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Feb. 12, 2014

We are in the thick of the winter sports seasons. Men's and women's basketball, men's and women's swimming and diving and women's indoor track are all gearing up for the championship portion of the schedule. It's an exciting time in our department and on campus.

Speaking of excitement, Moody Coliseum has become the place to be in Dallas! Of course, the coaches and student-athletes are the primary attraction; however, the game day experience is among the best in college sports due to the people filling the seats - our students and fans!

Since Moody reopened on Saturday, January 4, we have witnessed:

17 tents waiting to pick-up student tickets

17 dozen donuts & 8 gallons of coffee delivered to those students in line by Coach Brown

10 national TV games (with more coming!)

7 advance sellouts (6 consecutive to end the regular season)

3 wins over ranked opponents (and counting...)

2 In-and-Out Burger trucks

1 court-storming

Through it all, the fans in the stands have been terrific! Your support has provided our team with a true home court advantage; and the feedback we have received has helped us to continuously improve the event experience. Leading the charge to create a championship atmosphere is the student body, The Mob and the Mustang Band and spirit squads!

Please continue to "Cheer The Right Way" and represent your university with class. The national TV audience has taken note of Moody Madness! I enjoy hearing from colleagues from across the country watching us compete and reading of our success. Storming the court after Saturday's victory over No. 7 Cincinnati (our first home win over a top-10 team since 1967) was appropriate; however, we must now act "like we have been there" - because we have!

All remaining home men's basketball games are sold out! I have already received several inquiries regarding season ticket prices for next year. I do not have specific information to share at this time, but we hope to have details finalized in the near future. Our goal will be to maximize revenues while maintaining accessibility and demand.

Our other sports will feed off of and benefit from the growth and success of the men's basketball program. The most impactful way for our fans to accelerate the rise of SMU Athletics is to enthusiastically support other Mustang teams and expand Moody Madness across all venues. I invite you to attend other athletics events and consider a gift (first-time or additional) to the Mustang Club. Your contribution is a measurable way to express pride and appreciation for our student-athletes, coaches and university.

The women's basketball team is also enjoying success in our inaugural season in the American. On Thursday, February 25, we play host to the national champion and No. 1-ranked UConn. I have seen the Huskies play this season - they are fun to watch! I hope you will be at Moody to support the Mustangs for this special occasion.

Finally, although it is their job to do so, I would like to express my thanks to our staff for their hard work, dedication, teamwork and professionalism. The results in the stands and on the court make it all worth it! Go Mustangs!

Remember, if you have a question or concern, contact me through this form, or email us at smumustangs@smu.edu. You can also reach me on Twitter at @AD_RickHart.

Pony Up!

Rick Hart, Director of Athletics