Hello Mustang fans!
On Wednesday, I left for the NCAA Convention in Atlanta, Ga. At the convention, the NCAA will provide professional development opportunities for the attendees, we will also meet as a conference to discuss scheduling, policies and procedures.
The final activity of the convention will be the NCAA Division II Business Session, where we will vote on 14 pieces of legislation.
The hottest legislation items are titled "Bylaw 17," which consists of five legislative proposals addressing budget and "life in balance" issues for our student-athletes and coaches.
Some of the proposals are gaining support from President's Council, Management Council, Student Athlete Advisory Committee and the NCAA and others are generating a lot of discussion, helping to define what a Division II student-athlete experience should consist of.
The convention will be filled with debates helping to form the direction of Division II Athletics. I believe SMSU student-athletes have the balance and competitive environment they are looking for in a Division II institution.
And most important, SMSU student-athletes, as all Division II student-athletes, are excelling in the classroom and graduating at a high rate compared to other Division I and III student-athletes.
We will wrap up the convention on Saturday and hopefully be back in Marshall for the last half of the Mustang men's game.
The SMSU men's basketball team (9-4, 4-3 NSIC) returns home for a pair of NSIC games this weekend at the R/A Facility.
SMSU will face St. Cloud State (12-2, 6-1) on Friday, before taking on Concordia-St. Paul (7-7, 4-3) on Saturday. Both games are slated to begin at 8 p.m.
The SMSU women's basketball team (10-4, 4-3) returns home after a four-game road stand to face St. Cloud State (7-7, 2-5) and No. 20 Concordia-St. Paul (13-1, 7-0). Both contests will start at 6 p.m.
This weekend begins a stretch in which both SMSU basketball teams will play six of its next eight games at home.
Friday's theme for our men's and women's basketball games is a "Brown Out". We encourage all SMSU fans to come to Friday's games dressed in their finest brown SMSU apparel.
On Saturday, it is 80's night at the R/A Facility, a personal favorite. Come dressed in 80's gar.
Ladies, break out the big hair and can of hair spray. Guys, roll up those pants legs and put on the boat shoes.
Lets provide the Mustangs with a great collegiate basketball environment as both our teams head into the final leg of conference play with six of those games at home.
The SMSU Mustang Booster Club will host the second of four post-game socials tomorrow at Shay's after the men's and women's basketball games against St. Cloud State. Appetizers will be provided.
Shay's is located in the Best Western Marshall Inn on East College Drive.
The SMSU wrestling team (1-0) is back in action on Friday in conference dual competition against Augustana and Saturday at St. Cloud State.
The Mustangs will be on the road all of January before returning to the PE Gym on Feb. 13, when they will host Mary at 3 p.m.
The Mustang wheelchair basketball team (0-5) will be on the road this Friday and Saturday when they head to Champaign, Ill., for a two-day competition. The Mustangs will play Edinboro University (Penn.), Illinois (men's and women's teams) and Wisconsin-Whitewater.
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 Friday, 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.
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 online at www.SMSUmustangs.com.
Good luck to our Mustang teams this weekend. Go Mustangs!
n Congratulations, Mary Erickson, who provided the correct answer to last week's Mustang Hoofprints Trivia Question: What Mustang men's head basketball coach has the most wins in his tenure at SMSU?
The SMSU wheelchair basketball team has won three National Championships in the program's history.
Thank you to all who submitted answers to last week's trivia question.
Hoofprints Trivia Question
Who is the longest tenured SMSU Athletic Department staff member?
The first person to email 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.