According to ESPN, the Associated Press, and other sources, retired NBA player and former assistant coach of the San Antonio Spurs, Ime Udoka is set to become the Boston Celtics new head coach and the first Nigerian-American head coach in the the NBA. During his time in the NBA Udoka played seven seasons with five different teams before retiring in 2012. Shortly after retirement he joined Gregg Popovich and the San Antonio Spurs where he served as an assistant coach for seven seasons, including the 2013-14 season when they won the NBA title. In 2019, Udoka was the assist coach for the Philadelphia 76ers and last season with the Brooklyn Nets. This upcoming season will be Udoka’s first shot as head coach in the NBA.
The Stage Is Set
The NFL season is just a few weeks in, but the halftime time show is booked. Singer, actress, and business woman Rihanna will headline the 2023 NFL Super Bowl halftime show in Glendale, Arizona on February 12, 2023. This will be her first performance since she performed in public at the 2018 Grammy Awards, and since her 2016 album release. In 2018 it was reported that Rihanna and a number of other artist declined an invitation to perform at the Super Bowl in support of Colin Kaepernick, former San Francisco 49ers quarterback who was at the center of a National Anthem kneeling controversy.
Rihanna, Rock Nation and the NFL are believed to bring music and sports fans a momentous show. This will be Apple Music’s first time sponsoring the halftime show as they have now replaced long time sponsor Pepsi.
History Making Plays
Bouncing back from a plague of injuries, two weeks on the road and a loss to the Texas Longhorns last week, the UTSA Roadrunners needed a win. Playing their last non-conference game of the season, the Roadrunners had several loss of yards penalties early in the game, but they exhibited their Triangle of Toughness in a 52-24 blowout over the FCS-member Texas Southern Tigers in this first ever matchup. Saturday’s “Orange Out” game consisted of some major history making plays.
UTSA took an early lead with a 19-yard run touchdown by quarterback Frank Harris. TSU responded quickly with a touchdown by Andrew Body tying the game 7-7, but near the end of the 1st quarter, in one of the best plays of the game, sophomore wide receiver Chris Carpenter ran a 97-yard return, UTSA’s first ever kick return for a touchdown. UTSA ended the quarter 14-7.
UTSA led the game 21-17 at halftime and held the lead for the rest of the game. Other history makers of the game included quarterback Frank Harris breaking the school’s record for career touchdown passes throwing for 392 yards for the day. Wide receiver De’Corian Clark tied his own record for touchdown receptions (3 total) in a single game also broke the school’s record for receiving yards in a game, having concluded with 217 yards on 9 catches. And we can’t forget the defense who forced two turnovers in the game. Dylan Griffin and Avery Murphy had one each.
Although it was a much needed win for the Roadrunners, Coach Jeff Traylor was not pleased with the teams play, noting they were not quite where he’d like them to be. UTSA moves to 2-2 and will begin USA Conference play when they go on the road Friday, September 30th against Middle Tennessee.
“Back Home in the Dome”
Calling all fans: Show your Black & Silver Pride. Be a part of history and help the San Antonio Spurs celebrate the team’s 50th anniversary. Get ready to head back to and pack the ‘Dome for one more game. Fans can help the San Antonio Spurs break the NBA’s all-time attendance record? For one night only the Spurs will be “Back Home in the Dome” for the first time since 2002 as they host the defending champion Golden State Warriors on Friday, Jan. 13, 2023. The team strives to break the NBA’s all-time attendance record for a regular season game by filling the 65,000-plus capacity Alamodome with the best fans in the NBA!
Other memorable events and celebrations will take place throughout the 2022-23 basketball season to include Manu Ginobili’s 2022 Basketball Hall of Fame induction, games played in Mexico City and Austin,TX, and a host of keepsake collectibles given out at various games this year. For more information visit https://www.nba.com/spurs.
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