Wildcats Gather in Gym For Fun and Fellowship at Fan Day
The fans got their chance to receive a proper introduction from Head Coach Brian Jenkins to the latest additions to the coaching staff, wide receivers coach D.J. McCarthy and quarterbacks coach Matt Johnson. During an autograph session, fans got face time with each and every player and coach, as the signing tables spanned the endlines of the court.
The 2012 team put down their signatures on a freshly-printed, limited edition poster, featuring the team photo and the tagline "The Men of Bethune-Cookman." It's likely that only fans in attendance may ever own one, however, as they were an extremely limited run.
"Fan Day was a huge success," said Director of Athletics Lynn W. Thompson. "Our fans turned out even in bad weather to show their support. The young men on the football team really appreciated the autograph signing sessions and if the level of excitement that we got from fan day is any indication, we're in for a very exciting year of 2012 Wildcat football."
After Jenkins and announcer Larry Steele got the crowd going, B-CU put on a women's football mini-clinic with the help of 22 fans from the crowd. The coaches and the ladies took it seriously, as the Wildcats worked with the ladies to run a set of four plays, and those lucky enough to be on the court showed their competitive spirit.
"I think the fans are very excited," said Jenkins. "They are really looking for a good output from this team. We've had some success in the past, which is going to help build the excitement for this year."
Jenkins' Wildcats, who ride a six-game winning streak into the 2012 season, have just completed camp and move into regular practices the next time on the field.
"The fans know the young men are working hard and that creates excitement and joy amongst the fans, student population and the community," Jenkins continued. "I think Fan Day was just an introduction of what's to come from our fans, and the excitement that's floating around."
Several other teams were on hand to enjoy the festivities, including women's basketball and volleyball, who joined 300 fans in ringing in the 2012 season. Among the 300 fans was B-CU Interim President Dr. Edison O. Jackson.
The Wildcats open the 2012 season at 12 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 2 at the Orlando Citrus Bowl, taking on Alabama State in the MEAC/SWAC Challenge.