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A new era begins as Nevada opens spring ball

The Nevada football team opened spring practice on Wednesday with a sharp two-hour workout at Wolf Pack Park.

Eighty-seven players were on the field for the Wolf Pack, under the direction of first-year coach Brian Polian. Wednesday marked the first of the 15 allowable practices during the spring session.

While practices are closed to the public and media, Wolf Pack football alumni can attend. And each of the three scrimmages, including the Silver and Blue Spring Game presented by St. Mary's are open to the public at Mackay Stadium.

For more on spring ball, click here for video of Coach Polian talking to the media before Wednesday's practice.



Easter Egg Hunt Saturday At Peccole Park

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Come out and support the Wolf Pack baseball team this Saturday March 30th when they take on Fresno State. Before the game at 12:30 p.m. meet at the Dug Out Club entrance and all children middle school and under are invited to participate in the Easter egg dash. Bring your Easter baskets to collect to eggs on the field with Wolfie Jr. and Alphie. Adult tickets for the game are $7 each and $5 for children.

We look forward to seeing you there! Go Pack!


Pack Softball Senior Profiles

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For each of the next five weeks, one Nevada senior softball player will be featured in a Wolf Pack Senior Profile. These question and answer sessions with the Nevada Media Services Staff will center on the experience of a Nevada Softball player and the program's change and improvement in recent seasons.

In one season at Feather River College, Chelsea Venable was a first-team All-American and the California State and Golden Valley Conference Player of the Year. The Las Vegas native came to Nevada in 2010. She is in her final season as a member of the Pack and is the first senior profile subject.

To view the full article, click here.

Throwback Thursday Versus Fresno State

powers71.jpgNevada hosts Fresno State in a Mountain West baseball series starting Thursday night at 6 p.m. 
Come cheer on the Wolf Pack at Peccole Park on Throwback Thursday and wear your oldest Nevada gear.






Polian Opens Doors For Football Alumni

With spring football set to begin at the University of Nevada on Wednesday, first-year Wolf Pack Brian Polian has invited all former football letterwinners to join the team at practices.

Spring practices are closed to the media and general public but anyone who played at Nevada and lettered is welcome at practice.

"One of the points of emphasis for our program this offseason has been connecting with the community," Polian said. "For our players and coaches, that has to start with the people that came before us and represented this program and university on the football field. With that in mind, we want to welcome all former Nevada football letterwinners to spring practice. Any former player that wants come join us and watch a session is encouraged to come out -- we ask only that they try and reach our operations people in advance and let us know that they are coming.  There is a rich history and tradition associated with Wolf Pack football and we are excited to embrace it."

Football alumni can contact the Wolf Pack operations staff at 775 784-6891 or email Andy Vaughn, Director of Football and Recruiting Operations, at avaughn@unr.edu.

A Wolf Pack Fan in Afghanistan

Here in Nevada Athletics, our department motto is "One Community, One Pack." It is not just a slogan, but the mantra we try to live by every day as we serve our student-athletes, coaches, teams, university partners, sponsors, donors and fans.

Today is another great reminder of just what "One Community, One Pack" means and of the impact Wolf Pack Athletics can have, even thousands of miles from northern Nevada.

We received the following letter from First Lieutenant Jacob Ingebritson of Midvale, Utah. He sent it to us from Shindand Air Base in Afghanistan. Rather than try to paraphrase his amazing letter, we thought we would share it in its entirety below.

We truly appreciate everything that our brave servicemen and women are doing around the world to protect us and hope you enjoy this letter as much as we did.

One Community, One Pack!

"Dear Cary Groth,

My name is Jacob Ingebritson; I am a platoon leader with Bravo Company, 1-211th Aviation Regiment, Task Force Storm, Shindand Air Base, Afghanistan. I am writing on behalf of some of the soldiers of my platoon. I am truly honored to be their platoon leader; they perform marvelously while being subjected to the unforgiving conditions of combat. It is a privilege to be a part of such an honorable group of soldiers.

Watching games on American Forces Network (AFN), streaming the games on the internet (if the bandwidth here allows) or watching taped games by family members is one of the few reprieves we get from the harsh conditions of being deployed. Many of my fellow soldiers, me included, are big Wolf Pack fans. We make every effort to watch or listen to as many Wolf Pack games as possible, which is as close as we can get to feeling like we are not in a combat zone. The games are the highlight of our time here for many of us due to the camaraderie amongst soldiers and the pure enjoyment of sports. It is the closest feeling we have to being back home with friends and family watching a game. Also, during these games is one of the few times we are allowed to wear something other than our issued uniform, albeit for only a few hours.

When I first joined my unit, I was the only Wolf Pack fan to be found. I have been a Wolf Pack fan for as long as I can remember. Some of my most beloved memories are the time I spent with my father watching, listening or talking about Wolf Pack games or players. Over time, I slowly started to convert as many as possible, with determination and perseverance I won over a devoted group of soldiers.

Below you will find a picture of the Buccaneers; there are a total of 50 of us here in Shindand. Out of the 50 of us, there are a total of 15 Wolf Pack fans that watch as many games as possible, myself included.

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I am standing just to the left of the flag, with my arms crossed. We are standing with one of our AH-64D Apache Longbow Attack Helicopters. I am humbled to be a member of this group of soldiers.

There is nothing quite like the atmosphere of a Wolf Pack football game, from the fans, to the boisterous student section, to the passion the players bring to each and every play. I am proud to be a Nevada Wolf Pack fan! Please know there are a group of devoted, passionate Wolf Pack fans here in Afghanistan.

As our deployment comes to an end, please know that the time we spent together enjoying Wolf Pack games are some of the most cherished and valued memories we will have from Afghanistan. By the time this letter reaches you, we will be back in the United States after a full year of being deployed. Thank you for making our deployment endurable.

On behalf of the Bravo Company "Buccaneers," thank you for your time and all the very best to the Nevada Wolf Pack!

Sincerely,
1LT Jacob Ingebritson"

Want a Tattoo Like Colin Kaepernick?

For the first time in the four-year history of the Blue Tie Ball, Nevada's scholarship gala, event attendees and even those who can't make the dinner can bid on a host of great silent auction items using their cell phones.

Nevada's special events director Heather Dixon has spent the last few months gathering over 100 great items for the silent auction, many of which have been donated by individuals and local businesses

One of the most unique items up for bid is a four-hour session with former Wolf Pack quarterback Colin Kaepernick's tattoo artist, Nes Androin, owner of Endless Ink. Other items include artwork, jewelry, dining and entertainment packages, restaurant  autographed jerseys and balls and travel experiences with the Wolf Pack teams, just to name a few. A complete list of items up for bid is available here.

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New this year is the ability to bid using a mobile bidding system run by GiveSmart. Wolf Pack fans can start bidding on the items now by registering their cell phones here. Fans can bid even if they aren't going to be able to make this year's event and can register to receive text messages when they have been outbid on an item.

Less than 75 tickets are still available for purchase for the Blue Tie Ball, which is set for 6 p.m. on Saturday, March 30 at the Peppermill Resort Spa Casino. Tickets cost $175 each and tables of 10 are available for $1750. The Peppermill is also offering room packages for guests attending the Blue Tie Ball.

More information is available by calling (775) 682-6965 or clicking here.

Pack Offense Threatening to Rewrite Record Book

The Nevada softball team currently holds a record of 20-13, and will begin conference play this weekend against Fresno State. A story in itself, the improvement in the win column (Nevada has 20 games remaining and is one win away from last season's win total of 21) is made even more interesting by how the Wolf Pack is doing it.

Currently, Nevada is on pace to break 13 team or individual offensive records and is within shouting distance of two more. With the return of Erin Jones from injury, and additions of freshmen Megan Sweet and Jasmine Jenkins, the Pack has put together one of the Team_UNC_sized (5).jpgmost potent offenses in the Mountain West.

As a team, Nevada is hitting .328, with a slugging percentage of .527 and an on-base percentage of .420. Should those numbers hold up, they would each set a new Nevada record. In addition, the Pack has a total of 68 doubles, 36 home runs and 105 extra-base hits in 33 games.

Keep your eye out for Nevada's weekly preview for more details  on the explosive Wolf Pack offense, and check NevadaWolfPack.com for a new weekly feature and results from Nevada's contests with the Bulldogs.

In addition to live statistics, live audio will be available for all road games at www.NevadaWolfPack.com.

Wolf Pack Shout-out

The Wolf Pack and the University of Nevada got a shout-out on the popular NBC sitcom, 1600 Penn, last week.

The First Son, Skip, proudly shared his diploma and his numerous minors from his seven years of study with his family in this clip, and proclaimed his Wolf Pack pride in a job interview with NASA in this clip.

Great to see the Wolf Pack mentioned in primetime!

MW, ESPN Announce Partnership

In case you missed it, the Mountain West Conference announced a national television deal with ESPN earlier this week. The new deal, which is in addition to the agreement the conference already has with CBS Sports Network, will mean that up to 44 football and 56 men's basketball games will be televised annually on their various platforms.

Here is the official release from the Mountain West:

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The Mountain West Conference announced it has reached agreement with ESPN to be a national television rights holder for Conference-controlled football and men's basketball games. The agreement, which begins with the 2013-14 season, was announced by Burke Magnus, ESPN senior vice president, college sports and Craig Thompson, MW Commissioner.  Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

CBS Sports Network remains the primary rights holder for the Mountain West. As part of this new agreement, CBS Sports Network and ESPN will alternate game selections (after initial picks by CBSSN) in football and men's basketball with ESPN controlling the rights to Boise State home football games. CBS Sports Network retains the rights to Bronco road football contests.

"The Mountain West looks forward to rejoining the ESPN networks beginning with our 15th season this fall," said MW Commissioner Craig Thompson. "Coupled with CBS Sports Network, we anticipate tremendous national exposure over several outlets as the league continues its growth and development."

"The Mountain West Conference and its member schools are committed to competitive excellence in intercollegiate athletics, and we think the strength of our programs on the courts and fields reflect this commitment," said Dr. Anthony A. Frank, Chair of the MW Board of Directors and President, Colorado State University. "We're also committed to providing our student-athletes, alumni and fans national access to our competitions, and we believe this agreement with ESPN is a further step in ensuring this availability and increasing our visibility to fans of college athletics nation-wide."

Between the two networks, up to 44 football and 56 men's basketball games will be televised annually on their various platforms. The CBS Sports Network and ESPN agreements are scheduled to run concurrently through 2019-20.

The Mountain West is in the process of negotiating an agreement for the inaugural MW Football Championship Game with CBS Sports Network, and has retained rights to sell additional packages on the MW Digital Network and to regional/local carriers.

Here are the links to the releases from the Mountain West and ESPN.

All 16 Games Of The MW Tournament To Be Broadcast

All 16 games of the 2013 Reese's Mountain West Championships will be broadcast live from the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nev., March 12-16.  A live webstream of the men's and women's first round games on Tuesday, March 12, will begin at 5 p.m. PT and will be available on the Mountain West Network through TheMWC.com.

The Nevada men play Wyoming on Tuesday at 5 p.m. and the Wolf Pack women take on Air Force at 7:30 p.m.

The men's quarterfinals and semifinals will be shown on CBS Sports Network and the March 16 championship game will be on CBS.

The women's quarterfinals and semifinals will be streamed on the Mountain West Network with the title game airing on the CBS Sports Network.

Link to the Mountain West Network

Full Broadcast Schedule (all times are PT)

Tuesday, March 12

5 p.m.         Men's Game 1: No. 8 Wyoming vs. No. 9 Nevada                      
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7:30 p.m.    Women's Game 1: No. 8 Air Force vs. No. 9 Nevada                  
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Wednesday, March 13 (Men's Quarterfinals)

Noon          Men's Game 2: No. 3 UNLV vs. No. 6 Air Force                         
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2:30 p.m.    Men's Game 3: No. 2 Colorado State vs. No. 7 Fresno State      
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6:30 p.m.    Men's Game 4: No. 1 New Mexico vs. Winner of 8 vs. 9             
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9 p.m.         Men's Game 5: No. 4 San Diego State vs. No. 5 Boise State      
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Thursday, March 14 (Women's Quarterfinals)

Noon          Women's Game 2: No. 1 San Diego State vs. Winner of 8 vs. 9  
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2:30 p.m.    Women's Game 3: No. 4 UNLV vs. No. 5 New Mexico                
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6 p.m.         Women's Game 4: No. 2 Fresno State vs. No. 7 Boise State      
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8:30 p.m.    Women's Game 5: No. 3 Wyoming vs. No. 6 Colorado State      
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Friday, March 15 (Semifinals)

Noon          Women's Game 6: Winners of Women's Game 2 & Game 3        
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2:30 p.m.    Women's Game 7: Winners of Women's Game 4 & Game 5        
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6 p.m.         Men's Game 6: Winners of Men's Game 4 & Game 5                  
CBS Sports Network

8:30 p.m.    Men's Game 7: Winners of Men's Game 2 & Game 3                  
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Saturday, March 16 (Championships)

3 p.m.         Men's Championship: Winners of Men's Game 6 & 7                  
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7 p.m.         Women's Championship: Winners of Women's Game 6 & 7        
CBS Sports Network

 



Fenner Named Seattle Times Player of the Year

University of Nevada recruit D.J. Fenner has been named the Seattle Times Washington Player of the Year.  Fenner signed a National Letter of Intent with the Wolf Pack in November and will join the team next season.

The 6-6 guard from Seattle Prep averaged 27.3 points per game and helped the Panthers to a 21-9 record and third consecutive berth in the state tournament.

Fenner was named to the all-tournament squad for the second year in a row after averaging 19.7 points per game.  The second leading scorer in Seattle Prep history he was also a first-team all-state selection by the Seattle Times.

Link to Seattle Times article


Motley Named One of the Best Running Backs of All-Time

The University of Nevada football program has produced a number of professional players over the years, especially recently with the likes of Colin Kaepernick and Virgil Green (among a number of others) finding success in the NFL.
One of the pioneers of the game of the game is also one of our university's notable products in Hall of Famer Marion Motley. A punishing running back, Motley helped break the color barrier in professional football and has been called one of the best all-around players the game has ever known.
This week, Motley was recognized by Sports Illustrated as one of the top five running backs of all time.
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Kaepernick Joins the First Lady

Fresh off his appearance in the Super Bowl as the San Francisco 49ers' starter, former Wolf Pack quarterback Colin Kaepernick joined First Lady Michelle Obama, a host of other prominent athletes and thousands of school children and teachers in Chicago on Thursday, Feb. 28 to launch the Let's Move! Active Schools program, an initiative to bring physical activity back into schools.


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(the above picture was tweeted by the First Lady)


Kaepernick is the second Wolf Pack student-athlete to join the First Lady's initiatives to fight childhood obesity and improve the health of children in the nation. He is sponsored by Nike and the company donated $50 million to the initiative. Former Wolf Pack basketball star Tahnee Robinson is involved in the Let's Move! In Indian Country initative, joining Michelle Obama for a clinic at the White House and filming a public service announcement. Click here to watch her PSA.


Kaepernick did a great interview with the NFL Network this week, talking about his experience with the First Lady (he taught her to "Kaepernick" with her) as well as his thoughts on the Alex Smith trade.


More information about Let's Move! Active Schools is available at LetsMoveSchools.org.