Sports: Highlights, Sept. 12, 2014

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Sports: Highlights, Sept. 12, 2014

imageMen’s Football: Citing personal issues, June Jones resigned as head coach of the SMU football program effective Monday, Sept. 8. Associate head coach and defensive coordinator Tom Mason will serve as head coach for the remainder of the season. SMU has a bye this week and will have its home opener Saturday, Sept. 20 against Texas A&M.

Women’s SoccerAfter four consecutive home matches, the women’s soccer team heads to Fort Collins, Colorado, for a non-conference match against Colorado State at 5 p.m., Friday, Sept. 12. SMU is looking to extend its winning streak to two after toppling UTSA, 2-1, last Sunday. More information on the match, including live stats, is available here.

Screen Shot 2014-09-10 at 4.35.09 PMWomen’s Volleyball: Mustangs travel to Arkansas to put their five-match win streak on the line as they look to claim their second tournament title of the season Friday and Saturday, Sept. 12-13. SMU is 5-1, winning five straight after falling in the first match of the season. Additionally, Mustangs rank tied for 37th in the NCAA and leads the American Athletic Conference with 2.64 blocks per set.

 SMU junior Bryson Dechambeau

SMU junior Bryson Dechambeau

Men’s Golf: SMU junior Bryson Dechambeau is across the Pacific Ocean, representing the United States at the Sept. 10-13 World Amateur Team Championship in Karuizawa, Japan. Dechambeau, a Second Team All-American after last season, teams with Texas’ Beau Hossler and Virginia’s Denny McCarthy on the USA squad at the prestigious international event. More information on the WATC, including live scoring, is available here.

SMU Athletics Announces Partnership with Uber Technologies, Inc.: SMU Athletics and its multimedia rights holder, Learfield Sports’ Mustang Sports Properties, recently announced a partnership with Uber Technologies, Inc. for the 2014-15 football season. Uber will host a designated pick-up station for all six SMU home football games. Located in the parking lot of Highland Park United Methodist Church near Gerald J. Ford Stadium, Uber’s pick-up station will be a designated location for riders and drivers to connect after each game. Fans can take advantage of the SMU-Uber relationship starting Saturday, Sept. 20 when the Mustangs host the Texas A&M Aggies in their home opener. Additional details about the Uber pick-up location can be found on SMU Athletics’ social media platforms.

September 12, 2014|Calendar Highlights, News, Save the Date, Sports|

Sports: Basketball weekend, men’s golf to Mexico

AAC Indoors: SMU women’s track and field will compete in the inaugural American Athletic Conference Indoor Championships, Feb. 28-Mar. 1, 2014. The championship meet is in New York City at the New Balance Track and Field Center in Armory. SMU currently has two runners, two throwers and one multi-event athlete ranked in the top 100 of the NCAA across six events. Fans can follow along with the championship event here.

Moody Magic: SMU men’s basketball returns home to play UCF Saturday, Mar. 1 at 3 p.m. The Mustangs are coming off a win on the road against UConn, 64-55 and currently have more wins this season than any SMU team since the 1999-00 season. Saturday marks the first home game as a ranked team since Mar. 9, 1985; the men are back at 23 on the AP Rankings. The UCF game is sold out but will air on ESPNews.

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Season ending: Saturday, Mar. 1 marks the final regular-season game for SMU women’s basketball. The Mustangs will take on USF on the road at 6 p.m. The women played USF at home in January and were defeated 76-62. If SMU wins Saturday’s game, they will take the No. 5 seed for the AAC tournament.

Golf goes international: The SMU men’s golf team will travel to Los Cabos, Mexico Mar. 2-5, 2014 to hosting the three-day Querencia Cabo Intercollegiate tournament for 14 teams. It is the 4th annual tournament and the Mustangs’ second time attending. All seven Mustangs will be there, including sophomore Bryson Dechambeau, who was recently named to the 2014 watch list for the Ben Hogan Award, the most prestigious award in men’s college golf.

Additional Highlights: 

  • Men’s Basketball Head Coach Larry Brown has been named a finalist for the Henry Iba National Coach of the Year Award.
  • The 2013 AAC All-Academic Team for football was just released. Out of the 246-member list, 20 of the players were Mustangs.
  • Nine women were placed on the 2014 Swimming and Diving All Conference Team.
February 28, 2014|Sports|

Sports: Golf swings into season, men’s soccer to host tournament

Volleyball starts strong: SMU Volleyball was victorious at the 2013 SMU Invitational last weekend, putting the team at a 5-2 record for the season. Several players were recognized for their efforts in the tournament:

Screen shot 2013-09-12 at 2.18.54 PMThis weekend the Mustangs will travel to San Diego for the Aztec Invitational. On Friday, Sept. 13, they play San Francisco at 5 p.m. and on Saturday, Sept. 14, they play Harvard at noon and Northeastern at 7:30 p.m. This is the team’s first time facing both San Francisco and Northeastern. Player photos via SMU Athletics 

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Golf begins fall season: SMU Men’s Golf will travel to Illinois for the Olympia Fields Country Club/Fighting Illini Invitational (OFCC) Sept. 13-15. The Mustangs will join 15 other teams at the OFCC tournament, in which they placed 9th during the 2012 season. Sophomore Bryson Dechambeau was named one of GolfWorld’s “Top 50 Male Players to Watch” and last season was a First Team All-C-USA member, as well as receiving the C-USA Freshman of the Year Award. SMU is currently ranked 21st and hopes to start the season strong. Left: Sophomore David Lee via SMU Athletics  

Jason’s Deli SMU Invitational: The men’s soccer team is having a tough start to the season, currently 0-4, but the Mustangs hope to turn things around at their home invitational this weekend. As hosts of the Jason’s Deli SMU Invitational Sept. 13-15, they play Hartwick Friday at 7:30 p.m. and UMKC Sunday at 7 p.m. In the 2012 season, the Mustangs were 2-0 at the Jason’s Deli invitational and hope to repeat that outcome this weekend. SMU faculty, staff and students receive free admission to the games by presenting their SMU ID at the entrance of Westcott Field.

Basketball schedules announced: The SMU men’s and women’s basketball schedules have been announced for the 2013-2014 season. The men will play TCU on Friday, Nov. 8 in a Tip-Off Showcase, and the women will play Grambling State on Sunday, Nov. 10. Both teams  begin conference play on Saturday, January 4, 2014.

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SMU Football recognized: The Mustangs may not have a game this weekend, but their players are being honored for their work thus far.

  • Freshman JaBryce Taylor was named American Athletic Conference Special Teams Player of the Week and College Football Performance Awards National Punt Returner of the Week
  • Senior Chase Hover was named to the Honorable Mention list for Placekicker Performer of the Week by College Football Performance Awards
  • Senior Garrett Gilbert was placed on the American Athletic Conference Honor Roll
September 13, 2013|Sports|

Sports: Women’s basketball C-USA champs, 2013 football schedule announced

Basketball

  • SMU women’s basketball will be the No. 1 seed in the 2013 Conference USA championship March 13-16 even after a loss to Rice in their final regular-season game Thursday, March 7 in Houston. After defeating UTEP on Sunday, March 3, they clinched at least a share of the C-USA regular-season title. The Mustangs take their 21-8 record to the championship round in Tulsa on Thursday, March 14.
  • SMU men’s basketball has their last home game of the 2012-13 season on Saturday, March 9. The game against UTEP will be played at the Curtis Culwell Center due to construction in Moody Coliseum. The Mustangs are 5-10 in Conference USA play after defeating Tulsa 71-65 on Wednesday, March 6. C-USA championship play begins Wednesday, March 13 in Tulsa.

Golf

  • SMU women’s golf will travel to Mesa, Arizona this weekend for the 2013 Clover Cup. Recently, the women took the Central District Invitational title in Parrish, Florida. Freshman Jenny Haglund was recognized for her play at the tournament as Conference USA Women’s Golfer of the Week. This marked the Mustangs’ third tournament win of the season, which the program hasn’t done since 1986. The Clover Cup takes place March 8-10.

L-R: Bryson Dechambeau, Jenny Haglund, Mario Clemens

  • SMU men’s golf is back from Puerto Rico with a third-place finish in the Puerto Rico Classic. Seventy-five golfers played in the tournament, and SMU freshman Bryson Dechambeau finished strong, tying for eighth with a score of 6 under. Senior Mario Clemens rounded out the top 10 with a score of 5 under. The Mustangs will travel to Oregon for the 2013 Bandon Dunes Championship March 9-10 at the Old MacDonald Course.

Tennis vs. Tulsa: The women’s tennis team has a home match Friday, Mar. 8, against Tulsa. The games begin at 2 p.m. at Northwood Country Club. Next, they travel to California for a match against UC Irvine at 1 p.m. Sunday, March 10. The women have had a strong season, most recently winning their matches against Wisconsin last weekend.

2013-14 Football Schedule Announced: 

 (Images c/o SMU Athletics) 

March 8, 2013|Sports|

SMU, partners announce plans for golf facility in Southern Dallas

Officials from SMU, AT&T, and Dallas with members of The First Tee

Officials from SMU, AT&T and Dallas join members of The First Tee and professional golfer Lee Trevino.

Calling it  “a game-changing investment for the GrowSouth initiative generating enormous economic impact,” Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings has announced plans for a public private effort between the City of Dallas, AT&T and SMU to develop a 400-acre former landfill site in Southern Dallas into a world-class sports facility.

The facility would include an 18-hole championship golf course, a nine-hole short course, an administrative/teaching facility for The First Tee of Greater Dallas, a world-class practice facility, a practice academy for the SMU golf teams and recreational trails.

“The proposed Trinity Forest project would not only become one of the nation’s finest golf and outdoor trail facilities in the United States, it would serve as a powerful catalyst bringing economic opportunity to Southern Dallas and the Trinity project, potentially generating more than $32 million annually in economic impact,” said Mayor Rawlings. “Just as importantly, it would change the lives of children through The First Tee’s character and leadership-development programs and other charitable endeavors.”

Joined by Dallas City Council members, Mayor Rawlings unveiled the ambitious, three-year proposed plan at a news conference at Dallas City Hall. At his side were representatives from AT&T, SMU, the PGA TOUR, the Salesmanship Club, and The First Tee, a non-profit youth development program created by the World Golf Foundation that uses golf to teach important values to young people. World Golf Hall of Fame member (and Dallas native) Lee Trevino also was on hand to pledge his support. PGA TOUR Commissioner Tim Finchem participated via a teleconference.

The project would be built on a currently unusable landfill owned by the City of Dallas. The site is located in the Trinity Forest near the Trinity River Audubon Center, just 10 minutes south of downtown Dallas.  Upon approval by the Dallas City Council, the project would be expected to get under way in spring 2013, with completion estimated by spring 2016.

A not-for-profit entity – involving major donors, supporters, sponsors and/or participants – would be formed to manage and operate the golf course.

Ron Spears, AT&T senior executive vice president, said AT&T plans to donate $2.5 million toward the development of the trails project.

“Dallas is our corporate home, and we are constantly seeking ways to enhance our community and participate as a corporate citizen,” said Spears. “We are proud to work with the City of Dallas, support charitable organizations and be involved in the economic development of Southern Dallas. We’re also happy to play a role in expanding the trails system in the Trinity Forest.”

SMU President R. Gerald Turner added that SMU looks forward to a partnership with The First Tee.

“As an educational institution, we’re especially pleased to give the young people of The First Tee the opportunity to interact with collegiate players and to encourage their aspirations for college. Likewise, our SMU students will learn and benefit from those interactions,” said Turner.

Mayor Rawlings thanked both AT&T and SMU for their support of the proposed project. “AT&T and SMU together have made a very significant commitment to the City of Dallas,” said Mayor Rawlings. “We’ve known for a long time that Southern Dallas holds the most promise and greatest potential for growth. The best news is that our great hardwood forest and natural ecosystem, which provide the perfect backdrop for a premier sports facility, would be preserved for future generations.”

The City would fund a maximum of $12 million limited to preliminary site work, environmental remediation, wetland and floodplain mitigation, and public infrastructure improvements.

Founded in 2003, The First Tee of Greater Dallas provides comprehensive teaching to over 1,100 youth participants each year in six program locations with introductory programming to over 25,000 elementary school students through The First Tee National School Program.

“The young people involved with The First Tee are going to be absolutely thrilled to call this Trinity Forest golf center their new home,” said Chuck Walker, managing director of The First Tee of Greater Dallas. “What an incredible backdrop to grow our programs so even more young people can gain exposure to the powerful character-building lessons that golf teaches.”

The proposed Trinity Forest site would also include plans for an area dedicated to highlighting the careers of prominent professional golfers from the Dallas area, including Byron Nelson and Lee Trevino.

PGA Hall of Famer Lee Trevino and SMU President R. Gerald Turner

Professional golfer Lee Trevino (left in photo) with Dallas Deputy Mayor Pro Tem Tennell Atkins, City Councilwoman Vonciel Jones Hall, and SMU President R. Gerald Turner.

Trevino, who resides in Dallas, closed the program with memories of his childhood days learning the game of golf at the City of Dallas’ Tenison Park Golf Club, located in East Dallas.

“As a golfer who has played the best courses in the world, nothing could make me happier than seeing this very smart investment being made right here in our backyard. This is the big shot in the arm that Southern Dallas has needed, and it’s going to change the face of our city,” said Trevino. “And as a native Dallasite who learned to play while caddying as a kid, I’m truly thrilled to know that The First Tee will be there to expose a lot of kids — just like me — to the wonderful game of golf and the lifelong lessons it teaches.”

> Read the full story from SMU News

December 5, 2012|News, Sports|
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