From Arkansas State University
The Arkansas State football team claimed a 62-11 victory over UAPB last Saturday at Liberty Bank Stadium to begin its 2013 season, and Director of Athletics Terry Mohajir has issued the following letter to Red Wolves fans after the team was backed by one of the largest crowds ever for a home opener:
RED WOLVES FANS,
On behalf of the entire athletics department, we would like to express our deepest appreciation to you, the fans, because everyone this past weekend helped create an incredible college-football atmosphere. We are excited about the great crowd we had for our first game of the season. The team, the cheerleaders, the band, the student body and everyone involved to make game-day happen could feel the energy throughout the entire stadium, and you provided us with a true home-field advantage.
It's our goal to make all fans feel welcome on our campus and to provide you with a level of customer service that is second-to-none. We know we still have areas to improve on, but I can ensure you that your entire athletics department staff is doing everything possible to enhance the fan experience.
This was a great way to start the season, but we have five home games left this year and we need all our fans to continue to come out and support this team.
Go Red Wolves!,
Director of Athletics
Arkansas State University
Bryan Harsin, who became A-State's first head coach to win his inaugural game at the school since Larry Lacewell in 1979, also expressed his appreciation to the fans following the game.
"I think the crowd was electric," Harsin said while meeting with the media during a postgame press conference. "When we had the Order of the Pack earlier in the week, I felt like if we had that many people and that type of atmosphere by game time then our guys would be excited to get out there and play. The crowd was loud and really energized the stadium, so we appreciate the continued support our fans provide."
A-State has a road test against Auburn on Saturday before returning to Jonesboro for a home game against Troy on Thursday, Sept. 12. The Red Wolves and Trojans will kickoff at 6:30 p.m. in an ESPNU-televised game.