Tradition Sports Online have leaked the team ratings for EA Sports NCAA Football ’13, which is set to be released on July 10 and will mark the first time in the franchise’s history that UTSA will be included in the game.
UTSA has been given a 63 overall rating (66 offense and 63 defense), which places the Roadrunners tied for fourth worst in the game, ahead of FAU (60 overall), UMass (60) and Memphis (61), and tied with UNLV and Akron.
Also of note is the omission of fellow FBS newcomer South Alabama, who reportedly announced their move to FBS too late to be included in the game.
Last Friday marked the official announcement of Conference USA’s five latest additions: UTSA, Louisiana Tech, North Texas, FIU and Charlotte. Each program will join in all sports in 2013, with the exception of Charlotte who will be waiting until 2015 to move their football program.
The Mountain West also announced their additions of Utah State and San Jose State, which leaves the WAC with just two football-playing members, New Mexico State and Idaho.
The Roadrunner baseball team looked like they might be back on track on Friday, run-ruling Nicholls 14-1, but reclaimed the bottom seed in the conference by dropping their matchup on Saturday 10-2. Sunday’s game was cancelled due to inclement weather. Since UTSA and Nicholls are all but eliminate from tournament contention, no make-up date was announced as the game likely won’t be necessary.
The team will renew the I-35 rivalry over the weekend, playing two games in San Marcos on Friday and Sunday, with the Saturday game played in San Antonio. Texas State comes into the weekend in 4th place with a 15-12 record, while UTSA is in last at 9-17.
Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past few days, you already know that UTSA is heading to Conference USA in the 2013 season after just a year in the WAC. In the following days after the Board of Regents agenda was released, news broke that CUSA was eying several other schools as well, including UTSA’s 2012 WAC conference mate Louisiana Tech, the Sun Belt’s North Texas and Florida International, along with recent startups Old Dominion and Charlotte. CUSA officials are reportedly planning a press release this Friday morning, followed by press conferences on campus at each of the new schools.
The six additions bring the total count up to 14 for the 2013 season with a very appealing geographical split between the two divisions. ODU and Charlotte are rumored to wait until 2015 before officially playing football in CUSA, so the league will likely continue scheduling as they have previously, with eight conference games for each team, playing all five opponents from the same division and three cross-divisional opponents. It has yet to be seen how a potential CUSA/MWC scheduling agreement would affect each of their conference schedules, or if it will simply facilitate the scheduling of out-of-conference games between the two leagues.
There had been rumors for the past few days that a big announcement would be made next week regarding UTSA’s conference affiliation. Well, the UT System Board of Regents posted their Agenda for next week’s meeting, and all the way buried on page 137 are the words all of us were hoping for.
“U. T. San Antonio: Authorization to accept invitation from Conference USA and to negotiate and finalize terms for athletic conference membership, including possible future membership in a new athletic conference”
“The Chancellor concurs in the recommendation of the Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs ad interim, the Vice Chancellor and General Counsel, and President Romo that authorization be granted to The University of Texas at San Antonio to accept an invitation from Conference USA (CUSA) to become a member, and to negotiate and finalize terms for athletic conference membership. Approval of U. T. San Antonio’s entrance in CUSA also includes approval of admittance to the potential new conference.”
The agenda does not indicate which year UTSA would be scheduled to join, but it would likely be for the 2013-2014 season, with UTSA playing the 2012-2013 season in the WAC.
The Roadrunners traveled to Katy, TX on Wednesday night to begin their Southland Conference title defense against #4 McNeese State. UTSA jumped out to an early lead, relying heavily on the hot hand of Melvin Johnson III and went into the break with a comfortable 30-19 lead. The tides would turn in the second half however, as the Cowboys jumped out to an 11-3 run to start the half, bringing the Roadrunners’ lead down to three. The teams battled down the stretch and a last-second Kannon Burrage three-pointer sent the game into overtime. McNeese pulled away in overtime, forcing four of UTSA’s starters to foul out en route to a 78-74 win. It was a fitting ending for a team that underwhelmed for much of the season after coming into the year with high hopes on the heels of their first ever NCAA Tournament victory. The team will now have eight months to reflect on the season as they prepare for their move to the WAC, with even tougher competition awaiting them.
Earlier in the week, sophomore forward Jeromie Hill was named to the All-Southland Conference Second Team, while teammates Melvin Johnson III and Kannon Burrage joined him on the Third Team and Honorable Mention, respectively.