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Men's basketball Starting 5 dinnner

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Members of the men's basketball team welcome the Starting 5 members prior to the dinner.

The University of Nevada men's basketball annual Starting 5 dinner was held Tuesday night at the Silver Legacy Resort and Casino.  The Starting 5 is a financial support group essential to continued growth and success of the University of Nevada men's basketball program. All monies raised through the Starting 5 go directly to enhance and support the men's basketball operating budget. Specifically, Starting 5 funds are used for recruiting, travel and other operating expenses.

For information about joining the Starting 5 call Kim Anastassatos at (775) 682-6965.

Men's basketball spends time at Sparks Marina

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Members of the University of Nevada men's basketball team spent time at the Truckee Meadows Boys and Girls Club Day for Kids 2013 that took place at the Sparks Marina on Saturday.  The players were introduced and at the event and signed autographs and took photos with the kids.

The University of Nevada soccer team partnered with the Great Basin Youth Soccer League and the Food Bank of Northern Nevada this past weekend to host a match at the Moana Springs Sports Complex. A program record 1,050 fans came out to watch the Wolf Pack capture a 3-2 win over Sacramento State Sunday afternoon, giving Nevada its second win of the season.

Fans were encouraged to bring canned goods to support the Food Bank of Northern Nevada and they were generous in their donations, as the group collected 1,162 pounds of food. That is a value of $1,963.78.

Local food trucks and the Reno Host Lions Club were busy selling food to the fans in attendance. The Lions Club were on hand grilling hamburgers and polish dogs, selling over $700 that will go towards an effort to provide glasses for school kids in northern Nevada.

The Nevada men's soccer club team assisted with the event and received a donation of $700 from the GBYSL.

It was a great event to showcase how the northern Nevada area is truly a "One Community One Pack".



 

Hug High School to rename stadium to honor Pack alum

Less than a week after former Nevada head football coach Chris Ault had the field at Mackay Stadium named in his honor one of his former players will receive  a similar honor on Friday evening.  Former Wolf Pack defensive back Rollins Stallworth will have the football stadium at Hug High School renamed in his honor.  The field will be Grove Holcomb Field at Rollins Stallworth Stadium.

Stallworth coached at Hug High School from 1993-2009 before becoming the vice principal at O'Brien Middle School.  In 2005 the Hawks advanced to the 4A state championship game.

After transferring from Merced College (Calif.) Stallworth played for coach Ault and the Wolf Pack during the 1979 and 1980 seasons at safety.  In 1980 he earned second-team All-Big Sky honors and was a team captain.  The 1979 team advanced to the semifinals of the 1AA playoffs before falling to Eastern Kentucky.

Nevada Swim and Dive Helps at Balloon Races


The University of Nevada swimming and diving team volunteered at the Reno Balloon Races for the second straight year this week.

 

On Thursday, 10 members of the team spent time at the E.L. Cord tissue paper balloon launch, seeing some of the balloons off with local children.

 

The stop early Thursday was the first in a line of pending community service appearances for the group. The entire team (22 student-athletes) is scheduled to work at the Truckee Tough Mudder on September 28.  Then on October 21 several of the Pack's international student-athletes will participate in Reading Day at a local middle school - they'll each read something aloud in their native language.

 

Later this Fall the group will meet its pen pals from a local middle school.  Coach Abby Steketee was on of two recipients of Nevada's Give Back Like Jack award earlier in 2013. The award is given to members of the Nevada staff that demonstrate exceptional community service records.

 

 

Nevada in the NFL

As the 2013 NFL season opens tonight, below is a rundown of the 15 former Nevada players who made pro rosters so far this season.

Nevada has the third-most NFL players amongst Mountain West teams with its 15 players. Fresno State has 18 players (14 active, three practice squad and one injured reserve) while Boise State has 17 players (16 active, one injured reserve).

As a conference, the Mountain West has 82 players on active rosters and 15 more who are on practice squads.

Nevada's breakdown:
Active
Player            Position    NFL Team
Chris Barker        OL        New England Patriots
Nate Burleson        WR        Detroit Lions
Kaelin Burnett        LB        Oakland Raiders
Harvey Dahl        G        St. Louis Rams
Isaiah Frey        CB        Chicago Bears
Virgil Green        TE        Denver Broncos
Michael-James Johnson    LB        Kansas City Chiefs
Colin Kaepernick    QB        San Francisco 49ers
Rishard Matthews    WR        Miami Dolphins
Zach Sudfeld        TE        New England Patriots
Duke Williams        WR        Buffalo Bills

Practice Squad
Brandon Marshall    LB        Denver Broncos
Dontay Moch        LB        Arizona Cardinals
Khalid Wooten        CB        Tennessee Titans

Injured Reserve
Josh Mauga        LB        New York Jets

Babbitt to play basketball in Russia

Former University of Nevada basketball standout Luke Babbitt has signed to play for BC Nizhny Novgorod of the Russian Professional Basketball League.  Babbitt played two seasons at Nevada before opting for the 2010 NBA Draft where he was selected 16th by the Minnesota Timberwolves and traded to the Portland Trailblazers on draft night.  He played three seasons in Portland and will now take his talents to Russia. 

Babbitt earned Associated Press honorable mention All-America honors and second-team ESPN the Magazine academic All-America honors his sophomore season at Nevada.  In 2009 he was named the Western Athletic Conference Freshman of the Year and Player of the Year in 2010.  Both years he was named the WAC first team.

In 68 games at Nevada he scored 1,316 points which ranks 14th in school history and his career scoring average of 19.4 points per game is fifth.  During the 2009-10 season he scored a school record 743 points.


Hayes named PCL POW

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Former University of Nevada catcher Brett Hayes has been the Pacific Coast League, August 19-25 Player of the Week.  Hayes plays for the Omaha Storm Chasers, the Triple A affiliate of the Kansas City Royals.  He earned Freshman All-America honors playing for the Wolf Pack in 2003 and batted .339 in his three seasons at Nevada.

Hayes hit six home runs and totaled 26 bases to earn the PCL honor.  All six home runs came in a four-game series with New Orleans Zephyrs, hitting at least one in each game of the series.  He hit two home runs in each of the first two games including a walk-off shot in the 10th inning of the second game.  During the week he batted .381 with eight RBI.





Nevada-UCLA TV information

This week's season-opener at UCLA will be televised on the Pac-12 Networks. This is the same network that carried the Nevada-Cal game last year. It is not widely distributed as of right now. Chris Murray of the RGJ explains the local availability (click here). 

College football rules changes

With the football season upon us, we thought this might be a good opportunity to explain some of the notable rules changes fans will see this year. The National Football Foundation put out this primer earlier this month:

The 8 Major Rule Changes for the 2013 Season
1.      Targeting Fouls: Automatic Ejection, Part I:
Players will automatically be disqualified from the game for targeting fouls, including (Rule 9-1-3) targeting and initiating contact with the crown of the helmet, and (Rule 9-1-4) targeting and initiating contact to the head or neck area of a defenseless opponent with the helmet, forearm, elbow or shoulder.  The foul itself has not changed.  These plays have been illegal for a number of years, but the penalty has been stiffened to include automatic ejection plus the 15-yard penalty.
2.      Targeting Fouls: Automatic Ejection, Part II:
A player is at great risk of being ejected from the game for a launch (leaving his feet to attack an opponent by an upward and forward thrust of the body to make contact in the head or neck area); a crouch (followed by an upward and forward thrust to attack with contact at the head or neck area); leading (with helmet, forearm, fist, hand or elbow to attack with contact at the head or neck area); or lowering (the head before attacking by initiating contact with the crown of the helmet).
3.      Offensive Blocking Below the Waist Rule:
The rule establishes a zone for the offense that extends seven yards from the snapper toward each sideline and goes five yards into the defensive secondary and in the other direction all the way back to the offensive team's end line. Within this zone, an offensive back who is stationary inside the tackle box and an offensive lineman inside the seven-yard zone may legally block below the waist until the ball has left the zone.  Everyone else on the offensive team may legally block below the waist only if the block is clearly to the front of the opponent. This only-from-the-front rule also holds true for everyone on the offensive team once the ball has left the zone. In addition, no one on the offense is allowed to block below the waist if the block is directed toward his own end line.
4.      Expansion of the 10-Second Runoff Rule:
In 2013, if a player is injured within the last minute of a half, and this is the only reason for stopping the clock, the opponent may choose to have 10 seconds subtracted from the game clock.  The injured player's team can preserve the 10 seconds by using a timeout.
5.      Player May Remain in the Game Via a Timeout After Helmet Comes Off:
The rule requiring a player to leave the game for one down if his helmet comes off has been modified to allow a player to remain in the game if his team is granted a charged timeout to adjust the player's helmet.
6.      Minimum Time to Spike the Ball for Another Play Set at 3 Seconds:
Teams will need a minimum of three seconds from the referee's signal to "spike" the ball to allow for another play at the end of a half. Teams must still execute the spike, but they will have a reasonable opportunity for another play.  If the clock shows one or two seconds, they will only have enough time to run a play without first spiking the ball.
7.      Procedures for Changing Jersey Numbers During a Game:
If a team wants to use a player at two different positions during the game, and they need to change jersey numbers, the player must report to the referee who will in turn announce the change. In addition, two players who play the same position at different times in the game may not wear the same number during the game. For example, two quarterbacks may not both wear number 12.
8.      Player Uniform Numerals Must Contrast With the Color of the Jersey:
The color of the jersey number itself must be clearly and obviously in contrast with the jersey, regardless of any border around the number. For example, teams will not be allowed to wear black numbers on black jerseys with a border of a bright color around the numeral; it must clearly contrast with the jersey in and of itself.