AT&T Presents the JUSN Weekly Chat
Join editor Joel Lamp as AT&T presents the JUSN Weekly Chat. It's a quiet week around campus as fall exams roll into sight. Feel free to fire your questions in as they will be answered when the room officially begins at 4:30 p.m.
Joel Lamp, Editor: Hello everyone and welcome as AT&T presents the JUSN Weekly Chat.

It's been two weeks since we last chatted - which has seen the men's travel to the frozen tundra of Michigan, a short drive to Gainesville and another trip to the frigid climate of Washington D.C.

The women's team has been busy as well, but staying close to home with some favorable results.

Joel Lamp, Editor: A few thoughts before we get to the questions...

1. The women's team is off to the best start in school history, which isn't a surprise to many of us. This is an extremely talented group of ladies that have lofty expectations. While the loss to Florida A&M stings, they can learn a lot from it as they prepare to enter conference play in January.

On the men's side, the good thing is that there is no way they will face a team as good as Michigan State or Georgetown again until potentially the middle of March. Right now, I would have to say I was more impressed by Georgetown and would be very surprised if they didn't return to the Final Four again.

I will say I was quite proud of how the men handled the grueling schedule on the road while getting ready for this week's final exams.

Now...on to your questions...

Bob (Spring Hill): Has any progress been made on the building of a football stadium and is it a realistic and obtainable goal? How much money needs to be raised?
Joel Lamp, Editor: Bob, thanks for your question. I know that there are a lot of things in motion as far as building the stadium, but ground hasn't been broken yet. From my discussions, a new stadium is a quite realistic and obtainable goal.

As for how much money needs to be raised, I don't have an answer for that. Just guessing, I would have to say at least $2 million just to get a base facility. I know that there are concepts for more than just a stadium and a lot of that depends on the money raised.

I know that the athletics adminstration is working feverishly to get this project moving, so keep your eyes peeled to the website for any possible announcements.

Jeff (San Diego): Joel why do you wear tennis shoes with a sportscoat and khaki pants?
Joel Lamp, Editor: Jeff thanks for the question and noticing my unique shoes during basketball games.

As many of you know, every year the National Association of Basketball Coaches desginates one weekend as "Coaches vs. Cancer" weekend and all of the coaches and staff are encouraged to wear tennis shoes in support of the cause.

My family has personally been affected by this tragic disease as my father passed away this August after a two-and-a-half year battle with liver cancer.

Once he was diagnosed, I decided that instead of just doing it for one weekend a year, I would do it for every game. It was a small way of honoring my dad, and now the memory of him, as we continue to fight the battle against cancer.

At this point, I would like to encourage anyone reading this to send a donation to the Lance Armstrong Foundation by clicking here. This is actually the first time I've ever discussed why I wear the sneakers to games

Matt (Columbia): What's the progress on the search for a new women's soccer coach? What's the timetable for hiring such a person?
Joel Lamp, Editor: Matt, thanks for your question.

In talking with JU AD Alan Verlander over the weekend in D.C., I know that he's working to get the search done as quickly as possible.

While timing is a concern, he is most important concern is making sure that JU hires the right person to take the reigns of the program.

Joel Lamp, Editor: Well, that's all the questions we've got for this week. Next Monday, the Dolphins are at Troy, Troy University (I still have a hard time not calling them that), so we'll be moving to Tuesday as I will be taking your questions on the road.