Straight From The Hart
Sep 6, 2013
The 2013-14 athletic seasons are all underway! Last week marked the return to competition for a number of Mustang teams. Five of our 17 sports conduct their championships in the fall: football, cross country, men's soccer, women's soccer and volleyball. To recap the early action...
Football came up short against Texas Tech in front of a sold-out Ford Stadium. We expected to win the game and, as a result, the disappointment lingered for several days; however, it was a great atmosphere and provided us with a glimpse of what is possible if we work hard and remain aligned with our plan. Additionally, over 2 million viewers watched on ESPN and learned why SMU is such a special place. I want to thank all 34,790 fans in attendance for supporting our student-athletes.
The season is young and we hope the SMU and Dallas communities return to Ford Stadium tomorrow night at 7 p.m. for the Montana State game. A vocal Mustang crowd is needed each and every home Saturday. (Hard to believe that only four home games will remain after tomorrow's contest.) Most of the feedback we received about the Texas Tech game experience has been positive, but please let us know if there are areas which may require additional attention.
In other sports, cross country finished second in a strong field at the Baylor Bear Twilight Invitational and freshman runner Agnes Sjostrom was named the American Cross Country Athlete of the Week - the first such honor in the conference's history. Men's soccer lost a pair of one-goal contests at No. 1 Indiana against No. 7 Notre Dame and is on the road again for the Tulsa Tournament. Women's soccer has lost close matches at Missouri, at Arkansas (in OT) and versus No. 11 Baylor, but look to rebound this weekend in the Carolinas. Volleyball is preparing to host the
All of our student-athletes are competing at a high level and looking to build upon our early season performances.
As a follow up to a tweet I sent last week, no, this isn't my car, but it is a great-looking vehicle, isn't it?
And now, to the questions and topics most important to you...
Michael (Via Twitter): How is SMU handling student ticketing for the basketball game against TCU at American Airlines Center?
Answer: We are excited to be a part of the Tip-off Showcase at American Airlines Center. The men's basketball season will begin and end in Dallas, Texas! As associate head coach Tim Jankovich said earlier this week, "Everybody wants to end here, but only a few will start here, and it would be special to do both."
Our game with TCU is part of a triple-header, with the other two games featuring Oklahoma vs. Alabama and Baylor vs. Colorado. This game is considered a neutral court game (even though SMU is designated as the home team) and will not be included as part of the season ticket package.
A limited number of seats have been reserved for students and SMU donors/season ticket holders. Tickets are $53.75 each and include all three games. Donors will be e-mailed and mailed a request form next week. Seat locations within the SMU sections will be allocated based on priority points. A separate student sale will also occur. Full-time SMU students will be e-mailed more information next week as well. Student tickets will be located together in a lower level section. The ticket cost is the same for students - $53.75. For more information, or to purchase tickets if you are not an SMU season ticket holder, please visit http://dallas.bdglobalsports.com/.
David (Plano): Any indication on when the SMU/TCU game will be played on Nov. 8?
Answer: We do not yet know the order of the three games in the triple-header, David. As soon as game times are released, we will do our best to notify fans via SMUMustangs.com, traditional media and social media. We realize this can make planning difficult and appreciate your patience and support.
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.
Go Mustangs and Pony Up!
Rick Hart, Director of Athletics