Sports: June Jones signs extension; Texas Tech awaits

Emmanuel SandersIt’s nice to feel good about the upcoming SMU football season, isn’t it? In case you didn’t know already, SMU head football coach June Jones signed a two-year contract extension, which will keep him on campus until 2014. Last year, he led SMU to an 8-5 record and a 45-10 whipping of Nevada to claim the Sheraton Hawaii Bowl. There’s also a great read on smumustangs.com on the death, rebirth, and future of the SMU Football program.

SMU Football around the ‘Net:

  • Former SMU star wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders (right, at the Sheraton Hawaii Bowl), now the third-round pick for the Pittsburgh Steelers, has a bit of refining to do after Sunday’s preseason loss to Denver.
  • Sports Illustrated has posted their bowl predictions for the upcoming season. Maybe there’s a reason the Armed Forces Bowl moved to SMU this year….
  • Future powerhouse or fluky year? The AP Top 25 Preseason Rankings aren’t fully sold on the Mustangs’ recent success, handing them a grand total of 1 vote before the season begins.
  • Sportswriter Chuck Carlton of The Dallas Morning News and SportsDayDFW.com thinks the Mustangs have an outside chance at upsetting Texas Tech Sept. 5.

<img alt="Sidney Stewart" src="http://grfx.cstv.com/photos/schools/smu/sports/w-volley/auto_action/2353670.jpeg" align="right" style="padding-left:10px" SMU Volleyball, awards sweep edition: Three players for the volleyball team dominated the Conference USA Players Of The Week awards for the week of Aug. 30, as juniors Dana Powell, Kelli Becerra and Sidney Stewart (right) took the Co-Offensive, Defensive, and Setter Of The Week awards, respectively. This is the first time that SMU has swept the weekly awards in school history.

  • Powell earned the Co-Offensive award after posting a tally of 3.42 kills per set this past weekend. She also tallied two double-doubles and nearly earned a third.
  • Team libero Stewart tallied 5.17 digs per set to earn the Defensive Player award. She won this award twice last year.
  • Becerra won the Setter award after leading the team with 10.92 assists per set. She also notched 38 digs in three matches and was named to the Baylor Classic All-Tournament Team.

Home advantage?: The men’s soccer team is set to open its season Sept. 1 against the Missouri State Bears. While the Mustangs ended up with a middling 6-8-2 record last season, their season opener record is staggering: 28-4-3 in season openers all-time, with a 19-0-2 record for home starts and a 107-33 point differential in those contests. It also doesn’t hurt that the Mustangs’ record against Missouri State is 11-3.

Season tip-off: The men’s basketball team will host their 5th annual Tip-Off Dinner at 6:30 p.m Oct. 14 at the Royal Oaks Country Club. NFL Hall of Famer and Dallas Cowboys legend Michael Irvin is scheduled to be the keynote speaker. Tickets are $100 per person, or $600 to sponsor a table (seven tickets plus a coach or student athlete). SMU went 7-9 in C-USA last season, recording the most wins (7) and best finish (tied for 7th) since the University joined the league for the 2005-06 season.

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