It’s always interesting the impact a new coach can have on a team, especially in recruiting. And there may be no more interesting a case in the Ohio Valley Conference than Heath Schroyer at UT Martin. His Skyhawks are one of three potential landing spots for 3-star prospect Tariq Owens, an Ohio University decomitt. The two other schools on the list: Temple, and the University of Tennessee. Just the fact that UT Martin is on that list is impressive enough, but they may have a real chance at Owens. Owens is visiting the school today, and is expected to announce his decision this afternoon.
Austin Peay is in the middle of a multi-million dollar renovation of Governor’s Stadium, but there’s a rather large problem. Part of the field and track have been dug up because of a sinkhole in one of the end zones. It was just a 3-5 foot sinkhole initially, but has been dug out to more than 40-feet to find stable rock, so that it can be filled. There is some relatively good news here: according to Luke Thompson of the Leaf-Chronicle, the construction company in charge of the renovations knows that Clarksville is known for it’s sinkholes, and so there was money set aside in the renovation’s budget in case this sort of thing happened. He adds the sinkhole should be filled by the end of the week. It’s become quite the national news story, with outlets like ABC News and Sporting News showing the pictures of the rather impressive hole
Our wishes for a quick recovery go out to former Southeast Missouri basketball coach Ronnie Dean, the victim of a violent attack. According to television station KFVS, the stabbing happened on May 12th in Klondike, Illinois. Dean’s son Lezcano told the TV station that his dad suffered nine stab wounds, including one in the chest which left him with a collapsed lung. There is good news here: Dean is in good condition, and is expected to leave the hospital soon.