Southland Round-Up

Southland to use full video replay in 2014

The Southland Conference will implement full replay for football regardless of television coverage for games beginning in the 2014 season. The use of full NCAA instant replay was passed at the recent Southland Conference board of directors annual spring meeting.

The Southland Conference is the first FCS league to fully commit to having all games utilize instant replay.

Bowers Stadium gets a seat lift

Look guys, new seats!

Look guys, new seats!

Work has begun on new improvements to the west grandstand of Bowers Stadium.

Several rows will be replaced with a seating area that is more compliant with American Disabilities Act (ADA) guidelines. Other improvements to the West side include the installation of hand rails on the steps in the aisles in the Orange chair back seating section.

Finally to accommodate the demand for more premium seating at Bowers Stadium, new chair back seating will be added to other sections as well.

“Our season ticket holders are very important to us here at Sam Houston,” Bearkat director of athletics Bobby Williams said. “The improvements to accommodate ticket holders that fall within the ADA guideline, the new hand rails in the aisles for chair back customers plus the opportunity to expand our base of chair back season ticket customers will make the football experience at Bowers even better.”

HBU gets a big gift for their new stadium, thanks to Bob McNair

Look guys, new stadium!

Look guys, new stadium!

Houston Baptist University has received a $3 million gift from Robert and Janice McNair to support the construction of the Huskies' new on-campus football stadium.
"Janice and I believe HBU is one of the leading universities in Christian higher education; we also recognize the values of football and as such, see this as a worthwhile contribution to continue that excellence," Robert McNair said. "As we've seen with the Texans, the sport of football provides a rallying point for the whole community. We see that same dynamic taking shape at HBU, and we are proud to be part of it."
HBU's playing surface, Dunham Field, as well as the buildings that comprise the HBU Football Complex, were installed during the summer of 2013. Construction on the stadium's seating, ticketing and press box areas is scheduled to begin later this month, and the McNairs' gift will aid in the completion of those projects.
The Huskies expect to open the 2014 campaign, their first official season as an NCAA Division I FCS competitor, at home against McMurry on Sept. 6 at the new stadium, which has yet to be officially named.

Incarnate Word books Baylor

Incarnate Word and Baylor University have agreed to meet in a football game on August 31, 2019 in Waco.

The game will be played at Baylor's brand new McLane Stadium that is scheduled to be ready for the start of the 2014 season. 

Cardinals coach Larry Kennan is just happy to be here thank you very much "I am honored and thrilled that Baylor has agreed to play us in 2019," said UIW head coach Larry Kennan.  "It shows how far our program has come and the direction we are headed."

UIW Directors of Athletics Mark Papich "Playing Baylor in football is just another exciting step in the growth and expansion of the UIW Brand.  We have always maintained that the move to NCAA Division I would be in line with the goals we strive for spiritually and academically.  We want our student-athletes to reach for something more, to be challenged on a daily basis and to leave UIW stronger in their faith and knowledge with a sense of accomplishment for accepting those challenges."

Posted on May 28, 2014 .