Thanks for your support
On behalf of University of Nevada, Reno and Wolf Pack Athletics, we thank you, northern Nevada, for being part of the magical 2010 football season, which culminated in the Pack’s 20-13 victory over Boston College at AT&T Park in the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl.
Going into the 2010 season, we knew the schedule would be challenging, but potentially very rewarding. We believed the schedule could position the program for a WAC championship and a place in the Top 25. As we now reflect, it was a season that will go down as the program’s best ever-with 13 wins including two over ranked opponents, a conference championship and final national rankings of 11 and 13. We congratulate Coach Chris Ault and his entire football program on this historic season and for making our region so proud.
The 2010 football season was not only the most successful season on the field, but also in terms of fan support. More northern Nevadans visited Mackay Stadium than ever before. For the first time since becoming a Division 1-A program, we had two sellouts in the same season-the Cal game on Sept. 17 and the Boise State game on Nov. 26.
We were on national television ten times, which gave our football program, university and state tremendously valuable exposure throughout the season, highlighted by the Cal and Boise State games. In fact, ESPN named the Boise State-Nevada game as college football’s “Game of the Year.”
As significant as that victory over Boise State was, seeing 30,000 Wolf Pack faithful travel to San Francisco to watch our team play in a great bowl game with a very important cause-fighting hunger – was extraordinary. Seeing 15,000 Pack fans at the Team Rally Sunday morning in San Francisco’s Union Square was inspiring. And, seeing northern Nevada rally over a four-week period to donate thousands of meals for those in need was heartwarming. The success of this year’s football team has very much demonstrated that our northern Nevada community can come together as One, giving credence to our athletic department’s motto: One Community-One Pack.
For the past seven years, Chris Ault, his football staff and many others have worked tirelessly to lay the foundation for our football program’s long-term success. We are poised to continue that work and build on the historic success of 2010 by preparing for our final season in the WAC in 2011 – and joining the Mountain West in 2012. Nevada Athletics is excited about the future of Pack Football, and as this season demonstrated, equally excited about and appreciative of the support of Wolf Pack fans from across the state of Nevada.
President Milt Glick
Director of Athletics Cary Groth
University of Nevada, Reno