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Bobcats have a change in attitude for Withers’ second season

Bobcats have a change in attitude for Withers’ second season

With the football season less than two weeks away, Texas State coach Everett Withers noted a change in attitude Sunday during the Bobcats’ media day. “You can put a culture in place but a culture doesn’t work unless you’ve got people buy in,” said Withers, who enters his second season with the Bobcats after finishing 2-10 last year. “This year is so much different...
USA Gymnastics struggles to change after abuse allegations

USA Gymnastics struggles to change after abuse allegations

On the floor of the Honda Center, the USA Gymnastics championships are imbued with a sense of normalcy and routine — tumbling runs and coaching tweaks, blaring music and chalk dust, leaps and leotards. There is no sign of an organization in crisis trying to find its way after a stormy year that’s seen one of the U.S. Olympic movement’s marquee brands shaken from the head of its national...
Georgia Tech kicks star running back Dedrick Mills off team

Georgia Tech kicks star running back Dedrick Mills off team

Georgia Tech star Dedrick Mills was dismissed from the team Friday for violating athletic department rules in what was essentially a third strike for the dynamic but troubled running back. The stunning announcement came with the season opener against Tennessee less than three weeks away. Coach Paul Johnson did not specify what rule was broken but stressed that it was different from two suspensions...
Golden: Saturday showed me the best — and worst — of the times we live in

Golden: Saturday showed me the best — and worst — of the times we live in

Racism invaded my home Saturday night. It slithered under my front door, crept up the carpeted stairs and plopped down right beside me. It wormed its way onto my computer screen the same day that Austin said goodbye to a Major League great while the country witnessed the nasty hate crime in Virginia. A former colleague revealed himself to be a bigot in extremely ugly fashion, providing a surreal ending...
Texas State notebook: Withers pleased with Bobcats’ first scrimmage

Texas State notebook: Withers pleased with Bobcats’ first scrimmage

Texas State held its first fall football scrimmage on Sunday, allowing media and fans to attend after partially closing off practices during camp. Leading up to the scrimmage, coach Everett Withers said he wanted to see “toughness and a competitive spirit” from his team. He got what he was looking for. “We threw a lot of plays at them, a lot of different special teams situations...

Central Texas hole-in-one listings

Al Cox, 5-wood, 152-yard 2nd hole at Austin Country Club; witnesses: Chuck Gautschy, Jay Kline, Sandy Perino Mason Hart, 50-degree wedge, 141-yard 14th hole at Morris Williams; witness: Nick Stout Russ Reininger, pitching wedge, 120-yard 17th hole at Balcones; witnesses: Ray Harris, Brian Gimarc, Weldon Fairchild Greg Smith, 7-iron, 124-yard 2nd hole at Onion Creek; witnesses: Mourad Belkacem, Rick...
Letters to the Sports Editor

Letters to the Sports Editor

This is about business, not racism, in NFL Re: “Kaepernick’s situation lacks good answer,” Aug. 11 Cedric Golden insinuates Colin Kaepernick is being treated differently because he is black and is being punished by white owners. Ridiculous! If owners were racist, as he insinuates, we would not have 85-plus percent of NFL players who are black. Kaepernick overplayed his hand and insulted...
Sun Belt has hope for a team to play on New Year’s Day

Sun Belt has hope for a team to play on New Year’s Day

Appalachian State coach Scott Satterfield understood the implication when Sun Belt Conference Commissioner Karl Benson asserted that the league could have a team in a New Year’s Day bowl game for the first time — and win it — as soon as this season. Though Benson didn’t name a team, Appalachian State, which shared the Sun Belt title a season ago, is the league’s preseason...

Texas State receives pledge from Abilene Cooper linebacker

Abilene Cooper linebacker Justin Wright recently became the 17th pledge to Texas State’s 2018 recruiting class. A two-star prospect, according to 247 Sports, Wright also has scholarship offers from Nevada, Louisiana-Monroe, Abilene Christian, UTEP and Incarnate Word. “I took a visit there about a month ago, and I was in love when I saw it,” Wright said of Texas State. “It was...

Judge orders Baylor to turn over documents in sex assault lawsuit

A federal judge has ordered Baylor University to turn over information — including interview recordings and documents — provided to a law firm hired amid a sexual assault scandal that rocked the nation’s largest Baptist school. Baylor had sought to block the release of information it provided to the Philadelphia-based law firm Pepper Hamilton, which was hired to investigate how the...

Central Texas hole-in-one listings

Nick Boyle, 8-iorn, 121-yard 13th hole at Grey Rock; witness: Rodney Enlenseld Rick Fritsch, 8-iron, 135-yard 9th hole at Balcones; witnesses: Bobby Morris, Barbara Niechwadowicz, Bobby Morris Brad Gifford, pitching wedge, 128-yard 8th hole at Plum Creek; witness: Chey Simpson Barbara Niechwadowicz, 7-iron, 113-yard 15th hole at Balcones; witnesses: Bobby Morris, Richard Fritsch Blair Pigg, 6-iron...
Baylor’s starting quarterback battle down to a senior and a sophomore

Baylor’s starting quarterback battle down to a senior and a sophomore

The battle to be Baylor’s starting quarterback looks to be down to two guys, based on the compliments coach Matt Rhule tossed their way Tuesday. Rhule said most of the team had a bad practice. But he liked what he saw from two quarterbacks — sophomore Zach Smith, who started the final four games last season, and senior Anu Solomon, a transfer from Arizona. “I thought both quarterbacks...
Former MLB star, Austin native Don Baylor dies at 68

Former MLB star, Austin native Don Baylor dies at 68

Former major-league baseball star and Austin native Don Baylor died Monday morning after a long struggle with multiple myeloma. He was 68. Baylor died at 4:25 Monday morning at St. David’s South Hospital, his son confirmed to the Austin American-Statesman. Baylor graduated from Austin High School as one of the first African-Americans to attend the school and the very first to play baseball and...
Oklahoma receiver Nick Basquine to miss season with Achilles injury

Oklahoma receiver Nick Basquine to miss season with Achilles injury

Oklahoma receiver Nick Basquine will miss the season because of an Achilles tendon injury. Coach Lincoln Riley made the announcement Saturday during Oklahoma’s media day. A team spokesman said Basquine was hurt during practice Friday. Basquine caught 20 passes for 265 yards and two touchdowns last season. He started two games, including the Sugar Bowl. Quarterback Baker Mayfield called him one...
Texas State notebook: Bobcats lose three key offensive players

Texas State notebook: Bobcats lose three key offensive players

The first week of fall camp has been full of surprises for the Bobcats; Texas State coach Everett Withers announced that three key offensive players wouldn’t be practicing — quarterback Damian Williams, wide receiver T.V. Williams and running back Stedman Mayberry. Damian Williams, a graduate transfer from Mississippi State, and T.V. Williams, who transferred from Kentucky last season...
East Austin’s Coach Wilson and the call of a lifetime

East Austin’s Coach Wilson and the call of a lifetime

James “Coach” Wilson settled into his head linesman position along the Colorado Buffaloes sideline that January night, straddling the 47-yard line and patrolling the scrimmage line as the CU punter asked for the snap. It was the 1991 Orange Bowl in Miami, and Wilson was about to make the officiating call of a lifetime. Notre Dame’s star, Raghib “Rocket” Ismail waited...
Sumlin: A&M looks to continue hot starts but avoid another cool finish

Sumlin: A&M looks to continue hot starts but avoid another cool finish

What a way to celebrate your birthday. Kevin Sumlin turned 53 on Thursday, and the Texas A&M football coach received his first congratulatory text message just after 6 a.m., although Sumlin said the birthday wishes from South Carolina’s Will Muschamp were a bit too off color to share with the masses. Later, there was an informal news conference at noon inside the Slocum Nutrition Center, where...
Golden: Lost in the Mayweather-McGregor hype? A fight worth watching

Golden: Lost in the Mayweather-McGregor hype? A fight worth watching

Hall of Fame boxing promoter Bob Arum Sr. wants no part of Floyd Mayweather’s Aug. 26 showdown against UFC champion Conor McGregor. Zero. While causal fans will weigh whether to spend $99.95 to cover the pay-per-view cost for the fight, real boxing enthusiasts are much more excited about the Sept. 16 middleweight clash between Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and Gennady “Triple G&rdquo...

Central Texas hole-in-one listings

Ron Franke, pitching wedge, 106-yard 5th hole at Cowan Creek; witness: Frank Vito Teresa Holloway, 4-hybrid, 107-yard 12th hole at Legacy Hills; witnesses: Eve Bayless, Marcia Ness, Cathy Brickner Cindy Hutzler, 7-wood, 134-yard 16th hole at Cowan Creek; witnesses: Cindy Brien, Joyce McKean, Vickie Matthews John Laird, 7-iron, 165-yard 7th hole at The Hills Signature; witness: Al Bruketa Robert Ledezma...

Iowa State counting on junior college defensive linemen this season

One of Iowa State’s biggest questions entering preseason practice was its defensive line. The Cyclones are hoping to see three junior college transfers emerge as quality Big 12 players as soon as possible. Iowa State (3-9 in 2016) was hit hard by attrition, losing starters Demond Tucker, Jhaustin Thomas and Mitchell Meyers to graduation. The Cyclones responded by hitting the transfer market...
Bobcats open camp hoping depth will improve on last year’s 2-10 record

Bobcats open camp hoping depth will improve on last year’s 2-10 record

Texas State begins its second season under head coach Everett Withers as the Bobcats open fall camp on Monday After struggling in his first season, Withers has a lot of work to do in order to do turn his program around, but one thing he is not concerned with is the team’s record, which was 2-10 last year. “I never look at wins and losses,” Withers said. “I count them at the...
Coaching great Tom Osborne giving up his Nebraska skybox

Coaching great Tom Osborne giving up his Nebraska skybox

College Football Hall of Fame coach Tom Osborne is giving up his large skybox at Memorial Stadium, saying the Nebraska athletic department should sell it to someone else rather than have him continue to use it for free. The 80-year-old Osborne coached the Cornhuskers for 25 years, retiring after the 1997 season with 255 wins and all or part of three national championships three of his last four years...
Bohls: Has Nick Saban made the SEC Bama and, well, everyone else?

Bohls: Has Nick Saban made the SEC Bama and, well, everyone else?

Nick Saban stands alone. I mean, really, really alone. With five national championships — four of them at Alabama — Saban isn’t just flirting with Bear Bryant level. He’s surpassed it because Saban is coaching in an age when talented players leave early for the NFL, scholarships are limited but social media scrutiny isn’t, and programs such as Oregon, Boise State, Kansas...
Redfish prove plentiful — if a bit picky — during Gulf fishing trip

Redfish prove plentiful — if a bit picky — during Gulf fishing trip

The gentle inshore breeze has been switching directions this morning, slowly sliding counterclockwise from southwest to almost purely south. Even though we’ve already caught fish today, Chuck Naiser wants to keep the wind at our backs as much as possible, and so he’s moved us behind a shell island well into Mesquite Bay, north of Rockport. The sun is over my right shoulder, and the wind...
Look closely and you’ll spot plenty of wildlife in a concrete jungle

Look closely and you’ll spot plenty of wildlife in a concrete jungle

I’m always fascinated by the amount and variety of natural activity going on inside cities in Texas. I guess it’s because we are still a state where wilderness bumps right up against many city limits, and one where — even though most people never suspect it — there’s a whole world of fish and animals and snakes and varmints swarming around and into town. I’m certain...
IMSA event will veer from COTA in 2018, head to Ohio track

IMSA event will veer from COTA in 2018, head to Ohio track

Circuit of the Americas, which has offered its most ambitious racing schedule this year, will lose an event in 2018 when the IMSA WeatherTech sports car series veers away from Austin. Instead, IMSA and the Continental Tire Challenge will stop at the Mid-Ohio road course in Lexington on May 4-6. The IMSA series spent the first weekend of May at COTA, where it had been a regular, with brothers Ricky...
Baylor’s defensive Yoda: Wise is Phil Snow in the ways of defense

Baylor’s defensive Yoda: Wise is Phil Snow in the ways of defense

New Baylor defensive coordinator Phil Snow believes he’s got this whole Big 12 explosive offense thing figured out. You’ve got a special sort of play action with your nimble quarterback and up-tempo pace? Snow has a package for that. It’s right there in his 8-inch-thick playbook that each of his Bears players is studying every day after a predawn practice awakens their football souls...
Texas State notebook: Bobcats know they’ll be young this year

Texas State notebook: Bobcats know they’ll be young this year

The Sun Belt’s football media day was held last week in New Orleans, and with only 12 seniors on the roster, Texas State was one of two teams that didn’t send a senior. In fact, 31 percent of the roster will be freshmen, head coach Everett Withers pointed out. “That means we’ve got a lot of young guy coming in that hopefully will get an opportunity to play,” Withers said...

Central Texas hole-in-one listings

Barry Bandera, 6-iron, 182-yard 16th hole at Austin Country Club; witnesses: Jared Masucci, Mike Haran, Josh Borders Rick Brown, 181-yard 7th hole at Onion Creek; witnesses: Steve Nacarrato, Michael Northcutt, Tom Sterzing Harry Masch, 6-iron, 150-yard 8th hole at Morris Williams; witnesses: Trent Masch, Dixie Masch Paul Romero, 189-yard 11th hole at Onion Creek; witnesses: Peter Viliesis, Frank Haught...
Clemson’s Wilkins has the moves; Tigers eager for him to lead defense

Clemson’s Wilkins has the moves; Tigers eager for him to lead defense

Clemson defensive tackle Christian Wilkins usually finds the spotlight, and it doesn’t seem to matter if he’s on the field or off it. It doesn’t even matter if he is seeking the attention or not. Maybe it’s his full-out love of Power Rangers, the big man showcasing his nimbleness and flexibility with his post-title-game dance moves or his unseemly grope of an Ohio State player...

Sun Belt chief hails benefits of future 10-team structure

Sun Belt Conference Commissioner Karl Benson struck a celebratory tone Monday while discussing the impending departure of two of the league’s 12 teams. Smaller will be better was the message from Benson, who left little doubt during the league’s annual media day that his preference is for the Sun Belt to maintain the 10-team, two-division structure it will have in 2018. “We are not...
Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield: No Perine, Mixon or Westbrook? No problem

Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield: No Perine, Mixon or Westbrook? No problem

Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield quickly was checking off the names as if he were giving a presentation to a group of investors. Yes, he’ll have plenty of help at wide receiver. Forget the fact that Dede Westbrook, a fellow Heisman finalist last fall, is gone. There is a bevy of receivers to take his place. “I think we have multiple guys; that’s why Coach (Lincoln) Riley and I...

Letters to the Sports Editor

Can’t Lance simply ride off into the sunset? Re: “Sprinting to next stage,” July 15 In his regrettable publicity for Lance Armstrong, Brian Davis writes: “Some will never listen to another word this man … ever says.” Count me among that group. In fact, I’m somewhat embarrassed for Mack Brown, Lyle Lovett, et al., who agreed to be interviewed on Armstrong&rsquo...
Bohls: Pressure on Sumlin comes from self, his AD, Aggies everywhere

Bohls: Pressure on Sumlin comes from self, his AD, Aggies everywhere

Kevin Sumlin’s days are numbered. That’s because his boss said as much, even on national television, when he raised the bar. Sumlin wasn’t happy with being called out, but then there aren’t a ton of Texas A&M faithful who are all that happy with Sumlin these days, either. Scott Woodward, Texas A&M’s second-year athletic director, went on national television this summer...
Tennessee’s Bob Shoop: Penn State lawsuit won’t be a distraction

Tennessee’s Bob Shoop: Penn State lawsuit won’t be a distraction

Tennessee defensive coordinator Bob Shoop doesn’t expect a lawsuit filed against him by his former employer to be a distraction as the Volunteers’ defense attempts to bounce back from a disappointing season. Penn State sued Shoop for breach of contract over the circumstances of his January 2016 departure. Shoop has filed a counterclaim indicating he was forced out rather than leaving Penn...
Oklahoma State’s best receiver ever? James Washington in conversation

Oklahoma State’s best receiver ever? James Washington in conversation

Like many pundits, Mike Gundy’s boys — 15-year-old Gunnar and 12-year-old Gage — often debate whether Tom Brady or Aaron Rodgers is the better quarterback. Earlier this week at the Big 12 media days, Oklahoma State’s longtime coach didn’t feel a need to pick a side. Both quarterbacks are really good, he argued. That’s the same line of reasoning that Gundy uses when...

Central Texas hole-in-one listings

Bill Burke, 7-iron, 136-yard 8th hole at Morris Williams; witnesses: Shawn Higgins, Ray Harper, Will Miller, Hayward Bethel Brett Findley, 8-iron, 163-yard 13th hole at Austin Country Club; witnesses: Scott Bryant, Jordan Uppleger, Phillip Cameron Gunner Garrett, 8-iron, 110-yard 2nd hole at Jimmy Clay; witnesses: Jack Slayton, Mike Arnat, Americo Paredes Hiposhi Ishii, 6-iron, 168-yard 11th hole...
Big 12 media days Q&A: West Virginia linebacker Al-Rasheed Benton

Big 12 media days Q&A: West Virginia linebacker Al-Rasheed Benton

West Virginia senior linebacker Al-Rasheed Benton wore a set of rings to Big 12 media days on Tuesday. One was for a Russell Athletic Bowl appearance that the Mountaineers lost. Benton said the ring serves as a reminder of a 10-win season that he described as “disappointing.” Benton, though, did record 80 tackles last year for a team that tied for 35th nationally in scoring defense. On...
Snyder: Wildcats’ gay lineman Frantz shared news ‘for the right reasons’

Snyder: Wildcats’ gay lineman Frantz shared news ‘for the right reasons’

Kansas State offensive lineman Scott Frantz told his teammates a year ago that he was gay. His coach had instructed each player to share something about himself that no one else knew. It’s a typical team-building exercise. The thinking is that revealing secrets tightens bonds — and a close group of players will trust one another more readily when the pressure grows greatest. Yet Frantz...
Patterson eases criticism of QB Hill as TCU looks to draw up rebound

Patterson eases criticism of QB Hill as TCU looks to draw up rebound

In hindsight, TCU football coach Gary Patterson thinks he might’ve been too tough on Kenny Hill. Hill, the transfer from Texas A&M, was the Horned Frogs’ starting quarterback last season. And because Hill was the highest-profile player on the team, he probably was singled out for too much of the blame for TCU’s 6-7 record. Patterson never hedged on openly critiquing Hill last fall...
Big 12 media days Q&A: Iowa State linebacker (not QB) Joel Lanning

Big 12 media days Q&A: Iowa State linebacker (not QB) Joel Lanning

After throwing 19 touchdown passes over his last two seasons at Iowa State, senior Joel Lanning is lining up at a new position. Lanning is now a linebacker, a position he last played in middle school. At Big 12 media days on Monday, he talked to reporters about his off-season transition: What was the most difficult part of the transition? Probably learning the defense or just getting used to the physicality...
Mendenhall finds resetting career, rebuilding Virginia ‘invigorating’

Mendenhall finds resetting career, rebuilding Virginia ‘invigorating’

Bronco Mendenhall surprised many when he left BYU after 11 seasons to take over a Virginia program with 15 wins in four seasons. But to listen to Mendenhall at the ACC media days, he was ready for a rebuild after what he described as “an intentional choice.” Virginia went 2-10 in Mendenhall’s first season, with one ACC win. By comparison, Mendenhall never won fewer than six games...
Back for more? Louisville’s Jackson the latest to go for Heisman repeat

Back for more? Louisville’s Jackson the latest to go for Heisman repeat

Lamar Jackson didn’t start last season thinking about winning the Heisman Trophy. It just ended up that way. Of course, the Louisville quarterback had a lot to do with that outcome, thanks to his dizzying array of open-field moves and downfield throws. Jackson figures it’s a good approach to start this year, too, even with the chance to become only the second player to repeat as a Heisman...
Alabama is overwhelming pick to win SEC football championship

Alabama is overwhelming pick to win SEC football championship

Three-time defending champion Alabama has been picked to win the Southeastern Conference championship again in a preseason media poll. Alabama was the preseason choice of 217 of the 243 people who cast ballots at this week’s SEC media days. The only other school to receive as many as 10 votes was Auburn with 11. The predicted order of finish in the Western Division was Alabama, Auburn, LSU,...
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