With everything going on this week in Mustang Athletics, I will have to postpone giving you the nuts and bolts of the "Life in Balance" legislation that was passed during the NCAA Convention in mid-January. I promise to bring you up-to-speed on the changes this legislation will impose on our sports teams.
Wednesday, the Southwest Minnesota State University football team announced the signing of 24 high school student-athletes that will join the program this fall. Fourteen of the student-athletes were signed to National Letters of Intent and 10 signed Institutional Letters of Intent.
The list includes student-athletes from six different states, including Minnesota (13), Iowa (5), South Dakota (3), Wisconsin (1), Texas (1) and Nebraska (1). This class consists of six defensive lineman, four running backs, three wide receivers, two offensive linemen, two linebackers, two tight ends, two punter/kickers, one defensive back, one quarterback, and one fullback/linebacker.
The SMSU baseball team opens the 2010 season this weekend with a four-game nonconference series versus Minnesota-Duluth on Friday and Saturday at Mall of America Field at the Metrodome. This will be the earliest the Mustangs have ever played a game in the program's history.
Mustang baseball, along with The Hitching Post in Marshall, have partnered again this year for the second annual "Super Supper" to help support the SMSU baseball program.
The Super Supper will take place Monday, Feb. 8, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at The Hitching Post, which is on Highway 59 South in Marshall. All food and beverages purchased during the above times will be donated to the SMSU baseball program.
The Mustang women's basketball team (13-7, 7-6 NSIC) closes a four-game homestand this weekend, hosting Minnesota State-Moorhead (15-5, 9-4 NSIC) on Friday and Minnesota, Crookston (8-11, 6-7 NSIC) on Saturday with both contests at 6:05 p.m.
Friday will be the 73rd contest between SMSU and MSUM in a series that dates back to the 1973-74 season. The Mustangs are 37-35 (22-9 at home) against the Dragons all-time, while head coach Mike Jewett is 3-4. Saturday marks the 24th meeting between SMSU and UMC; the series began in 1996-97. The Mustangs are 17-6 (8-3 at home) against the Golden Eagles all-time, while Jewett is 3-4.
The SMSU men's basketball team (11-8, 6-7 NSIC) is also home this weekend with the Mustangs taking on Moorhead (7-13, 4-9 NSIC) on Friday, before facing Crookston (3-16, 0-13 NSIC) on Saturday. Both men's games are scheduled to begin at 8:05 p.m. at the R/A Facility.
SMSU, which plays four of its last seven regular season games at home, begins the weekend in a tie for seventh place in the NSIC standings with Wayne State College and Upper Iowa University.
Also this Friday and Saturday, the Alumni from the Southwest Minnesota State women's and men's basketball programs have announced they will hold their annual basketball alumni weekend on February 5 and 6 in conjunction with SMSU's home games against Minnesota State Moorhead and Minnesota, Crookston. This year's festivities will included a Whopper Feed, postgame socials and alumni games for both the women's and men's programs.
The Whopper feed will be on Friday between the women's and men's basketball games against MSUM. Alumni are also encouraged to attend a postgame social sponsored by the Mustang Booster Club after the men's game at Shay's (Best Western Lounge).
Saturday, the alumni games will start at 3:00 pm in the PE Gym. A postgame social sponsored by the SMSU Women's and Men's basketball programs will be at Shay's following the men's game against Minnesota, Crookston.
A special $25 basketball alumni package has been put together and includes two tickets to both Friday's and Saturday's games, two tickets to the Whopper feed and an SMSU t-shirt. All proceeds will go to SMSU Athletics.
The SMSU wrestling team picked up wins in all but one bout to cruise past Buena Vista 41-3 last Saturday afternoon in non-conference dual action in Storm Lake, Iowa. The Mustangs improved to 2-3 in dual contests on the season. On Friday, the Mustangs will head to Moorhead to battle the Dragons of MSUM with the contest starting at 7 p.m.
The Mustang wheelchair basketball team (1-8) will be back in action on Feb.19-20 when it takes on University of Illinois in Champaign, Ill.
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 $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 online at www.SMSUmustangs.com.
Good luck to our Mustang teams this weekend. Go Mustangs!
n No one provided the correct answer to the last Mustang Hoofprints Trivia Question: How many years has Head Men's Basketball Coach, Brad Bigler, been in a Mustang jersey or on the sidelines as a coach?
Coach Bigler has spent twelve total years with the Mustang Basketball program with five of those years as a player and seven as an assistant coach.
Hoofprints Trivia Question:
Who was the last Mustang women's
basketball player to be named the NSIC Player of the Year?
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.