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Eric Peterson, Published August 13 2010

MSUM men’s hoops new locker room taking shape

Dragons men’s basketball is getting a new lair.

A remodeled Minnesota State Moorhead locker room for the men’s hoops team should be completed by early September.

“I think it will help us be a lot more competitive with recruits,” said Dragons assistant coach Eric Peterson. “I think it’s extremely important for kids to see things like that. … When you walk in, there is just sort of that, ‘Wow,’ factor in a locker room.”

Peterson said he expects to have 15 wood lockers delivered and installed on Monday. In addition, new carpeting, a television and couches will be part of the locker room upgrade.

Prior to the renovation, the locker room had red-colored metal lockers and a rubberized floor.

“We’re just going to make it look a lot nicer,” said Peterson. “The north side of it will be kind of like a player’s lounge with the couches and the TV.”

Peterson is entering his second year as an assistant for the Dragons, who hired a new head coach, Chad Walthall, in the offseason.

Last year, MSUM offered 6.69 scholarships in men’s basketball. That is more than three scholarships below the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference league maximum of 10 for men’s basketball.

“Not being fully funded, it always helps to have other things that make up for that part,” Peterson said.

Dragons to have new,

familiar color man

The Dragons will have a familiar face handle color commentary on their football radio broadcasts this fall.

Former longtime sports information director Larry Scott is set to do color for football games, while Steve d’Eustachio will continue to handle play-by-play.

“I think it’s a wonderful opportunity,” Scott said. “I have in the past been able to offer the color on different occasions, but not an entire season. … To have a front row seat to watch the Dragons again is going to be a fun thing. I look forward to it.”

Scott retired from his SID position in 2009 after 40 years on the job. Scott, who still volunteers in the athletic department, said he hasn’t missed a football game since 1969 and had attended the Dragons’ past 438 football games.

“It’s been more than a job for me and for me to still be able to participate in it is great,” Scott said.

Eric Peterson at (701) 241-5513.

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