VIDEO: The Daily Update, Wednesday, April 27

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Find out what Syrian snipers did in their attempt to stop protesters. How did a man’s dog almost land him in jail? And find out for whom the wedding bells ring in Ford Stadium. All this and more on your Daily Update!

Daily Update: Thursday, March 3

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Ford Stadium has been vandalized, the iPad 2 is set to debut on March 11 and the largest statue of Jesus Christ is being built in a cabbage field in Poland.  All this and more on today’s Daily Update.

Daily Update: Thursday, March 3, 2011 from SMUDailyMustang.com on Vimeo.

TCU Vandalism Lines Ford Stadium

March 2, 2011 by · 10 Comments 

By E’Lyn Taylor and Aida Ahmed
ejtaylor@smu.edu, aahmed@smu.edu

TCU vandalism spray painted in the breeze way of SMU Ford Stadium facing the Morrison Bell Track. (PHOTO BY E'LYN TAYLOR / SMU DAILY MUSTANG)

UPDATE 3:23 P.M. SMU spokesman Kent Best told the Daily Mustang that a total of 15 to 16 sections inside the stadium were vandalized, as well as an SMU golf cart. He confirmed that there are cameras outside the stadium but after SMU Police checked the footage, they found that the vandalism was not caught on tape. Police say there are still no leads but that they will be watching the area very carefully.

UPDATE 10:20 P.M. SMU Police logged the incident in their daily report log on Feb. 28 stating that a staff member reported spray paint on walls inside gate four. The incident occurred some time over the weekend.

Could some Texas Christian University fans be out for revenge this week?

Orange spray paint graffiti with messages of “TCU” and “TCU Frogs” covers a significant portion of the breezeway of Ford Stadium. The messages cover doors, an ice machine and the pavement inside the stadium. The initials “C.J. & T.M” are also spray painted on the walls of the breezeways. The vandalism starts at the visitor main entrance to the stadium and continues on to the Loyd All-Sports Center.

There is no information on when and how the culprits vandalized the stadium, but one student athlete said he saw the vandalism Tuesday.

Andrew Ward, the assistant director of Facilities and Operations for the SMU Mustangs, said they are looking into the incident.

“The vandalism is under investigation and we are getting people to come clean it up soon,” Ward said.

This is not the first football vandalism incident between the two schools. A large ‘M’ sat on the TCU home field several years back.

SMU spokesman Kent Best said that the last incident of TCU vandalism was in 2007, when someone spray painted ‘TCU’ around Ford Stadium.

SMU Police Chief Rick Shafer could not be reached for comment.

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VIDEO: Bowl Game in the Stands

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By Aida Ahmed and E’Lyn Taylor
aahmed@smu.edu, ejtaylor@smu.edu

Football fans “blacked-out” Ford Stadium Thursday morning for the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl. Check out what fans from both SMU and Army had to say about the first half of the game.

Fan react at Armed Forces Bowl from SMUDailyMustang.com on Vimeo.

Blog Recap: SMU Student Senate Meeting

April 13, 2010 by · Comments Off 

Student Senators approved annual budgets for student organizations this afternoon and introduced four new pieces of legislation ranging from extending hours of campus dining, to installing a new audio system in Ford Stadium. Student Body President Patrick Kobler reintroduced a bill adding a transfer student special-interest seat. New pieces will be voted on next week.

Authors of a bill limiting the media’s ability to ask questions during meetings withdrew the legislation to consider it further.

To review the live blog, click below.

Campus News Blog: SMU scores with new ‘Mustang Mall’

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Posted by Nate Regan

Anyone who has not had a chance to stroll over to the spruced-up athletics area  between Moody Colisuem and Ford Stadium could afford themselves a visit.

It may be all the new shrubbery, or it may be the three ponies re-positioned  so as not to block Moody, but the “Mustang Mall and Plaza” is now a good-looking venue for college sports.

For a while, Ford Stadium was the only outdoor campus facility that looked updated enough to showcase on televised games.

But despite the wind and rain Sunday, the CBS College Sports camera crews were at Westcott Field all afternoon for their coverage of SMU men’s and women’s soccer.

The nice red-tinted paveway between the Moody parking garage and Dedman Sports Center must have looked nice for TV viewers, but I thought of something that might look nicer.

This may be because I’m a little color blind, but I’d love to see the Mustang engraved on the side of the Binkley parking garage painted red.

It might not be as intimidating as a 12th man or anything, but it would add some color to the next televised Mustang soccer games.

Video Preview: SMU vs. TCU Rivalry

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Mustangs Squeak Out Win Late

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By Robby Gillespie
rgillespie@smu.edu

In front of a record crowd of 34,749 at Ford Stadium, the SMU football team rallied from nine points down in the fourth quarter to beat Stephen F. Austin 31-23 Saturday.

Junior transfer running back Shawnbrey McNeal, who was reinstated within 48 hours of game time, led the Mustangs rushing game with 153 yards, the most by an SMU back since 2005. His 49 yard touchdown run with 1:31 left in the game sealed the Mustangs win.

“Last year we wouldn’t have come back. We’re getting better,” said head coach June Jones. “And it was good to see a lot of people there.”

In a game mired in three-and-out SMU drives and a few big scoring plays, the Mustangs earned their first season opening win since 2000.

McNeal transferred from the University of Miami (Florida) in the summer of 2009 for personal family reasons. The NCAA granted the Dallas native an exemption from sitting out the mandatory one season, as the NCAA rules state for transfers. His 153 rushing yards Saturday are one yard more than he accomplished in his two years at Miami.

“He loves the game. He’s a really special kid,” Jones said. “He’s been through a lot of tough things in his life.”

McNeal was a bright spot in an offense that lacked yards gained and point production. Sophomore quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell connected on 23 of his 45 passes for 202 yards, 1 touchdown and 2 interceptions. The offense put up 17 first downs, compared to 19 from SFA, and went 4 for 16 on third down.

“We’re going to have to get better to keep going,” Jones said. “We dropped a lot of balls and that makes [Mitchell] lose confidence. We just got to be better and execute in the passing game.”

One of the few examples of passing execution came in the first half when Mitchell slightly overthrew wide receiver Darius Johnson, who leaped past the defender and raked the ball in over his head in mid air landing in the end zone. It was the freshmen’s first career touchdown reception at SMU.

The Mustangs defense and special teams stepped up when the offense could not. SMU’s first points came when senior Emmanuel Sanders broke open for an electrifying 79 yard punt return for a touchdown in the first quarter.

In the fourth quarter, junior Matt Szymanski nailed a 53 yard field goal to tie for third longest at SMU. The play brought SMU to within a touchdown with only 14 minutes left in the game.

The defense forced six turnovers including five interceptions from SFA quarterback Jeremy Moses. Senior defensive back Rock Dennis had two interceptions. Moses finished 31-52, 392 passing yards, and 2 touchdowns. SFA ran for 69 total yards.

“You can sense the defense is coming together as a group,” Jones said. “[Dennis] is a good athlete. He gives us some depth and experience. He’s a winner.”

SMU was one of the eight of 12 total teams in the C-USA to win Saturday. Coach Jones and many players have said before, the goal this season is a bowl game. A loss Saturday at home would have hindered their success this season.

“I tell them all the time, the key is to not lose home games if you want to get to a bowl,” Jones said.

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