UTSA Roadrunners

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UTSA Roadrunners
Logo
University University of Texas at San Antonio
Conference C-USA
NCAA Division I
Athletic director Lynn Hickey[1]
Location San Antonio, TX
Varsity teams 17
Football stadium Alamodome
Basketball arena Convocation Center
Baseball stadium Roadrunner Field
Mascot Rowdy
Nickname Roadrunners
Fight song UTSA Fight Song
Colors
     Blue       Orange
Website www.goutsa.com

UTSA Roadrunners is a collegiate athletic program that represents the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA). The UTSA Roadrunners are also commonly referred to as "UTSA", "Roadrunners", or simply "Runners" (chanted at football games). The Roadrunners compete in the NCAA Division I Conference USA in 17 varsity sports. UTSA is San Antonio's only institution that competes in Division I FBS. UTSA joined the Western Athletic Conference on July 1, 2012.[2] In April 2012, it was announced that UTSA would join Conference USA on July 1, 2013, becoming the second member of the University of Texas System to join that conference, following UTEP Miners.[3]

Athletics[edit]

The Roadrunners compete in the following varsity sports:[4]

I-35 Orange vs. Maroon Rivalry[edit]

The I-35 Orange vs. Maroon Rivalry series is the name given to the athletic competitions between the Roadrunners and the Texas State Bobcats. The name is derived from the Interstate highway that essentially links the two schools, which are in relatively close proximity to each other. In the beginning of the rivalry, a trophy was awarded to the winner of the men's basketball game. It has grown, however, to include all common sports the two schools compete with each other in throughout the academic year. A point system is used to crown a winner after the last competition between the schools in that year. The trophy is then inscribed with the annual winners and the winning institution retains the trophy for one year until the next winner is crowned.[5][6]

Athletic achievements[7][edit]

  • The men's basketball team qualified for the NCAA tournament four times: 1988, 1999, 2004, and 2011.
  • The women's basketball team qualified for the 2008 Women's NCAA Tournament.
  • The softball team won their first Southland Conference tournament in 2004.
  • The baseball team won the Southland Conference tournament in 1994 and 2004 and the Western Athletic Conference Tournament in 2013.
  • The men's track team and women's track team won the 1997 and 1996 cross-country championships, respectively.

Final Four host site[edit]

  • UTSA also hosted the NCAA Women's Final Four in 2002 and 2010.

Football[edit]

In December 2008, UTSA announced the planned expansion of the athletics program centered around a new football program.[8] The team is coached by former Miami Hurricanes head coach Larry Coker. UTSA began practicing in August 2010 and began competing as an NCAA Division I FCS independent on September 3, 2011.[8][9] On November 11, 2010, UTSA accepted an invitation for membership within the Western Athletic Conference in the Football Bowl Subdivision.[10] UTSA is now a member of Conference USA, joining the conference July 1, 2013. The team plays its home games at the Alamodome in Downtown San Antonio.

References[edit]

  1. ^ UTSA Athletic Staff Directory
  2. ^ "WAC to Add Denver, UTSA and Texas State". Western Athletic Conference. Retrieved 2010-11-11. 
  3. ^ McMurphy, Brett (28 April 2012). "C-USA Adding UTSA in 2013; North Texas, FIU, Louisiana Tech Also Likely". CBSSports.com. Archived from the original on 2012-04-30. Retrieved 30 April 2012. 
  4. ^ NCAA.com - Texas-San Antonio
  5. ^ txstatebobcats.cstv.com - Maroon vs. Orange Rivalry Series
  6. ^ www.goutsa.com - I-35 Orange vs. Maroon Rivalry Series
  7. ^ About UTSA Athletics
  8. ^ a b "UTSA receives go ahead to add football on Thursday". UTSA Roadrunners athletics. 2008-12-18. Retrieved 2008-12-19. 
  9. ^ Whisler, John; Briggs, Jerry (2008-12-18). "UTSA football gets green light". San Antonio Express-News. Retrieved 2008-12-19. 
  10. ^ McCarney, Dan (2010-08-19). "UTSA Will Pursue WAC Membership". San Antonio Express-News. Retrieved 2010-08-29. 

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