September 2012 Archives

Great Day For Kaepernick

Nevada alum Colin Kaepernick scored his first career NFL touchdown on Sunday when the second-year pro ran one in from seven yards out on San Francisco's win over the New York Jets.

Kaepernick had a good game for the 49ers overall but he might be receiving more attention for the touchdown he didn't score than the one he did. The USA Today explains here.

"Coach to Cure MD" Week

When Nevada hits the field at Texas State's Bobcat Stadium on Saturday, the Wolf Pack's coaching staff will be wearing patches on their sleeves to promote awareness of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.
Coach To Cure MD is a partnership between the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA), a professional organization for over 10,000 college football coaches and staff, and Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy (PPMD), the largest national charity devoted exclusively to Duchenne muscular dystrophy.
In 2008 the AFCA adopted PPMD's Coach To Cure MD program as one of their charity efforts. One reason the AFCA was drawn to Coach To Cure MD was because of the unique parallels between Duchenne, a disorder which robs young men of precious muscle strength and college football, a game where young men are at the peak of their muscle strength.
How can you help? Here is a simple way: Text CURE to 90999 to donate $5.

Fall Baseball Underway

University of Nevada head coach Gary Powers and the Wolf Pack has begun fall practice in preparation for the 2013 season.  Powers who enters his 31st season guided the Pack to a share of the 2012 Western Athletic Conference title and will lead the team into the Mountain West in 2013.

Practice takes place each weekday morning at Peccole Park starting at 9 a.m. and is open to the public.  The team holds a scrimmage on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings.  The five-game Silver & Blue series is set to begin on Oct. 31 with the additional four games being played in early November, 1-2 and 5-6.

Pack Golf Teams Fare Well In Rankings

The first edition of the GolftStat Rankings for the 2012-13 season were released on Wednesday and came with good news for the Nevada men's and women's golf teams.

Jacob Wilner's men's team were ranked 46th in the first rankings of the year while Chad Spencer's women's team came in at No. 58. Both numbers represent the best rankings for each program under the current head coach with both Wilner and Spencer in their third year at Nevada.

The Wolf Pack women's team is coming off a stretch of three tournaments in as many weeks with Nikki Prichard recording top-10 finishes in two of the events. The Nevada men's team is heading to its second tournament of the year this weekend as the Jim Rivers Intercollegiate will begin on Monday in Louisiana.




Jefferson Gets Some More National Love

Wolf Pack running back Stefphon Jefferson has been getting a lot of national attention lately, including being named the Walter Camp National Offensive Player of the Week after tying the NCAA record with seven touchdowns scored in last week's win at Hawai'i.

Bruce Feldman, the senior college football columnist at CBSSports.com, mentioned Jefferson today as one of his top 10 pleasant surprises so far this season. Feldman's column features a great photo of Jefferson and also a link to a nice feature story on Jefferson (written by the Reno Gazette-Journal's Chris Murray and reprinted in his hometown paper, the Visalia Times-Delta).

Both articles are worth checking out to learn a little more about the nation's leading rusher.

Nevada Swimming and Diving Works the "Tough Mudder"

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Head coach Abby Steketee offers her thoughts on a wild weekend at the Tough Mudder at the Northstar Ski Resort. On Saturday, all of Nevada's swimming and diving student-athletes worked the event, generating funds for the program and helping out members of the community in the process.

"We worked in various capacities from registration to checking bags and cheering on the participants at obstacles. The event had nearly 15,000 participants (many dressed in costume) and the day was long and dusty. However, everyone had a great time helping the racers and learning about on of the craziest endurance events in the country," she said.

A force in the community, Nevada swimming and diving continues to have a strong presence at events such as the Tough Mudder.

TV Information for the next two Nevada football games.

We wanted to update Wolf Pack football fans on television broadcasts for the next two road games.
This week's game at Hawaii (7:30 p.m. Pacific) will be carried on the NBC Sports Network, which was formerly known as Versus. Below are links to cable and satellite providers in Northern Nevada for you to check to see if your carrier has NBC Sports Network. Most do, but sometimes it is on a "sports tier" package.
AT&T Uverse
DirectTV
Dish Network
Charter Communications
Also, next week's game at Texas State is being broadcast on the Longhorn Network, which is owned and operated by ESPN. To our knowledge, none of the carriers in Northern Nevada have LHN but for Pack fans in other parts of the country, it may be available. Click here for more info. The kickoff time for the game was announced this morning. It will begin at 11 a.m. (Pacific).

Pack Men's Basketball On Pac 12 Network In December

Nevada's men's basketball games at Washington on Dec. 8 and Oregon on Dec. 31 will air on the Pac 12 Network.  The UW game is a set for a 5 p.m tip-off while the New Year's Eve game with the Ducks begins at 4 p.m.

Swimming and Diving Volunteers at Ballon Races

Swimming and Diving head coach Abby Steketee shares her thoughts on a group of student-athletes that volunteered at the Great Reno Balloon Races.

On Friday, about a dozen swimmers ran the Tissue Paper Balloon Launch, an event at the GRBR.  Literally hundreds of third through sixth graders came to launch balloons - some of which were four feet tall. 

The swimmers were in charge of inflating/heating the balloons using large, extremely hot chimneys.  When the balloon was hot and inflated, they would lead a "3-2-1" countdown before launching the balloons.  The kids would shriek and then chase their balloons. 

Almost every launch was successful and one balloon made it all the way across McCarran from the park. 

"Ticket Transfer" Means No Ticket Left Behind

Nevada has made it possible for its ticketholders to digitally transfer tickets to their friends, family and clients.  This system eliminates the need to hand-deliver hard tickets or wait in Will Call lines to leave tickets for someone.  Doing so will lead to a better customer experience, fewer unused seats, better attendance and a better atmosphere for the fans and team.  For step-by-step instructions on how to transfer tickets, click here.

From the desk of Mike Samuels, Nevada's associate athletics director for marketing:

As we settle into the digital ticketing age, we here at Nevada are continuously looking for ways to make the ticketing experience as convenient as possible for our customers.  As you may recall, last season we introduced ticket scanners, which allowed us to issue print-at-home tickets to our fans.  Fans no longer have to come to the box office to pick up tickets or wait for them to arrive in the mail.  You can order online and print from the comfort of your own home.

Recently, we have unveiled another digital ticketing option for our fans: Ticket Transfer.  Ticket Transfer is part of our "No Ticket Left Behind" campaign and encourages fans to ensure that every seat they have purchased is filled on game day.

We know it can be a hassle to distribute tickets you cannot use due to the logistical nightmare of, not only finding someone to use them (that tends to be the easy part) but also physically delivering the hard tickets (especially on short notice).  Generally, this requires making a trip to someone's home or office, waiting outside the stadium to meet them, or going to Will Call to drop them off (which forces a trip to Will Call for the recipient).

Ticket Transfer makes the delivery and pickup of tickets a simple process that can be done (by both the ticketholder and the person receiving the tickets) from the comfort of their own home.  

Ticket Transfer allows ticketholders to go online, log into their online ticketing account and transfer selected seats (on a game-by-game basis) to others.  It is an extremely simple process that takes less than two minutes.  The only information you need for the recipient of the tickets is a name, phone number and email address.

Once you click "transfer," the recipient will receive an email allowing them to print the tickets from home (this must be done within a 24-hour period, or the tickets return to the original owner for security purposes).

How does this help?  Well, aside from being a great benefit to ticketholders by making it easier for them to invite family, friends or clients to games, it also makes it easy for fans to help fill Mackay Stadium.  We have all been in sports arenas and heard the attendance announced, only to look around and say "That can't be right."  The reason? Unused seats.  We hope that this system will mean there is No Ticket Left Behind and help fill the stands for our fans and teams.

For step-by-step instructions on how to use Ticket Transfer, please click here.

Former Pack Stars Get The Call

Congrats to four former Nevada baseball players who go the call on Sept. 1 to join their Major League clubs.  Konrad Schmidt, Chris Gimenez, Chris Dickerson and Lyle Overbay all made the jump to the big leagues.

Schmidt got the call from the Arizona Diamondbacks.  In fact the catcher was not in Reno when the Aces passed out 2,000 of his bobbleheads on Saturday night.

A catcher, Gimenez joined the Tampa Bay Rays for the stretch run.  Monday he collected two hits and drove in two including the game winner in the eighth inning in a 4-3 victory over the New York Yankees.

Dickerson played center field over the weekend for the Yankees and hit a home run and stole one reaching over the outfield fence.

Overbay,  the veteran of the group signed with Atlanta Braves after being released by the Diamondbacks earlier this season.  The Braves signed the first baseman as they chase a playoff birth.

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