SMU Athletics to Get Even More Plush. The school dropped $120 million on athletic upgrades in recent years (see: tennis complex, Miller Events Center, and renovations galore) and on Tuesday SMU officials announced they would shell out another $150 million to build an outdoor football practice field, a soccer stadium, and an indoor performance center with a full-size football field and 300-meter track. The DMN notes this move is definitely sending a message to the Big 12, which publicized plans last week to add new members. SMU says the new upgrades will “serve the needs of all 17 sports and 400-plus student-athletes.”
Has the Cowboys’ PR Team Slept Since Friday? I don’t know the answer to that. But between Ezekiel Elliot’s domestic violence allegations last Friday, the team bus accident that resulted in four fatalities over the weekend (note: the Cowboys’ driver was not at fault), and Tuesday’s report that defensive end Randy Gregory had failed his fifth drug test and would not be at training camp tomorrow, my guess is the public relations folks are working around the clock.
Budget Fights Begin After Police Shooting. The city’s police officers deserve to get paid a reasonable salary for doing the hard work they do, or at least one comparable to other area precincts. Of course, DPD salary increases don’t grow on trees. And now groups such as the Dallas Commission on Homelessness are bracing for battle. The city council has some tough decisions to make.
One of These Stories Will Ruin Your Mascara. Well, there’s this one about the Rowlett police officer having a tea party with the little girl whose life he saved. There’s also a story about a North Texas family finding their scruffy lil’ terrier, Corky, after nearly seven years apart thanks to microchip technology. And if you’re not the sentimental type, maybe you will laugh-cry like I nearly did when you see this photo from the Texas Democrats breakfast in Philly yesterday. Apparently the scene got heated, and the looks on the Bernie supporters’ faces are truly priceless.Read More