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Some more information on Gough’s transfer…

  • Gough has received interest from several schools, including North Texas and Central Arkansas.
  • He said he might transfer to a Division II program in order to get immediate playing time.
  • Gough’s departure leaves Texas State with Jonathan Sloan as the only post player with experience in the system. Emmanuel Bidias A’ Moute played in 16 games, but only averaged 13 minutes per.

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Gough to transfer…

Texas State sophomore forward Ty Gough is transferring.

The 6-foot, 10-inch sophomore from Pharr, notified Bobcats head coach Doug Davalos he will be leaving the program. Gough started 43 games in his two seasons at Texas State.
“I feel that I’m not going to be very successful in this system we run here,” Gough said. “Personally, as a player, I can do better in a different system.”
Gough made 25 starts are a freshman, averaging 6.4 points and 5.4 rebounds per game. He set career highs with 19 points and 13 rebounds against Kennesaw State.
After a promising start, Gough regressed in 2008-09, with his averages dropping to 4.8 and 3.9, respectively. Gough, who only started 18 games this season, saw his minutes drop as the season progressed.
Gough will be the third player to leave the program since last season. Tre Nichols and Gordon Taylor quit five games into the 2008-09 season.

For more on this story, check out tomorrow’s Daily Record.

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End of season recap with Doug Davalos…

I wrapped up the 2008-09 season with Texas State head basketball coach Doug Davalos a few days ago and here are some of the excerpts from our conversation.

On losing four players (three starters) to graduation: “We are losing four kids who are going to be tough to replace. We’ve had some kids now with program experience who don’t need to start fresh. The challenge to them is who’s going to pick up the slack. We just need to get some better performances. It’s going to be a challenge, but it’s time for the people in the program to be leaders.”

On why forwards Ty Gough and Jonathan Sloan struggled: “I feel that it’s our jobs as coaches to get the most out of the players. The next part is those men becoming men as basketball players, because we’re limited by the NCAA with how much we can do as far as skill development. You’re not going to be ready if you don’t get out there and do stuff on your own.”

On why his team has led the nation in fouls the past two seasons: “I really don’t know. We’re not pressing so much and we’re picking up people after free throws. I talked to the head of the officials about it. We were pressing when I first came here because we weren’t very talented and it was frustrating. We couldn’t not press, because we wanted to establish who we are as a team. It’s a stigma that’s kind of stuck with us and it’s really sad. We’ve definitely changed our philosophy of how we attack. We’re trying to adapt.”

On the goal for next season: “(This season) our goal was to get to Katy. I wanted our team to experience that and I wanted us there playing well. The disappointing thing and everyone in our locker room thought we could win the thing. We didn’t go in, saying ‘Let’s just go to the tournament.’ If you could see the kids’ faces after the game, they weren’t saying ‘We made it.’ They were upset they didn’t win the thing. This is what this program should be about. We’ve made baby steps to progress and we’ve put ourselves in the tournament. Going back is not an option. The next step in this program is to go to Katy and to expect to win.”

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More from Texas State pro day…

Eight scouts from NFL teams descended on Bobcat Stadium to take a look at Texas State’s seniors from the past football season. The Atlanta Falcons, Philadelphia Eagles, Indianapolis Colts, Houston Texans, Oakland Raiders and New Orleans Saints all had representatives present.

Cameron Luke, Stan Zwinggi, Blake Burton, Morris Crosby, Courtney Smith, Michael Rutldege and Jamal Williams all audtioned for the scouts. They were put through the gym portion (standing long jump, bench press, vertical leap) first, followed by the field activities (40-yard dash, pro-agility drill and shuttles).
Luke measured in at 6-foot, 211 pounds, while Zwinggi was measured to be 5-foot-11, 201 pounds, 11 pounds heavier than his playing weight.
Burton topped the charts for bench press, with 25 reps of the 225 lb. weight, while Smith (23 reps) and Zwinggi (18) were close behind. Luke was able to do 17.
Zwinggi recorded one of the tallest vertical leaps, measuring in at 35.5″, while Smith was 33.5″ and Luke topped 32.5″.
Luke, whose main knock was his speed, recorded a 4.57 for his 40-yard dash. Zwinggi, on the other hand, clocked a 4.40.
Scouts from the Texans and Raiders paid close attention to Zwinggi, while a representative from the Eagles spoke at length to Luke.

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Texas State pro day start time…

Texas State’s pro day has been changed to a 11 a.m. start, and not the 1 or 2 p.m. start as earlier mentioned. It will still be held out at Bobcat Stadium.

Check back in for thoughts following the workouts.

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Texas State pro day is March 24

I caught up with Stan Zwinggi the other day and he informed me the Texas State pro day will be held March 24th, at either 1 or 2 p.m.

Zwinggi, Cameron Luke and other seniors from last year’s team will be showing off their skill sets to scouts from the NFL.
No idea on what scouts will show, but I will try to get an update soon.

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Updated RPI for college baseball…

Texas State is currently ranked 93rd in the nation for RPI. The Bobcats are right behind Toledo, but in front of Utah.

Tonight, Texas State plays TCU, the highest ranked RPI team. The Horned Frogs stand on top of the rankings, above Cal State Fullerton and North Carolina.

Should the Bobcats win tonight, not only will it put the team into the semi-national spotlight, they will also get a huge RPI boost, as well as a vote in the Baseball America poll, possibly.

First pitch is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.

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Bobcats ready for the Longhorns

Here are some excerpts from my interviews with the Texas State baseball team yesterday. The Bobcats host the Texas Longhorns tonight at the newly renovated Bobcat Field. UT is ranked second in the nation by Baseball America.

First pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m.

Texas State head coach Ty Harrington


On the bullpen: “There are other guys who have to help us win. We’re trying to create a staff to win championships and it takes other people to do that and we haven’t accomplished that yet. They’ve got to get better. We need to get in a situation where they are successful and if you look at the schedule, it doesn’t get any easier.”

On the lack of solid play at shortstop: “My concern right now is shortstop. We don’t have a definitive shortstop. We’ve been so good there for nine years and this is the first year that it’s been a true struggle.”

On Lance Loftin’s struggles (seven errors in seven games): “People think it’s great to be a two-way player, but one gives the way to the other. We tried him at short(stop) the first five games and he’s also trying to pitch. We just need to get him back to what he’s comfortable doing.”

Texas State starting pitcher Zach Tritz


On pitching with the lead: “It really helps when you are away to have a few-run lead before you even start pitching. It changes the whole way you throw to hitters and it gives you confidence.”

On the team’s chances this season: “If, like you said, everything falls into place, we can have a chance at doing some big things this season. We have the starting pitching to hang with anyone in the nation and an offense that’s second-to-none. Once the ‘pen gets it going, we’ll be fine.”

On the lack of solid play at shortstop: “I think we really need to find a solid left side of our infield. That’s our biggest weakness right now. Someone needs to step up soon. Knowing how everybody’s capable of playing, this stuff shouldn’t be happening. It needs to change today, in today’s pratice. It needs to happen tomorrow, for sure.”

Texas State outfielder Bret Atwood


On tonight’s game vs. UT: “Nobody’s really scared of UT. We played them in the fall and hung in there with them the whole game. We had a chance to beat them, but now we feel we can actually beat this team. Everybody still has the last game against UT on their minds that was on the team last year in their head, getting no-hit. We’re not going to let that happen again.”

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Bobcat basketball controls its own destiny…

By virtue of its 98-63 win Saturday afternoon and McNeese State’s loss, Texas State is currently in eighth place in the Southland Conference. The Bobcats are one game up on the Cowboys and Southeastern Louisiana.

Texas State hosts Texas-San Antonio tomorrow night for senior night and wrap up the season in Huntsville against Sam Houston State. If the Bobcats win both games, they will walk into the SLC tournament.
The Roadrunners are 8-6 in the SLC and won their last game. SHSU leads the West Division with a 10-4 record.
Texas State can’t afford to slip up, knowing McNeese’s schedule is far easier than its own. The Cowboys wrap up with SE Louisiana and Central Arkansas.
If McNeese beats the Lions, it should cancel them out, leaving the Cowboys and the Bobcats to battle for the last spot. If Lamar somehow slips, it will leave three teams vying for two spots.
Game time is set for 7 p.m. tomorrow night.

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