Tuesday, January 02, 2007

New Year, New Perspectives

As we kick off what I think will be a very exciting year for SMU Athletics, I want to thank all of you for taking the time to read my blog. I enjoy having the opportunity to speak directly to you, our fans, and it also provides an outlet for me to express my thoughts on all the things going on here on the Hilltop. Over the break, I thought about the blog and realized that there are probably several other people in and around the department that you might like to hear from as well. There are a lot of great people working here and each of them has a different perspective and different responsibilities. I’m going to ask a few people to join me on this blog as we make it more of a department-wide outlet in the coming weeks, so check back for some new posters.

On the court, our women's basketball team pulled out a huge 72-61 victory over Texas Tech on Saturday - our first win over Tech since 1989! Congrats to the student-athletes and coaching staff. They’ll start Conference USA play tonight when they take on Tulsa in Moody Coliseum. Tip is set for 7 p.m. Come check it out.

On the men’s side, we’ll host the UT-Pan American Broncs on Thursday, January 4, at 7 p.m., here at Moody, and Coach Doherty will start his new weekly one-hour radio show on January 8. “Inside College Hoops,” as we’ll call it, will be hosted by our play-by-play man, Rich Phillips, and will air on KAAM 770 AM, the home of Mustangs' basketball. It will be held at Ten Sports Grill in downtown Dallas and we’d love for you all to join us down there for the show at 6 p.m.

I hope you all enjoyed our new Daktronics scoreboard that debuted Saturday. Right now, we’re working through some of the final technical kinks and hope to have the video portion turned on very soon. We’re shooting to have an official dedication when the men's team hosts Southern Miss in its Conference USA opener on January 10.

And finally, congratulations to our former conference mate, Boise State, on a thrilling win over Oklahoma last night in the Fiesta Bowl. It just goes to show that non-BCS teams can compete with the BCS programs and reinforces our belief here at SMU that we, too, can become a top-25 program in the near future.

Until next time, GO MUSTANGS!


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