Hello Mustang fans!
I am writing to you today from the 2011 NCAA Convention in San Antonio, Texas. I know what you are thinking. What a lucky guy to be in the South with the weather we have been experiencing in Marshall. Well, the high temperature Wednesday and Thursday has ranged from 34 to 37 degrees and everyone is in wearing winter coats. The weather is not cooperating.
At the NCAA Convention, we have the opportunity to attend professional development sessions related to athletic administrative current issues in Division II and throughout the NCAA membership. Throughout the five day convention, NCAA Division II leadership will have informational sessions on the legislation being proposed at this year's business session, with the biggest package being Phase II of the "Life in Balance" initiative being sponsored by the NCAA Division II President's Council. Today, all the administrators from the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference will meet to review pending conference schedules, current topics, NCAA Division II and NSIC legislation, expansion and a variety of other agenda items up for discussion this year.
The convention will end with the NCAA Division II Business Session on Saturday morning. During the business session, the membership will hear discussion and vote on 25 legislative proposals presented by the NCAA Division II leadership committees and conferences. Next week, I will be able to report back to you the legislative results from this year's conference and how it will affect the SMSU athletics department in the years to come.
This year's Gold Rush Raffle, hosted by the Mustang Booster Club will be on Friday, Feb. 25 in the SMSU Conference Center Ballroom. Tickets are just $50 each for your chance to win the grand prize of $5,000. If you are interested in purchasing a ticket call the athletic department at (507) 537-7204.
If you have not been to the Gold Rush Raffle, you should buy a raffle ticket and join us for a night of fun, friendship and laughter. Every year, the raffle gets great reviews from the people who attend. It is a mid-winter social event that you will not want to miss with cash prizes, giveaways, mystery prizes, games, and silent and live raffle items. The Gold Rush is sponsored by the Mustang Booster Club and has sold out all six years. For more information on the Gold Rush Raffle, please go to SMSUmustangs.com and click on the "Gold Rush Raffle" button on the right side of our web page.
Hoofprints Trivia Question
What Marshall couple became engaged during Hawaiian Night five years ago at halftime of the men's basketball game?
The first person to email Chris Hmielewski at MustangHoofPrints@SMSU.edu with
the correct answer to this question will receive an SMSU t-shirt. The winner will be announced on The Saturday Morning Mustang Show between
9-10 a.m. on 1400 AM each week.
Here is a rundown of the Mustang Booster Club and SMSU athletics department special events coming up in January and February:
The Southwest Minnesota State University men's and women's basketball teams will hold the second annual Alumni Basketball Weekend on Jan. 22. There will be an alumni basketball game featuring both men's and women's past players that will be played in the PE Gym at SMSU, starting at 2 p.m.
After the alumni game, participants can grab a Burger King Whopper and cheer on the SMSU women's and men's basketball teams as they take on Bemidji State. A social will be held following the men's game at Shay's, and is sponsored by the men's and women's basketball teams, along with the Mustang Booster Club.
New this year to the alumni basketball weekend is "The Mustang Way," in honor and recognition of basketball teams and coaches who paved the way for SMSU basketball today.
This Year's Alumni Weekend teams of honor are:
Women's Teams: 1969-70, 1970-71, 1971-72, 1972-73, 1973-74, 1974-75.
Men's Teams: 1967-68, 1968-69, 1969-70, 1970-71, 1971-72, 1972-73, 1973-74, 1974-75.
Teams will have the opportunity to coach during the alumni basketball games Saturday afternoon, and will then be recognized on Saturday evening during the SMSU basketball games. For more information on the basketball alumni weekend and all the SMSU athletic department events, go to SMSUmustangs.com.
Here is a reminder of upcoming SMSU?events:
Hawaiian Night - Saturday, Jan. 29 at 6 p.m./8 p.m. (women's and men's basketball vs. Winona State)
Gold Rush Raffle - Friday, Feb. 25 at 6 p.m. (Social Hour)
Hall of Honor - Saturday, Feb. 26 at 1 p.m.
The SMSU women's basketballl team (3-10, 2-7 NSIC) will conclude a three-game road trip today and tomorrow by traveling to Bismarck, N.D. to take on Mary (8-6, 5-5 NSIC) and Northern State (9-5, 6-4 NSIC) in Aberdeen, S.D. Both games are set to tip-off at 6 p.m.
The SMSU men's basketball team (6-7, 3-6 NSIC) will also conclude the first half of the 22-game Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference season this weekend with a pair of road games in North and South Dakota. Today, the Mustangs will battle Mary (10-4, 6-4 NSIC) starting at 8 p.m. at the McDowell Activity Center in Bismarck, N.D. SMSU will then wrap up the weekend on Saturday with Northern State (6-8, 2-8 NSIC) at the Barnett Center, also at 8 p.m.
Both the SMSU women's and men's basketball teams will play seven of its 11 conference games at home to conclude the NSIC basketball schedule. The Mustangs will return home on Friday, Jan. 21, to begin a four-game homestand.
The SMSU wrestling team will pick up action again on Jan. 19 in a triangular with Dakota Wesleyan and Northwestern (Iowa) beginning at 4:30 p.m. in Mitchell, S.D.
The Mustang wheelchair basketball team (6-1 overall) will return to action Jan. 15 as the Mustangs play host to the Timberwolves with the set at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Jan. 15. The following weekend (Jan. 21-23), the Mustangs will head to Champagne, Ill. for the College Conference Wheelchair Basketball Tournament.
Good luck to all of our Mustang teams this week.
- Congratulations to Dr. Randy Johnson, for providing the correct answer to last week's Mustang Hoofprints Trivia Question: What SMSU head coach has been in the profession of coaching, at any level, the longest? Head wheelchair basketball coach, Lew Shaver, has over forty years of coaching experience with 26 of those years being at SMSU. Mustang head volleyball coach, Terry Culhane, has been coaching for 29 years and head baseball coach, Paul Blanchard, has been in the profession for 25 years.