By Colin Dunlap | 9:02 a.m. Thursday
Opened up the Thursday morning Post-Gazette to check out the story on the Palumbo upgrades that were announced on Wednesday. As you know, with the Pens game, the Pirates in the midst of a shutout streak and some other stuff, space in the newspaper is tight. That said, the story was hacked down a bit in the hard copy of the paper.
One of the passages that was taken out of the story, that I felt needed to be passed along as a solid point of reference moving forward, is as follows:
Since arriving at Duquesne after serving 10 years at Xavier, climbing as high as associate athletic director at the fellow-Atlantic 10 school, Amodio has put heavy emphasis on facilities improvement as a gateway toward program improvement at Duquesne, as this project is the second of a three-step Palumbo plan.
In 2006, under Amodio's guidance, the men's and women's basketball as well as administrative staff offices, a recruiting suite, video breakdown room, student-athlete-only strength and conditioning and athletic training rooms were constructed at a cost of $2M on the venue's concourse level.
And, as it stands now, there are about $1.3M in financial commitments toward a fundraising effort that would improve the men's and women's basketball and women's volleyball locker rooms.
"When you are recruiting student-athletes to your institution, those young men and women are looking at a variety of things," Amodio said. "It is only natural that they are looking at the quality of your facilities and we understand the importance that has."