Hot Links: SMU honors ‘Miracle on Mockingbird’ at season opener

White Out at Ford StadiumSMU will honor the 1989 football squad at halftime of the season opener against Stephen F. Austin Sept. 5. The ’89 squad reestablished Mustang football following a two-year hiatus, and the team’s first victory – a last-second 31-30 win over the UConn Huskies – was quickly dubbed the “Miracle on Mockingbird.”

In addition, the 1998-99 women’s basketball team will be honored at halftime. The team was the first in school history to win a conference championship, defeating then-No. 4 Colorado State 65-49 in the title game.

Faculty, staff and other fans attending the game are asked to wear white to show support for the Mustangs. The Athletic Department will distribute white Adidas “All Grit. No Quit.” T-shirts to the first 2,500 students and 500 faculty and staff members who walk through the gates on gameday. Read more.

SMU volleyball player Dana PowellThe volleyball team extended its winning streak to 11 with a victory over North Texas in Moody Coliseum Sept. 2. Sophomore outside hitter Dana Powell (left) finished with her fourth straight double-double, as well as 15 digs and a block. Sophomore setter Kelli Becerra recorded 46 assists, 19 digs (a team high) and three blocks, while junior outside hitter Kathryn Wilkerson recorded her first double-double of the season with 11 kills and 11 digs. Sophomore outside hitter/libero Sidney Stewart added 17 digs, five assists and a team-high three aces.

The Mustangs take on Jacksonville State Sept. 4 at the 2009 Bama Bash, hosted by the University of Alabama. SMU will also face the Crimson Tide and McNeese State in the tournament before returning home to take on TCU in the Battle of the Iron Spike Sept. 8. Read more.