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With the A&M-Commerce Lions football team ranked in the NCAA Division II top 25 for the first time since 2001, Athletic Director Ryan Ivey says the game Saturday night against West Texas A&M may draw 8-9,000 fans, and the homecoming game November 1 against McMurry may attract an even bigger crowd.  And Ryan says the artificial turf of the new varsity softball field is nearly complete, and some fall games may be played on it soon.

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Texas A&M University-Commerce Athletic Director Ryan Ivey says A&M-Commerce athletes have contributed nearly 2,000 volunteer hours to the community in the past year.  Ryan says the new athletic academic complex in the Field House is nearing completion.  The athletic department's next major facilities objective is an renovation of the weight training facilities in Whitley Gym.

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Texas A&M University-Commerce Athletic Director Ryan Ivey says opening the football season at home on a Thursday night, September 4, against East Texas Baptist is a chance to "embrace our campus community."  Ryan also says work is now well underway on the new A&M-Commerce softball facility.

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Texas A&M University-Commerce Athletic Director Ryan Ivey reflects on the ruling in the Ed O'Bannon case that college athletes should be compensated for the commercial use of their names and likenesses, and the NCAA's decision to allow the biggest conferences to operate autonomously, in particular in granting stipends to athletes.

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The NCAA is holding Division I athletic programs to a higher academic standard through something called the Academic Progress Rate (APR).  The University of Nevada-Las Vegas and University of Idaho football teams have been barred from post-season play, and in the 2012-13 season, the University of Connecticut men's basketball team (the 2013-14 national champions) was forced to sit out the postseason.  Texas A&M University-Comme

In a continuation of our recent visit, Texas A&M University-Commerce athletic director Ryan Ivey says the new basketball/volleyball floor in the Field House is nearly finished, and will be ready for this weekend's commencement exercises.  And Ryan shares more thoughts about the possibility that A&M-Commerce could move up to NCAA Division 1 someday.

Texas A&M University-Commerce

Texas A&M University-Commerce athletic director Ryan Ivey says the NCAA proposal to allow the "Power 5" conferences (Big 12, Big 10, PAC 12, Southeast and ACC) more autonomy would be a good move.  And he says he can imagine A&M-Commerce someday moving up to Division 1.

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Texas A&M University-Commerce athletic director Ryan Ivey discusses construction of the new basketball/volleyball floor in the Field House and plans for the new varsity softball facility, which is expected to be ready for play in the fall.  Ryan also discusses the possibility of varsity baseball at A&M-Commerce.

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Texas A&M University-Commerce athletic director Ryan Ivey says unionization of college football and basketball players, as a court has approved for athletes at Northwestern University of the Big Ten, could eventually affect NCAA Division II athletic programs, such as A&M-Commerce.

Texas A&M University-Commerce

Texas A&M University-Commerce athletic director Ryan Ivey says the Lone Star Conference is again looking for a new member after McMurry decided not to become a full-fledged LSC member and remain in NCAA Division III.  Ivey says the LSC will stage a football tournament among its members in the last two weeks of the 2014 regular season.

Five Lions earn South-Central honors

Mar 7, 2014
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The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) announced the All-Region honors for the Division II regions and three men and two women student-athletes earned regional honors for the Lions.

Anthony Harris, Hendrik Nungess and Matt Rich received the honor for the men and Brikel Bailey and Ashley Ross receiving the honor on the women's side.

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A&M-Commerce athletic director Ryan Ivey says the Lion football team will open its 2014 season at home on a Thursday night, Sept. 4, against East Texas Baptist University.  Ivey says head coach Colby Carthel recruited 54 freshmen football players by dividing seven athletic scholarships among them, supplementing scholarships with grants and other forms of financial aid.  And Ivey says the Lion men's basketball team, coming off a 79-76 win over national no.

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Texas A&M University-Commerce athletic director Ryan Ivey has brought a new sense of optimism to A&M-Commerce sports.  On the Blacklands Cafe, he discusses the upcoming commitment day for college football recruiting and other new directions for Lions athletics.

Lions snap skid with win over Buffaloes

Jan 27, 2014
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LaDon Carnegie put in 23 points and the A&M-Commerce Lions snapped a three-game losing streak with a 93-84 win over West Texas A&M on Saturday at The Field House.

 

 The win also snapped a six-game losing streak for the Lions (13-5, 2-4 LSC) in the series with the Buffaloes (8-9, 1-5 LSC). Carnegie finished with 23 points on 7-for-10 shooting from the field, hitting all four three-point tries and five of six free throw attempts. He also added seven rebounds and five assists.

 

Disappointment at ENMU makes third loss in a row

Jan 23, 2014
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Devondrick Walker set career highs in points and made three-pointers, but a late Eastern New Mexico run helped the Zias defeat Texas A&M University-Commerce 83-78 on Jan. 22 at Greyhound Arena in Portales, N.M.

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