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College Athletics: Lawsuit filed against Texas State

The family of Basil Brown II, a men’s basketball player at Texas State, filed a 36-complaint in United States District Court against the university due to mistreatment of their son and scholarship violations. Brown’s scholarship was canceled by the Bobcats as of May 15.

Those named in the complaint are the Texas State University System Board of Regents, Texas State University, Texas State University System Chairperson Donna Williams, Texas State University System Chancellor Brian McCall, Texas State University President Dr. Denise M. Trauth, Texas State University Director of Financial Ad and Scholarships Christopher Murr, Texas State University Director of Athletics Larry Teis, Texas State University Head Men’s Basketball Coach Daniel Kaspar, Texas State University Assistant Men’s Basketball Coach Rob Flaska and Texas State University Assistant Trainer Jason Karlic.

The complaint argues…

  • No proper notice of scholarship cancellation was ever sent to Basil II.
  • The NCAA does not allow scholarship cancellation at any time for athletic reasons.
  • Basil II is lawfully entitled to an appeal hearing before any scholarship funding can be cut due to cancellation of scholarship.
  • Basil II is lawfully entitled to medical bills being paid.
  • Basil II was entitled to actual books and funding for a laptop.
  • Basil II was entitled to file a complaint against the former coach without being retaliated against by TSU or the new coach.
  • It is not in Basil Brown II’s best interest to transfer to another school.

Texas State refused to pay medical bills pertaining to an injury Brown suffered during a ‘mandatory team workout’ in which a recruit was present and participating, because the university considered the injury not to be athletically related. It is an NCAA violation for a team to hold an organized practice with a recruit, as it is considered a tryout. Due to that injury, Brown had to go through ‘major surgery’ and it was exacerbated by alleged mistreatment by former head coach Doug Davalos as well as Karlic. Brown later had a second surgery seven months later.

Inside the 36-page complaint, the Brown family also stated Texas State violated three NCAA bylaws in voiding Brown’s scholarship (15.3.2.4, 15.3.4.3, 15.3.2.1). Texas State’s Director of Financial Aid and Scholarships failed to mail — and sign — a notice of Brown’s cancellation (15.3.2.4), a scholarship can’t be voided due to athletic reasons (15.3.4.3) and no cancellation of a scholarship can happen until Brown had a chance to appeal the decision (15.3.2.1).

Brown is 22 hours from graduating with a degree in accounting.

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College Basketball: Davalos, Texas State part ways

Texas State head coach Doug Davalos went 92-107 in seven years with the program.

Texas State head coach Doug Davalos went 92-107 in seven years with the program (SMDR).

For the first time in a while, Texas State will look for a new head coach to lead its men’s basketball program.

After seven years as head coach, Doug Davalos and the Bobcats parted ways. Davalos’ contract ran out at the end of the season and it won’t be renewed.

“I am very appreciative of what Coach Davalos has done for the men’s basketball program.” Texas State Director of Athletics Dr. Larry Teis said in a statement.  “Davalos inherited a tough situation when he came to Texas State.  Recruiting three years in three different leagues is not easy. The decision to not renew his contract was mutual. I wish Doug the best whether he chooses to remain in coaching or enter athletic administration.”

Davalos went 92-107 with the Bobcats and never had a winning season. His best year was in 2010-11 when Texas State went 16-16.

A search for a replacement started immediately and will be conducted by the Bobcats and Parker Executive Search, the same firm that brought Dennis Franchione back to Texas State.

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College Basketball: Quotables from Tuesday’s practice

Spoke with head coach Doug Davalos, senior guard Vonn Jones and senior forward Matt Staff after Tuesday’s practice.

Texas State looks to snap a nine-game losing streak Saturday afternoon when it travels to UTSA. Davalos is 8-4 against the Roadrunners in his tenure with the Bobcats.

Davalos on if he feels other people are disappointed with the way the season has gone thus far: “Nobody has to set higher expectations for me than I do for myself. My deal is that I’m not happy with the way things are going. It doesn’t have to come from anybody else. I’m trying to find ways to help our players turn the corner and fix it.”

Davalos on if home-court advantage matters in the IH-35 Rivalry Series: “It doesn’t matter where we play. We could play out in the park. That’s what is so neat about a rivalry like this, is that I really don’t feel that home-court advantage is that significant. Each of us has had success in each other’s gym.”

Davalos on Saturday’s game: “Anytime you play UTSA, it’s such a good, heated rivalry. They’ve had some problems with injuries and sickness. We’ve had some problems with injuries and sickness. Basically, it’s all hands on deck for a game like this and you better be ready to produce and contribute.”

Jones on Saturday’s game: “This game is big. We both haven’t won a game in WAC play. We’re coming in hungry and really need this. We want this win.”

Staff on Saturday’s game: “This is definitely a rivalry game. Whenever UTSA is involved, it always brings out the best. It doesn’t matter if both of us haven’t won a game or [UTSA standout forward] Jeromie Hill is hurt, the game is still going to go on and the feelings are still going to be there.”

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College Basketball: Tougher schedule in 2012-13 for the men

Take a look at Texas State’s non-conference schedules for the past two years. This doesn’t include tournaments.

2012-13
vs. Fordham
vs. UT-Tyler
vs. Southern Methodist
vs. Utah
vs. Oral Roberts
vs. UT-Pan American
at Texas
at Northwestern
at Central Michigan

2011-12
vs. Texas Lutheran
vs. Howard Payne
vs. Northwestern Oklahoma State
vs. Houston Baptist
vs. Houston
at Texas
at Long Island
at Fordham
vs. Huston Tillotson
at Houston

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College Basketball: Davalos retained

For many Texas State sports fans, Thursday’s decision by athletic director Dr. Larry Teis wasn’t a popular one, judging by responses seen on Twitter and Facebook.

Teis decided to retain head men’s basketball coach Doug Davalos for the upcoming season. Davalos met with Teis in the afternoon to discuss the future of the program and left the council with his job intact.

In 2011-12, Davalos’ team failed to live up to expectations. Even though the Bobcats lost a solid core to graduation (Tony Bishop, Cameron Johnson and Ryan White), the administration and fans hoped for better than a 13-17 overall record and 5-11 mark in the Southland Conference.

Davalos is 82-101 in his career at Texas State, with a 41-55 mark against conference opponents.

With one year remaining on Davalos’ contract, Teis backed himself into a bit of a corner.

If the Bobcats somehow pull it together next year and perform well in the Western Athletic Conference, does Teis sign Davalos to another extension? Or, did the pair agree this would be Davalos’ final season on the sidelines for Texas State?

Time will tell as the Bobcats have an offseason to prepare for the next step.

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College Basketball: Davalos on officiating and the Southland’s response

If you like us on Facebook, Texas State sports fans, you would have already seen what Texas State head coach Doug Davalos had to say about the officiating following the 63-61 loss to Sam Houston State. If not, here you go.

“I hate to see our season end with three of our best players on the bench (senior guard Travis Jones, junior forward Matt Staff and senior guard/forward Brooks Ybarra),” Davalos said. “I hate that. Sam Houston’s best players were on the floor and our best players were on the bench.

“The officiating was horrible. Put it in the paper. It’s fine. The officiating was horrible. … Good officials make players win the game. That didn’t happen. There are things we should have done better, but this is the first time that I’ve said this about officials, but it was horrible. It was a travesty.”

Davalos then poured gas on an already blazing fire when discussing a technical foul on Staff late in the second half. It also turned out to be Staff’s fifth foul, barring him from the game’s final three minutes.

“I don’t even know what [Staff] said,” Davalos said. “Do [the officials] have to have rabbit ears? If you do, go call high school basketball, walk away.”

Well, the Southland Conference didn’t wait long in responding to Davalos’ harsh comments. Here is the statement from Southland Conference commissioner Tom Burnett, which the Daily Record received unsolicited less than five hours after the completion of the game, in its entirety.

“If the comments being attributed to the coach are accurate, it’s unfortunate that he would choose the moment following the final game of his team’s season, as well as the program’s last contest as a 25-year Southland Conference member, to publicly criticize the game officials.

“With the program transitioning into a new league next season, and perhaps for other reasons, any reprimands or other sanctions would likely be a useless exercise that’s not worth the time or energy.

“The Southland instead focuses its attention on a prosperous basketball future, starting with next week’s tournament in Katy.”

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College Basketball: Swept again on a Saturday

Saturday was a rough day in the basketball realm of Texas State sports.

Both the mens’ and women’s team suffered defeats at the hands of UT-Arlington. Doug Davalos‘ squad fell 73-53 in the new College Park Center, while Zenarae Antoine‘s bunch lost by 16 (61-45) at home.

Earlier in the day, the Bobcat women struggled offensively against the Mavericks. Texas State turned the ball over 24 times, shot 22.6 percent from the field (12-of-53)  and only had one player in double figures (Ashley Ezeh, 14 points).

“I felt that we never got into a good offensive flow,” Antoine said.

In Arlington, the Bobcat men had their hands full with a UTA team that won its previous 14 games in a row. Texas State never led as the Mavericks jumped out to an 8-0 lead, opening it up to as many as 15 points in the first half.

The Bobcats were led in scoring by sophomore forward Reid Koenen, who sent home 16 points.

Texas State now must win four of its last five games in order to make the conference tournament.

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College Basketball: Tale of two teams

Another split occurred this afternoon in the world of Texas State sports.

Early Saturday, Texas State’s women’s basketball team used a 22-4 run late in the second half to blow out Texas-Arlington, 90-73. It was the final game played inside Texas Hall in Arlington.

Junior guard Diamond Ford led the Bobcats with 27 points, while sophomore forward Ashley Ezeh chipped in 26. Ford also finished with four rebounds, four steals, three assists and only one turnover. Ezeh grabbed seven rebounds.

Texas State improved to 12-7 overall and 4-2 in the Southland Conference.

In San Marcos, the men’s team let another late lead slip in a loss to the conference-leading Mavericks. The Bobcats led by four points with 1:11 remaining in the second half, but lost by three, 82-79.

Wasted in the loss by Texas State was a fantastic performance by freshman guard Wesley Davis. He tied a school record with eight steals, scored 14 points, dished out two assists and blocked a pair of shots.

Three players, all starters, fouled out for the Bobcats. Texas State, as a team, committed 29 fouls.

With the loss, the Bobcats fell to 1-6 in conference play. Texas State sits in 11th place, a spot above 1-7 Nicholls State.

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College Basketball: Trouble brewing?

A bit of good and bad happened tonight in the world of Texas State sports.

First, Texas State’s women’s basketball team beat Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, 73-67, inside Strahan Coliseum. Junior guard Diamond Ford led all scorers with 22 points. Ford eclipsed the 1,000-point mark in her career with a 3-pointer early in the second half.

The Bobcats improved to 11-7 overall and 3-2 in Southland Conference games.

Now to the bad…

Texas State’s men’s basketball team dropped another game on the road. The Bobcats had a 10-point advantage in the second half, but couldn’t hold off the Islanders. A&M-CC beat Texas State, 74-68.

It was the Bobcats’ seventh consecutive loss on the road. Texas State is now 8-11 overall and 1-5 in SLC games.

There might also be some discord brewing inside the program.

The Bobcats lost freshman forward Luke Mergerson earlier this season when he quit, now another player might have followed suit. Until it’s confirmed, the second name won’t be released. Update as of 1/26 — Player was back at practice Thursday afternoon after not traveling with team to Corpus Christi.

Both teams are back in action Saturday against UT-Arlington. The men are home, while the women travel to Arlington.

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College Basketball: Bobcat men blown out by Texas

For some reason, the San Marcos Daily Record web page is having trouble updating, so I am going to put my story from Saturday’s 86-52 loss to the Longhorns up here for you to read.

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