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    State of the Pack: January 12

    January 12, 2024

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    It’s been a fun and exciting atmosphere inside First National Bank Arena this year with our men’s and women’s teams combining to post a 13-3 home record.  The student section has shown great energy and our fans have done an outstanding job providing a strong home-court advantage.  Our men’s team has set new school records for points scored and three-pointers made in a regular-season Sun Belt Conference game, while our women’s team is coming off an impressive 73-48 win over Texas State.  We swept a doubleheader yesterday against the Bobcats, and now we need another great crowd to cheer on our Red Wolves tomorrow as we host Louisiana with games at noon (women) and 2:30 p.m. (men).  Tickets are available by visiting – we hope to see you at First National Bank Arena!


    We conducted our first “Live with the Red Wolves” basketball radio show last week at Lost Pizza Co.  We had a great turnout for the show’s season debut, and we hope you can join us for our seven remaining shows this season to hear from and visit with Coach Rogers, Coach Hodgson and our basketball student-athletes.  Click HERE for details.


    Our women’s basketball program has announced the return of the “Fast Break Club,” providing us with another opportunity to build stronger relationships in our A-State community.  The revamped Fast Break Club has three membership options featuring benefits such as exclusive access to merchandise, an annual gift, a pregame chalk talk with head coach Destinee Rogers and much more.


    We are excited to announce that First National Bank Arena’s athletic training area is undergoing a complete renovation, including equipment upgrades, after the Red Wolves Foundation received a generous financial commitment from St. Bernards Medical Group.  In recognition of the major gift, the ASU System Board of Trustees voted last month to rename the area St. Bernards Medical Group Training Room.

    We are extremely grateful to have St. Bernards as a longtime outstanding partner.  They not only provide amazing support for our programs and student-athletes, but also have a tremendous impact on our community.  We want to thank the St. Bernards Medical Group and their Board of Directors for making this project a reality.  The renovations and upgrades occurring within the St. Bernards Medical Group Training Room significantly enhance our athletic training care and opportunities for both current and future Red Wolves.

    We’ll hold a special recognition honoring St. Bernards Medical Group during halftime of our 2:30 p.m. men’s basketball game this Saturday against Louisiana.


    We launched the Scarlet Society, a new major-gifts program for the Red Wolves Foundation, in November. This important initiative serves as a key component to our larger revenue-generation plans moving forward. We’re confident the Scarlet Society will provide financial resources necessary to compete for championships and deliver a positive impact on our student-athletes, sports programs, facilities and overall Athletics Department.

    Since our launch, we’re proud to have added multiple members to the society.  You can learn more about the Scarlet Society by visiting Additional information may also be obtained by contacting Assistant Athletics Director for Development and Major Gifts Logan Kidd at 870-972-3873 or [email protected]


    Eight-time Gold Glove Award winner Jim Edmonds is set to headline our baseball program’s annual Grand Slam Banquet, presented by Kalmer Solutions, on Monday, Feb. 12, inside First National Bank Arena.  A 2014 inductee into the St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame, Edmonds will be the guest speaker for the evening.  Doors open at 5:00 p.m., with the event set to begin with dinner at 6:00 p.m. and the program starting at 6:40 p.m.  Several ticket options are available by contacting Brandon Cunningham at (870) 972-3005 or [email protected].


    Another heavy home slate highlights our 2024 baseball schedule as we are set to play 30 games at Tomlinson Stadium-Kell Field, including eight of our first nine contests.  We open the season at home for the second year in a row with a three-game series against Omaha Feb. 16-18.  We look forward to seeing everyone at Tomlinson Stadium to help us cheer on our Red Wolves!  Season tickets are available by calling the A-State Ticket Office at 870-972-ASU1 or by visiting


    It was great to see our football program back in the postseason this year, earning an invitation to the Camellia Bowl.  Although the result wasn’t want we wanted as we came up just a little short against Northern Illinois, I’m proud of what our football team accomplished this year.  The team fought through adversity and brought us to a bowl game for the first time since 2019.  Our fans were outstanding all year, including the great turnout in Montgomery for the bowl game.  The table has been set for big things in 2024.

    The two Sun Belt Conference (SBC) cross-divisional opponents on our 2024 football schedule were announced Jan. 4 by the league office, and we’ll face East Division members Georgia State and Old Dominion as part of our eight-game conference slate this year.  While dates for the SBC portion of our schedule haven’t been announced yet, the locations and opponents for each of the 12-regular season games are now set.

    Our six home games will include non-conference outings against Central Arkansas (Aug. 31) and Tulsa (Sept. 7) and conference contests against Old Dominion and West Division members South Alabama, Troy and ULM.  We play back-to-back home games to open a season for the first time since 2021.

    New season tickets are on sale now, and the renewal period for current football season ticket holders is also underway.  The early renewal period for season tickets ends March 15, and anyone renewing by that date will receive two additional single-game tickets in the upper east stands for our home and season opener against Central Arkansas.  Additionally, anyone renewing their tickets by March 15 will receive a copy of the 2024 A-State Football Media Guide and be entered into a drawing for four tickets in the Woodard McAlister Club and one premium parking pass for the game of their choice (subject to availability).

    New season ticket purchases can be made by visiting  Renewals can be completed by visiting and logging into the ticket holders account (
    This year, we will not mail physical invoices.  However, physical invoices will be available by request.  Monthly payment plan options are available, ranging from as little as two (2) months to as many as eight (8) months, beginning Monday, Jan. 15, through Thursday, Aug. 15.

    Both renewals and new ticket purchases can also be accommodated by visiting the Red Wolves Foundation in the south end zone building of Centennial Bank Stadium or calling 870-972-2401.


    Twenty high school players were announced as part of our 2024 football recruiting class that ranked first in the Sun Belt Conference on the Early National Signing Day.  Coming off back-to-back No. 1-ranked classes in the league, we had a school-record 19 signees rated as 3-star recruits by 247Sports.  The class also includes the first ESPN300 recruit in program history and four additions who will be available for our spring camp.  The traditional National Signing Day will take place on Wednesday, Feb. 7.


    Our football team was announced as one of just 13 FBS programs to receive the American Football Coaches Association’s (AFCA) 2023 Academic Achievement Award.  We earned the recognition for the first time in school history after sharing the highest graduation rate in the nation for members of the 2016 freshman football student-athlete class.


    Through our first two indoor meets this season, our men’s and women’s teams have combined to post a dozen top-10 marks in school history.  Two men’s school records have already fallen.  Jacob Pyeatt broke his own record in the 5000 meters in Boston, and Bradley Jelmert set school and conference records in the pole vault at the Crimson and Gold Invitational.  Cheyenne Melvinalso rewrote a school record in the 600-yard race in Pittsburg.  We have seven additional meets scheduled ahead of the Sun Belt Conference Championships, which both our men’s and women’s teams have won the last four consecutive years.


    Our A-State women’s tennis team begins its spring schedule one week from today against Tennessee State at the Trim Gym in Jonesboro. The opening weekend of the spring slate concludes Saturday, Jan. 20 against Stephen F. Austin with that match also played indoors at the Trim Gym. The full spring schedule features six non-conference matches played at the Trim Gym, RidgePointe Country Club or Jonesboro Country Club ahead of Sun Belt Conference play that begins March 23 against Marshall. 

    Earlier this week, head coach Sujay Lama announced the addition of Emily Metcalf Owen to his staff as an assistant coach. We’re excited about the work Coach Lama, his staff and the student-athletes have done to prepare for this spring season.  All matches are FREE and open to the public at the respective site listed on the schedule.


    Ranked sixth nationally in the latest NTCA poll, our women’s bowling team begins its spring schedule next weekend (Jan. 19-21) at the Northeast Classic. Following the Prairie View Invitational Jan. 26-28, the Red Wolves host the annual Mid-Winter Invitational Feb. 16-18 at Hijinx Family Entertainment Center in Jonesboro. 


    Congratulations to Tegan Seyring on being named to College Sports Communicator’s (CSC) All-District Volleyball Team.  The All-District teams recognize the nation’s top student-athletes for their combined performances on the court and in the classroom.


    As part of a celebration at Arkansas State University for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, guest speaker Jannie M. Cotton will take the stage at Fowler Center at noon on Monday, Jan. 15.  Cotton has received the Senator Erma Hunter Brown Leadership Award, the LRAC Physical and Mental Health Award, and the Honorable Lottie Shackleford Political Awareness and Involvement Award.

    The event at the Fowler Center is free to the public.  For those unable to attend in person, KLEK radio will broadcast live on 102.5 FM as well as on their Facebook page.  If the university is closed on Monday due to anticipated harsh winter weather, the noon celebration will be moved to Fullness of Joy Ministries at 2120 Thorn St. in Jonesboro.


    This week’s #WolvesUp photo features former A-State cheerleader/alumna Amanda Herget with in-game host Brandon Baxter during our men’s basketball game on Jan. 4.  With many students not back on campus at the time, the game was tabbed Throwback Thursday as fans were invited to help fill the student section.

    Remember to use the hashtag #WolvesUp in your social posts and tweet your photos to me @JeffPurinton if you have any pictures with your Wolves Up! or promoting A-State.  We will select photos to feature in each edition of State of the Pack.


    View the list of scheduled events, broadcast information, start time and stat links on our composite calendar.  (Note:  All times are listed in Central Time.)  Access live stats from your desktop or mobile device by visiting

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    State of the Pack: January 12. Article may or may not reflect the views of KLEK 102.5 FM or The Voice of Arkansas Minority Advocacy Council

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