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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.

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).

"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.

Getting Ready For GameDay In Berkeley

As we get closer to kickoff in Berkeley for Saturday's Wolf Pack season opener against Cal, we wanted to pass along some tips to the thousands of Wolf Pack fans making the trip for the game.
As you might have heard, parking is at a premium and around the Cal campus in general and near Memorial Stadium specifically. We've linked below to a couple of guides to help you get to and from the newly renovated stadium (use of public transportation is highly recommended).

Cal-Berkeley Parking And Transportation Page

Game Day in Berkeley

Nevada-Texas State Television Update

The Nevada football team's game at Texas State on Sept. 29 has been slated as a television game and today we received word about which network will carry it. The game will be broadcast on the Longhorn Network and will mark Nevada's first-ever appearance on the network, which is part of the ESPN family of networks.
Kickoff time for the game has yet to be announced and it might not be until mid-September until we know the exact time.
As of now, eight of Nevada's 12 games this season will be on television. We do anticipate additional television games and will release that information as soon as it is available.
Longhorn Network is available on Verizon FiOS TV, Grande Communications, Consolidated Communications, En-Touch Systems, E-Tex Communications, Bay City Cablevision, Mid-Coast Cablevision and Texas Mid-Gulf Cablevision. Longhorn Network is now available online to Verizon FiOS subscribers at LonghornNetwork.com. It will be available on tablets and on smartphones to fans with an affiliated video subscription in the near future.

Nevada-Cal TV Info

Nevada's season opener at Cal on Sept. 1 is less than two weeks away and we wanted to try and clear up some of the confusion on the TV situation for the game.
The game will be televised on the newly launched Pac-12 Networks, which began broadcasting last week. As of today, none of the major cable providers in Northern Nevada (Charter, AT&T U-Verse, DirecTV or Dish Network) have signed on to carry the Pac-12 Networks yet.
Here is a link to the Pac-12 channel finder to check and see if your provider carries the networks.
If you are on Twitter, I'd suggest following Jon Wilner of the San Jose Mercury News as he's been on top of most of news regarding the networks. Wilner indicated today that a deal with the Pac-12 Networks and DirecTV is getting closer.
While on the subject of television, Nevada currently has eight games scheduled for TV broadcast. We're still waiting for the start time and network for both the Texas State and Boise State games and we expect those, at the latest, roughly two weeks before each game. There also exists the potential for one or more of the four games not currently slated for broadcast to be picked up by television. More news on that as it becomes available.

Chris Ault: The top offensive mind in college football.

Nevada football coach Chris Ault enters his 28th season at Nevada this year and the Hall of Fame coach has a storied tradition of innovative and high-powered offenses. This goes back to his power rushing attacks in the early 1980s featuring Hall of Fame running back Frank Hawkins to the "Air Wolf" offenses in the 1990s when Nevada led the nation in passing.

His Pistol offense debuted in 2005 and the results have been nothing but spectacular with a pair of WAC titles and a No. 11 ranking in the 2010 season. The Pistol offense produced the only trio of 1,000-yard rushers in NCAA history in 2009 when Colin Kaepernick, Luke Lippincott and Vai Taua all eclipsed the 1,000-yard mark. And Kaepernick finished his career tied atop the NCAA charts for most rushing touchdowns by a quarterback with 59.

Now, Ault has been tabbed by one publication as the top offensive mind in college football.

"That was the pinnacle of dusting"

There's a great story on SI.com today focusing on the career of ESPN broadcaster Joe Tessitore. The Nevada football program has played an interesting role in Tessitore's broadcasting career, going back to his first game he ever called at ESPN (Nevada-Louisiana Tech, 2004) to perhaps his (and Nevada's) most notable game in recent memory -- the overtime win over Boise State in 2010.

In Memory of Scott Benning

The Nevada Wolf Pack family lost a member recently with the passing of former football player Scott Benning on June 27 after a courageous battle with cancer.

Scott was a standout on the Wolf Pack's Big Sky Championship teams in 1990 and 1991 as a starting tight end.

A memorial service and Celebration of Life will be held on July 13, 2012, 11:00 a.m. at Saint Christopher's Catholic Church located at 1576 Curtner Avenue, San Jose, CA. with a reception following at the San Jose Elks Lodge #522.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the University of Nevada, Reno Foundation-Scott Benning Memorial Scholarship, Mail Stop 0162, Reno, NV 89577-0162. Checks can be made payable to University of Nevada, Reno Foundation.

Here is a link to Scott's full obituary.

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Sporting News Lists Ault as 23rd-Best Coach in the Country

Steve Greenberg and Matt Hayes of the Sporting News recently released rankings of all 124 NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision football coaches, and Nevada's Chris Ault is listed as No. 23 in the nation on the magazine's list of the best coaches in the country.

Ault is second among Mountain West coaches, behind just Chris Petersen of Boise State (who was also second in the nation on the list). Ault and Petersen are the only two Mountain West coaches in the national top 25.

According to the rankings, "Chris Petersen is a carpet-bagger compared with Ault, who expertly piloted the Nevada program through multiple rises in altitude. The record since the Wolf Pack went FBS is sterling. Ault's team won 13 games in 2010--that's not easy."

Click here for the Sporting News' complete list of coaches and more information about how they selected their coaches.