Tech/TCU Playing for a Saddle Again
TCU and Texas Tech getting themselves a trophy for their annual football meeting.
The Big 12 rivals are bringing back the Saddle Trophy to present to the winner of the game. The Saddle Trophy had a nice nine-year run from 1961 to 1970 before it was lost. The saddle will be dubbed the West Texas Championship Trophy thanks to Tech's geographic location and Fort Worth's motto "Where the West Begins."
M.L. Leddy's Boots and Saddlery in Fort Worth created the new saddle.
North Texas seeks approval for indoor facility
North Texas AD Wren Baker is presenting a proposal for North Texas' new indoor practice facility to the University this week. The facility is to be built near the Mean Green Athletic Center at the cost of $18.9 million. A total $7.5 million in gifts is expected to go toward construction that is slated to be completed in July of 2019.
According to the great Brett Vito UNT has worked to upgrade its venues since Baker arrived and has renovated sites across campus, including the Mean Green Athletic Center and the Ernie Kuehne Basketball Practice Facility, and the Super Pit.
Future plans include a new track/soccer venue, a softball stadium, baseball stadium, and indoor tennis facility.
A&M building a luxury hotel across the street from Kyle Field
A&M is opening a Hotel and Conference Center right across from Kyle Field, on the location of the old athletic dorm Cain Hall. The hotel is set to open in August of 2018, just in time for football season.
Want a room? That may be a problem. A&M held an online auction for the right to reserve a room for ten years. Bids ranged from $125,000 to $475,000. The ten-year gig means, among other things, “right of first refusal for all Texas A&M football home games,” “Right to book your room any night of the year with at least 45 days’ notice” and a “name plaque displayed outside your room or suite.” Now you still have to pay for the nights you stay in the room, for the 2018 football season those rates are $299 a night for non-conference opponents and $399 a night for SEC opponents.
The rest of the room options, are to be parceled out by lottery. The cost to enter the lottery was $5,000, so if you've got that kind of cash laying around knock yourself out.
The UIL Playoffs Start This Week
If you love football in this state, then it's time to get out to your local high school for the playoffs. The next six weeks are an unabashed party of prep football. By prep, we mean high school, not like guys named biff with polo shirts.
Go to texasfootball.com for the complete brackets, game times, and locations.
Also mark down December 20th thru the 23rd and try to get to AT&T Stadium for the state championship games. Tickets are fifteen bucks a day and you get to see at least three title games. Pro-tip, the lower classification games are ten kinds of fun.