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GreatDane87

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  1. Even I have to admit that I might have been wrong about the AD's ability to raise the level of UAlbany's athletics program. This is great....a real accomplishment. But now it is time to turn to some of the other sports and athletes that receive a fraction of the Athletic Department's attention.....such as softball and baseball. Since just about all of the outdoor sports will have new and improved venues, wouldn't it make some sense to take care of the softball and baseball teams as well? Doing so would complete the vision in the 2010 project and continue this impressive rise. McElroy has made UAlbany a winner PETE IORIZZO, COMMENTARY Published 9:38 p.m., Wednesday, August 8, 2012 1 of 4. UAlbany's Vice President for Athletic Administration/ Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Dr. Lee A. McElroy Jr. talks about UAlbany playing in the Colonial Athletic Association starting in 2013, on Wednesday Aug. 7, 2012 in Albany, NY. (Philip Kamrass / Times Union) ALBANY — Lee McElroy wasn't supposed to be announcing that the University at Albany football program is joining the Colonial Athleltic Association, one of the top FCS conferences. And he certainly wasn't supposed to be making the announcement in the shadow of a rising football stadium, a project that will be completed in 2013. But of course, he also wasn't supposed to oversee 57 conference championships, two trips to the NCAA men's basketball tournament, one appearance in the NCAA women's basketball tournament and an FCS playoff game, either. No, only one thing was supposed to happen after McElroy left American University to become UAlbany's athletic director in 2000. He was supposed to get fired. "They told me it was a career killer," McElroy said. "Don't go!" *** Now, of course, it's the university that shouldn't want McElroy to go, especially not after he and president George Philip managed to get construction started on their football stadium, a project so miraculously brought back from the dead they might as well name it Lazarus Field. (Bob Ford Field works, too.) Moving to the CAA in football in 2013 is the perfect complement to the stadium project. The Great Danes are getting a real football stadium. Now they'll be playing a fitting brand of football, too, against FCS powers like Delaware, James Madison, Maine and New Hampshire. By 2015, UAlbany also will be full-scholarship and able to play so-called "guarantee games" against college football's top programs. UAlbany vs. Alabama? Hey, it could happen. Not only will those games grant the Danes national exposure and kindle some local interest — even in lopsided defeat — but they bring revenue of $500,000-$800,000. But McElroy's tenure shouldn't be defined by football's growth alone. When he arrived at UAlbany, the school was in its Division I infancy and without a conference affiliation in any sport other than football. Five years later, the Danes made the first of two NCAA men's basketball appearances. Meanwhile, the track program continued to rise as an East Coast power, and, in 2007, the lacrosse program went to the national quarterfinals. Women's basketball was a longtime also-ran, but McElroy made a brilliant hire in Katie Abrahamson-Henderson, who this past spring took the Danes to the NCAA Tournament in her second season. The school also built a new lacrosse stadium and field hockey surface and kept the Giants happy enough to return for 16 summers. "He's able to create a pretty decent feeling of family, where you get the feeling everybody is trying to help you win," UAlbany football coach Bob Ford said. "You say, 'Well, sure, but that's true at every university.' Oh, no. It's not. Not even close." *** None of this is to say McElroy leads a flawless department. Here's one weakness: It often fails to capitalize on the publicity its successes should offer. Sometimes, it seems UAlbany has mastered public perception about as well as I've mastered quantum mechanics. In fact, at a news conference Wednesday, even McElroy made a joke about the school's sometimes clumsy handling of information. He quipped that he was announcing "the least best-kept secret in college football." But building a public image is secondary to building winning programs, which is what fans, alumni, coaches and the athletes care about most. There were few who thought McElroy — or anyone else, for that matter — could win at a school that 12 years ago still was just in its Division I infancy. "They said, 'Why would you want to take a job at a place that hasn't proven itself?'" McElroy recalled. "I said, 'That's why I want to take it. So we can build a foundation.'" The foundation is here. And, to the surprise of some, McElroy still is, too. piorizzo@timesunion.com * 518-454-5425 * @PeteIorizzo Read more: http://www.timesunion.com/sports/article/McElroy-has-made-UAlbany-a-winner-3773724.php#ixzz234HZ6Ua5
  2. Finally a done deal.....now on to the other sports that need a little facelift...
  3. I just got an email from the university inviting me to an exciting announcement with the Athletics AD and Coach Ford.....could it be the announcement that catapults Albany to the CAA and changes the university's sports landscape for the foreseeable future??? Looks like it is going to be a great day!
  4. Sean is going to do great...he is a hard worker who is very smart.....what a way to start his pro career!
  5. and the next thing you'll hear is.......crickets......as no one has an answer!
  6. Click the end is near....we are in a conference that is not aggressive at all. Read the American East Commissioner's statement. Sorry, but it does not inspire me at all when you think that the most consistent performing school in the conference is leaving and the darling of the college sports world, Stony Brook, is probably right behind them.
  7. Congratulations to Sean Lucas for being the 772 player drafted in the 2012 MLB draft.....Sean went to the Cincinnati Reds! Way to go Sean!
  8. True....but hopefully, Stony Brooks success will reasonate into the Albany program and will encourage administration to take the necessary actions to raise the bar for the baseball team. Improved visibility will result in an improved crop of potential recruits. The baseball program did some things for the first time such as broadcasting live game stats on the internet. This is a major step forward!
  9. Patch.....I understand.....but a small faction of the 24 million dollars is from donations. It is mostly from the state. Just because the athletic department administration ignored the facilities issue for so long, why should any individual sport suffer. I also realize the baseball and softball produce no revenue so it is totally sustained by the university unlike football and basketball. It is just time that the issue is placed on the table for the generation of suitable solutions by the schools administration. Just like many complained about here, better facilities bring better recruits. While it shouldn't matter, I know it does.
  10. Baseball goes for the sweep of defending America East champs Maine today. No matter what happens today, UA has won both weekend series and the team has very quietly earned 10 conference wins including a win over Stony Brook. The team is playing some of its best baseball of the year and the pitching is peaking at the right time. If they make it the conference championship this year, I believe that will be 4 or 5 years in a row.. Dont be fooled by their overall record, they play an insane out of conference schedule.How about it.....some new facilities for baseball when they win it all?
  11. Lets just remember that that is over 20 million dollars to basically take care of 2 sports (football and track). While I am all for it, what about the other 17??? Actually the number may be less because some of the teams already have had quality facilities created for them. As for how much to do....Patch mentioned lighting....an expensive proposition for a field....about 250,000 to 300,000.....a nice amenity but not more important then quality seating, concession and restroom facilities as well as locker room and hitting facilities. As folks on here have pointed out so many times....when recruits come they want to see what the university has to offer. That was one of the reasons that so many cited the need for a football facility. Cost for that millions of dollars. Trust me, they are not that impressed when they go to the baseball or softball field and then to the locker room.
  12. I would agree with Click....however....the softball and baseball teams have been waiting a pretty good while for their facilities of which both were supposed to be upgraded under the facilities master plan. The baseball field, while a nice playing surface has absoluetly no facilities near the field. Frankly, this can be easily rectified within a reasonable cost for upgraded seating and pressbox facilities and a freestanding building that could serve as a locker room, club house and indoor batting facility. At this point...it is marginally better then a high school field.
  13. and those were rockets off the back of Big Country......thanks or being there....without you we would have never been able to keep up with the statistics of the day! I just got home from the game(as well as the 2 baseball games last night) . For the most part The LAX team looked better than when I saw them earlier in the season. Although they still played some as individuals on offense, for the most part they played as a team and looked far better. The major weakness and major strength of UMBC was in face-offs. I didn't look at the stats, but UMBC won every faceoff after they were down by 4 in the 4th qtr . We barely had possession if at all until after it was tied. We also won the faceoff to start OT, but had a poor possession there(that was 1 time they looked like individuals rather than a team) IMHO, if they hold their own on face-offs, they are good enough to beat LCC but we are not good enough to blow them out and we are not good enough to beat them if we give them a lot of extra possessions. I was going to start a new thread for baseball, but did not. Not everyday you see someone(Mike Tirri) hit 2 HR's and drive in 12 runs.
  14. Come on Bob..... Didn't you have fun at the baseball games. It's not everyday that you get to watch your Danes scores 24 runs in a double header sweep. I would have thought that would have merited at least a short comment! quote name='GreatDane87' date='22 April 2012 - 05:40 PM' timestamp='1335134422' post='61423'] I just got home from the game(as well as the 2 baseball games last night) . For the most part The LAX team looked better than when I saw them earlier in the season. Although they still played some as individuals on offense, for the most part they played as a team and looked far better. The major weakness and major strength of UMBC was in face-offs. I didn't look at the stats, but UMBC won every faceoff after they were down by 4 in the 4th qtr . We barely had possession if at all until after it was tied. We also won the faceoff to start OT, but had a poor possession there(that was 1 time they looked like individuals rather than a team) IMHO, if they hold their own on face-offs, they are good enough to beat LCC but we are not good enough to blow them out and we are not good enough to beat them if we give them a lot of extra possessions.
  15. I just got home from the game(as well as the 2 baseball games last night) . For the most part The LAX team looked better than when I saw them earlier in the season. Although they still played some as individuals on offense, for the most part they played as a team and looked far better. The major weakness and major strength of UMBC was in face-offs. I didn't look at the stats, but UMBC won every faceoff after they were down by 4 in the 4th qtr . We barely had possession if at all until after it was tied. We also won the faceoff to start OT, but had a poor possession there(that was 1 time they looked like individuals rather than a team) IMHO, if they hold their own on face-offs, they are good enough to beat LCC but we are not good enough to blow them out and we are not good enough to beat them if we give them a lot of extra possessions.
  16. There are a bunch of good comments here. We owe it to the student athletes that travel far and wide to attempt to provide them the best experience possible. As I heard so many many times during the football stadium development.....new, better facilities will attract better talent. While I know there are many kids who just want to play, I think it would be better if we were at closer to the top then nearer to the bottom. As I said before.....its time to be serious about upgarding all faciities to include baseball and softball and give these kids what they deserve. It is unfair to just upgrade based on wins and losses. To do so with that mindset opens a whole new discussion!!!!!
  17. Now that we will have a great football and soccer facility to go along with the renovated track, the SEFCU as well as top notch field hockey and lacrosse facilities, it is time to start focusing the school and athletic department administration on the softball and baseball facilities.....to include renovations to the fields (to include lights) and locker room facilities. These teams deserve Division 1 quality facilities as well!!!!!!
  18. Multi-Purpose stadium is on the way.....would it be too much to ask for some upgrades to the baseball field to move it more toward something that a division 1 team should be using????
  19. Watching the lady Danes on ESPN 2 and the Danes baseball team on live stats...could it be any better! Lets go Danes!
  20. I too enjoyed the alumni event....the first one I have ever been to. As for the baseball games, our Danes fought hard and it looks like better times are ahead. The team needs the support of the alumni and UA fans just like they do for basketball and football. Its time the universiy gets behind them as well. This team is going to be exciting!!!!
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