Oct. 7, 2011
By Danny Mattie
Athletic Media Relations
FORT COLLINS, Colo. -- On the court, the Colorado State men's basketball team drew sold-out crowds to Moby Arena twice last season - the first season with multiple sellouts since 1990 - and average home attendance reached an 11-year high, as more and more fans were drawn into the excitement of the CSU program.
In Cyberspace, the success of a 19-win season, the program's second consecutive postseason berth, and its top finish in the 12-year history of the Mountain West offered a boost to the Rams' number of followers on the official CSU men's basketball twitter feed (@CSUMensBball), which more than doubled throughout the course of the season.
Now, the Rams hoops team is giving its tech-savvy following a chance to be featured on the team schedule poster.
With a nod to Twitter, the uber-popular social-media platform embraced by Head Coach Tim Miles (@CoachMiles), the Rams are asking their most loyal fans to tweet a message in support of the 2011-12 team, with the top tweets to be featured on the team's newest schedule poster available for free later this month at the McGraw Athletic Center.
All fan submissions should be sent to the official CSU basketball twitter feed, @CSUMensBball, and use the hash tag, #CSUposter. There is no limit on the number of submissions, but all tweets must be received by Wednesday, Oct. 12, at 5 p.m. MT, to be eligible for inclusion on the 2011-12 schedule poster.
Fans of the CSU men's program have no doubt taken notice of Coach Miles' use of twitter over the past few years, and the Rams' mentor and various players have even been featured in CSU basketball's Twitter-themed commercials in which the Rams respond in person to fan tweets. The commercials, first released last month on YouTube, prompted ESPN.com's Diamond Leung to dub Miles the "Twitter Defender" on the Web site's College Basketball Nation Blog.
The Rams open the 2011-12 season with home exhibition games against CSU-Pueblo (Nov. 1) and Southwest Minnesota State (Nov. 5).
The regular-season slate tips off Nov. 11 against the Montana Grizzlies, and the Rams' 2011-12 home schedule features several exciting matchups including a televised tilt with in-state rival Colorado on Nov. 30 (The Mtn.). The Rams also welcome in-state rival DU to Moby Arena on Jan. 11, and a new-look Mountain West slate featuring the Boise State Broncos, as well as matchups with traditional conference rivals Wyoming and Air Force, and conference hoops powers San Diego State, UNLV and New Mexico.
Season tickets, starting at just $185 ($150 for CSU faculty/staff), are on sale now by calling 800/491-RAMS or visiting www.CSURams.com.