You vs. Them
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This video, released by the football team today, is straight-up bad ass. This makes me want to go to the football complex, break in to the locker room, put on Demario Davis’s pads, go to the mall, and Goldberg spear someone.

Props to Chris Buttgen, because I am sure he probably had something to do with this.

Here’s the link to the source: ASU RedWolves Football Page.

2011 RWC Member Prediction Poll
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It’s that time of year again!  The time when we gather around the lunch table and give our predictions for the upcoming football year.  A time where dreams and reality collide, pride and pocketbooks are on the line, and Carlos funds the club activities for the rest of the year.

Here are the official results of the 2011 RWC Prediction Poll.  These results are only visible to logged in RWC members.  For non-members, we have provided a summary of the results below.

pimp daddy
the judge
big nasty
mighty mouth
uncle fester

So far, with 16 predictions submitted, the predictions have ranged from 6-6 to 12-0. However, the person that submitted the 12-0 prediction could have had the ASU football schedule confused with the Gonzaga women’s soccer schedule. We are unanimously predicting that ASU beats Memphis, UCA, ULL, and North Texas. The only game that at everyone (who was looking at the ASU schedule) doesn’t think ASU can win is Virginia Tech.  That could be because Carlos has yet to submit his predictions.

Predictions by Number: 7-5 – 8 members, 6-6 – 3 members, 8-4 – 4 members, 12-0 – 1 member

Our Tower is Bigger than Your Tower
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Thanks to a longstanding partnership that the Red Wolf Club has formed with Nucor Steel, the practice field at ASU has just received a major update.  This  51′ video tower will allow the coaching staff to better capture footage from practices, provide a convenient storage area for frequently used equipment, and will eventually make non-stadium night practices a possibility.  This thing is sturdy.  In fact, it might be the only thing standing on campus after the New Madrid fault gives us “the big one.”

I know it seems like a small improvement, but hopefully it is one of many that will lead to a new culture of winning at ASU.  I am excited to see what’s in-store for this team and this coaching staff.

Pictured above is ASU Video Coordinator, Chris Buttgen, ASU Director of Major Gifts, Bill Templeton, ASU Head Football Coach, Hugh Freeze, Nucor-Yamato Steel’s Chad Utermark and Keith Prevost, ASU Director of Athletics, Dr. Dean Lee, ASU Associate Athletic Director for External Operations and Director of the Red Wolf Club, Doug Doggett, and ASU Assistant Athletic Director for Facilities and Event Management, Randy Knowles.

It’s All Fun & Games in Illinois
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Check out the IL coaching staff and their families having a big ole time at the lake.  I guess there’s plenty time to relax when your season really doesn’t start until September 17th against Arizona State.  Let’s hope that they keep their focus on “the other ASU” while we shed blood, sweat, and tears to ruin any hope they may have for a successful season.  Also, lets hope that those markers were already set up at the lake.  Otherwise, what kind of douchebag showoff puts those things out before water skiing.

P.S.  We are aware that this was before camp could begin and that coaching staffs and their families have close relationships… but this was too good to pass up.

RWC Rabid Athlete of the Month
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As the 2011 football season approaches (34 days from now, but who’s counting?), the RWC is reviving the Rabid Athlete of the Month program, where we highlight the most rabid athletes at Arkansas State University.

The August 2011 Rabid Athlete of the Month is senior WR, Dwayne Frampton.

Last year, Frampton hauled in a team-high 69 receptions (2nd most in ASU history) for 738 receiving yards (also team-high and 7th ASU all time).  Framp had 6 receiving TDs and caught multiple passes in every game last season.  In fact, despite playing only one year at ASU, he enters this senior season needing just 15 catches and two touchdowns to rank among the top-10 all-time leaders in ASU history.  Basically, In a group of possibly the best receiving corp ASU has had in the last ten years, Frampton rose to the top.

This year, there are no expectations that those numbers will decline.  The promotion of Hugh Freeze to head coach solidifies the wide open, pass-happy offense we enjoyed last year will be even more unleashed this season.  ASU will also have depth at the other skill positions, requiring opposing defenders to respect the running game just as much as the air attack.

Frampton isn’t satisfied with last year’s performance either.  He has been working out this summer on his own.  From sparring with trainers to catching balls from NFL QBs, Framp is doing everything in his power to achieve his ultimate goal, playing in the NFL.

The RWC wishes Frampton the best for the upcoming season as he continues to violently engage DBs from coast to coast.  For his inner RWC inspiration, he can just read the quote on his locker that contains an excerpt from the famous quote:

“Do you fear the force of the wind, the slash of the rain?  Go face them and fight them, be savage again. Go hungry and cold like the wolf…You’ll grow ragged and weary and swarthy, but you’ll walk like a man.”
- Hamlin Garland

The Rabidness is Spreading (updated 08/01)
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The buzz sounding the upcoming football season as at an all-time high.  The same can be said for the Rabid Wolf Club.  Web traffic is up 1,115.79% 1,470.59% for the month of July.  I thought I would take a few minutes share a few site statistics with the group.

In the month of July, we had 231 267 unique visits
The average time a user spends on the site is nearly 9 minutes
The bounce rate is only 41% (people who don’t click internal links)
Traffic sources: 67% direct, 22% referring sites, 11% search engines
Top visitor countries are US, Brazil, India, and the UK
Top visitor US states are AR, TX, MS, and FL

We’ve made several improvements to the site during the last few months too.  Some of these include member/nonmember short scripts, pain train bio, ATF resurrection, twitter feed, and the visitor map.  Lets build on the momentum as we continue to violently engage all challenges.

Sun Belt Preseason Coaches Poll
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Yesterday, the Sun Belt Conference released its preseason coaches poll. Here are the results and number of first place votes:

1.  Florida International (5)
2.  Troy (2)
T3. Middle Tennessee State
T3. UL Monroe
5. Arkansas State (1)
6. North Texas
7. Western Kentucky (1)
8. UL Lafayette
9. Florida Atlantic

As far as the preseason rankings go, even the most rabid of fans can’t argue with these rankings. FIU is defending champion and put on quite a show in their victory over Toledo in the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl. Troy is a perennial Sun Belt champion. Since 2006, Troy has either finished 1st or 2nd in the conference. The part that bothers me is the how these rankings are determined and what they supposedly mean.

First, the process. I don’t think that coaches should be allowed to vote for their own team. As a player in the Sun Belt, I would expect my coach to think that our team had the potential to win the conference year in and year out. Coach Freeze (who was the only 1st place vote for ASU) said that he just wouldn’t be able to look his players in the eye had he voted for another school to finish first in the league. It was the first time in over 3 years that ASU has received a first place vote from any coach. WKU’s coach, Willie Taggert, also voted for for his team to finish first.

Second, the meaning. What exactly do these rankings mean? Are they the meant to rate the teams before the season starts, or are they a preliminary guess at how they will finish? Personally, I don’t think they accurately accomplish either. The FIU team from last year proves that. They were picked to finish 6th last year.

I think it just boils down to the fact that the preseason coaches poll gets football talk started. In less than 24 hours from the release of the rankings, there are over 100 news hits on Google. Heck, it even has me blogging. Football season can’t get here soon enough. Go Red Wolves!

RWC Trivia Time: Rabid Carlos
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Coming Soon to ASU Stadium
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The Rabid Wolf Formation

The Rabid Wolf Club is proud to declare that the Rabid Wolf Formation™ (RWF) is the official name for the ASU version of the “wildcat” formation.  The RWF has been a initiative of the Rabid Wolf Club ever since the first WR lined up behind center at ASU Stadium.

You can’t argue the logical progression.  Wildcat -> Wildwolf -> RABID WOLF.

ASU Head Football Coach, Hugh Freeze, and Matt Stolz, play-by-play man for 107.9 KFIN, have been given the exclusive rights by the RWC to use our sacred namesake for this formation in return for future, possible honorary membership status.

The RWC is excited about this new partnership and looks forward to miles of positive yardage for the Red Wolves and increased exposure for the most rabid ASU fanatics.

Go Red Wolves!

1st Annual Alpha Wolf Fantasy Camp
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On June 17-18, the Arkansas State Football staff held it’s inaugural Alpha Wolf Fantasy Camp. The Rabid Wolf Club was an avid participant, fielding 1 owner, 1 coach, and 4 players. After a hard fought battle during the red/white game, the white team was victorious (no thanks to Possum). RWC participants all agree that the Fantasy Camp is a great value; providing participants with an inside look at the football program, a rare chance to fellowship with the coaching staff, and all the red wolf sweatbands you can get on both arms. It has been proposed that the RWC make the Fantasy Camp a required event from now on. Carlos has been put in charge of endowing an RWC scholarship account that will cover the charge for everyone.