Athletic Director's Corner
Greetings from campus!
As we enter into another beautiful fall at Furman, the excitement surrounding our athletic program is at a fever pitch. By the time each August rolls around, I am more than ready for our students to return and bring their energy back to campus. More than 100 Furman students took advantage of our offer to provide them transportation to Wofford for the first football game of the season to kick off the Clay Hendrix Era with some familiar, friendly faces in the crowd.
We have several new initiatives that you may encounter this fall. Our new tailgating policy will allow anyone over the age of 21 to consume beer and wine on home football Saturdays. Glass and hard liquor are still prohibited, but we are thrilled to offer this new fan experience upgrade. I have great faith that we can execute this new policy without sacrificing the family atmosphere that has always existed at Furman. Parking in the Chapel Lot on campus will now cost $10 per car on game days. We still offer free public parking in the South Housing and Blackwell Lots on campus and fans can purchase a season pass for $35 (or prepay parking online for $7 per game). Paladin Club members will continue to utilize the Timmons and Stadium Lots as in previous years. Game tickets will be for sale in both the Timmons Ticket Office, as well as on the Visitors Side of Paladin Stadium (yes- you can buy ‘Home” tickets on the Visitors Side to shorten your walk).
We are also wrapping up installation of new lighting inside Timmons Arena, which we hope shine a brighter light on the brand new basketball court that has been designed and will be installed prior to the first basketball games later this fall/winter. As always, we are exploring more ways to upgrade both the student-athlete and fan experiences inside the Arena.
On the national scene, I am heavily involved with the SoCon working group to address the Student-Athlete Time Demand concerns. We hope to provide guidelines for ensuring our student-athletes continue to be students first, and to make sure we allow enough time for rest, recovery, and social time both in and out of competitive seasons. We are also excited for the future as the NCAA has recently announced that they will be distributing money to member institutions who achieve certain ACADEMIC benchmarks. Historically, the NCAA only distributed money based on the number of scholarships offered and for participation in the NCAA Basketball Tournaments. The first distribution will be in 2020, but we have already begun to take steps to make sure we will be in a position to qualify for this revenue every year.