Monthly Archives: September 2011

Called Shots: An Open Letter to Nicholls State AD Rob Bernardi

Dear Mr. Rob Bernardi,

Unlike a football team and its entire fan base, I’m not mad at your decision to not bring the paddle to San Marcos tomorrow, effectively ending the “Battle for the Paddle”  series. I’m just trying to understand your reasoning.

You told the Houma Daily, “These types of games are based on conference rivalries. Texas State is no longer in the league and is committed to the Western Athletic Conference, so I think that rivalry has ended. We don’t have them on the schedule from this point forward. Us keeping the paddle is clearly reasonable.”

Yes, the Bobcats are leaving the Southland Conference to join the WAC-Land, but SMU and TCU haven’t played in the same conference since 2005, yet still play in the “Battle of the Iron Skillet” each season, with a traveling trophy going to the winner.

Then you mentioned how Texas State has an unfair advantage due to its 11 extra scholarships this season, coinciding with its move to the Football Bowl Subdivision. How come this disadvantage didn’t keep you from scheduling games with Louisiana-Lafayette and Western Michigan in 2011? It also didn’t stop Sam Houston State from beating New Mexico, Southern Utah from knocking off UNLV, or Appalachian State from taking down Michigan a few years ago.

Also, where do you get the audacity to ruin something much bigger than football?

Let’s put aside that year in and year out it’s your football team’s only shot to play for something meaningful. Nicholls State has been an afterthought in the Football Championship Subdivision, including 19 of the 20 years its competed in the SLC.

The paddle stands for more than just a trophy. For the people of San Marcos, it serves as a memorial to the 31 lives lost in the floods that ravaged Central and South Texas in 1998.

To hold the paddle hostage in Thibodaux, La., and not bring it to San Marcos — where your team can win it outright and then do whatever you please — is downright cowardly and a disservice to your student-athletes.

When the state of Louisiana finally decides to cut funding for many of its state-funded collegiate athletic programs, hope your program is saved. If not, pray Texas State isn’t vindictive following a probable win Saturday night, choosing to wait until the day before you’re let go as athletic director to lay siege to its rightful oar, leaving you up a creek without a paddle.


Tyler Mayforth

P.S. — Remember 2003? I guess not. Your record book doesn’t either.*

* Nicholls State vacated every win from 2003 due to NCAA infractions, including a 31-13 win against Texas State. The Bobcats didn’t request the paddle back.


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College Football: Paddle Not Coming To San Marcos

Word out of Thibodaux, La., is that Nicholls State won’t bring the paddle with it to Saturday’s game.

Kelly McElroy, from the Houma Today, writes:

Being Texas State is playing as a Football Championship Subdivision Independent and is receiving 11 more scholarships than other FCS teams while making the transition to the Football Bowl Subdivision where it will compete in the Western Athletic Conference in 2012, Nicholls athletics officials have decided not to play for the paddle this season.

Nicholls Athletic Director Rob Bernardi said Tuesday that it won’t be making the nine-hour road trip with the Colonels.

“Those types of games are based on conference rivalries,” Bernardi explained. “Texas State is no longer in the league and is committed to the (Western Athletic Conference), so I think that rivalry has ended. We don’t have them on the schedule from this point forward. Us keeping the paddle is clearly reasonable. It began as two conference opponents playing each other, and it’s going to end that way. Unfortunately for them, it’s going to stay here at Barker Hall.”

You can read McElroy’s story here — Goodbye To The Paddle


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College Football: Follis Climbing The Charts

Texas State senior punter Ben Follis has been consistent as can be this season.

Follis is averaging a career-high in punt yardage (46.0) and if he can stay true, he’d end the season as the school’s single-season leader in punt average.

On a career note, Follis moved into sole possession of sixth place in punt yardage (6,142) and will eclipse Cory Elolf for fifth place with 17 more yards. From there, Follis would need 1,492 yards (or 32 more punts at his current pace) to nab fourth.

Imagine where Follis would be if he wasn’t forced to punt on the run as a freshman, sophomore and junior.

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College Football: Bobcats On Mike Stoops’ Mind

Texas State isn’t a player on the national stage yet in college football, but that won’t keep Arizona head coach Mike Stoops from talking about the Bobcats.

From the Los Angeles Times:

Six of Arizona’s last nine opponents have been ranked in the top 15. The Wildcats have lost against each, but Stoops isn’t discouraged.

“We ain’t playing Southwest Texas State or whatever,” he said. “We play good teams.”

You can read the full story in context here — Los Angeles Times

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Questions And Answers: The Mailbag Is Open (Nicholls State Edition)

Folks, like last week, we’ll leave a post open just for comments due to the cancellation of this week’s Bobcat Live Chat.

Post a question and I’ll be sure to get to it today. Thanks!


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College Football: Highlights from Texas State’s win at SFA

Here are highlights from last Saturday’s win at Stephen F. Austin, courtesy of the Texas State Athletic Department.

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College Athletics: New Addition To The Videoboards

Construction crews weren’t just hard at work putting up support beams at Bobcat Stadium, they welded a Bobcat logo on top of the videoboards today.

Bobcat logos went above the videoboards today.

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College Athletics: Construction Update (Support Beam Edition)

Take a look at the progress being made over at Bobcat Stadium. Construction crews are truly moving fast on the North Side Complex.

Construction crews are putting up support beams for the North Side Complex.


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College Football: How Mayforth Voted (Week 5)

Click below to see how Texas State beat writer Tyler Mayforth voted in The Sports Network FCS Top 25. Continue reading

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College Football: RIP Former DC Fred Bleil

I regret to inform you all that former Texas State defensive coordinator Fred Bleil passed away. Bleil was 62-years old.

Prior to joining former head coach Brad Wright’s coaching staff, Bleil spent time at Tulane, North Texas, San Diego State, New Mexico and Utah State.

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