July 12, 2013
The campus is abuzz with students again as new student orientation is underway. While the volume of students is significantly lower than during the academic year, the energy level is high. I enjoy observing the incoming freshmen, and their parents, as they visit our campus for the first time as a member of the SMU family. We are grateful to the office of Student Affairs for providing us with the opportunity to interact with this audience at AARO and invite them to make Mustang Athletics an important part of their campus experience.
This year's incoming class will be the first to reside on campus for two years. They will also be the first to enter Ford Stadium this fall and cheer our team on to its first-ever victory as a member of the American Athletic Conference. Finally, this group of students will join their peers and usher in the New Moody Coliseum when it reopens this winter.
Speaking of Moody, I had the opportunity to tour the site yesterday. Wow! It is going to be absolutely incredible. I look forward to our students, faculty, staff, alumni, donors and fans seeing the final product and filling the stands in support of our teams. We will all have to wait until January to gather together in Moody, but our fall sports seasons are just around the corner!
As of yesterday, we were 50 days from kicking-off the football season against Texas Tech! (You can check out our Football Countdown on our social media channels; See Instagram here.) The media coverage is picking up as the season approaches. Several national outlets - ESPN, USA Today and CBS Sports - have featured SMU football and a number of Mustangs have earned pre-season All-Conference honors from AthlonSports (Kenneth Acker, Jeremy Johnson, Randall Joyner and Traylon Shead) and been included on various award watch lists (Acker, Mike Loftus and Taylor Lasecki).
It is going to be a special year!
On to the mailbag and updates on the issues that are most important to you...
Robert (Dallas): I am really looking forward to watching men's and women's basketball games in the re-imagined Moody Coliseum. Do you yet know the dates of the basketball games that will be played in Moody this season?
Answer: The basketball schedules have not yet been finalized, Robert. We hope to release them soon. In fact, Commissioner Mike Aresco is on campus today and will provide us with an update. Both the men and the women will play all of our conference opponents at home, so it will be an entertaining slate of games. We are glad you are making plans to be at Moody when it reopens and look forward to sharing the schedule with the community as soon as it is completed.
Please keep your questions coming. Your input is important to me. Remember, if you have a question or concern, contact me through this form, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also reach me on Twitter at @AD_RickHart.
Until next week, Go Mustangs and Pony Up!
Rick Hart, Director of Athletics