Sports: June Jones signs extension; Texas Tech awaits

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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.

September 1, 2010|Sports|

Sports: Sanders, McCann drafted to NFL, plus end-of-year honors

Bryan McCannEmmanuel SandersSenior wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders (near right) and senior cornerback/kick return specialist Bryan McCann (far right) have been selected in the 2010 National Football League draft. Sanders, an All-Conference USA first-team pick, was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 3rd round – the highest level at which an SMU player has been selected since 1987. McCann, the active C-USA leader in career interceptions, will suit up for the Dallas Cowboys as an undrafted free agent. Read more about Sanders and McCann.

Thirty-four SMU student-athletes earned the Conference USA Commissioner’s Academic Medal during the 2009-10 academic year, Commissioner Britton Banowsky has announced. The Mustangs are among 420 medal winners leaguewide, each of whom have achieved a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.75 or better. The full list of winners (PDF format).

In addition, 183 SMU student-athletes earned recognition in the Commissioner’s Honor Roll during the 2009-10 academic year. The 183 Mustangs are among 2,027 total recipients, each of whom maintain a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.00 or better. The full list of honor roll members (PDF format).

SMU rower Catherine CampbellSenior Catherine Campbell (left) is one of 18 collegiate rowers who have been invited to participate in the 2010 USRowing Women’s National Team Pre-Elite Camp, taking place June 6-July 18 at the Vesper Boat Club in Philadelphia. The camp focuses on developing athletes for the Under-23 and Senior National Teams. Participating athletes will have the opportunity to race at the Independence Day Regatta, USRowing Club National Championships and possibly at USRowing Under-23 Trials and USRowing Elite National Championships. Read more.

Senior guard Brittany Gilliam has received a training camp contract from the WNBA’s Tulsa Shock. The 2009-10 Conference USA Defensive Player of the Year and first-team All-Conference selection finished the season with a league-leading 80 steals and averaging 14.7 points per game. She also posted a team-high 5 double-doubles and scored more than 20 points per game 6 times. Read more.

Get Kidz Fit Fest posterNearly 40 Mustang student-athletes took part in the Dallas Area Coalition to Prevent Childhood Obesity’s Get Kidz Fit Fest 2010 on April 24 at Fair Park. The free event showcased simple and fun ways families can incorporate physical activity and nutritious eating into day-to-day life, including healthy cooking demonstrations and sports and fitness activities. More than 3,000 children attended. Read more.

Houston City Council Member Oliver Pennington and Houston Mayor Annise Parker will honor former Mustang receiver Jerry LeVias (’69) on May 4, 2010, with an official proclamation declaring it “Jerry LeVias Day” in Houston. The honor recognizes LeVias’ work “on behalf of children throughout the state,” Pennington says. LeVias serves as community outreach director for Boys and Girls Harbor in La Porte, Texas, a nonprofit organization that provides comprehensive care for children and families in crisis.

LeVias entered SMU in 1965 as the first African-American to receive an athletic scholarship in the Southwest Conference. He made both athletic and academic All-American football teams and led the Mustangs to their first conference title in 18 years. After earning his B.S. degree from SMU in 1969, he played professional football for the Houston Oilers and San Diego Chargers. He received SMU’s Distinguished Alumni Award in 2006. Read more.

April 30, 2010|Sports|

Sports: CollegeFootballNews.com honors Mustangs, Jones

SMU offensive lineman J.T. BrooksMustang football has made plenty of news since SMU’s 45-10 Christmas Eve win over Nevada in the 2009 Sheraton Hawaii Bowl. The latest comes from CollegeFootballNews.com, which named Head Coach June Jones its Coach of the Bowl Season and sophomore offensive lineman J.T. Brooks (left) to its All-Bowl Team. The site also ranked first-year quarterback Kyle Padron‘s 460-yard, two-touchdown performance the 8th best among all players in the postseason. The full list of CFN’s honors is available on the CollegeFootballNews.com website. Read more from SMU Athletics.

In addition, the Mustangs received a vote in the final USA Today Coaches Poll. The team entered the bowl season as the biggest underdog in any bowl game yet finished with the largest margin of victory in all bowl games played. Read more.

SMU wide receiver Emmanuel SandersMeanwhile, senior wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders (right) has accepted an invitation to play in the 85th East-West Shrine Game at 2 p.m. CST Jan. 23 in Orlando, Florida. Sanders, who will play for the West Team, joins a list that includes John Elway, Tom Brady, Brett Favre and 62 NFL Hall of Famers who have played in the contest, which is America’s longest-running college all-star football game. Read more.

The No. 18 SMU women’s swimming and diving team welcomes Rice and Houston Jan. 22-24 in a pair of dual meets at Perkins Natatorium. The weekend will give fans the chance to see the Mustangs compete against two of the top-tier schools in Conference USA this season. Read more.

SMU guard Jillian SamuelsBoth SMU swim teams received national recognition Jan. 21 by the College Swimming Coaches Association of America. The women’s team moved up to No. 18 in the latest poll, while men’s swimming and diving earned a rank of No. 23 – the biggest jump of any school in the poll, as the Mustang men were the only new team to enter the top 25. Read more.

Senior guard Jillian Samuels (left) tied her career-high game record with 20 points and became the 17th player in SMU history to score 1,000 points in a career while leading the women’s basketball team to a 70-59 home win over Tulane Jan. 17. She went 6-for-9 from the field, including 2-for-3 from 3-point range, and made 6 of 7 free-throw attempts during the SMU victory. The team hosts East Carolina at 5 p.m. Jan. 23 in Moody Coliseum. Read more.

January 22, 2010|Sports|

Sports: Kelly Kraft ranked No. 1 golfer in nation

SMU golfer Kelly KraftJunior Kelly Kraft (left), the Conference USA Golfer of the Week for the week of Sept. 14, is the nation’s No. 1-ranked college golfer according to the GolfWeek/Sagarin Performance Index released the week of Sept. 21, 2009. As a team, SMU men’s golf ranked No. 12. Sophomore Marc Sambol also made the individual rankings at No. 126.

The SMU golfers picked up their second straight win at the 16th annual Adams Cup Sept. 22 in Providence, Rhode Island. (Read GolfWeek‘s coverage.) The Mustangs’ next match will be the 2009 Jerry Pate National Intercollegiate Oct. 12-13 at the Old Overton Golf Course in Birmingham, Alabama. Kraft enters the competition as reigning champion; the team placed third in 2008. Read more.

Senior wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders has been named the Conference USA Offensive Player of the Week for the week of Sept. 21, 2009. Sanders had career-highs of 18 receptions and 178 yards at Washington State, and his receptions set new C-USA and SMU single-game records. In addition, Sanders now owns the Mustang career receiving record with 2,844 yards, passing Emanuel Tolbert‘s 2,784 from 1976-79 and putting Sanders in 10th place in C-USA history. Read more.

September 24, 2009|Sports|

Hot Links: Fall 2008 honors for athletes

Junior offensive lineman Mitch Enright and sophomore linebacker Pete Fleps have been named to the Conference USA All-Academic football team. Enright earned a 3.99 G.P.A. as a management major in SMU’s Cox School of Business and is pursuing his M.B.A. after graduating with an undergraduate degree in three years. He is a two-time member of the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District Football Team and was a two-year starter and member of the Rimington Trophy Watch List.

Fleps is a marketing major in the Cox School with a 3.54 G.P.A. He made 23 tackles in one game at Navy, which ranks as the fourth-most ever in a game by a C-USA player, and led SMU with 106 tackles in 2008. Read more.

SMU wide receiver Emmanuel SandersJunior wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders (left) has been named a second-team All-Conference USA performer. He picked up 958 yards and nine touchdowns in 2008 and ranks as SMU’s all-time leader in touchdown catches with 27. He also holds University records for career 100-yard-receiving games with 10 and for season 100-yard games with six (2008). He is the first player in SMU history to record three 600-yard receiving seasons.

Also recognized were senior punter Thomas Morstead and sophomore wideout Aldrick Robinson, who were each named honorable mention All-C-USA. Read more.

Sophomore Silje Fjortoft has been named the Conference USA Cross Country Athlete of the Year for the second consecutive season. She became the C-USA women’s individual medalist after running a 5K course-record time of 16:46 and beating her closest contender by 57 seconds. She also was named to both the All-C-USA First Team and All-South Central Region Team. Her 40th-place performance at the NCAA Championships led SMU to a conference team-best finish of 20th. Read more.

December 12, 2008|Sports|
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