Oh. You mean those two sports that Spanny promised to look into back in 2004? Nothing. Nothing has been done.
Do you know how hard it is to stay civil when you keep throwing what I consider to be S like this out?
He brought us one of the absolute finest on-campus arenas in the country and what do you do? Bitch about the fact that in 2009, he didn't revisit football. The pitfalls of building the arena were numerous and documented, and we got the best case scenario, an outstanding facility, equiped with all the bells and whistles, on campus, that is the best in the region, equal with the Big XII and SEC in the state and one of the best in the entire nation. But because he didn't bring the only sport you apparently care about to UTA, he is a failure.
Spaniolo has single-handedly done more the the athletic department than any other president in UTA history. During his time he spearheaded CPC, oversaw renovations to Maverick Stadium's locker rooms, brought the indoor batting cages and gave preliminary approval to the Allan Saxe renovation. And that's just in facilities.
He personally initiated the move to the WAC and saw a part of moving to the Sun Belt. I saw him at more athletic events than I ever saw Sorber or Whitt, which the tally for me personally was zero. And he brought in Jim Baker, which really seems to be a great move for our department.
During his time here, the men's basketball team made all but one of their postseason tournament appearances, including their lone NCAA, the women made all but one of their postseason appearances, including their only two NCAA appearances, baseball has made two postseason appearances, and half of their regular or postseason championships have come under his watch.
Almost every sport is trending up. Baseball is, at least on the surface, back to being a contender every year, something that hasn't happened since the Butch McBroom run of 14 straight winning seasons in the '80's and '90's. Men's basketball has never been brighter. The women have an exciting new coach. Same with softball. The track team once again produced All-Americans this year. Cross Country won a WAC title with underclassmen. Men's golf was a few strokes out of first and had the individual champion in the conference. The tennis team had mixed results and only volleyball in trending downward, but they had no seniors this past year, so there is a reason to be optimistic there.
And on top of it, there is still a timeline that has been announced that is being followed. They said we need to upgrade our facilities for the existing sports before football. That is exactly what they are doing.
So please take the bitterness of the only sport you seem to care about out and realize we have upgraded from a SLC contender to a bonafide mid-major in all sports, and enjoy what we have. We offer some great sports and some great athletes.
On top of it, we are unquestionably in compliance with Title IX now. Why would we add sports when there isn't a need for that reason? I made the case here, my-case-for-women-s-soccer-t1285809.html
, for women's soccer. But it wasn't for Title IX.