Photos: Rice announces new end zone facility project
The stadium economy in the state of Texas is booming.
Texas A&M is essentially building a brand new Kyle Field right now. TCU did the same with Amon Carter Stadium. Baylor, SMU, North Texas and Houston have built new stadiums. Texas, Texas Tech and Texas State have put significant work into their existing structures. Even FCS Abilene Christian and Division III Mary Hardin-Baylor have built new stadiums.
And then there’s Rice.
The Owls play in historic Rice Stadium, which opened in 1950, hosted a historic John F. Kennedy speech in 1962 and Super Bowl VIII in 1974. Problem is, Rice Stadium hasn’t changed much since then. The Owls have made the best of what they have, installing FieldTurf in 2006 and dropping capacity from 70,000 to a more realistic 47,000.
Still, Rice needs a home that matches the product it puts on the field. That Bailiff has posted two 10-win seasons, a Conference USA championship and now three straight bowl appearances speaks to his coaching ability. And now, thankfully, help is on the way.
The university has announced a $31.5 million end zone facility, which will begin construction toward the beginning of next year and open in time for the 2016 season. At 60,000 square feet, the facility will house a new weight room, locker room, coaching offices, a players lounge, meeting space, and all the other creature comforts of modern football headquarters. Athletics director Joe Karlgaard has described it as “the first in a series of upgrades to our stadium.” It’s a start, and a start that was a long time coming.
(Photos courtesy @Chronicle_Owls)
Video: Gary Pinkel’s coaching gear swag sends meeting room into a frenzy
Gary Pinkel walked into the Mizzou team meeting room over the weekend with the swagger of a professional wrestler, and his custom coaching gear for the day played a major role.
As part of their NFL Day, where players get to wear whatever they want to the last practice in Columbia before leaving for Citrus Bowl prep in Orlando, Pinkel walked into the meeting room decked out from head to toe in yellow and gold, with a yellow sweat suit, and gold shoes that would make former Olympic sprinter Michael Johnson jealous.
— Mizzou Football (@MizzouFootball) December 21, 2014
The best part of this entire video is the reaction from the players sitting closest to the aisle as Pinkel walks in, especially when they see those gold kicks he’s rocking.
Video of the Day – Mizzou receives their bowl gear
Monday December 22, 2014
Video of the Day
Mizzou receives their bowl gear
Video: Tom Herman’s first 24 hours as Houston’s head coach
The phrase “burning the candle at both ends” was invented with coaches like Tom Herman in mind.
From the end of last week through New Year’s Day – or January 12, depending on what happens in the Sugar Bowl – Herman will wear two important, all-consuming hats: offensive coordinator of an Ohio State team striving for a national championship, and head coach of a Houston program looking to re-tool in its quest to become the premier Group of Five program in college football.
Cameras followed Herman as he took off his scarlet and gray hat for his Cougar red hat, flying from Columbus to Houston for a day of introductions as Houston’s head coach.
Finally, you know a coaching hire is important to a university when the athletics director, president and the chancellor show up to make statements at the introductory press conference.
Watch the West side of Kyle Field come crashing down
Back in February of 2013, Texas A&M announced plans for a $450+ million renovation of Kyle Field that would appropriately take one of the most iconic stadiums in the country into the 21st century.
This morning the renovations of Kyle Field started a new chapter – literally with a bang – as crews used dynamite to implode of the West side of the stadium.
Hundreds gathered to see the historic moment, and while it is a bit sad to see history torn down, the renderings of what the Aggies are upgrading to make this moment more exciting than sad…at least to most.
Here’s a video of the implosion, along with a few reactions from Twitter.
Kyle Field’s west side is no more. https://t.co/Qu2T8kGPRy
— TexAgs (@TexAgs) December 21, 2014
— Texas A&M Football (@AggieFootball) December 21, 2014
My dad and son waiting on final minutes of Kyle Field west side: pic.twitter.com/KMthN9nURj
— Brent Zwerneman (@BrentZwerneman) December 21, 2014