FA to rule on Hull name change

first_img The name change was proposed as a means of creating greater marketing opportunities to raise more funding to continue competing at the top level. Allam said the name City was “common” and has even threatened to quit if his plan is blocked. He may, however, be encouraged to fight on following the publication of results of a fans’ poll which appear to back him earlier this week. In the ballot of season-ticket holders over the age of 16, 2,565 voted for the rebrand with 2,517 against. A further 792 expressed indifference. Critics have pointed out, however, that another 9,159 did not take up their right to vote and claimed that the questions were loaded in favour of a yes vote. Hull have actually been known informally, and affectionately, as the Tigers for much of their 110-year history due to their playing colours of black and amber. Waterson feels this issue has had a detrimental effect on a popular part of the club’s tradition. He said: “What is sad about all of this is that we were very proud of our nickname the Tigers. “But now to use the Tigers is almost seen as dirty and it shouldn’t be like that. “People like the fact we are the Tigers – but it is our nickname and should not be included in our name of Hull City AFC, which is our formal name.” The club have not commented ahead of meeting, officially because they want the focus to remain on this weekend’s FA Cup semi-final against Sheffield United. The possibility of an appeal may exist but fans, who have been vociferous in their opposition to the idea, hope that will be the end of the issue. Ian Waterson, spokesperson for campaign group ‘City Til We Die’ said: “This is a day that has been marked on the calendar for some time. “The membership committee listened to all the evidence from all sides of the argument, they did the hard graft, and came to decision to a unanimously reject the name-change application. “It would be historic now for the FA council to fly in the face of what their membership committee has recommended. “The FA has decided to support the fans on this which is excellent news for football and football in this country. “The Allams have got all the tools they need to generate extra revenue without changing the name of the football club.” Aside from this issue, Allam has been a popular owner having resuced the club from financial crisis in 2010 and plotted a course that led to promotion to the Premier League last year. Allam’s son Ehab, City’s vice-chairman, last month said the family had put £74million into the club and had little more to give. Hull City supporters are hoping the club’s controversial bid to rename themselves as Hull Tigers will be consigned to history later on Wednesday. The Football Association is expected to block the rebranding proposal of Hull owner Assem Allam as the matter is discussed at a meeting of its council. The verdict is likely to be a formality with the governing body’s own membership committee having already unanimously recommended the council reject the plans. Press Associationlast_img read more

Heath Schroyer Named McNeese Men’s Basketball Head Coach

first_imgIn addition, three of Schroyer’s assistants over the years are current Division I head coaches – Barrett Peery at Portland State, Dedrique Taylor at Cal State Fullerton, and Anthony Stewart at UT Martin.His hire must be approved by the Louisiana Board of Supervisors, of which McNeese State is a member. LAKE CHARLES, La. – A new and exciting era of McNeese basketball is upon us when on Thursday, Director of Athletics Bruce Hempill announced the hiring of BYU Associate Head Coach Heath Schroyer to lead the Cowboys’ basketball program.An introductory press conference will be held at noon on Monday in the End Zone Room, located on the second floor of the Jack V. Doland Field House. The public is invited to attend.Schroyer, who has 20 years of Division I coaching experience including nine years as a Division I head coach, broke into the coaching ranks in 1996 at Fresno City College before being hired on a year later at BYU for his first stint with the Cougars.After spending four seasons at BYU (1997-2001) where he helped rebuild a team that won one game in 1996-97 to the Mountain West Conference regular season and tournament championships in 2000-01, he was an assistant coach at Wyoming (2001-02) where he helped guide the Cowboys to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since the 1987-88 season.Following his stint at Wyoming, Schroyer earned his his first head coaching job at Portland State from 2002-05 where he led the Vikings to 19 wins and the Big Sky Conference title in 2004-05 for the school’s first league title in any men’s sport.He went on to become the associate head coach at Fresno State from 2005-07 and then back to Wyoming as head coach from 2007-11.Schroyer was hired as an assistant coach at UNLV from 2011-14 where he was named one of the nation’s top 15 assistant coaches twice in three seasons. He helped UNLV land four McDonald’s All-Americans and two top 10 recruiting classes in three seasons.He was named the head coach at UT-Martin in 2014 and guided the Skyhawks to back-to-back 20-win seasons and back-to-back appearances in the CIT.While at UT-Martin, Schroyer was named the Tennessee Sports Writers Association Men’s Basketball Coach of the Year and was a finalist for mid-major Coach of the Year for the 2014-15 season.He spent the 2016-17 season as the assistant head coach at North Carolina State and rejoined the BYU staff this past season where he has helped guide the Cougars to a 24-win season and an appearance in the NIT.last_img read more