"We are in the final stages of putting an arrangement together with the Henry Mize Foundation to put a video board at Dudy Noble Field and a four-sided video board in Humphrey Coliseum. Hopefully, if we can get everything together, there is a possibility that we can have the baseball one in by the middle of the baseball season, then start the installation in the Hump sometime this summer. We have to do some structural stuff to the steel in the attic to make that work. But we are very close and probably will get all the i's and t's dotted within the next three weeks."
What is the latest on the new indoor facility? Isn't that going to be an expansion of the Shira Fieldhouse?
"We are still looking at different concepts of what we are going to do. Because of some issues we have always had due to Title 9, we need some additional dressing rooms and another weight room. When we designed the weight room, we didn't even have women's athletics. So we are looking at adding an addition onto it that will connect, but be a new facility that would include a new training room, new weight room and a new football dressing room."
From what I have been told, Coach Stansbury's contract has been upgraded. What you can you say about that?
"What we can say is the recommendation has been finalized from Rick and the university and it will go to the Board of Trustees at the February Board of Trustees meeting. At that time, everything will be finalized."
How long will it be for?
"It is a new agreement that starts April 1st. It replaces the first agreement that we are in, which still has two years remaining. The new agreement will go from April 1st (2004) through March 31st, 2008."
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