Monthly Archives: July 2012

College Women’s Soccer: No respect for the Bobcats

Since its inception in 1999, the Texas State women’s soccer program was the face of the Southland Conference. The Bobcats won the league title in their inaugural season, took seven more crowns in the next 12 years and tallied five berths to the NCAA Tournament.

It seems as if none of that matters to the coaches of the Western Athletic Conference. Texas State found itself in sixth place of the preseason poll, tied with UTSA.

None of the Bobcats were named to the All-WAC Preseason Team either. Denver and Idaho each had three selections, while Utah State took two.

Here is the poll in its entirety*:

  1. Denver (6) — 62 points
  2. Utah State (3) — 59 points
  3. Seattle U — 47 points
  4. San Jose State — 38 points
  5. Idaho — 32 points
  6. Texas State/UTSA (tie) — 27 points
  7. New Mexico State — 19 points
  8. Louisiana Tech — 13 points

* New Mexico State should really be eighth, with Louisiana Tech rounding up the group in ninth.

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MLB: Goldschmidt Tracker (Part XXII)

Paul Goldschmidt is in his second season with the Arizona Diamondbacks (Daily Record Photo).

Former Texas State slugger Paul Goldschmidt used to have poor numbers against the Los Angeles Dodgers. With games like Monday night, those numbers should pick up in no time.

Goldschmidt went 2-for-5, clubbed his 14th home run and knocked in three runs. His long ball — a three-run shot — came in the first inning off Dodgers’ starter pitcher Aaron Harang. As noted earlier on the front page of MLB.com, Arizona is now 13-1 in games that Goldschmidt hits a home run.

Here are Goldschmidt’s numbers through 90 games in 2012 — .292 AVG, 14 HRs, 51 RBI.

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College Football: Bobcat Stadium nearing completion

Take a look at the North Side Complex at Bobcat Stadium. Slowly, but surely, it’s getting done. There is another picture you can see on the official Texas State Athletics Facebook page.

Construction crews already began to make cosmetic changes to the outside of the stadium, including planting trees and laying bricks.

Texas State opens its home slate Sept. 8 when it hosts Texas Tech. Kickoff is scheduled for 6 p.m.

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College Football: Verbal commits coming in

Slowly, but surely, verbal commitments for the upcoming signing class have rolled in for Texas State.

With the latest addition of DeSoto wide receiver Brandon McDowell, seven soon-to-be seniors said they will sign with the Bobcats come Feb. 6, 2013. McDowell, who is coached by Texas State’s all-time leading rusher Claude Mathis, is the second wide receiver to commit. Stephenville’s Brice Gunter was the first.

Along with Gunter and McDowell, the Bobcats have landed two offensive linemen (Jackson Hoskins and Wylie Reinhardt), a tight end (Lucas Askew), an athlete (Easy Anyama) and a quarterback (Tyler Jones, who is Gunter’s teammate).

To wit, out of the seven verbal commits so far, only McDowell comes from a Class 5A program. Three play for Class 3A programs (Anyama, Gunter, Jones), while two are in 4A (Hoskins, Reinhardt) and Askew is the lone 2A player.

Gunter and Jones were both named to Dave Campbell’s Texas Football 2012 Preseason All-State for Class 3A.

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College Football: So, about the WAC…

It’s a good thing Texas State got out of the Western Athletic Conference when it could.

WAC commissioner Jeff Hurd delivered a solemn, straight-forward address to the media gathered for the 2012 WAC Football Media Day. In short, Hurd doesn’t see the WAC surviving as a member of the Football Bowl Subdivision, at least in 2013.

“As we sit here today, FBS football as a conference isn’t a feasible option in 2013,” Hurd said. “Those avenues have been explored. It’s just not there for 2013. Is it there for 2014 or 2015? I wouldn’t rule it out.”

Five programs will leave the WAC for greener pastures this upcoming offseason, including Texas State. That would leave the WAC with only two football-playing programs — Idaho and New Mexico State — and the conference would need six more (eight total) to be recognized as an FBS conference. Even though the WAC only has seven members for this upcoming season, the conference received a waiver from the NCAA, but wouldn’t seek one for 2013.

Hurd also mentioned the WAC will celebrate its 50th birthday tomorrow. The WAC was formed July 27, 1962.

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College Football: Bobcats tabbed sixth

Earlier this morning, the Western Athletic Conference released its preseason polls, as voted on by the conference’s coaches and media. Texas State found itself picked to finish sixth in both polls.

Here is the coaches’ poll (first-place votes in parentheses):

  1. Louisiana Tech (6) — 36 points
  2. Utah State (1) — 31 points
  3. San Jose State — 24 points
  4. New Mexico State — 22 points
  5. Idaho — 17 points
  6. Texas State — 10 points
  7. UTSA — 7 points

Here is the media poll:

  1. Louisiana Tech (25) — 193 points
  2. Utah State (3) — 164 points
  3. San Jose State — 130 points
  4. Idaho — 102 points
  5. New Mexico State — 95 points
  6. Texas State — 57 points
  7. UTSA — 43 points

As you can see, Louisiana Tech is the runaway favorite to win the WAC in 2012. The Bulldogs won the league in 2011 with a 6-1 record. In its spring game (which isn’t THAT good of a barometer), Louisiana Tech rolled up 54 points and 830 yards of total offense.

Texas State’s first game against its new conference comes Oct. 13 when it hosts Idaho.

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College Football: Doll to East Carolina

One of Texas State‘s deepest positions in 2011 and entering 2012 was tight end. With both junior Kyle Doll and senior Chase Harper returning, as well as junior David Lewis, the Bobcats were in a good position.

That depth took a hit Wednesday as Doll decided to transfer out of the program. Doll, as first reported by Bobcat Report, will head to East Carolina (where his dad is the specials teams coordinator/running backs coach). When Doll joins the Pirates, he’ll be with his third team in two years (Blinn College and Texas State).

Doll said on Twitter

Hardest thing I’ve ever had to gonna miss this place and all the great people here!

Doll caught six passes for 97 yards in 2011. He reeled in one touchdown pass (of the 23-yard variety), which came against Stephen F. Austin.

If anything, Doll’s transfer opens up an opportunity for Lewis to step up. Lewis, a 6-foot-4, 225-pound bruiser from Kingsville, played sparingly in 2011 after a solid freshman season. In 2010, Lewis only caught one pass for 29 yards, but former head coach Brad Wright loved his ability to run block.

Texas State opens the 2012 season Sept. 1 at the University of Houston.

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MLB: Goldschmidt Tracker (Part XXI)

Paul Goldschmidt is in his second season with the Arizona Diamondbacks (Daily Record Photo).

Eight games after his last home run, former Texas State slugger Paul Goldschmidt clubbed one Monday night against the Colorado Rockies. Goldschmidt now has 13 home runs in 2012 to go along with 46 runs batted in.

In the bottom of the second inning, Goldschmidt took Colorado starting pitcher Jonathan Sanchez deep on the first pitch he saw. When Goldschmidt puts the first pitch of an at-bat in play, he is batting .528 with a slugging percentage of .889.

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College Football: New logos at Bobcat Stadium

Texas State replaced the Southland Conference logo with Western Athletic Conference insignia at Bobcat Stadium (Photo by Texas State Athletics).

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College Baseball: Big summer for several Bobcats

For the second consecutive offseason, Texas State‘s baseball team must answer questions surrounding its pitching staff.

Last year, the Bobcats lost their ace (Carson Smith) to graduation and the MLB First-Year Player Draft. In June, the draft gutted Texas State’s rotation again, taking a pair of talented juniors (Travis Ballew and Colton Turner) and a serviceable reliever (Louis Head).

Ballew and Turner helped offset the loss of Smith as they formed a solid one-two punch. The former became the third Bobcat in the last four years to be honored as Southland Conference Pitcher of the Year (Smith and Kane Holbrooks), while the latter went 5-3 with a 2.46 ERA.

If this summer is any indication of what type of season Texas State can expect from their replacements, Ty Harrington’s bunch should be in good shape. A trio of Bobcat pitchers (Taylor Black, Scott Grist and Covey Morrow) have put together solid summers thus far.

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