South Alabama Football Facility Construction Collapses During Thunderstorm

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistJuly 24, 2017

MOSCOW, ID - NOVEMBER 26: South Paw, the South Alabama mascot, cheers during first half action between the South Alabama Jaguars and the Idaho Vandals on November 26, 2016 at the Kibbie Dome in Moscow, Idaho. (Photo by Loren Orr/Getty Images)
Loren Orr/Getty Images

The University of South Alabama's football practice facility collapsed Saturday in Mobile, Alabama, during construction.

South Alabama athletic director Joel Erdmann tweeted a photo of the scene:

The school also released the following statement regarding the matter, per Dennis Pillion of AL.com:

"At approximately 2:15 p.m. on Saturday, July 22, the structure of the Jaguar Training Center, a covered athletics practice facility that is under construction on the University of South Alabama campus, fell within the construction limits of the site. No workers were present in that area at the time.

"University Police secured the scene of the event, which is under investigation. No determination has been made at this time about the cause."

While thunderstorms have ravaged the area recently, associate athletic director Brian Fremund said it hadn't yet been determined if they played a role in the collapse of the facility, per Pillion.

Alyssa Newton of WPMI tweeted a video of the wreckage:

Nicole Fierro of Local 15 News provided several photos of the aftermath as well:

According to Pillion, the original plan for the facility was for it to be completed in late 2017.

There is no current timetable for completion, but Erdmann said the school is considering several options, including retrying the original plan or creating a new one, per WKRG.

South Alabama has been an FBS school since entering the Sun Belt Conference in 2012.

Last season, the Jaguars went 6-7 and reached a bowl game for just the second time in the brief history of the program.

Related

    Justin Herbert Leads Team to Victory in 2019 Spring Game

    College Football logo
    College Football

    Justin Herbert Leads Team to Victory in 2019 Spring Game

    Mike Chiari
    via Bleacher Report

    Mark Richt: It's 'Not in the Plans' to Return to Coaching

    College Football logo
    College Football

    Mark Richt: It's 'Not in the Plans' to Return to Coaching

    Tim Daniels
    via Bleacher Report

    The U's Tatted-Up Punter Is an Absolute Unit 💪

    📈6'4", 235-lb Aussie aiming for NFL ⛰️Idolized The Rock growing up 💥25-year-old nicknamed 'Breaking'

    College Football logo
    College Football

    The U's Tatted-Up Punter Is an Absolute Unit 💪

    📈6'4", 235-lb Aussie aiming for NFL ⛰️Idolized The Rock growing up 💥25-year-old nicknamed 'Breaking'

    Adam Kramer
    via Bleacher Report

    KSU's Hunter Rison Suspended After Domestic Battery Charge

    College Football logo
    College Football

    KSU's Hunter Rison Suspended After Domestic Battery Charge

    Adam Wells
    via Bleacher Report