged into The Ticket 760 studio.

Rowdy presented Taylor with UTSA football and baseball jerseys, a baseball jersey for his wife, Jennifer, and a bag of pistachios.

"I am a fan and you did not have to do this," Taylor said.

He then went on to explain his new-found belief in the Roadrunners.

Click here to watch a video of the complete radio segment.

Taylor can be heard weekdays from 6-9 a.m. on Ticket 760.


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"Lead Out" Game Just 10 Days Away
UTSA fans are being encouraged to “Get the Lead Out” for the Roadrunners’ next home football game on Saturday, Oct. 4, against New Mexico.

For the first time in its history, UTSA will wear an alternative gray jersey against the Lobos and the special game-worn adidas jerseys will be auctioned off over a three-week period following the game.

Roadrunners fans will be able to bid on the jerseys on goUTSA.com.

Call the Roadrunner Athletic Fund at (210) 458-4665 for more information on the auction.

UTSA fans also are being encouraged to wear lead or gray Roadrunners T-shirts to the game. Click here to purchase your lead or gray shirts today.

To purchase tickets for the game, call (210) 458-UTSA (8872) or click here.


Jr. Roadrunners Autographs

UTSA Basketball Players Visit Jr. Roadrunners
For the second year in a row, the youth basketball league at the McKenna New Braunfit Gym in New Braunfels will be called the Jr. Roadrunners League.

Last year, men’s head coach Brooks Thompson took a preseason weekend practice to McKenna. Last week, three members of the men’s team paid a surprise visit, as Jr. Roadrunners registered for their fall leagues on Tuesday and Thursday.

UTSA players Ryan Bowie, Phillip Jones and Austin Karrer signed autographs and promoted the Rowdy Runners Kids' Club.

New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung sports editor Pat Turner met the players at McKenna and filed an article about Karrer, a freshman guard from New Braunfels Canyon High School (click here to read the story).

Youngsters in kindergarten through eighth grade can register online for the Rowdy Runners Kids Club and receive free admission to all on-campus regular season UTSA athletics events.  Click here to sign up today.


J.T. Gilmore Thank-A-Thon Jessica Waldrip Thank-A-Thon

Roadrunners Athletes Call To Say Thanks
Seventy-one UTSA student-athletes spent three evenings last week calling nearly 1,700 Roadrunner Athletic Fund donors and writing thank you letters to another 250 for whom we did not have phone numbers.

"Over a three-night span, student-athletes from all of our sports spent time thanking Roadrunner Athletic Fund donors for their support," RAF Development Associate Victor Yates said. "We already have received positive feedback from donors via social media and text messages talking about how cool it was to receive a call from the student-athletes.”

Click here for more information on the Roadrunner Athletic Fund or to become a member today.


Lynn Hickey at Gallery 23 Exhibit

University Center Gallery 23 Hosts UTSA Traditions Exhibit
I recently attended the opening reception of the UTSA Traditions exhibit with Gallery 23. I truly enjoyed the spirited welcome from the Spirit of San Antonio Marching Band and the UTSA Cheerleaders, as well as the opening remarks on UTSA traditions from Dr. Romo and the current Mr. and Ms. UTSA.

If you were not able to attend the reception, try to stop by and experience the exhibit during the fall semester. The exhibit will run until Dec. 12 and the Gallery 23 is open from 11 a.m.- 7 p.m. on Monday-Thursday and 11 a.m.–5 p.m. on Friday.

The exhibit includes photographs, images and artifacts provided from the UTSA community. As you explore the exhibit, you will hear UTSA students talk about their favorite traditions and why they are important to our campus culture. This showcase of UTSA spirit and pride is an effort to bring together the entire UTSA community including students, faculty, staff and alumni. The entire UTSA community has contributed to the various traditions that have added to our vibrant campus culture. In addition to our graduate’s proven academic excellence and contributions to the world, these traditions also bring positive attention to our university.

For more information about the exhibit and Gallery 23, please contact Jana Schwartz at (210) 458-5099 or via email by clicking here.


UTSA Loses Long-Time Fan
Long-time UTSA fan Dewey Davis passed away last week. Dewey was one of the original professors hired after UTSA was established in 1969.

He and his wife, Ruth, have been Roadrunners season ticket holders since the inception of the athletics program. Each year, they also provide funds for the Circle 4D Scholarship, an award presented to a varsity male or female student athlete from a rural community who maintains a 2.75 minimum cumulative GPA.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Ruth and her family. The Roadrunners lost one their most loyal fans.


Final Thoughts
As a former coach, it’s terribly difficult for me to talk about something like the Conference USA Football Championship Game and a possible postseason bowl trip. It had to have been an old ball coach who first said, "Never count your chickens before they hatch."

However, UTSA fans never have participated in either a postseason football championship game or bowl trip. If we take one game at a time and wait until the end of the season to begin educating our fan base on postseason possibilities, it will be too late.  

So I’m wincing as I write, but, at the same time, I’m sending this message with a joyful heart. What a great problem to have to be talking about championships and bowl games in only our fourth year of play.

The C-USA Championship Game will be played on Dec. 6 between the East and West Division champions. The team with the highest C-USA winning percentage will host the game. Television will determine the kickoff time.

The winner of the championship game will have its pick of five, possibly six bowl games. As soon as the championship game is completed, the conference office will begin filling its available bowl slots, which will be announced on Dec. 7. Teams must have six regular season wins to qualify for a bowl invitation.

Below are the bowl destination possibilities for C-USA members:

· Gildan New Mexico Bowl — Dec. 20 — Albuquerque, N.M.
· Boca Raton Bowl — Dec. 23 — Boca Raton, Fla.
· Popeye’s Bahamas Bowl — Dec. 24 — Nassau, Bahamas
· Hawai’l Bowl — Dec. 24 — Honolulu, Hawai`i
· Heart of Dallas Bowl — Dec. 26 — Dallas, Texas
· Duck Commander Independence Bowl — Dec. 27 — Shreveport, La.

As you can see, there is very little time between the last regular season game on Nov. 29 and the C-USA Championship Game on Dec. 6. And there are less than two weeks between Bowl Selection Sunday on Dec. 7 and the first C-USA bowl game on Dec. 20.

We are not counting our chickens, but we will be counting UTSA fans who are interested in attending both the championship game and a bowl game. If UTSA hosts the championship game and the Roadrunners are invited to a bowl, the ticket office will contact you immediately with ticket information.

As we approach the required six victories for a bowl invitation, more information will be provided to the more than 70,000 UTSA fans who receive this newsletter. You will be able to pre-order tickets to each of the possible bowl destinations. We will be asking for credit card information and a commitment to attend specific bowl games.

There will be an even shorter fuse on the C-USA Championship Game. Season ticket holders will be able to purchase their current seats if the Roadrunners are fortunate enough to host the championship game. Plenty of seats also will be available for non-season ticket holders.

Please begin to think about where you will be on Dec. 6 and during the Christmas holidays. I know this is a busy time of year, but we would like to have you at the Alamodome for a possible C-USA Championship Game and as a part of the our inaugural postseason bowl trip.

There, I said what I needed to say, but I’m still cringing. Once a coach, always a coach. How cool it is to get to "cringe" over having an opportunity to make collegiate history, again?

Go Runners!

Sincerely,

Lynn Hickey
Director of Athletics

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