Head Coach Sonny Dykes and the SMU football program announced the addition of 12 student-athletes to the 2018 Mustang class on National Signing Day 2018, Wednesday, Feb. 7. The 12 players join seven previous signees who committed to the program on Early Signing Day, Dec. 20, 2017.
The class includes five junior-college transfers in addition to 14 prep players. Sixteen of the student-athletes hail from Texas. Two come to the Hilltop from Louisiana and one from Washington, D.C.
The Mustangs open 2018 spring practice on Wednesday, March 21, and will host their annual spring scrimmage at Gerald J. Ford Stadium on Saturday, April 14.
The 2018 season will be Dykes’ first as SMU head coach. In the home opener, the Mustangs will face the TCU Horned Frogs in the Battle for the Iron Skillet on Friday, Sept. 7. The team will play one other home game in September, a non-conference tilt with the Houston Baptist Huskies on Saturday, Sept. 22.
SMU family members from around the Metroplex and across the country will join their students in celebrating a beloved Hilltop tradition Sept. 23-25, 2016. SMU Family Weekend is coordinated by the Student Foundation‘s Family Weekend Committee.
Student research, creativity and innovation will be on display during the Fall 2016 Engaged Learning Symposium and Big iDeas Pitch Contest, scheduled for Friday, Sept. 23 in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Forum. Engaged Learning Fellows show their work 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., and Pitch Contest teams will hold forth from 2-5 p.m. for the opportunity to win $1,000 in seed money for their projects.
Limited quantities of Boulevard BBQ tickets will be on sale at the Friday event from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. on the Clements Hall South Lawn. Faculty and staff members can claim four free football tickets for the 7 p.m. Battle for the Iron Skillet against TCU at the Ford Stadium ticket window with SMU ID. Tickets may also be purchased by calling 214-768-GAME or by visiting the Athletic Department website.
Giving back: In keeping with this year’s “Home in the Heart of Texas” theme, the SMU Student Foundation is partnering with Family Gateway, an organization that provides transitional housing and services for homeless families with children in Dallas County. Collection boxes for household items are available in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center and other locations.
Parking: On Friday, Sept. 23, Game Day parking is in effect. Please watch your e-mail on Thursday morning and plan to move your car if you usually park near Ford Stadium. Refer to www.smu.edu/athletics for a parking map.
AAC: SMU volleyball travels to Connecticut Friday, Sept. 27 for their first match in the American Athletic Conference. The Mustangs rounded out non-conference play with an 8-5 record and are ranked second in the league. Caroline Young was named American Athletic Conference Player of the Week, tallying 48 kills in 11 sets at the College of Charleston Classic. This is SMU’s first time facing the huskies, who enter the conference ranked fourth, and the match is set for 6 p.m. On Sunday, Sept. 29, SMU will travel to Rutgers for a game at 12 p.m. This is also the first match-up between the two teams and Rutgers is currently ranked ninth.
Non-conference play:Men’s soccer will take the weekend off from conference play as they head West. On Friday, Sept. 27 the Mustangs face Washington at 6 p.m. and on Sunday, Sept. 29 they take on Portland, at 12:30 p.m. The Mustangs are coming off a win against Rutgers (1-0), their first match in the American Athletic Conference. Sophomore Alfred Koroma made the sole goal and senior Jamie Ibarra was named the American Athletic Conference men’s soccer Goalkeeper of the Week.
DFW Duel: The Battle for the Iron Skillet continues this weekend when SMU travels to TCU for their 94th meeting. TCU holds the record for all time games, 45-40-7 but SMU won the last match in Fort Worth 40-33 in overtime in 2011. Both SMU and TCU coaches will wear Coach to Cure MD patches at the game in an effort to raise awareness and funding for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy research. SMU enters the game 1-2 overall, coming off a 13-42 loss to Texas A&M. Kickoff is set for 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 28 at Amon Carter Stadium, and the game can be found on FoxSports 1.
Strong start: SMU men’s tennis is headed to Tulsa for the All-American Championships Sept. 28-Oct. 6. The Mustangs won their first event of the season, the Wyndham Invitational, hosted by Rice. In a recent interview SMU Head Coach Carl Neufeld commented on the victory: “We had a great weekend of highly competitive tennis against three-nationally ranked teams.”
Soccer plays away:Women’s soccer will travel to Philadelphia Sunday, Sept. 29 for a noon match against Temple. This is the first meeting between SMU and Temple and SMU’s second game in the American Athletic Conference. The Mustangs enter Sunday 5-4 overall and 0-1 for conference play.
Equestrian starts strong: The SMU women’s equestrian 2012 season is in full swing. The Mustangs were victorious in their season opener against Delaware State on Thursday, Sept. 20 with a final raw score of 785-768. Sophomore, Emma Roberts, earned MVP honors in the meet. This weekend they are traveling to Kansas for meets against Kansas State on Friday, Sept. 28 at 3 p.m. and against Tennessee-Martin on Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012 at 9 a.m.
Soccer looking for wins: SMU women’s soccer has two games this weekend and is hoping for two at home wins. They will face UTEP on Friday, Sept. 28, at 7 p.m. and Colorado College on Sunday, Sept. 30, at 2 p.m. The Mustangs are currently 0-1-1 in Conference USA after tying against Houston and losing to Rice last weekend. When talking about the upcoming weekend Coach Petrucelli said, “It’s go time for us as we need points to stay in the race. I’m confident in our team’s ability to play and believe success isn’t that far away.”
DFW Duel: The long standing Battle for the Iron Skillet will continue this Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012 when SMU takes on TCU at Ford Stadium. Kick off is at 6 p.m. and the game will be broadcasted live on Fox Sports. The Mustangs enter the game 1-2 overall and 0-0 in Conference USA. The Horned Frogs enter 3-0 overall and 1-0 in the Big 12. SMU is currently in possession of the Iron Skillet after defeating TCU in Fort Worth last season with an overtime final score of 40-33.
Who’s at home next week: Women’s swimming will kick-off their season with an intra-squad meet. On Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2012 the Red and Blue Intra Squad Meet will be in Perkins Natatorium at 6 p.m. Men’s soccer will be at home on Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012. They will face Tulsa at 7 p.m. after traveling to Alabama to face UAB on Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012.
Expect the Boulevard to be packed this weekend; a record number of SMU families have registered to attend Family Weekend 2012,Sept. 28-30.
This year’s theme is Boardwalk on the Boulevard; President R. Gerald Turner said the theme “reflects the range of activities the students have planned for you to enjoy, from our talent show to Boulevarding before the Mustangs take on TCU.”
Antonea Bastian, Student Foundation’s Family Weekend chair, said, “Families are a very important part of our community, and this weekend is about celebrating them.”
Student Foundation put together a guide for the weekend and below are some of the highlights:
Friday, Sept. 28:
To kick off the weekend there will be a behind-the-scenes tour of Ford Stadium at 10 and 11 a.m.
Following the tour there is a family luncheon in the Hughes-Trigg Ballroom at noon.
Families have the chance to Meet the Faculty of each school in their respective buildings at 2 p.m.
The evening holds two favorite traditions: the Taste of Dallas Dinner at 6 p.m. and theTalent Showat 8 p.m. Tickets to the show are $10 in advance and $12 at the door.
Saturday, Sept. 29:
This year’s Family Weekend is happening during the Second Century Celebration, so make sure to stop by the Centennial Hall Open House in the lower level of Hughes-Trigg from 3-6 p.m. for a family photo.
The annual BBQ on the Boulevard will start at 4 p.m. and kick off all Boulevarding activities.
As the boulevard winds down, head to Ford Stadium for the football game against TCU, the Battle for the Iron Skillet!
A Quick Look at The Battle for the Iron Skillet:
The game starts at 6 p.m. and will be broadcast on Fox Sports
The rivalry dates back to 1915
SMU won their first game over TCU in 1923
TCU currently leads the series 44-40-7
The last time the Mustangs and Horned Frogs met, SMU was victorious with a 40-33 win in overtime
Sunday, Sept. 30:
SMU celebrates Catholic Mass at 9 a.m. and All-University Worship at 11 a.m.
Senior forward/midfielder Dane Saintus (left) scored three goals against Centenary to post SMU’s first hat trick since 2004 and power the men’s soccer team to a 4-1 win at Westcott Field Sept. 30. It was Saintus’ second multi-goal game of the 2009 season; he scored twice during the Mustangs’ 3-2 victory over Yale Sept. 13. Read more.
The women’s soccer team hosts Rice and Houston Oct. 3-4 to start the home portion of its 2009 Conference USA schedule. The Houston match, which begins at 2:30 p.m. Oct. 4, will be televised on CBS College Sports. SMU holds 9 wins against Houston without a loss or tie, its best record against any program. Read more.
The football team meets longtime rival TCU in the 2009 State Farm DFW Duel/Battle for the Iron Skillet Oct. 3. Kickoff is at 7 p.m. in Amon G. Carter Stadium. The game will be broadcast on The Mtn. as well as on KTCK Radio (1310 AM). Find more information at SMU Gameday.