Sixth fan competition challenges pack pride

On January 30, 2014

School spirit can consume you. It makes you ignore hundreds of years of science and say “I bleed scarlet and black.” It makes you paint your body (I’m looking at you, Naked Guys) and cheer on your team with all your might on a cold November night.

It brings out a side you wouldn’t dare let your parents see while screaming your head off at the opposing team’s sideline. And win or lose, your school spirit and student section is better than all the rest.

That’s not just a belief at A-State, it’s the truth. After all, the NCAA says so.

“I seriously get pumped just thinking about it,” junior cheerleader Mandi Kay Bryant of Jonesboro said. “As a student and cheerleader at Arkansas State, I get the honor of seeing just how dedicated our fans really are.

There’s no doubt that our fans, players, students and faculty deserve the 6th Fan contest with the amount of support they give.”

On January 7th, the NCAA (National Collegiate Athletics Association) started their 6th Fan contest, ending March 9, to find out which Division 1 college has the best fan base. And guess who is in first place.

You got that right, A-State.

“When I found out about (6th Fan on Twitter), I thought ‘Man, we have to win this!’” Carlos McCants, a senior wide receiver of Mobile, Ala. said.

“As an ASU player, I said to myself, ‘If I encourage the fans and everybody in the school to participate, we really can win it!’ Being number one doesn’t surprise me because we take pride in what we do and our fans are amazing.”

And that’s just what he and the rest of A-State Nation have been doing.

Much like NCAA basketball, there will be a round for all 345 D-1 schools to participate in.

On Feb. 16 the contest will move to the Sweet 16, then the Elite 8, Final 4 and the Championship.

The winning school will receive $100,000 for a specific student or its general scholarship fund and the schools attending the Sweet 16 will win $10,000.

Those who vote on the NCAA’s website have the chance to win individual awards like an iPad Air or an all-expense paid trip to the 2015 Men’s Final Four Championship in Indianapolis.

“We should win because our school has changed so much in the past four years I’ve been here,” senior pitcher Cody Woodhouse of Memphis said.

“We are truly making steps I never thought we would and I’m just happy to be a part of the ‘Rise of the Red Wolves.’”

To cast your vote for A-State, go to, or tweet/retweet #6thfan #ArkSt all day every day.


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