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University President Excited for Aggie Basketball Success

The Herald Journal Friday, Mar. 15, 2019

With the Utah State University men’s basketball team playing in the semifinals of the 2019 Mountain West Men’s Basketball Championship for the second straight year, there are many happy Aggie fans. One of those is university President Noelle Cockett. The 16th president of USU has been seen doing the Scotsman at games, cheering on the team and even throwing out sandwiches to students before a contest at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum earlier this season. Athletics are important to the president, as they have been to most of her predecessors.“It’s really about the students,” Cockett said. “We have the student athletes; we have the cheer squad; we’ve got Big Blue; we’ve got the fans. It draws everyone together to a sense of community and being part of that Aggie family.” ... “I appreciate coach Smith; he has been phenomenal, just a wonderful person,” Cockett said. “I read the articles in The Herald Journal and love reading his comments. He has so much personality and so much exuberance about whatever he does. I think what he has brought to the team is a feeling of being part of something big. I’m just so proud of how all of our players have developed over this season. I think they will do well tonight.” ... “We have all these people here with blue Aggie U State T-shirts; they are part of this community,” Cockett said. “I think it is the one area where anybody can participate. We’ve got little kids, current students, graduates and grandparents. All of us can be part of this. It’s really exciting.”

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