Memphis game to be a little special

Hugh Freeze is looking forward to the home opener for his Arkansas State Red Wolves this weekend against nearby rival Memphis. Freeze, who spent 13 years as a Head Coach at Memphis area schools, admits that this week's game with the Tigers does have a little special meaning to him.

Hugh Freeze is looking forward to the home opener for his Arkansas State Red Wolves this weekend against nearby rival Memphis.

Freeze, who spent 13 years as a Head Coach at Memphis area schools, admits that this week's game with the Tigers does have a little special meaning to him.

"My dearest friends are there, I spent 13 years there, my wife's friends are from there and my kids have a lot of friends there. ," Freeze said. "It's a special game, I have been removed from there for a time. I can't look at it as if its more important than any other game on our schedule. We need a win, so do they, certainly both teams will be trying to achieve that. Can't call it a pivotal game, I will mean a little something personally to me, it will be special."

Freeze thinks that they need to approach the Memphis game as any other game on his schedule. Freeze also feels that its important to his staff's recruiting efforts by putting up a good game for their home opener.

"It's very important to us in recruiting," Freeze said. "We recruit a lot of the same kids so we hope will have a great performance. We did our recruiting calls and we spoke to a lot of kids that are planning on being here so yes it's important for us to play well in front of our home crowd in our home opener."

Freeze was pleased with his team's efforts in today's practice and feels that they will give good effort this week.

"We have a lot of guys on our roster from the Memphis area," Freeze said. "So it will mean a little something special to them as well. We had a great practice today, we are putting the Illinois game behind us and moving towards the future of our program."

A lot of activities are going on this week in cooperation with the home opener.

"It's paint the town red week," Freeze said. "We released 1,000 Red Balloons at an elementary today. It's going to be a fun week. We are expecting a sold out crowd here."

All practices are closed to the public this week and the media will only get thirty minutes to watch practice before leaving and coming back for interviews after practice.