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      State of the Pack: Nov. 9

      November 9, 2022

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      Congratulations to head cross country coach Jesse Duvall, named today (Nov. 9) as the Sun Belt Conference Men’s Coach of the Year, and our men’s cross country team for claiming their second straight league championship on Oct. 28.  Congrats to Rylan Brown as well, named the SBC’s Newcomer of the Year.  Our women’s team narrowly missed collecting a fourth consecutive Sun Belt title, finishing runner up at the conference championships.  Good luck to both our teams at the NCAA South Central Regional Championships this Friday, Nov. 11, beginning at 9:15 a.m.  Live results can be viewed here.


      Our women’s soccer team closed out the season with nine victories and were only one point shy of a third straight Sun Belt Conference regular-season title.  This was the sixth consecutive season our Red Wolves won at least eight games, which was done just three times in program history prior to the 2017 season. Congrats to Coach Dooley and our team.


      Following an open week, we’re excited to have our football team back in action this Saturday, Nov. 12, at 2:00 p.m. for a non-conference game against UMass right here at Centennial Bank Stadium.  The game will feature a Heroes Day theme, and we’re excited about the multiple promotions we have in place surrounding our fifth home outing of the season.

      National Anthem & Flyover:  The Bulldog Flight Formation will fly over Centennial Bank Stadium following our National Anthem being performed by the Sound of the Natural State, which will also have a patriotic-themed halftime show.

      ROTC:  During halftime, we’ll recognize the 2022 inductees entering the A-State ROTC’s prestigious Hall of Heroes.  Additionally, a Contracting Oath will be administered during one of the game’s timeouts to cadets who have signed their Senior ROTC Contracts.

      Ticket Promotions:  All military personnel can receive a free ticket to the game by presenting their military I.D. at the First National Bank Arena ticket office, located at the lower red entrance to the facility, by Friday at 5:00 p.m.  The box office hours are 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. each weekday.

      In support of Heroes Day, our Athletics Department is also offering a $10 ticket in the upper east stands to the general public.  This special ticket promotion is currently available by clicking here or visiting

      Our tailgate-package promotion remains available and includes four tickets in the upper west stands, a tailgate plot in Halsey Thrasher Harpole Tailgate City and a parking pass for just $130.  This option can be purchased by clicking here or visiting

      There are several premium ticket options still available for our Nov. 12 game as well.  Premium single-game inventory can be obtained for $375 per seat in the Woodard McAlister Family Club and $200 per seat in the North End Zone.  Fans may purchase seats on the club level for the remaining two home games this season at a pro-rated price of $750 per seat and $1,600 for a box of four seats in the North End Zone.  Parking is included and these seats can be renewed for next season at the normal rate.  Please contact the Red Wolves Foundation at 870-972-2401 for more information.

      A-State eSports:  Fans in attendance at Saturday’s game will have the opportunity to participate in an interactive demonstration by the A-State eSports team on the west concourse between 12:00-2:00 p.m.

      Red Wolves Recognition:  We will honor our track & field and cross country teams during the game, recognizing their championship performances this fall and last season.

      Concessions Promotion:  In partnership with Sodexo and A-State concessions, we will continue to offer a hot dog and 16 oz fountain drink game-day special for just $5 for our remaining two home football games.  Fans can take advantage of this offer by visiting the concession stands located on the northwest and southeast sides of the concourse.  The hot dog and fountain drink special may be purchased with cash or by credit card.

      Red Wolf Walk:  We hope to see you in Halsey Thrasher Harpole Tailgate City this Saturday for the Red Wolf Walk at 11:45 a.m.  Tailgate City will also present a fantastic way for fans to visit with members of our women’s basketball team while taking photos and getting autographs on the Red Wolves’ 2022-23 schedule poster.


      The Red Wolves Foundation is set to host the annual Lit’l Bita Christmas Arts and Crafts Show this weekend, Nov. 11-13, at First National Bank Arena.  Lit’l Bita Christmas has become one of the premier events in all of Northeast Arkansas and has grown into one of the largest arts and crafts show in the entire Midsouth Region.  This weekend presents a great opportunity to come support our football team Saturday at Centennial Bank Stadium while also taking advantage of everything Lit’l Bita Christmas has to offer.


      We continue to be proud of the leadership and community engagement by our Student Athlete-Advisory Committee (SAAC).  This group recently created the “Fill-A-Bag Food Drive” to help stock the NEA Food Pantry this holiday season.  As part of this initiative, they are currently distributing small bags to the community that can be filled with non-perishable food items.  Once the bag is filled, members of the SAAC will pick it up the week of Nov. 14 and deliver it to the NEA Food Pantry.  Anyone who would like to participate or obtain more information can contact A-State Director of Student Services and Development Amanda Gorzney by e-mailing her at [email protected].


      We’re excited to have some of our former A-State baseball players and their families with us this week when head coach Tommy Raffo and our baseball program hosts their annual Alumni Weekend.  The two-day function begins Friday, Nov. 11, with an alumni game under the lights at “The Tom.”  Pre-game warm-ups will begin at 6:00 p.m. with the game set to begin at 6:30 p.m.  The weekend will continue with the A-State Baseball Alumni Golf Scramble set for Saturday morning at Sage Meadows Country Club.


      Congratulations to Dr. David Kern, our new Faculty Athletics Representative, on being a finalist for the Sun Belt Conference’s Faculty Member of the Year.  The annual award recognizes a faculty member from each Sun Belt institution who has a passion for teaching, engaging and inspiring students, while also separating themselves from their peers outside of the classroom by regularly supporting and displaying enthusiasm for student-athletes and the athletics department.


      Our women’s volleyball team completed a sweep of ULM at First National Bank Arena this past Saturday, Nov. 5, on Senior Day.  We honored our seniors before the game, and we want to thank Faith Hammontree, Lauren Musante, Macey Putt, Kassidy Reeves and Elise Wilcox for their academic and athletics contributions to the Red Wolves and Arkansas State University.  Congratulations to Lauren as well for recently reaching the 1,000 career digs milestone.  Our Red Wolves wrap up the regular season Nov. 10-11 at Marshall before competing in the Sun Belt Conference Tournament, scheduled for Nov. 16-20.


      Currently ranked No. 79 by Golfweek, our men’s golf team closed the fall portion of its schedule strong with a third-place finish at the White Sands Bahamas Invitational on Oct. 30.  The Red Wolves ended the tourney just four strokes behind No. 56 Stetson, while finishing ahead of No. 44 Southern Miss, No. 67 Nebraska, No. 69 ULM and No. 78 VCU.


      Our women’s basketball team is set to play their season opener tomorrow, Nov. 10, at Louisiana Tech, and our men’s basketball squad began the season this past Monday, Nov. 7, with an 86-55 home victory over Harding.  We appreciate everyone who was able to make it out to First National Bank Arena to cheer on our Red Wolves, and I was especially excited about the way our student section helped create a great atmosphere and home-court advantage.  Our next men’s and women’s home games are Nov. 7 (7:00 p.m.) and Nov. 16 (7:00 p.m.), respectively.


      Congratulations to Riley Strube, a sociology, criminology and psychology major from Cabot, Ark., on being crowned Miss Arkansas State University in the 48th edition of the scholarship competition that was held Oct. 26 in Riceland Hall at Fowler Center.


      One of this week’s #WolvesUp photos is from the A-State Athletics Civic Engagement Dinner, hosted by our Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and held yesterday, Nov. 8, in the Woodard McAlister Family Club at Centennial Bank Stadium.  Featured in the photos are members of the SAAC along with University Police Chief Randy Martin, State Police Lieutenant Michael Exum, and UPD Captain Jarrod Long.

      Another #WolvesUp photo this week features Arkansas State University graduate Bethany Anderson, serving in the U.S. Navy aboard the USS Donald Cook.

      TW Ayers, Reed Tyler, Olivia Schmidt, Michael Exum, Randy Martin, Jarrod Long, Cooper Cowan, Wyatt Beagel | Bethany Anderson

      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


      Season and single-game tickets for our fall and winter sports are available by visiting or calling the A-State Ticket Office at 870-972-2781.  You can contact the Red Wolves Foundation at 870-972-2401 for additional information and/or to purchase tickets in our premium areas.

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