The 2010 NCAA Convention saw the passing of fourteen legislative proposals, with five of the proposals being the Bylaw 17 "Life in Balance" package. This legislation will impact the fall, winter and spring sports in a variety of ways relating to practice start times, number of competitions, length of season and dead periods within individual seasons. Next week, I will go into greater detail to how this legislation will impact the Southwest Minnesota State University athletic teams.
The SMSU women's basketball team (11-5, 5-3 NSIC) is on the road this weekend for a pair of Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference games, traveling to Augustana (13-3, 7-2 NSIC) on Friday for a 6 p.m. contest and to Wayne State College (12-4, 5-4 NSIC) on Saturday for a 4 p.m. meeting.
The SMSU men's basketball team (9-6, 4-5 NSIC) will also be in Sioux Falls, S.D., on Friday taking on No. 23 Augustana (14-2, 7-2 NSIC) and Wayne State (8-8, 5-4 NSIC) in Wayne, Neb., on Saturday. Friday night's game is slated to tip-off at 8 p.m. at the Elmen Center, while Saturday's game is set for 6 p.m. at Rice Auditorium.
FRIDAY'S GAME ON TELEVISION: Friday night's game will be televised live by Midcontinent Communications from Sioux Falls, S.D. Midcontinent is available on cable systems throughout the states of Minnesota, South Dakota and North Dakota. Al Bahe and Tom Neiman will handle the broadcast.
The SMSU wrestling team (1-2) will be back in action this Sunday, January 24 at the Central Missouri Duals. The Mustangs will be on the road all of January before returning to the PE Gym on Feb. 13 when they will host the University of Mary at 3 p.m.
The Mustang wheelchair basketball team (1-8) will be on the road this weekend as they head to Columbia, Mo., for a two day competition on Friday and Saturday. SMSU will play the University of Missouri both days. The Mustangs will not be home again until they host the National Intercollegiate Basketball Tournament March 18-20 in the R/A Facility.
Tickets for the 2010 Mustang Gold Rush Raffle, sponsored by the SMSU Mustang Booster Club, are now available. The seventh annual Gold Rush Raffle will be held Feb. 19 at the SMSU Conference Center starting at 7 p.m. A ticket costs just $50 and includes a chance to win the grand prize of $5,000. The price of a ticket includes free beverages and hors d'oeuvres during the social hour from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
The reverse raffle will then begin at 8 p.m., and that's when the fun begins. Once the raffle begins, all the tickets that have been sold will be displayed on the board and will be called out with the lucky individuals winning great prizes. Great cash and prizes are given away with every 20th number drawn throughout the night.
For more information or to purchase tickets, please call the SMSU athletic development office at 507-537-7204, or contact a Mustang Booster Club member. Information is also available on-line at www.SMSUmustangs.com.
Good luck to our Mustang teams this weekend. Go Mustangs!
n Congratulations, Kyle Steve (who sends his answer from California), who provided the correct answer to last week's Mustang Hoofprints Trivia Question: Who is the longest tenured SMSU athletic department staff member?
Rolly Muller, SMSU's senior women's administrator and assistant athletic director, has been in SMSU athletics for 23 years and is our longest tenured staff member.
How many years has SMSU men's head basketball coach Brad Bigler been in a Mustang jersey or on the sidelines as a coach?
The first person to e-mail me at MustangHoofPrints@SMSU.edu with the correct answer to this question will receive an SMSU Ag Bowl t-shirt. The winner will be announced on The Saturday Morning Mustang Show between 9-10 a.m. on 1400AM each week.