TULSA, Okla. (AP) - On the heels of signing day, new University of Tulsa football coach Philip Montgomery may soon have an additional recruiting tool at his disposal.
Plans are in the works for an indoor practice facility to be built on campus in a to-be-determined location as part of the athletic department’s newly unveiled strategic plan through 2018-19.
“The indoor would be great to sell from the recruiting side of it, but more importantly, it’s more about how it’s going to help our student-athletes here,” Montgomery told the Tulsa World (https://bit.ly/1A9Hytu ), “… Especially this time of year, it’s beneficial. It’s also beneficial in fall camp when it’s 105 outside.”
The indoor facility also would be available for use by the rest of TU’s athletes, from intramural to varsity, as well as the marching band. It also would house an academic center.
“I think on a campus like this, it’s not necessary to have it just as a varsity athletic facility,” athletic director Derrick Gragg said. “I think it would be of good use to everybody, and I think it would create some goodwill across campus, too.”
With renderings being made and Montgomery expressing the need to potential donors, Tulsa has found interest from a financial standpoint but first must get the approval from the university’s board of trustees.
“If it’s something we can get green-lighted, we’ll start going out and raising the funds pretty quickly,” Gragg said.
After the project is approved and the money is there, it would take 12-18 months to build.
Finding a location remains “the main hurdle,” Gragg said. One option is to tear down the Mabee Gym north of H.A. Chapman Stadium.
The indoor facility is atop a list of 14 proposed projects.
Last year, TU completed renovations of its women’s basketball and women’s volleyball locker rooms, and slated for the spring is the beginning of renovations for the men’s basketball locker room and team room.
Facility enhancement is among eight key areas of focus in the strategic plan, with the others being program integrity; academic excellence; athletic excellence; student-athlete experience; external engagement; development and fundraising; and administrative excellence and professional development.
Information from: Tulsa World, https://www.tulsaworld.com/
Information from: Tulsa World, https://www.tulsaworld.com
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