Each team had season-defining games last weekend. I have some good news and some bad news.
First, the good. The men’s soccer team (now ranked #5 nationally) beat #17 Tulsa and Memphis last week, vaulting them to the top of C-USA and proving that they are one of the elite teams in the country. Everyone seems to be talking about the football team’s turnaround, but the futbol team’s rise to the top is just as interesting.
Here’s a quick bed-time story for the children: SMU was ranked #1 in the country in 2006, and entered the NCAA tournament with national title hopes. SMU’s hopes were dashed, but they came back strong in 2007, again reaching a #1 ranking mid-season and a #5 ranking by the time the season was over. The next two years did not go as well, as the team ended each year unranked, with records of 10-6-2 in 2008 and 6-8-2 in 2009. (more…)