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Presidential Debate at UNLV

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The final presidential debate is being held at the Thomas and Mack center on the campus of UNLV, home of the Runnin’ Rebels, on Wednesday, October 19. The campus started putting up fences and blocking off parking lots early last week in preparation for the event. The campus is pretty much closed down this week, since there’s very little parking available, and security is tight so most classes were cancelled.
The Thomas and Mack just finished a $72 million dollar makeover which included all new seats, additional ADA seating, new paint and lettering on the concourse. The biggest change was a fancy new 2 story, 35,000 square foot addition with a beautiful view of the Las Vegas Strip. I haven’t been inside yet, but just looking at it from the outside is beautiful. It can host events separate from the Mack or in conjunction with them, such as during the National Finals Rodeo where every seat is sold out for 2 weeks straight. (See story here)
The debate has got everyone on campus talking, with signs EVERYWHERE that have UNLV, Las Vegas and 2016 Presidential Debate on them. This will be the most “free” publicity UNLV has received in years. Looking forward to seeing one of my favorite places all over the news Wednesday when the debate begins.

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The Madness is Underway

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As we inch closer to selection Sunday, many conference tournaments are underway finding teams who will automatically make the NCAA Men’s basketball. Here are the teams that currently in the tournament:

Atlantic Sun: Liberty

Big South: Gardner–Webb

Colonial: Northwestern

Horizon: Northern Kentucky

MAAC: Iona

Missouri Valley: Bradley

MEC: Fairleigh Dickinson

Ohio Valley: Murray State

Patriot: Colgate

Southern: Wofford

Summit League: North Dakota State

Summit League: Saint Marry’s

Out of the 32 conferences with automatic bids in the tournament, 12 of them have been clinched. All the until selection Sunday the remaining 20 conferences will have their tickets punched. Who will that be? Stay tuned!

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Tennessee Basketball Ranked 4th In (Early) Preseason Top 25

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A school built on football lure now has a thriving basketball team to get behind. In a early CBS basketball poll, the Volunteer squad is ranked 4th in the preseason. This should bring relief to a fan base whose struggled with a lackluster football team in recent years.

Under Coach Rick Barnes (SEC Coach of the year 2017)  the Vols went 26-9 last year, won a share of the regular season SEC title and reached the final of the SEC tournament. Tennessee should return most of their pivotal pieces for the 2018-19 season.

Admiral Schofield (2017-2018 ALL SEC second teamer) who tested the NBA waters has returned for his senior year to play along side Grant Williams (SEC player of the year) and Kyle Alexander. If they can stay healthy along with the supporting cast, this team has a legitimate chance to reach the final four.

According to Andy Katz, “Tennessee is the team to beat in the SEC this year,” and did I mention Coach Barnes recruiting is nothing to take lightly. Recently committed 5 star combo guard, Josiah James added his name to the class of 2019 and pushed the Vols recruiting into the top 10 nationally.

Although it’s too early to tell how this season will play out its certain the hype is warranted and reaching heights it hasn’t seen since the Bruce Pearl era.

Could it be!? Tennessee – a basketball school?

Follow the journey when the Volunteers tip off against Louisiana Lafayette on November 9th.

 

 

 

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Papa John’s Founder John Schnatter Resigns as Louisville Trustee

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Papa John’s founder John Schnatter, who is also a prominent University of Louisville booster,  submitted his resignation to the school’s board of trustees Wednesday after reports surfaced about his use of  the N-word during a conference call.

Louisville board of trustees chairman J. David Grissom announced Schnatter’s resignation stating that he believed “[Schnatter’s] comments, while inappropriate, do not reflect his personal beliefs or values.”

Additionally, Papa John’s announced Wednesday evening that Schnatter had resigned from the company’s chairman seat.

Papa John’s issued the following statement in the aftermath of the story breaking.

News reports attributing the use of inappropriate and hurtful language to me during a media training session are true,” the statement read. “Regardless of the context, I apologize. Simply stated, racism has no place in our society.”

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