USI hosts Midnight Madness, reveals Archie’s makeover


USI’s Midnight Madness tips off at 10 p.m. on Friday, October 17 in the Physical Activities Center (PAC) marking the start of the 2014-15 NCAA Division II men’s and women’s basketball seasons. During this year’s event, the University will reveal the new look for USI’s mascot, Archibald “Archie” Eagle, who underwent a makeover this summer. The event is free and open to the public.

The annual Midnight Madness celebration, sponsored by USI Athletics, Red Zone, and Recreation, Fitness and Wellness, is the official kickoff of basketball season at USI, and historically draws as many as 1,000 students and fans to celebrate with and meet the teams.

Doors open at 10 p.m. with inflatables, games and music. Basketball activities begin at 11 p.m. including introduction of the men’s and women’s basketball teams, performances by cheer and dance teams, student contests, a dunk contest and the reveal of Archie’s makeover.

USI students will have a chance to take part in drawings and competitions for prizes. For more information, contact Ray Simmons, director of Athletic Communication, at or 812-465-1622.