Arkansas State University Chancellor Dr. Tim Hudson, Director of Athletics Terry Mohajir and Head Football Coach Bryan Harsin all made their way to Little Rock's War Memorial Stadium on Monday to participate in a luncheon, hosted by First Security Bank, with Red Wolves' fans.
The luncheon began at 11:30 a.m., and Jeff Hankins, Arkansas State University System Vice President for Strategic Communications and Economic Development, began the program by welcoming an event-record crowd and thanking them for their support of the Red Wolves.
"This luncheon has become an annual tradition for Red Wolves supporters in central Arkansas," said Hankins, former president and publisher of Arkansas Business Publishing Group who has helped coordinate the event on a yearly basis. "We appreciate Coach Harsin's willingness to reach out across the state and spread the excitement about Arkansas State's quest for a third straight Sun Belt Conference championship. Pulaski County is second only to Craighead County as home of Arkansas State alumni, and we continue to see more high school students from central Arkansas choosing A-State as their destination university."
Hudson and Mohajir both addressed the crowd prior to Harsin, with the chancellor updating the crowd on classes, projects and events occurring at the University. Mohajir commended the strength and determination of the Red Wolves' fan base, while also sharing some of his visions for A-State Athletics and how everyone can help grow the athletics program.
Mohajir then introduced Harsin, talking briefly about the hiring process of A-State's 29th head football coach and saying "we have the right guy at the right time."
Harsin, like Hudson and Mohajir, took the podium to an energetic round of applause before expressing his excitement about not only the upcoming season, but the football program as a whole. Harsin started by discussing the recent success the football program has enjoyed, while also stressing the current team has learned from those of the past and is eager to take the next step. He then shared his thoughts on the Red Wolves' fall camp and the 2013 season.
"We've been really pleased with the effort our guys have given us," Harsin said about A-State's fall camp. "We told them very simply, ‘all you have to do is trust the plan and give maximum effort on the field and we'll be successful.' They've bought into that plan, and I think they are seeing that, with the right mentality and effort, they will be prepared and ready to go on game day."
Season and individual game tickets for the Red Wolves' 2013 football campaign, which includes six home games, are currently on sale and can be ordered by contacting the A-State Box Office at 870-972-ASU1 or 1-888-ASU-FANS (278-3267) or by visiting AStateRedWolves.com. For more information, contact A-State Athletics Marketing at 870-972-3880.