Aug. 2, 2013
Students are back on campus! Football reports today with other fall sports to follow. While the summer offered an opportunity to recharge and strategize, it will be nice to hear the sounds of pre-season practice in the air again.
The first couple of days are filled with physicals, paperwork, meetings, and educational sessions aimed at providing information and reminders about the elevated expectations and standards associated with representing yourself, your team and your university. I look forward to visiting with our incoming and returning student-athletes and watching them prepare for the upcoming seasons.
And now, to the mailbag and updates on the issues that are most important to you...
@WilaryInTX (via Twitter): What time will The BLVD open on Aug 30?
Answer: The Boulevard with open at noon on Friday, August 30, with a sound ordinance in effect until 3:30 p.m. It's going to be a great day on the Hilltop as a national television audience witnesses How SMU Does Gameday!
Vince (via e-mail): I know we can't do it this year because of the Moody renovations but is there a possibility that SMU could have a Midnight Madness to start the basketball practice like some other schools have? I think it would be good for SMU as well as for recruiting...
Answer: My experience with Midnight Madness is that, outside of a handful of traditional basketball powerhouses, it no longer appeals to a broad audience. As a result, it is only good for recruiting if you can attract a large crowd. We will explore a variety of ways to create a buzz around the beginning of the basketball season in future years; however, it may not include activities at midnight.
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