MSU President's Newspaper Column

October 28, 2023

Comets traditions remain steadfast while we evolve to meet the needs of today’s student athletes

Rocky Larson, Mayville State’s interim athletic director and head football coach is stepping up as a guest columnist this week. Rocky is addressing the subject of uniform colors, a topic that has brought up some inquiries recently.  

“Over the last few years, Mayville State athletic teams have added black and gray tops, pants, and/or shorts to their uniform combinations. This has been done in response to providing the best possible experience for the student athlete. Our student athletes love it!

“Rest assured, Reflex Blue and white are and will remain Mayville State’s official school colors. Our tradition is not going away.

“You may have noticed that adding colors other than a school’s official school colors has become popular across the country over the last five years or so. Duke now has a black jersey, as does Tennessee, Kentucky, Ohio State, and many other schools.

“This trend nationwide naturally trickles into the minds of our own Mayville State athletes. It’s a big deal to our student athletes. It’s even important in the recruiting process. Ten years ago, jersey color did not matter. Today it’s a hot topic.   

“Mayville State is responding to the changing times in the decision to add gray and black to uniform combinations. Again, we are not making a change to our official school colors or to logos. Reflex Blue and white will always be a part of the uniforms. We’re just enhancing the Mayville State brand by doing something important for the student athletes who wear the uniforms. We realize that the decision isn’t popular with some alumni and friends, but we know this is something that is very important if we wish to stay relevant with today’s students.”

This past week was extremely exciting for Mayville State’s athletic teams, coaches, and fans. The volleyball team swept Valley City State University in front of an energized crowd at the packed Lewy Lee Fieldhouse Wednesday evening, and they defeated Dickinson State 3-2 on Friday night at the Lewy Lee. Softball swept Bismarck State in two games played in Portland on Saturday, and the football team got a big win on the road at Waldorf in Forest City Iowa, also on Saturday. We’re so very proud of our teams!

This will be a big week in Athletics as well, with several home contests scheduled.

Volleyball will host Viterbo at 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 27. It will be Family Appreciation Night.

There will be four home games on Saturday, Oct. 28! Football hosts Valley City State. Game time is 1 p.m. at Jerome Berg Field. It will be Military Appreciation Day. Volleyball hosts Waldorf at the Lewy Lee Fieldhouse at 4 p.m. It’s Senior Day. Women’s and men’s basketball will both play their season openers that evening. They’ll play Providence University. Women’s game time is 6:30 p.m. Men’s game time is 8 p.m.

The women’s and men’s basketball teams will play against Providence on Sunday, Oct. 29. Game time is 1 p.m. for the women and 2 p.m. for the men.

The Mayville State Student Athlete Advisory Council is partnering with the May-Port Food Pantry to sponsor Trick or Treating for Canned Goods. Fans who bring a non-perishable food item to a game Saturday, Oct. 28 or Sunday, Oct. 29 will get free admission: one free admission per one non-perishable food item.  

The Student Athlete Advisory Council is always up to something good. They’re inviting area families to participate in a Trunk or Treat Halloween event at Mayville State University on Tuesday, Oct. 31. There will be treats and games at the MSU Wellness Center from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Children and their parents are invited to come out and enjoy some Halloween fun with the Mayville State student athletes.

I hope you’ll join us in cheering for the Comets at these and the future athletic events. Our students always credit the community for their happiness at Mayville State. The support they receive on and off the athletic fields and courts is just one of the reasons they feel this way. Thank you for all you do to contribute to this goodwill.