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(May 11, 2011)--FOX Sports Southwest will launch a new reality sports documentary series this week that will chronicle the start of The University of Texas at San Antonio inaugural football season.

"UTSA Football: The Birth of a Program" will premiere at 11:30 a.m. (CT) on Saturday, May 14, with the first of six 30-minute episodes that will follow the Roadrunners to their inaugural season opener on Sept. 3 against Northeastern (Okla.) State.

>> Watch a rebroadcast of episode one at 6 p.m., Tuesday, May 17.

The series will be carried on FOX Sports Southwest, FOX Sports Houston and FOX Sports Oklahoma, which reach more than 10 million cable and satellite TV homes in Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana.

The shows will offer an all-access look at how the UTSA football program was started from scratch two years ago by UTSA president and San Antonio native Ricardo Romo and Athletic Director Lynn Hickey, the only female AD in Texas to oversee both men's and women's sports.

The series will take viewers on a behind-the-scenes journey that began in March 2009 when UTSA hired Larry Coker, who led Miami (Fla.) to the 2001 National Championship, to guide the new program.

UTSA and FOX Sports Southwest camera crews began following Coker this spring as he readied the team for the inaugural season. The crew will continue to record Coker's preparations throughout the spring and summer, culminating with the final episode following the Roadrunners' much anticipated inaugural game at the Alamodome.

"We're excited about this series," FOX Sports Southwest Senior Vice President/General Manager Jon Heidtke said. "It's a fascinating story and a tremendous opportunity for football fans to get an inside, behind-the-scenes look at how a major college program is put together."

"We are very excited that FOX Sports Southwest is giving us a forum to tell our story," Hickey said. "I think football fans will enjoy seeing a behind-the-scenes look at how things have come together the last two-and-a-half years and this just adds another level of excitement to what already is a great time to be a Roadrunner."

"Putting a football program together from scratch is a monumental task and I'm glad fans will have the opportunity to see everything that goes into it," Coker said. "Everyone associated with our program and athletic department is excited about this partnership and we look forward to seeing the first episode this weekend."

UTSA will play a 10-game schedule as an NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS/formerly Division I-AA) independent in 2011. UTSA received an invitation to join the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) and will move all 17 sports into that league beginning with the 2012-13 academic year.

In 2012, the football team will play a 12-game schedule, including six games against members of the WAC, but that league schedule has yet to be determined. The 2012 and 2013 seasons will be reclassification years as the team transitions to the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS/formerly Division I-A). In 2014, the program will be a full FBS member and bowl eligible.

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Broadcast schedule: "UTSA Football: The Birth of a Program"
(all times Central, schedule subject to change)

Episode 1: Saturday, May 14, 11:30 a.m.; Sunday, May 15, 10 p.m.; Monday, May 16, noon; Tuesday, May 17, 6 p.m.; Friday, May 20, 3 p.m.; Tuesday, May 24, 6 p.m.; Thursday, June 16, 11 a.m.

Episode 2: Saturday, May 28, 10 p.m.; Friday, June 3, 11 a.m.; Saturday, June 4, 1 p.m.; Tuesday, June 7, 11 p.m.; Friday, June 10, 1 p.m.; Saturday, June 11, 10 p.m.; Tuesday, June 14, 5 p.m.; Thursday, June 16, 11:30 a.m.

Episode 3: Sunday, June 26, 6 p.m.; Monday, June 27, 3:30 p.m.; Tuesday, June 28, 6 p.m.; Friday, July 1, 1 p.m.; Sunday, July 3, 6 p.m.; Sunday, July 10, 10 p.m.; Wednesday, July 20, 8 p.m.

Episode 4: Late July-August, dates and times TBA

Episode 5: Late August-September, dates and times TBA

Episode 6: Late September-October, dates and times TBA

 

 

Did You Know?

Football standouts make Roadrunner history

For Ashaad Mabry and Triston Wade, football is not just a passing fancy. Both players were part of the UTSA football program almost from the beginning. When UTSA opens the 2015 season Thursday at Arizona, it will be the first time the Roadrunners take the field without them. But Mabry and Wade will still be playing football; their uniforms will just be a different color.

Mabry, a defensive tackle from San Antonio's MacArthur High School, was an honorable mention All-Conference USA selection his final two seasons as a Roadrunner and second among the team's defensive linemen with 49 tackles last year. Wade, a defensive back from Tyler, was the most decorated player in school history. He was a semifinalist for the 2014 Jim Thorpe Award – for the nation's top defensive back – a three-time all-conference honoree and two-year team captain who set a school record of 293 tackles in his career. Both men had outstanding college careers that allowed them to make UTSA history.

Did you know? Mabry and Wade both agreed to terms as undrafted free agents with the New Orleans Saints and Seattle Seahawks, respectively, becoming the first UTSA players to move to the professional ranks.

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