March 26, 2014
FOOTBALL SEASON-TICKET RENEWALS
If you haven’t done so already, please make sure to renew your football season tickets and/or donor parking before the April 25 deadline. Also, don’t forget to request your tickets to road games at the same time you renew your season tickets. We very much appreciate your support and thank everyone who has already renewed.
SUPER SOCIAL FROGS
You might have noticed an increase in our social media coverage of the game day and fan experience at home athletic events last weekend. If you’re going to “Amp Up” your social media efforts, who better to enlist for help than your own student body! Our social media-savvy group is called the Super Social Frogs. Be on the lookout for them at any of our upcoming home events.
WOMEN’S BASKETBALL UPDATE
I very much appreciate all the continued suggestions in regards to our women’s basketball head coach opening. We have an excellent pool of candidates and look to have this process concluded shortly.
AMP IT UP
To enhance our football game-day presentation, we have national marketing consultant Guido D’Elia on campus for a visit. Guido is well known throughout the country for working with universities and their football programs to improve the in-game experience for fans. Guido’s past clients, ranging in various capacities from critique consultation to full implementation, include Arizona, Arkansas, Duke, Penn State, Rutgers, the Rose Bowl and BCS National Championship Game.
ON THE DOCKET
Please note that tonight’s baseball game with UTPA has been canceled due to inclement weather. The 5:30 p.m. men’s tennis home match versus Texas A&M-Corpus Christi has been moved indoors. Men’s tennis also has home contests this weekend versus Oklahoma State on Friday at 5:30 p.m. and Oklahoma on Sunday at 1 p.m. Cooper Robinson will represent our swimming and diving program at the NCAA Championships in Austin, while our track and field program also heads to the state capital for the Texas Relays. Equestrian will be at the Big 12 Championships in Waco, while baseball travels to Oklahoma State for a three-game series. Women’s tennis is at Iowa State and West Virginia with men’s golf heading to the U.S. Intercollegiate in Palo Alto, Calif.
BIG 12 CORNER
Congratulations to the men’s basketball programs at Baylor and Iowa State as they represent the Big 12 in the Sweet 16 at the NCAA Tournament. We also have Baylor and Oklahoma State in the Sweet 16 on the women’s side.
MEET THE STAFF
Shawn Jackson is in his second season as an assistant coach with our track and field program. Shawn works with our student-athletes in jumps and has been instrumental in developing Lorraine Ugen into a two-time national champion. Shawn came to us after 17 years as associate head coach at Louisiana Tech, his alma mater. He helped establish the Bulldogs into a national power in track and field, highlighted by coaching long jumper Chelsea Hayes to a spot on the 2012 United States Olympic Team. A native of Buffalo, N.Y., Shawn was a standout student-athlete and part of a conference championship 4x100-meter relay team in 1992. Shawn earned a bachelor’s degree in general studies and has completed the course work for a master's in sports science from Louisiana Tech.
Shawn and his wife, Sharon, have three sons: Kevin, Adrian and Romello.
NAME THE MOVIE QUOTE
Last Week's Answer: Thanks to Wes Phelan for submitting the classic line from Spinal Tap, “He was the patron saint of quality footwear.”
This Week's Quote: “Yeah, well, at least your name isn't Michael Bolton.”
The Ocean State University Orcas women’s basketball team has advanced to the second round of the NCAA tournament. Since the tournament is being hosted in a neighboring state, the demand for tickets is high. OSU has permitted each player to get six complimentary admissions, but Charity Stripe is still looking for four additional tickets to get her family and friends to the game tomorrow.
A few of Charity's teammates are not utilizing all of their complimentary admissions, but that still leaves Charity one short for her friend. The director of operations was hospitalized recently and won’t be able to travel with the team, so she told Charity that she could use one of her tickets for her friend.
Is it permissible for Charity to use the DOBO's ticket for her friend (who also happens to be a recent commit to the Orcas) for the game?
No. It would be an extra benefit for a coach/administrator to give a ticket to a student-athlete to be used as complimentary admission for a student-athlete's guest. Student-athletes may only provide up to the maximum allowed per game. NCAA Bylaw 188.8.131.52.1 states that an institution may provide each student-athlete who participates in or is a member of a team participating in a postseason event (e.g., conference championship, NCAA Championship, National Invitation Tournament, bowl game) with six complimentary admissions to all intercollegiate athletics events at the site at which the student (or team) participates.
Additionally, NCAA Staff Interpretation - 6/14/96 - Complimentary Admissions to NCAA Championships - states that it is not permissible, under any circumstances, for a student-athlete to provide a prospect with a complimentary admission to an NCAA Championship or other postseason contest in which the student-athlete is a participant.
KEEP IN TOUCH
Please let us know if you ever have any questions or concerns regarding our program. This is also your program and we value your feedback. We welcome all calls and emails.
Christopher M. Del Conte
Director of Intercollegiate Athletics