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HURD preps for Morrill’s final home game

February 24th, 2015 Posted in Opinion

The HURD is stirring.

The raucous Utah State University student fan group has begun preparations for the evening of March 7, when men’s basketball coach Stew Morrill will coach his final home game.

“We are working to make this a special game for Stew,” said Thomas Rodgers, a HURD committee member. “We want to celebrate how long he has been with us and the 400-plus wins. Some fun stuff is going to happen at the game.”

Angela Martinez, a HURD committee member, said the group is trying to keep the main events planned for the game a surprise for Morrill. However, some details were disclosed.

Some students plan to dress like Morrill for the game, wearing mismatching suit coats and dress pants, said Braden Limb, the HURD photographer.

Former students are being encouraged to come back for the game. Tickets will be $12 for alumni for the “Back to the HURD” night.

“I know a good amount of previous front row section F guys are excited to come back for the game,” Limb said, referencing the section at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum where student fans have garnered a reputation for rowdy antics and boisterous cheers.

The players on the team also hope to make Morrill’s last game at Utah State memorable, senior forward Sean Harris said.

“Hopefully everyone does their part to make it a special experience for him,” Harris said. “The alumni need to come up, the fans need to be going crazy.”

“Coach Morrill has done great things for our university and for this people should be thankful,” said Jesse Parker, Utah State’s director of basketball operations.

The HURD will be selling shirts on Wednesday at 11:30 a.m. in USU’s campus store. Morrill will be present signing shirts for the first hour, HURD vice president Dallin Laird said. The cost for a shirt will be $8 on Wednesday but will go up to $10 on Thursday.

More information about the HURD is available at www.usu.edu/hurd/

Zach Sahely, Camille Strong, Jaesea Gatherum, Madi Smith, Britnee Bromley and Bethany Heywood contributed to this report.

-mdl

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