CHICKASHA – Madness sets in for each of us this time of year — Drover Madness that is.

USAO’s annual pep rally to kick off basketball season is set for 6:30 p.m. Oct. 28, just a week before the Drovers begin the 2010-11 season. The event will be in the USAO Fieldhouse on the university’s campus.

“This is a great celebration of the university and athletics,” Women’s Basketball Coach Laci Tompkins said. “Players and coaches need your support. It is also a time of unity for the entire campus community to come together in a great fun-filled atmosphere!”

Fans will get the opportunity to participate in various games and contests and meet the 2010-11 basketball teams.

Again this year, guests will be greeted with other excited fans, free Jake’s Rib and the opportunity to win free T-shirts. Additionally, the first 200 attendees will get a free magnetic basketball schedule.

Both Drover teams will open up regular season play in tournaments on Nov. 5-6. The Drover men will have their first home game against Langston University on Nov. 9. The women won’t have a regular season home game until conference play on Dec. 2, but they play scrimmages at home both Oct. 26 and Nov. 15.

Published: Oct. 8, 2010