Ask the AD
Director of Athletics Kyle Moats will periodically answer questions submitted by you the fan. Below are the selected questions and Mr. Moats' answers. To submit your question to Mr. Moats, click HERE.
For an archive of previous question and answer updates, click HERE.December 4, 2012:
In reading the Athletics Strategic Plan, I noticed several references to the target area for athletics recruiting, contributions, building a fan base, etc. is southwestern Missouri. What is the reasoning behind limiting the Missouri State reach to such a small area? As the second largest university in Missouri, seems to me the goal needs to be to reach a larger area of the state as well as targeting adjacent states as well. - Renee S., Wichita, Kan.
We continue to have fan and alumni events throughout the state and throughout the country, and our recruiting areas for most teams extend nationally and even internationally.
Certainly, it also helps build our fan/attendance base with student-athletes from the surrounding area and from this region. We will continue to recruit where we think is best for us.
Just wanted to congratulate you and Coach Lusk on bring Jermaine Henderson to Missouri State. Jermaine is a good man and coach, and being a Missouri State grad, I was glad to see the move and have had several talks with Jermaine since then. Again thanks you made a good move. - Darrell R., Oxford, Ohio
Why is it that Missouri State has six sports for the male athletes to participate in and nine for female athletes? This seems unfair to me. I really can't understand how or why a university the size of Missouri State does not have a men's track & field program. It is such a glaring hole in your athletic program, can we dare to hope that this would be remedied anytime soon? - Barbara W., Rich Hill, Mo.
I think Missouri State is an amazing university and can compete with any other university. Do you ever see MSU joining another conference? - Ethan B., Steele, Mo.
As a former strength and conditioning coach at six different universities, I was wondering if our athletic department had any thought of purchasing new turf for the football field. The old turf has had about enough and looks terrible. Also, I have never found many Division I programs without the ability of showing an indoor turf room to recruits. Why do we not have this essential tool for our athletes? Thank you for the work you do and let's strive to build a championship program. Go Bears! - Larry W., Mena, Ark.
I found out via the grapevine that several bus trips to lady bear games have been scheduled. My question is: Why weren't season ticket holders who have email informed of this? - John A., Gainesville
Is Missouri State Men's Basketball running a Day Care during games?
Your ball/towel boys are too many (8 on 11/17), unsupervised, they don't know their role for being there. They think they are there to play.
They are in the way of teams warming up, the half time floor cleaning and the Sugar Bears routine. Your promotional staff had to run them off the floor twice during half time (11/17). During the National Anthem they just dropped the basketballs they were holding and went to stand in line with the players. Team's managers had to retrieve the balls and put them away.
In the Charlie Spoonhour days there were two boys at each goal. Ready with towel in hand and when commanded by the ref, they got on their hand and knees wiping the floor and off just as fast as could to not delay the game anymore than necessary.
Some order needs to be brought to this group.
Thank you. - Alan K., Springfield, Mo.