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It’s home-field advantage for SMU at the 2010 Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl

AFBowlIn what seemed like mere moments after a hard-fought 17-7 loss to UCF for the Conference USA Championship, SMU announced on Saturday, Dec. 4 that it had accepted an invitation to play the Army Black Knights at the 2010 Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl. And this year, the Mustangs will play the game on home turf.

The Armed Forces Bowl, scheduled for 11 a.m. Dec. 30 at Gerald J. Ford Stadium, will mark SMU’s second consecutive bowl appearance. It features a battle between “turnaround” teams, as Head Coach June Jones guides the Mustangs in a matchup against Army coach Rich Ellerson, who brought the 6-5 Black Knights back to postseason play after they only won more than three games five times in the past 14 seasons.

Traditionally played at TCU’s Amon G. Carter Stadium, the 2010 Armed Forces Bowl will be played at SMU due to renovations at the Fort Worth venue.

> Read more about the move to Ford Stadium

According to the SMUMustangs.com press release, the 2010 Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl was “officially declared a sellout” last week with only standing-room tickets still available. ESPN will broadcast the Armed Forces Bowl nationwide.

The SMU Ticket Office is now taking orders for bowl tickets, which will be allocated based on SMU’s Priority Points system. The deadline for ordering with priority seating will be 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 10. After this deadline, tickets will be allocated and orders will be fulfilled. Any remaining tickets will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis.

Tickets ordered through the SMU Ticket Office will be located in Mustang fan sections, which are designated by the bowl. For more information or to place an order, call 214-SMU-GAME (768-4263).

> Keep up with the latest information at Bowl Game Central
> Learn more about the game from armedforcesbowl.com

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.

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.

Mustangs accept Sheraton Hawaii Bowl invitation

President Turner, Steve Orsini and June Jones at the Sheraton Hawaii Bowl announcementSMU has accepted an invitation to play in the 2009 Sheraton Hawaii Bowl, Sheraton Hawaii Bowl Executive Director David A. K. Matlin announced today.

The Mustangs, who have posted the biggest turnaround in the nation this season, will snap a 25-year bowl drought with this berth. The 2009 Sheraton Hawaii Bowl will be played on Christmas Eve (Thursday, Dec. 24) at 7 p.m. CST/3 p.m. HST and will be telecast by ESPN from Aloha Stadium in Honolulu.

“We are very excited with the return of June Jones to Hawaii to participate in his fifth Sheraton Hawaii Bowl as a coach,” Matlin said. “Spending the Christmas season in Hawaii will be a well deserved reward for the players, coaches and the loyal Mustang fans.”

“Having had the opportunity to participate in the Sheraton Hawaii Bowl in 2005, I can say with confidence that it is truly one of the best postseason experiences in college football,” said Steve Orsini, SMU athletics director. “This is a trip of a lifetime and an excellent reward for our student-athletes, coaches and staff. We are excited to represent SMU and Conference USA in the Sheraton Hawaii Bowl.”

“We set this bowl as a goal before the season started and I am so happy that our players will be able to have this experience,” said June Jones, head football coach. “Reaching our first bowl game in 25 years is special – not only for our current student-athletes, but also for the guys who came before them and our student body, staff and fans. This bowl has special meaning for me personally, as eight years ago, I was part of the original vision ESPN and Sheraton had for Hawaii and the nation. It is exciting to be a part of one of the best bowl experiences in college football.”

SMU (7-5) will be making its 11th bowl appearance and its first since 1984, when it played in the Aloha Bowl in Honolulu. The Mustangs tied for first place with Houston in the Conference-USA West Division with identical 6-2 league records.

Above, left to right, SMU President R. Gerald Turner, Athletics Director Steve Orsini and Head Football Coach June Jones announce SMU’s invitation to play in the 2009 Sheraton Hawaii Bowl.

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Find tickets and travel packages at Bowl Game Central on the SMU Athletics website

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Peruna gets a friend as part of ‘Salute to the Mustangs’

National Wild Horse Foundation announcement at SMUBusinesswoman and philanthropist Madeleine Pickens, businessman and financier T. Boone Pickens, SMU Coach June Jones and NFL Hall of Fame quarterback and Super Bowl VI MVP Roger Staubach have announced a “Salute to the Mustangs” event to be held during pre-game and halftime of the SMU-Navy football game at Gerald J. Ford Stadium Oct. 17.

At the game, Madeleine and T. Boone Pickens will present SMU President R. Gerald Turner, Coach Jones and SMU with a trained mustang as a gift to the school. The first 10,000 fans through the gates will receive an SMU spirit towel.

The event is designed to raise awareness of efforts to protect and save America’s wild horses. Madeleine Pickens has proposed a plan by which her National Wild Horse Foundation (NWHF), a private non-profit foundation, will establish a sanctuary as a permanent home to protect and care for wild horses presently in captivity. The sanctuary also would provide a location for the public to visit and appreciate the horses.

To help build support for the campaign, Coach Jones and Madeleine Pickens have sent out a letter to high schools that have horse-related mascots, including the Mustangs, the Broncos, the Cowboys, the Colts, the Stallions, the Caballeros and the Mavericks, asking them to join the effort. Members of the general public also can demonstrate their support through the MadeleinesMustangs.org website.

(Above, left to right: SMU Head Football Coach June Jones, philanthropists Madeleine and T. Boone Pickens, NFL Hall of Fame quarterback Roger Staubach and SMU President R. Gerald Turner.)

Read the official NWHF announcement, courtesy of SMU News
Learn more at MadeleinesMustangs.org

Former President Bush visits Mustang football practice

Coach June Jones and former president George W. Bush with SMU football playersFormer President George W. Bush visited football practice Aug. 24 in Gerald J. Ford Stadium. Bush was joined by SMU President R. Gerald Turner, and the former president briefly addressed the players after the practice session.

Coach June Jones had given the 43rd president a practice schedule and asked him to stop by and speak to the team when he could. Bush watched about an hour of drills.

“He said he’s an SMU rookie, it’s his first year,” Coach Jones said.

Read more from SMU Athletics

By | 2009-08-27T16:50:39+00:00 August 27, 2009|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , |

Hot Links: Special-teams coach Frank Gansz dies at age 70

Frank GanszSMU Assistant Coach Frank Gansz passed away on April 27, 2009. He was 70. Considered perhaps the top special-teams coach in NFL history, he was starting his second season on the Hilltop.

“I am deeply saddened by the loss of my good friend,” said SMU Head Coach June Jones. “Frank has been a second father to me for the past 30 years and he has touched the lives of many, both at SMU and throughout the National Football League. I was lucky to have known Frank, and not only was he a wonderful person, but he was a father to everyone he has ever coached. He will live on with us.”

Gansz was a veteran of 38 seasons of coaching, 24 in the NFL and 14 in the collegiate ranks. “He was the guru of special teams,” former Kansas City Chiefs Vice President Lynn Stiles told the Kansas City Star. Gansz coached for the Chiefs throughout the 1980s and was special-teams coach for the St. Louis Rams during their Super Bowl-winning season in 1999. Read more.

Lauren Longbotham MeisnerThe No. 23 women’s tennis team will face No. 38 Texas A&M in the first round of the 2009 NCAA Championships at 11 a.m. May 9 at the Baylor Tennis Center in Waco. The Mustangs received an automatic bid for winning the Conference USA title. Head Coach Lauren Longbotham-Meisner (left) was named Conference USA Coach of the Year after leading SMU to its best season in program history First-year player Marta Lesniak was named Freshman of the Year and C-USA Singles Player of the Championship, as well as Outstanding Doubles Team of the Championship with freshman partner Aleksandra Malyarchikova. Read more.

Men’s golf team members Kelly Kraft and James Kwon have been selected as All-Conference USA performers for the 2008-09 season. Kraft was named to the first team for the second consecutive year, while Kwon was selected for the second team and the All-Freshman squad. The awards were voted on by the league’s 11 head coaches. Read more.

SMU punter Thomas MorsteadSenior punter Thomas Morstead (right) was selected by the New Orleans Saints in the 5th round of the 2009 NFL Draft April 26. Morstead becomes SMU’s first NFL draft pick since 2007, when Justin Rogers, now with the Dallas Cowboys, was chosen by the New England Patriots. As the 164th overall selection, Morstead is SMU’s highest draft pick since the Saints took SMU linebacker Chris Bordano 161st overall in 1998. Read more.

Hot Links: LeVias Lettermen’s Golf Classic set for April 23-25

Marta LesniakSMU alumni and community members are invited to join Head Football Coach June Jones, members of his staff and former Mustang football legends at the inaugural Jerry LeVias Lettermen’s Golf Classic April 23-25, 2009. Activities include a Pairings Party and auction in the Hall of Champions in Ford Stadium, tournament and awards party at the Golf Club of Dallas, and the annual Red and Blue Scrimmage in Ford Stadium. Thirteen foursome spots are still available, starting at $1,000 per team, and eight $250 spots remain open for individual golfers. All proceeds benefit SMU football. Read more.

The No. 69 women’s tennis team earned a 5-2 win over No. 17 Arkansas Feb. 25, 2009 at the Dills Indoor Tennis Center in Fayetteville. First-year player Marta Lesniak (left) defeated No. 4 Aurelija Miseviciute, while senior Natalia Bubien and junior Pavi Francis notched their second win over a ranked pair this season, defeating No. 56 Miseviciute and Ela Kaluder. Read more.

Hot Links: SMU announces Signing Day class of 2009

SMU Football Coach June JonesHead Football Coach June Jones (right) announced the signing of 25 student-athletes to National Letters of Intent Feb. 4, 2009. This year’s class has eight members identified as three- or four-star recruits by Rivals.com – equaling the number of such recruits in the 2007 and 2008 classes combined.

“Obviously, having a full year to focus on recruiting helped us put together what I believe is a very strong class,” Jones said. “SMU has become a very attractive option for standouts from Texas and across the nation. We’re building for bowl games and conference championships, and this class is another big step in that direction.” Read more.

The women’s basketball team, which has won 6 straight games and 12 of its last 14, faces Conference USA co-leader Southern Miss in a game beginning at 7 p.m. CT Feb. 5, 2009. The showdown can be seen live nationally on CBS College Sports and heard on KAAM (770 AM). Read more.

The men’s tennis team achieved a 1-1 record in the National Indoor Championships at the Los Angeles Tennis Center Jan. 31, 2009. Sophomores Darren Walsh and Adham el-Effendi won in straight sets in singles matches against Fresno State, while first-year player David Costa won in three sets against his singles opponent. Read more.

Hot Links: Celebrate National Signing Day Feb. 4

SMU FootballSMU faculty, staff and fans can join the Mustang Club and Head Football Coach June Jones to celebrate National Signing Day in Dallas 5:30-7 p.m. Feb. 4 at the DoubleTree Hotel at Campbell Center, 8250 North Central Expy. Coach Jones and the Mustang Club will head to Houston for a “Chalk Talk” Feb. 5. Read more.

First-year swimmer Therese Svendsen received Conference USA Swimmer of the Week honors for the period ending Jan. 19 for her career and season-best efforts in the 100 and 200 back events. She helped the Mustangs to wins over Rice and Houston and posted season-best times in both the 100-back (56.66) and 200-back (2:00.53), in which her time currently is the best in the conference. Read more.

By | 2009-01-22T09:51:33+00:00 January 22, 2009|Categories: Sports|Tags: , , , , |
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