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Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
« Reply #1602 on: January 20, 2018, 07:23:12 am »

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New AD Allen Greene: Auburn will dig 'a little bit deeper' into football-only facility 'pretty soon'


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"Coach Malzahn already hit me up for a standalone football facility, so I think that's going to be on the docket," new Auburn athletics director Allen Greene said, half-jokingly, during his introductory press conference on Friday.

It's no secret that Malzahn would like a football-only facility on Auburn's campus, and when asked about it last month -- shortly after his new seven-year, $49 million contract was agreed to in principle -- Malzahn said "you're always look to improve, and we'll see where that goes."

"We'll sit down and we'll talk about it -- everything as far as football is concerned and all that, in due time," Malzahn said Friday. "We'll talk about that. That was a joke we brought up as we were getting to know each other and all that."

Auburn's football operations -- including coaches' and staff offices, training room, weight room, practice facility and practice locker room -- are currently housed in the Auburn athletics complex, which opened in 1989 and is nearly 30 years old.

Last year, then-athletics director Jay Jacobs said building a standalone football facility or upgrading the current athletics complex was not a top priority for the athletic department. Auburn's Board of Trustees was provided a document in May 2015 with a preliminary budget of $30 million in 2018 for a football-specific facility, and at the time Jacobs said his hope was to have a plan for either a new facility or renovations to the current one within five years.

Auburn is currently constructing a $28 million gameday support facility at Jordan-Hare Stadium that includes a recruiting area, renovated home locker room, club seating and new press box in the southwest corner of the stadium.

Auburn president Steven Leath said he has already shared the school's capital projects plans with Greene.

"Some of the bigger long-term projects, like whether we need a standalone football facility, he needs a chance to study all that," Leath said.
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Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
« Reply #1603 on: January 25, 2018, 06:10:33 am »

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State investigation finds two Tennessee athletic staff members accepted impermissible gifts from vendors


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One Tennessee athletic department staff member is being disciplined and another has received counsel on school policy after an investigation by the Tennessee comptroller found that they had violated program rules related to accepting outside gifts.

State of Tennessee Comptroller Justin Wilson released on Wednesday the results of his investigation into “possible discrepancies” that were made known to his office by the university’s audit and compliance department.

Wilson found that two members of the athletic department’s staff– the director of sports surface management and another unspecified employee — accepted impermissible gifts from vendors at various points in both 2014 and 2016. Blake Toppmeyer of Knox News reports that Darren Seybold is the director of sports surface management at the school.

“Investigators determined the director of sports surface management violated university policy when he accepted at least two paid trips and related entertainment from a department vendor which had previously been awarded an equipment lease worth $763,898,” Wilson’s statement of findings reads. “In 2016, the director traveled to Illinois for two days of golf, and he also participated in a golf scramble in Georgia. The vendor provided lodging, air fare (when applicable), green fees, and other privileges. This violated UT’s policy prohibiting university employees from accepting entertainment or other gifts exceeding $75 in value.”

Seybold further violated Tennessee policy in April of 2016 when he failed to record two days of leave on his university time records when he took a trip to The Masters golf tournament. A vendor paid for the director’s event pass, although he was paid back.

The 2014 incident involved both employees and another trip to The Masters, again a violation of the school’s policy that prohibits the acceptance of gifts or entertainment exceeding $75 in value.

The pair “attended one day of the Masters Golf Tournament as guests of a potential vendor that was actively marketing its product to the university.” Toppmeyer reports Tennessee ultimately did not purchase from the vendor.

According to both reports, Seybold “told investigators that he felt he was representing the University of Tennessee while he participated in these trips and that he used the opportunities to speak with manufacturing representatives about the use of field maintenance equipment. Furthermore, he told investigators that he was unaware of the university policy that prohibited his acceptance of gifts.”

Wilson warned the university of the consequences of these violations and encouraged the school to focus on more training.
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Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
« Reply #1604 on: February 02, 2018, 06:01:56 am »

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LSU announces Softball Performance Center, largest in SEC softball #GeauxTigers

📄: http://lsul.su/2BK1hC4


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Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
« Reply #1605 on: February 02, 2018, 07:40:45 am »

LSU Softball
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LSU announces Softball Performance Center, largest in SEC softball #GeauxTigers

📄: http://lsul.su/2BK1hC4




With their budget problems from the state they are converting the Library I guess.
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