West Virginia director of Athletics, Shane Lyons, has big plans for the operations side of WVU Football.
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — West Virginia director of athletics Shane Lyons unveiled a new facilities master plan for the Mountaineer athletic program on Thursday morning, and dropped a couple of stunning statements concerning the state of West Virginia’s athletic facilities.
Topping the list was this: “I can tell you that with a lot of our facilities, we are not where we need to be in order to be successful. If you look nationally, we are getting way behind. In the league, to be completely candid, we are probably tenth in the league from a football standpoint, from an operations center standpoint. No one wants to be last, and as your director of athletics I don’t want to be last.”
To be clear, Lyons wasn’t referring to the on-field performance of the football team. Instead, it was a description of the state of all of the facilities in and around Milan Puskar Stadium, which has undergone a number of refurbishments and improvements over the past couple of years but which still has much to be addressed. The addition of a new team room in 2016 and the just-opened new training table and athletic training area are on par with any in the league, but there is still much work to be done.
We have pieces that are as good as anyone’s,” Lyons said in describing the state of the Mountaineer football complex. “But overall, we have a number of improvements that need to be made. We want to invest to allow our student-athletes to be able to compete and train at the highest level. It will help the future success of our athletic program.”
Included in that list — which Lyons terms as ‘needs’, not ‘wants’ — is a doubled-in-size home locker room, including improvements in ventilation, renovations to the coaches’ offices and players position meeting rooms, updates to the players lounge and a larger academic center. Almost all of the additions and changes, outside of the move of the football Hall of Traditions, are student-athlete oriented, and even that one is a necessary first modification which will allow some of the other changes and renovations to take shape.
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