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Wake Forest's Alma Mater Decision is a Tremendous Opportunity for Wake Forest Fans

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Over the weekend, Wake Forest reversed its initial decision to ban the athletic band from playing the Alma Mater at the conclusion of Wake Forest football and basketball games. This Friday night, we as Wake Forest fans have the opportunity to do something special if we capitalize on it. That opportunity is to sell-out Friday's night's basketball game against UNC-Asheville, which is Danny Manning's first game on the Deacon bench. Not only should we try and sell-out the game, but we need to be loud throughout, and then stay and sing the Alma Mater at the conclusion of the game. If you are anywhere near Winston-Salem this Friday, I implore you to attend. Our voices have clearly been heard on the Alma Mater issue, but now it's time to show the administration just how much we value it by staying to the end, putting our arms around one another and singing the school song.

We are coming off a very difficult four-year run for our basketball program, but that's now over. Coach Manning and his staff have done a marvelous job on the recruiting trail, and already have four 4-stars committed between the 2015 and 2016 recruiting classes. We need to stand fully behind this program to get back to where this program belongs, and where I believe Coach Manning and his staff will take us.

This is our opportunity to re-brand our fan base and our basketball program. Let's put the past four years behind us, and transform the Joel Coliseum into that raucous environment that we all know and love. Let's welcome UNC-Ashveille to the jungle. We start loud, we stay loud, and we end loud. When the game is over, then we sing a song about a school that has so many cherished memories for all of us. It's time to make a statement about our school pride and our basketball program. What started in great controversy can end in a tremendous opportunity.

Go Deacs!