Ault Field the right call
May 23, 2013
Sports fodder for a Friday morning . . .
The University of Nevada athletic department deserves a ton of credit for announcing Wednesday that the field at Mackay Stadium will now be called Chris Ault Field. The Wolf Pack, and especially new athletic director Doug Knuth, deserves credit for doing it so quickly (five months) after Ault stepped down as football coach. You'll be hard pressed to find a university that ignores and has forgotten its past as much as the University of Nevada. That's why this is such a refreshing step in a new and much-needed direction. Knuth, who never worked a day with Ault, has now shown Ault more respect after a month on the job than the previous athletic director did in almost a decade.
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Let's hope this feeling of nostalgia coming from north Virginia Street is not a one-time thing. Knuth has a chance to change and preserve Wolf Pack history forever by continuing to honor its past in a very public way. The Ault honor, hopefully, is just the first step. The next order of business should be to call Colin Kaepernick and ask him when he can show up at Chris Ault Field at Mackay Stadium for a ceremony retiring his No. 10 jersey. It is silly that a Pack player continues to wear Kaepernick's No. 10. The number was also worn by standout Pack quarterbacks Eric Beavers and Chris Vargas. They should all be present and part of the ceremony at midfield at Chris Ault Field in the near future.
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Oh, and one more thing while everyone is feeling a bit nostalgic. There is another field on campus that needs to have a new name attached to it in the near future. Gary Powers Field at Peccole Park also needs to be on Knuth's to do list the moment (Monday? Next month?) Powers steps down as head baseball coach. Better yet, call it Powers-Peccole Park. Powers is the longest tenured coach (31 seasons) in all of Wolf Pack athletics history. There would be no baseball program at Nevada without his efforts over the past three decades. Ault cared for, nurtured and molded Mackay Stadium. Powers did the same at Peccole Park. He's earned the same honor as Ault.
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