TU Honors Alumni, Dedicates Case
ROAD TRIP: TU lettermen were invited to join the football team on the sideline of the UL-Monroe game Aug. 30. From left are T.C. Blair, Frank Hagedorn, Tommy Hudspeth and Bob Brumble. Hudspeth, now TU’s assistant director of development for athletics, says that the university is honoring its lettermen throughout the year and beyond.
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The University of Tulsa is experiencing positive changes on campus with the addition of new classroom buildings and residential housing.
The athletic program is making strides in all areas, most notably recently in football with the Case Athletic Complex, which opened in June of this year. It was dedicated on Sept. 14.
On November 11, 2004, University of Tulsa President Steadman Upham unveiled plans for the Case Athletic Complex to be located in the north end zone of Skelly Stadium. Excavation began on January 13, 2006.
The 30,000 square foot complex was built at a cost of $10 million, and it began phase one of the renovation of Skelly Field. Phase Two will begin following the 2007 football campaign, when Skelly Field at H.A. Chapman Stadium will undergo major renovations.
The Case Athletic Complex, named for Mike Case, a developer and philanthropist who made a significant financial gift for the project, houses football coaches offices, meeting rooms, game day suites, an academic support center for all student-athletes, a football locker room and equipment room, an athletic training room, a video production suite and a Lettermen’s Club suite.
The new facility will provide the Tulsa football program with an exceptional every-day use facility, as well as providing all TU student-athletes with an area dedicated to academic enhancement.
Tommy Hudspeth, a former TU football star and head coach of BYU and the NFL Detroit Lions and now the assistant director of development for athletics at TU, says that the university is making great strides in honoring its lettermen of all sports and support areas, such as cheerleaders, managers, etc.
The football team has honorary coaches in every game, and also invites lettermen to be with the team on the sidelines in every game. TU’s first honorary coach was Steve August at the Louisiana-Monroe game. Hudspeth hosted lettermen T.C. Blair, Frank Hagedorn and Bob Brumble of the UL-Monroe game.
Hudspeth is excited about his alma mater, saying, “There is a great feeling of cooperation throughout the university. Everyone wants the university to be the best in everything. It’s a great feeling.”