Friday, November 03, 2006

A Big Weekend On The Hilltop

On the Hilltop, where our football team has jumped out to its best start in a decade, remains in contention for the C-USA Championship and moves closer to our first bowl berth in 22 years, the hoops season has begun.

Last night, our women’s basketball team opened play with an 84-59 exhibition victory over the Houston Jaguars. They’ll play their final exhibition game Monday evening at Moody at 7 p.m. before starting the regular season. I have high hopes for our women’s team this season. While we’re still a young team, after playing a lot of freshmen over the past couple of seasons, our team has some experience to build upon. The preseason Coaches’ Poll picked us to finish second in the league and I think we can compete for a conference championship and an NCAA Tournament berth.

On the men’s side, I am on the record stating how excited I am about having a former National Coach of the Year on the sidelines. Coach Doherty’s enthusiasm is contagious and I think he will do great things on the Hilltop. He has this year’s team fired up and ready to go and he’s also doing a great job on the recruiting trails. Coach and his team will make their debut on Saturday, Nov. 4, when they play Houston Baptist in a 7 p.m. exhibition at Moody. Come on out and support Mustang hoops!

We also have a big soccer match tonight on campus. Our women’s team has advanced to the semifinals of the Conference USA Soccer Championships and will take on Colorado College tonight at 5 p.m. on Westcott Field. Hopefully everyone can sneak out of work a few minutes early on a Friday and get over to SMU for kickoff. Don’t worry – at the game we’ll be giving updates on our No. 2 -ranked men’s squad as they play against UAB (the only team to beat us in the regular season) at 5 p.m. in the C-USA semifinals up in Tulsa.

And while you’re on campus, just across the parking lot from Westcott, our 20th-ranked men's swim team will host No. 24 BYU in a dual meet at 6 p.m. in Perkins Natatorium. So stop by tonight and check out all the action on the pitch and in the pool. Tonight’s events are a good example of the very affordable, family-oriented, nationally-competitive college athletics entertainment that SMU has to offer right here in the center of Dallas.

Invite some friends and I’ll see you there!


Blogger M.Goodwin said...

Dear Steve,

Thanks for your leadership and hard work aimed at achieving top 25 status in all Sports. I will be traveling from Iowa to see the Mustang football game against Tulsa.

Please also keep the emphasis on strict NCAA compliance and maintaing high graduation rates.

Thanks again!!!

Mike Goodwin, SMU BBA, MBA and Mustang Club Member

6:43 AM  
Blogger StephenArata said...

Dear Steve,

Thank you for all you have done so far to make the athletics programs stronger at SMU.

I know it has been a roller coaster of a football season so far, so I wanted to tell you how glad my wife and I are that you have given Phil Bennett a chance to make things happen this season.

We are the new occupants of Suite 517 at Ford Stadium and look forward to several renewals of our lease.

Stephen Arata
SMU, SMU BA and BBA, Mustang Club member

5:11 AM  

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