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Episode 167: UTSA puts their money where their mouth is

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Another week, another massive step forward for the #16 UTSA Roadrunners. Jeff Traylor is now the highest-paid coach in the Group of 5, and there’s no questioning UTSA’s commitment to winning big and winning often. The Roadrunners must now convert this huge momentum into a win over a surprisingly-strong UTEP Miners team in a primetime battle for the C-USA West title on ESPN2. Women’s soccer also secures their biggest win in program history, and the basketball teams prepare to tip off their seasons.

Edit: In the podcast we mentioned that Traylor’s buyout doesn’t kick in until January 1st. Thanks to @MaxScouts for pointing out that the wording in the contract shows that the buyout increase kicks in immediately. Sorry TCU!

0:00 – Inside UTSA’s journey to secure a long-term commitment from Jeff Traylor

10:38 – Texas Tech’s coaching search was a sloppy, leaky mess from the start, a stark contrast with UTSA’s tight-lipped contract extension efforts

22:11 – The video of Dr. Campos informing the football team that Jeff Traylor was staying at UTSA reminded us of the power that coaches have to impact the lives of young men and women

27:40 – Breaking down the numbers and funding that made it possible for UTSA to suddenly become one of the biggest spenders in G5 football

48:42 – It’s okay to have some apprehension about signing any football coach to a ten year deal. But UTSA structured this contract in a way that does give them some insurance

54:27 – We’re not a fan of the “Battle for the Border” rivalry name, but we’re both really excited for this week’s primo matchup between dos primos as UTSA travels to El Paso for a late night game against UTEP

1:16:32 – Women’s soccer defeats North Texas in a shocking fashion as they advance to the next round of the C-USA Championship tournament

1:21:52 – To wrap things up, men’s and women’s basketball get ready to start their seasons with a double header in the Convo next week. Be sure to check out our previous episode for a full preview, then head out to the Convo next week to show your support

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