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Indoor Facility Building Could Begin In March

Indoor Facility Building Could Begin In March

Indoor Facility Building Could Begin In March

Dan McDonald
dmcdonald@theadvertiser.com

Construction could begin as early as mid-March on the University of Louisiana’s athletic indoor practice facility.
UL interim athletic director David Walker said the university has asked the state’s Office of Facility Planning to award contracts on the base proposal and one of the alternate proposals to the M. D. Descant, Inc., construction firm.
Descant, based out of Bunkie with offices statewide including Lafayette, had the low bid on the project at $3.8 million for the base proposal and three alternate proposals.
Walker said that $3.4 million had been approved for the facility, which would cover the basic facility and Alternate No. 1, which included extension of the field from 80 yards to a full-size 100 yards with two 10-yard end zones.
Alternate Nos. 2 and 3 include a wing attached to the facility that would provide a practice facility for basketball and other indoor sports. One alternate includes outer construction and the other is for inside finishing.
“We’ve asked Facility Planning to request permission from the Legislative Budget Committee to award the next two alternates, which would be the basketball wing," Walker said. “To do those two alternates, we have to get approval for the additional amount ($400,000) plus 10 percent."
Walker said the university has requested the contractor to hold its prices for Alternate Nos. 3 and 4 for 60 days to allow a determination on additional funding. Groundbreaking on the base proposal could be held within three weeks and construction is expected to take 12 months.
n FOOTBALL SCHEDULE CHANGES: UL’s 2006 football schedule has undergone several changes, including a shift of one home game to the first Saturday in December.
The Arkansas State home game originally on Oct. 21 has been moved to Nov. 25, and the UL Monroe home game originally on that date has been backed up a week to Dec. 2. Those two changes were made necessary when the originally-scheduled Oct. 14 game at Florida Atlantic was picked as an ESPN2 game and moved to Wednesday, Oct. 18.
Two road games were also changed, with the Texas A&M game set for Sept. 23 now on Sept. 9 and the original Sept. 9 game at Houston moved to Oct. 7, a former open date. The Cajuns’ open date in the 12-game slate is now Sept. 23, although UL will not play on either Saturday, Oct. 14 or Saturday, Oct. 21 because of the mid-week game.
Walker said the new schedule would be announced next week.
“The conference office asked all the teams to hold off on announcing schedules until March 1," he said. March 1 is the final date for the league’s television partners to make game selections.
The new schedule dates:
SEPTEMBER — 2 at LSU; 9 at Texas A&M; 16 Ohio University; 23 open; 30 Eastern Michigan. OCTOBER — 7 at Houston; 18 (Wed.) at Florida Atlantic; 28 Middle Tennessee. NOVEMBER — 4 at Troy; 11 North Texas; 18 at Florida International; 25 Arkansas State. DECEMBER — 2 UL Monroe.
n ADDEDTOROLLS: UL’s baseball team had its honor roll numbers boosted from 29 to 30 this week.
The Cajun squad had 29 players with a 3.0 fall semester grade point average on the list announced two weeks ago. Senior pitcher Jeff Martinez had dropped a class early in the semester but was still listed on the rolls and had an incomplete on the fall grade reports. Once that was corrected, Martinez moved above a 3.0.
n FOOTBALL NOTES: UL football coach Rickey Bustle has set dates for the Cajuns’ spring practice session from March 18-April 8. The squad’s annual Red-White spring football game is Saturday, April 8, at Cajun Field.
UL’s football staff will hold its annual Cajun Football Clinic Thursday-Saturday, June 1-3, at the Best Western Hotel Acadiana. The clinic is open to coaches on all levels of football and will include seminars and guest speakers along with a golf tournament, a crawfish boil and a social at Cypress Bayou Casino.
Cost of the clinic is $60, with an additional $30 for golfers. Information is available from clinic director Tim Rebowe at 482-6318.