The overlap just won’t stop:
Executive director Jack Warner on Wednesday will recommend to the Board of Regents that the SDSU football stadium plans be approved and passed along to the State Legislature. The decision was indicated in the agenda for the upcoming meeting in Rapid City.
Now, it’ll be up to the Regents to go along with that or not. They’ll make the decision armed with 17 pages of facts, figures, projections and trends. I’ll have more on this after a verdict is rendered Wednesday afternoon, but a few key points on the $60-65-million project: SDSU already has commitments for $19.8 million with the SDSU Foundation guaranteeing another $7.2 million; the SDSU Student Association has backed the project and is open to considering bringing to a vote a fee increase to help fund annual expenses for operating the stadium.
Again, more in the Thursday edition.
The Nate Wolters Watch has slowed as Bucks regulars Brandon Knight and Luke Ridnour have gotten healthier. The rookie point guard from SDSU has taken the first two DNPs of his NBA career (although one was related to illness) and has dropped to No. 6 on the Rookie Ladder. Still, he’s averaging 7.4 points, 4.4 assists and 2.7 rebounds in 26.5 minutes per game.
Milwaukee visits Boston tonight, hosts Detroit on Wednesday, visits Washington on Friday and hosts Brooklyn on Saturday.
Although known primarily as a basketball venue, the $19-million Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls will host the SDSU wrestling team on Sunday afternoon, the Jackrabbits taking on former NCAA Division II rival Augustana. The programs haven’t met since the 2003-04 season.
A reader suggested that I explain the replay rules for the FCS playoffs. Here’s part of it from the NCAA rulebook:
SECTION 5. Initiating the Replay Process Game Stop
ARTICLE 1. There are two methods to stop a game to review a ruling on the field.
a. The replay official and his crew shall review every play of a game. He may stop a game at any time before the ball is next legally put in play (Exception: Rule 12-3-5-c) whenever he believes that:
1. There is reasonable evidence to believe an error was made in the initial on-field ruling.
2. The play is reviewable.
3. The outcome of a review would have a direct, competitive impact on the game.
b. The head coach of either team may request that the game be stopped and a play be reviewed by challenging the on-field ruling.
1. A head coach initiates this challenge by taking a team timeout before the ball is next legally put in play (Exception: Rule 12-3-5-c) and informing the referee that he is challenging the ruling of the previous play. If a head coach’s challenge is successful, he retains the challenge, which he may use only once more during the game. Thus, a coach may have a total of two challenges if and only if his initial challenge is successful.FR-110 Rule 12 / insTanT RePlay
2. After a review has been completed, if the on-field ruling is reversed, that team’s timeout will not be charged.
3. After a review has been completed, and the on-field ruling is not reversed, the charged team timeout counts as one of the three permitted that team for that half or the one permitted in that extra period.
4. A head coach may not challenge a ruling in which the game was stopped and a decision has already been made by the replay official.
5. If a head coach requests a team timeout to challenge an on-field ruling and the play being challenged is not reviewable, the timeout shall count as one of the three permitted his team during that half of the game or the one permitted in that extra period.
6. A head coach may not challenge an on-field ruling if all the team’s timeouts have been used for that half or in that extra period.
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