• #1601 by jbcarol on 04 Jan 2018
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  • #1603 by jbcarol on 20 Jan 2018
  • sports‏Verified account @aldotcomSports

    New AD Allen Greene: Auburn will dig 'a little bit deeper' into football-only facility 'pretty soon'

    "Coach Malzahn already hit me up for a standalone football facility, so I think that's going to be on the docket," new Auburn athletics director Allen Greene said, half-jokingly, during his introductory press conference on Friday.

    It's no secret that Malzahn would like a football-only facility on Auburn's campus, and when asked about it last month -- shortly after his new seven-year, $49 million contract was agreed to in principle -- Malzahn said "you're always look to improve, and we'll see where that goes."

    "We'll sit down and we'll talk about it -- everything as far as football is concerned and all that, in due time," Malzahn said Friday. "We'll talk about that. That was a joke we brought up as we were getting to know each other and all that."

    Auburn's football operations -- including coaches' and staff offices, training room, weight room, practice facility and practice locker room -- are currently housed in the Auburn athletics complex, which opened in 1989 and is nearly 30 years old.

    Last year, then-athletics director Jay Jacobs said building a standalone football facility or upgrading the current athletics complex was not a top priority for the athletic department. Auburn's Board of Trustees was provided a document in May 2015 with a preliminary budget of $30 million in 2018 for a football-specific facility, and at the time Jacobs said his hope was to have a plan for either a new facility or renovations to the current one within five years.

    Auburn is currently constructing a $28 million gameday support facility at Jordan-Hare Stadium that includes a recruiting area, renovated home locker room, club seating and new press box in the southwest corner of the stadium.

    Auburn president Steven Leath said he has already shared the school's capital projects plans with Greene.

    "Some of the bigger long-term projects, like whether we need a standalone football facility, he needs a chance to study all that," Leath said.
  • #1604 by jbcarol on 25 Jan 2018
  • Michael Carvell‏ @Michael_Carvell

    State investigation finds two Tennessee athletic staff members accepted impermissible gifts from vendors

    One Tennessee athletic department staff member is being disciplined and another has received counsel on school policy after an investigation by the Tennessee comptroller found that they had violated program rules related to accepting outside gifts.

    State of Tennessee Comptroller Justin Wilson released on Wednesday the results of his investigation into “possible discrepancies” that were made known to his office by the university’s audit and compliance department.

    Wilson found that two members of the athletic department’s staff– the director of sports surface management and another unspecified employee — accepted impermissible gifts from vendors at various points in both 2014 and 2016. Blake Toppmeyer of Knox News reports that Darren Seybold is the director of sports surface management at the school.

    “Investigators determined the director of sports surface management violated university policy when he accepted at least two paid trips and related entertainment from a department vendor which had previously been awarded an equipment lease worth $763,898,” Wilson’s statement of findings reads. “In 2016, the director traveled to Illinois for two days of golf, and he also participated in a golf scramble in Georgia. The vendor provided lodging, air fare (when applicable), green fees, and other privileges. This violated UT’s policy prohibiting university employees from accepting entertainment or other gifts exceeding $75 in value.”

    Seybold further violated Tennessee policy in April of 2016 when he failed to record two days of leave on his university time records when he took a trip to The Masters golf tournament. A vendor paid for the director’s event pass, although he was paid back.

    The 2014 incident involved both employees and another trip to The Masters, again a violation of the school’s policy that prohibits the acceptance of gifts or entertainment exceeding $75 in value.

    The pair “attended one day of the Masters Golf Tournament as guests of a potential vendor that was actively marketing its product to the university.” Toppmeyer reports Tennessee ultimately did not purchase from the vendor.

    According to both reports, Seybold “told investigators that he felt he was representing the University of Tennessee while he participated in these trips and that he used the opportunities to speak with manufacturing representatives about the use of field maintenance equipment. Furthermore, he told investigators that he was unaware of the university policy that prohibited his acceptance of gifts.”

    Wilson warned the university of the consequences of these violations and encouraged the school to focus on more training.
  • #1605 by jbcarol on 02 Feb 2018
  • LSU Softball
    ‏ @LSUsoftball
    21h21 hours ago

    LSU announces Softball Performance Center, largest in SEC softball #GeauxTigers


  • #1606 by Inhogswetrust on 02 Feb 2018
  • LSU Softball
    ‏ @LSUsoftball
    21h21 hours ago

    LSU announces Softball Performance Center, largest in SEC softball #GeauxTigers


    With their budget problems from the state they are converting the Library I guess.
  • #1607 by jbcarol on 09 Feb 2018
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  • #1609 by jbcarol on 06 Mar 2018
  • Sadness in Starkville

    Mississippi State Bulldogs baseball team will finally make its debut in its home stadium on Wednesday, but there may be a big problem.

    Cowbells may not be allowed inside.

    Newly renovated Duly Noble Field at Polk-DeMent Stadium in Starkville — nicknamed the New Dude — will open for baseball on Tuesday after a multi-year renovation project. But a couple of tweets from the Bulldogs baseball account on Monday indicate that a staple of Mississippi State sporting events may not get to celebrate the fun.

    At noon, this tweet came through:

    MSU Baseball

    ‏Verified account @HailStateBB

    cowbells will not be permitted inside the #NewDude

  • #1610 by jbcarol on 13 Mar 2018

  • Michael Carvell
    ‏ @Michael_Carvell

    LOOK: Missouri begins south end zone demolition at Memorial Stadium

    After the south end zone scoreboard was removed on Monday, complete demolition of the current south end zone started on Tuesday.

    The project, which will cost $98 million, will provide state-of-the-art training facilities for Missouri, while also adding premium seating opportunities and game-day enhancements for fans. It was approved by the university’s board of curators in August.

    The project is not expected to be completed until August 2019.
  • #1611 by jbcarol on 28 Mar 2018
  • sports
    ‏Verified account @aldotcomSports

    "Yesterday afternoon's Birmingham City Council vote to help fund a new downtown stadium and upgrade Legacy Arena did a lot of things for Alabama's largest city.

    Most importantly, it sent a message to itself. This town is starting to have a little faith."

    Bowl game site with SEC affiliation
  • #1612 by jbcarol on 02 Apr 2018
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  • Kevin Brockway
    ‏ @gatorhoops

    Gators AD Scott Stricklin: New football facility will not have 'gold-plated toilets and water falls'

    Just to be clear, Florida Gators Athletics Director Scott Stricklin says his program’s new stand-alone football facility is going to be nice, but not over-the-top ostentatious.

    “You don’t want to be frivolous,” Stricklin said on our Open Mike radio show the other day when talking about UF’s $130 million in upcoming projects that include $65 million for a new football facility, $50 million for a new baseball stadium and $11 million in improvements to the softball stadium. “We’re not going to have gold-plated toilets in any of these facilities. We’re not going to have waterfalls in the locker rooms. … You want to make sure you’re spending in a really smart way.

    “One of the great benefits of being at a place like Florida is, you can do really nice, first-class facilities but you don’t have to be gimmicky about it in order to get attention,” Stricklin added. “The University of Florida brand is really strong, and young people are going to want to come visit our campus, and fans are going to want to come and support them. At some places — and I’m not talking about anybody in particular —
  • #1614 by jbcarol on 21 Apr 2018
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    The Advocate
    ‏Verified account @theadvocatebr
    19h19 hours ago

    Video: See eye-popping renderings of LSU football operations center; hall of fame, players lounge, more
  • #1617 by jbcarol on 09 May 2018
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  • Oscar Combs
    ‏ @wildcatnews

    Doors Close on Cliff Hagan Stadium for Regular Season Games As Cats Fall to Miss. State 18-8 - University of Kentucky

    LEXINGTON, Ky. – After 50 years, 733 victories and countless memories, Cliff Hagan Stadium hosted the final regular season game in its storied history on Sunday on a pristine late spring day befitting the best of what baseball has to offer.
    Although the outcome wasn't what No. 17 Kentucky and the capacity crowd had hoped – the Cats lost 18-8 to Mississippi State –

    A total of 91,551 fans attended home games this season, a school-record total for the program and the top eight regular season crowds in the stadium's history came in 2018. Combined with two postseason games last year, the top 10 crowds at the facility have all been the past two seasons.
    After a pregame ceremonial first pitch by five former coaches, the son of a former coach and stadium namesake Cliff Hagan, the Cats struggled ...
  • #1619 by jbcarol on 21 May 2018
  • #1620 by jbcarol on 25 May 2018
  • LEXINGTON, Ky. — Kentucky basketball finally sent notices to its season-ticket holders Friday announcing major changes coming to the game day experience at Rupp

    By the 2020-21 season, the facility will have four new club spaces, about 3,000 fewer seats and chair backs for upper-level sideline seats.

    The renovations were negotiated into the university’s new lease with the Lexington Center Corporation that runs through 2033. They could cost up to $15 million. Replacing bleachers with actual chairs from section 211 to 217 and from 228 to 234 will reduce the capacity of the arena to about 20,500.

    That would drop the historic building to sixth on the list of college basketball’s biggest cathedrals — but not necessarily take Kentucky out of the running for its annual attendance crown. The Wildcats have led the nation in attendance 20 times in the last 23 years. Second-place Syracuse averaged 21,462 last season.

    The bigger worry for Big Blue Nation in this renovation, though, will be the resulting reshuffle of upper-level seating. Athletic department officials briefed SEC Country and other local reporters Thursday on the details of the project and how changes will affect fans. Lower-level seating will be unaffected, but the entire upper level will be reseated.

    It is also possible upper-level student seating, which was often not full last season, will be reduced.
  • #1621 by jbcarol on 28 May 2018
  • Tony Barnhart
    ‏Verified account @MrCFB

    Tony Barnhart Retweeted Matt Jones

    This is the future in football and basketball, Matt. Fewer total seats and more premium seats with amenities.

    Thompson-Bowling Arena was ahead of the pack
  • #1622 by jbcarol on 30 May 2018
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  • sports
    ‏Verified account @aldotcomSports

    Auburn board to vote on starting project, architect for suite renovations at Jordan-Hare Stadium |
  • #1624 by jbcarol on 01 Jun 2018

    Coleman replacement options

    "It's leaning more towards the idea of a remodel but even there, we're not there yet," Byrne said Wednesday at SEC Spring Meetings in Destin. "We've been studying that and research in the marketplace about what would be supported and then we have to find a financial model that can work."

    Byrne said there still wasn't any kind of timetable set for when any changes would be designed, announced or implemented.

    Ole Miss spent $96.5 million building The Pavilion which opened in 2016 seating 9,500. Auburn Arena was built for $86 million in 2010 ($98 million when adjusted for inflation). It seats 9,121 for basketball.

    Coleman Coliseum has 15,383 seats in an airplane hangar-sized building that lacks the intimacy of the newer arenas. Even Kentucky is reducing the size of Rupp Arena by approximately 2,500 seats to add chair-back options and club amenities.

  • #1625 by jbcarol on 08 Jun 2018
  • Auburn board approves starting suite renovations at Jordan-Hare Stadium

    Auburn will renovate the suites at Jordan-Hare Stadium during the next two offseasons.

    The university's board of trustees approved beginning a two-phase project to renovate the suites on the East side of Jordan-Hare...

    The first phase of the project will "install operable windows in all" of the 79 suites, which presently have fixed windows. It will be performed after the upcoming football season and before the 2019 season, which Auburn opens against Oregon in Arlington, Texas before coming home to face Tulane on Sept. 7, 2019.

    The second phase will "upgrade the interior finishes" of the suites, King said, as well as improve the HVAC system, and will occur after the 2019 football season.

    Asked about potential impact to suite holders, specifically in terms of cost, Auburn athletic director Allen Greene told the board the athletic department hasn't raised suite prices during the last four years and that any increase in future prices would help mitigate the cost of the renovations.

  • #1626 by jbcarol on 09 Jun 2018
  • New stadiums in the State of Alabama: sports
    ‏Verified account @aldotcomSports

    UAB to pay $25,000 a game to lease new downtown stadium

    Birmingham Bowl site

    Former South Alabama coach Joey Jones on new stadium: 'The program is going to take off'

    South Alabama football fans heard the news they have been waiting for since the Jaguars' program started in 2009: there will be an on-campus stadium.

    The June 1 announcement has sparked a new-found interest in the South Alabama program.

    No one is as excited as former South Alabama coach and current Mississippi State special teams coordinator Joey Jones.

    Jones, 55, who resigned in December after nine seasons as Jaguars head coach: "They've been trying and working to get that stadium for years. I'm so glad they've got it. I know, being there for nine years, the struggles of not having the home stadium in the recruiting process, certainly, were a detriment, but now they've got it.

    "I think the program is going to take off to the next level. That tickles me to death. Those kids deserve it."

    Jones was asked if the problem was lack of a home stadium or the condition of the 70-year-old Mobile landmark.

    "A little of both," Jones said with a laugh. "I love Ladd. All of the traditions there, and I played there. I know about all the Senior Bowls, but for an 18-year-old man coming in that stadium isn't going to be what attracted him to Mobile."

    The new stadium will cost $73 million, with plans to raise that money through a combination of public, private and local government funding.

    How you'll be 'shocked' by minor league baseball in Madison

    Yes, there's going to be a swimming pool in the outfield and such diversified options at the concession stands that Ralph Nelson considers the hiring of the right stadium food and beverage supervisor to be critical.

    And, no, if you're thinking this is going to be the Huntsville Stars and Joe Davis Stadium 2.0, you're going to be more wrong than saying the sky is green.

    And then there's the Jimmy Buffett aspect, whose chain of Margaritaville hotels will have a location that will be integrated with the stadium. And if Buffett wanted to come to the stadium and sing some songs, well, "I don't think that's a long shot," Nelson said. "I'll leave that at that."