As the clock strikes midnight on Friday night, fans and students
can be a part of the beginning of what promises to be a very
exciting season of Colorado State Basketball as both the men’s and
women’s teams take the court for their first public appearance of
the season during Moby Madness.
This marks the first year in which the Rams will hold an event
like Moby Madness, which has been a yearly tradition for many of
the top college basketball schools for years.
This year’s event will be put together by both the CSU athletic
department and the Associated Students of CSU Leadership
Development group, headed by Kristen Reed.
“We are playing off of the Midnight Madness theme used around
other campuses,” Reed said. “The athletic department came to us and
asked us to plan something.”
Saturday marks the first day that the NCAA allows teams to
practice, so this year the Rams will take advantage of that with a
short shoot-around at midnight after many exciting events aimed at
the fans of both the men’s and women’s teams. The real practices,
however, begin Saturday morning.
“Friday, the guys are just going to rebound for the contests,
and things like that,” head coach Dale Layer said. “We are going to
start practice Saturday morning. Hopefully this will impact the
If CSU fans did not get to do enough tailgating at the football
game Thursday night, then they will be happy to know that starting
at 8:30 p.m. and running until 10:15 p.m., there will be a tailgate
party in front of Moby Arena that will include free Pizza Hut pizza
and many different games and music. Players from both teams will be
outside Moby during the tailgating session to talk with
The doors of Moby will open at 10:15 p.m. Once inside, fans are
encouraged to sign up for numerous competitions being held, such as
a dash for cash, a half court shot for $10,000, and an
around-the-world contest for students.
Other contests such as an obstacle course and a three-point
contest will be held, but the participants for these events will be
picked from the crowd.
A dunk contest will also be held between different members of
the Greek houses on campus.
Prizes for the different contests include airline tickets, CSU
Bookstore merchandise, Steamboat lift tickets and 500
Before the contests kick-off, the team and coaches will be
announced and introduced to the fans. Both men’s coach Dale Layer
and women’s coach Chris Denker are expected to ride onto the floor
on Harley’s, but according to Layer the Harley’s have not been
The athletic department, along with the Leadership Development
group, is expecting a good crowd of about 2,000-3,000 fans and they
recommend students to come early to get a good seat for the
“We are tying to reach out to the students,” Layer said. “We
want to have a night that is fun for everybody.”