By Curt Dozier and Markia Gore
For Rick Childers the VCU basketball season is more than just fun and games–it’s become a way of life.
Going to places as far away as Cancun, Reno and Oklahoma City, Childers is as much a part of VCU basketball as its mascot, Rodney the Ram. The 52-year-old state police lieutenant keeps a very watchful eye on comparing his work and game schedules.
“I usually get a schedule and I’m making notes and sending my boss e-mails saying I need this day, this day and this day,” Childers said.
For Childers, those days add up to what he calls “the streak.”
By Matt Doyon and Alonna Artis
WASHINGTON, D.C. — At the Colonial Athletic Association’s recent Media Day in the nation’s capitol, the Virginia Commonwealth University men’s basketball team was projected to finish in third place.
Sports information directors and media professionals from around the CAA voted the Rams to finish behind Old Dominion and Northeastern in their annual gathering Oct. 20.
VCU won the conference regular-season crown the past three seasons, all under the former head coach Anthony Grant. Shaka Smart replaces the departed Grant. At 32 years old, Smart is the youngest coach in the CAA.
Filed under Richmond, Sports
By Jerome Foster
RICHMOND, Va. – The basketball arena at the Siegel Center just north of the Virginia Commonwealth University campus in Richmond recently got a name change.
The arena was called the Alltel Pavilion at the Stuart C. Siegel Center since being built in 1999. Now it is called the Verizon Wireless Arena.