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Big play lifts Mount Union over Mary Hardin-Baylor in title game

Big play lifts Mount Union over Mary Hardin-Baylor in title game

Justin Hill and D’Angelo Fulford have provided an offensive spark for Mount Union all season, so when the Purple Raiders were locked in a defensive struggle against Mary Hardin-Baylor in the Division III national championship Friday night at Salem, Va., it was no surprise the pair did it again. Fulford hit Hill for a 42-yard touchdown pass early in the fourth quarter, pushing Mount Union&rsquo...

Letters to the Sports Editor

Texas needs Tim Duncan to help with bigs I have been a season ticket-holder for the last 10 years. During that time, the UT basketball team has been fortunate to have recruited four tall men (Kevin Durant, Myles Turner, Jarrett Allen and now, Mo Bamba). When I look at the coaching staff with Shaka Smart, I would say that no one is considered “tall.” It would seem to me to get the best...
Bobcats add 2 pledges, including MacArthur quarterback

Bobcats add 2 pledges, including MacArthur quarterback

The Texas State football team has 22 pledges for the 2018 class after receiving two commitments last weekend — San Antonio MacArthur quarterback Tyler Vitt and Fayetteville, Ark., defensive end Dotson Schaefer. Vitt, a 6-foot-1, 202-pounder, is now the Bobcats’ highest-rated recruit, according to 247Sports’ composite rankings, with a .8215 grade and a three-star rating. In his senior...

Report: SMU to hire former Cal coach Sonny Dykes

SMU will hire former California and Louisiana Tech coach Sonny Dykes as its new head coach, a person with direct knowledge of the decision told The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity Monday because a deal was still being finalized. SMU scheduled a news conference Tuesday with university President Gerald Turner and athletic director Rick Hart. Dykes will replace Chad Morris...
How our four voters filled out their Heisman Trophy ballots — and why

How our four voters filled out their Heisman Trophy ballots — and why

How our four voters filled out their Heisman Trophy ballots this year — and why: KIRK BOHLS Voter since: 1979 My ballot: 1. Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma; 2. Bryce Love, Stanford; 3. Saquon Barkley, Penn State Mayfield’s been grabbing stuff for years, so why shouldn’t he latch on to the biggest prize in college football? He’s grabbed a flag at Ohio State. He grabbed something more...

Letters to the Sports Editor

Teammate’s view: Jefferson is NFL-ready My personal opinion playing football with Malik Jefferson and watching him grow this year, I think he is fit to play in the NFL. Malik is one of the hardest working players on and off the field. I believe that he will be a great addition to any NFL team and will have a positive impact on the organization. I hope the best for Malik and that he makes the...

Texas State notebook: Seven earn All-Sun Belt recognition

Seven Texas State football players received All-Sun Belt Conference postseason honors last week: second team for tight end Gabe Schrade; third team for center Aaron Brewer and linebacker Frankie Griffin; and honorable mention for receiver Elijah King, linebackers Gabe Loyd and Bryan London II, and defensive tackle Jordan Mittie. A senior captain, Schrade finished second among Sun Belt tight tends...

Oregon promotes Mario Cristobal to head coach

Oregon assistant Mario Cristobal was promoted to head coach a year to the day after Willie Taggart was introduced. Taggart bolted Tuesday for Florida State, and Cristobal — the co-offensive coordinator and offensive line coach — was named interim coach for the Las Vegas Bowl. But after a groundswell of support from the players, that interim tag was removed. “You’ll receive...
A look at this year’s Heisman Trophy finalists

A look at this year’s Heisman Trophy finalists

THE HEISMAN FINALISTS Lamar Jackson, Louisville quarterback The 2016 winner, Jackson’s season stats are very similar to last year’s — 54 fewer passing yards, 128 fewer rushing yards, nine fewer total touchdowns. His best game came against North Carolina (525 total yards, six total TDs). His chances are hurt by the fact that Louisville is 8-4 and headed to the TaxSlayer Bowl. Jackson&rsquo...
Finally: They tried to sled down the COTA track, and here’s what happened

Finally: They tried to sled down the COTA track, and here’s what happened

The first turn on the Circuit of the Americas track is steep. And covered in snow it’s apparently also very, very tempting. “We’ve been fantasizing about sledding down Turn 1 for years,” COTA’s official Twitter account tweeted early Friday morning.  In case you missed it, Central Texas was hit with its first major snowfall in years late Thursday, offering COTA just...

Central Texas hole-in-one listings

Rodney Bahl, 7-iron, 155-yard 16th hole at Cowan Creek; witness: Roberta Bahl Chris Bryant, 6-iron, 158-yard 17th hole at White Wing; witnesses: Terry Spencer, Alvin Mills Sandra Dodds, 7-iron, 115-yard 5th hole at Cowan Creek; witnesses: Tom Dodds, E.M. Hay, Ann Hay Clark Gense, 4-iron, 128-yard 4th hole at Legacy Hills; witness: Dave Gense Rob Opdyke, 9-iron, 120-yard 17th hole at Onion Creek; witnesses...
Jackson, Love, Mayfield three finalists for 2017 Heisman Trophy

Jackson, Love, Mayfield three finalists for 2017 Heisman Trophy

Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson, Stanford running back Bryce Love and Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield are this year’s Heisman Trophy finalists, according to the Heisman Trust, which made the announcement on ESPN Monday night. The Heisman is one of the most prestigious awards in sports and the top award in college football. Jackson is looking for a repeat after winning the trophy last...
Lake Travis alum Baker Mayfield among three Heisman Trophy finalists

Lake Travis alum Baker Mayfield among three Heisman Trophy finalists

For Baker Mayfield, this week’s ceremonial tour now includes a stop in New York City. Mayfield, the Oklahoma quarterback who graduated from Lake Travis High in 2013, was named a finalist for the Heisman Trophy on Monday evening. Mayfield is joined by Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson and Stanford running back Bryce Love among the finalists for college football’s top honor. Jackson,...
Bohls: Jimbo Fisher on point, at ease and looks raring to win titles

Bohls: Jimbo Fisher on point, at ease and looks raring to win titles

The t’s on the contract were all crossed, and all the i’s were dotted. Even the one that’s in the word “win,” which Jimbo Fisher was sure to point out at his introductory press conference Monday after he first uttered the obligatory coachese that there’s no i in team. There’s also an i in Jimbo, and the eyes of Aggieland will be hopefully concentrated on their...
Aggies give Jimbo Fisher most lucrative contract in college football

Aggies give Jimbo Fisher most lucrative contract in college football

Jimbo Fisher, who was introduced to the Texas A&M faithful on Monday, received a huge honor that will make him the envy of every coach around. And it didn’t involve a trophy, but his bank account. Before Fisher’s debut in front of about 300 people at A&M’s glitzy Hall of Champions inside Kyle Field, the school’s board of regents approved a guaranteed contract of $75 million...
As Jimbo Fisher hits town, Texas A&M learns it’s playing in Belk Bowl

As Jimbo Fisher hits town, Texas A&M learns it’s playing in Belk Bowl

Jimbo Fisher arrived in College Station on Sunday with the real maroon carpet treatment. The former Florida State coach exited off a chartered jet, flashed a “Gig’em” sign with his right thumb and walked out onto the tarmac for an initial glimpse of his new hometown. The Texas A&M band played the Aggie War Hymn to greet Fisher, the Aggies’ newest head coach, as fans watched...
Golden: Stoops call on Mayfield paid huge dividends

Golden: Stoops call on Mayfield paid huge dividends

As the confetti streamed down on the AT&T Stadium field, Baker Mayfield sought out the man who changed the path of his college football career. When Bob Stoops brought Mayfield to Oklahoma as a walk-on in 2014, it was one of those low-risk, high-reward moves that rarely result in huge dividends. Mayfield needed a change of scenery after things didn’t work out Texas Tech, and the Sooners were...
OU overwhelms TCU for Big 12 championship and probable playoff berth

OU overwhelms TCU for Big 12 championship and probable playoff berth

Nationally, Oklahoma is celebrated most for a likely Heisman Trophy winner, with a cast of lesser-known players orbiting around him to give the Sooners such gaudy offensive stats. But on Saturday, in a 41-17 win over TCU in the Big 12 Conference title game, OU quarterback Baker Mayfield was merely a conduit on a team with a sole focus of winning a national championship. There should be little doubt...
Florida State secures bowl eligibility with rout

Florida State secures bowl eligibility with rout

Cam Akers and Jacques Patrick each ran for two touchdowns as Florida State won its third straight game to secure bowl eligibility with a 42-10 win over Louisiana-Monroe on Saturday at Tallahassee, Fla. Patrick ran for 155 yards and Akers added 117 yards as the Seminoles (6-6) accumulated 305 rushing yards. It’s the first time this season FSU has had a pair of 100-yard rushers in the same game...

Letters to the Sports Editor

Jones is on the right side of the Goodell issue I have never been a fan of Jerry Jones, Dallas Cowboys owner. However, I am in total agreement with not agreeing to a new contract for NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. Goodell has not done his job properly. He has mishandled numerous player allegations, giving some a pass and harshly punishing others. No rhyme or reason to the way he handles these situations...

Texas State men rebound with four victories in past five games

Since starting the season 0-2, the Texas State men’s basketball team has won four of its past five games. Last week, the Bobcats were 2-1 at the Men Against Breast Cancer Showcase in Stockton, Calif. They opened with a victory over Arkansas-Pine Bluff 71-54 and then lost to Canisus 68-62 before closing the tournament by beating Pacific 85-78. Sophomore guard Nijal Pearson was named to the all-tournament...
Mike Gundy gets raise to $5 million a year after Vols show interest

Mike Gundy gets raise to $5 million a year after Vols show interest

Mike Gundy, who affirmed his commitment to Oklahoma State this week after reported interest from Tennessee, is getting a raise. The Oklahoma State football coach tweeted “Cowboy For Life” after he was linked to the Volunteers’ open job. And on Friday, the Oklahoma State/A&M Board of Regents approved an addendum to Gundy’s contract that includes a $675,000 pay increase, bumping...
Bohls: Aggies hit it out of the park with hiring of FSU’s Fisher

Bohls: Aggies hit it out of the park with hiring of FSU’s Fisher

Scott Woodward got his man. And Texas A&M’s got a chance. A big-time chance to make it big. In their most blockbuster hire since they lured Jackie Sherrill out of Pittsburgh with the biggest contract ever given to a college football coach at the time, the Aggies hit a home run Friday when it was revealed that A&M had hired Jimbo Fisher away from Florida State. A few will argue that, given Florida...
TCU’s defense gets chance to stop OU short of College Football Playoff

TCU’s defense gets chance to stop OU short of College Football Playoff

Check out how many points TCU has allowed in the second half since mid-October. You’ll need all of about 10 seconds, if that, to track them. There was the field goal Kansas State kicked in the third quarter Oct. 14. And there was another field goal Baylor notched Nov. 24. In between, there was a whole lot of blank scoreboard. Talk about a clean stat line. If a team wanted a shot at knocking...
Florida State’s Jimbo Fisher resigns to take job at Texas A&M

Florida State’s Jimbo Fisher resigns to take job at Texas A&M

Florida State football coach Jimbo Fisher, who led the Seminoles to a national championship and three conference titles, resigned Friday and accepted the job at Texas A&M. He’ll be expected to contend for lofty titles with the Aggies, who haven’t won a national championship since the Great Depression or a conference trophy since the infancy of the Big 12. A&M dismissed Kevin Sumlin on...

College Football Playoff race comes down to several title games

The College Football Playoff picture looks a bit clearer than usual from this vantage point: ACC champion: No. 1 Clemson vs. No. 7 Miami winner SEC champion: No. 2 Auburn vs. No. 6 Georgia winner Oklahoma: If the No. 3 Sooners beat No. 11 TCU in the Big 12 title game. Wisconsin: If the No. 4 Badgers beat No. 8 Ohio State in the Big Ten title game. If Wisconsin or Oklahoma lose, it opens up a spot...

Central Texas hole-in-one listings

Dan Degan, 7-iron, 150-yard 13th hole at Grey Rock; witnesses: David McDaniel, Brent Henson, Gary Manley Dan Degan, 8-iron, 146-yard 8th hole at Grey Rock; witness: Alex Degan Harry Morgan, 5-wood, 164-yard 3rd hole at Grey Rock; witnesses: Terry Reeves, Duane Hume Stephen Poe Jr., a-wedge, 93-yard 15th hole at Grey Rock; witnesses: Stephen Poe Sr., David Lalich Kevin Robinson, 7-iron, 138-yard 7th...
TCU’s Patterson fires verbal shots at OU’s Mayfield, Riley

TCU’s Patterson fires verbal shots at OU’s Mayfield, Riley

The question posed to Gary Patterson on Tuesday morning was a light-hearted one, an innocuous throw-away line designed to put the TCU football coach in an upbeat mood. Did he know that Alabama and Ohio State were cheering for the Horned Frogs to defeat Oklahoma on Saturday in the Big 12 title game? But Patterson, as he often does in his news conferences, meandered to what he really wanted to discuss...
In promoting Lincoln Riley, OU avoided an angst-filled coaching search

In promoting Lincoln Riley, OU avoided an angst-filled coaching search

The coaching carousel spun at a dizzying frenzy Sunday afternoon. It crashed in Knoxville, Tenn., but after some angst-ridden hours, it steadied in Los Angeles, Gainesville, Fla. and Oxford, Miss. Who knows what might be going on in places like College Station, Lincoln, Neb. or Tempe, Ariz. The most oft-repeated phrases of the day were buyouts and offsets. Folks in Norman, Okla., though, were calm...
After six seasons, Texas A&M parts ways with head coach Kevin Sumlin

After six seasons, Texas A&M parts ways with head coach Kevin Sumlin

Kevin Sumlin’s body language suggested he already knew the inevitable. Late Saturday in Baton Rouge, after Texas A&M was defeated 45-21 by LSU, Sumlin talked about how he hadn’t heard, as yet, from anyone whether he still had a job as the Aggies’ football coach. But he quipped that could all change within minutes. It did, but A&M waited until Sumlin returned from Louisiana to tell...
Coaching changes: UCLA hires Chip Kelly as Nebraska fires Mike Riley

Coaching changes: UCLA hires Chip Kelly as Nebraska fires Mike Riley

Chip Kelly is back, Mike Riley is out, and Scott Frost is a wanted man. College football’s silly season went into overdrive Saturday as UCLA announced it had hired Kelly, the former Oregon coach, and Nebraska fired Riley within about 15 minutes of each other, closing one high-profile search after less than a week and officially opening another. There figures to be more activity in the next day...

Troy swamps Texas State 62-9 in Bobcats’ season finale

Brandon Silvers threw for 380 yards and four touchdowns as Troy rolled to a 62-9 win over Texas State on Friday. The loss in their season finale dropped the Bobcats to 2-10 overall and 1-7 in the Sun Belt Conference. Silvers completed 22 of 30 passes. He has accounted for 80 career touchdowns, second in Troy history, and is fifth in conference history with 10,133 passing yards. Jordan Chunn rolled...

Humans at fault for many nuisance species spoiling state’s environment

We should have our hands slapped over some of the things we’ve done in this state by letting plants and animals run wild. Think about it: We now have tens of thousands, probably more, of exotics — axis deer, black bucks, fallows, oryx, etc. — throughout the Hill Country. And while they do offer some income potential for landowners, they also swiftly overwhelm native animals such...
Monster buck leads hunters on exhaustive search in Hill Country

Monster buck leads hunters on exhaustive search in Hill Country

Anybody who drives in the Hill Country and counts the dead bucks along the highway should know that the serious part of the rut has been in full bloom for the past two weeks. The carnage has been great; the mangled bodies of bucks driven crazy enough on testosterone to try to cross the highway at night are everywhere. That includes well inside city limits signs and way out in the country on rural...
Texas Tech’s Kliff Kingsbury saves his job with win over Texas

Texas Tech’s Kliff Kingsbury saves his job with win over Texas

Kliff Kingsbury decided to gamble in the days leading up to Texas Tech’s game against Texas. All that was on the line Friday night was a bowl berth for his Red Raiders and possibly his own job. With his offense in a funk and facing another defense geared toward thwarting the pass, Kingsbury called in his starting quarterback, Nic Shimonek, a fifth-year senior, to tell him he was switching to...
Texas A&M hoping LSU’s Derrius Guice won’t devastate them again

Texas A&M hoping LSU’s Derrius Guice won’t devastate them again

It’s safe to say LSU’s Derrius Guice isn’t a beloved figure in the Texas A&M defensive room. Rather, he haunts the film meetings. The Aggie defense, in looking at film of its past two games against the Tigers, surely noted that Guice often ran through them so easily it almost was if they weren’t on the field The LSU tailback did nothing fancy. Rather, it was pure textbook....
Bringing pro soccer team to Austin, building stadium may trigger vote

Bringing pro soccer team to Austin, building stadium may trigger vote

While local soccer enthusiasts might be elated at the news that a Major League Soccer team is serious about making Austin its home, they might have to persuade Austin residents at large to approve bringing the city’s first professional sports franchise. An election over bringing the Crew SC soccer team — currently based in Columbus, Ohio — to Austin for the 2019 season is becoming...
Texas State set for final game of the season, at Sun Belt-leading Troy

Texas State set for final game of the season, at Sun Belt-leading Troy

Texas State has a bye scheduled for the final week of the season next week, but as the Bobcats hit the road for their final game of the year on Friday, that bye sure would have come in handy this week. Texas State (2-9, 1-6 Sun Belt) is dealing with a number of injuries, including three starting linemen — left tackle Nic Foster, nose tackle Caeveon Patton and defensive end Dean Taylor. Sami...

Central Texas hole-in-one listings

Dave Burnett, 9-iron, 108-yard 9th hole at Quicksand; Witnesses: Tim Weber, Jim McJunkin OK Liang, 8-iron, 100-yard 2nd hole at Jimmy Clay; witnesses: Anne Woody, Russel Huffman, Hal Johnson Ken Meyer, 8-iron, 134-yard 17th hole at Onion Creek; witnesses: Matt Arthur, Joe Lechler Mike Thompson, 7-iron, 144-yard 11th hole at Falconhead; witness: Phil Fritz Rusty Thornell, 8-iron, 132-yard 17th hole...
Kevin Sumlin says he plans on being at A&M next season. But will he?

Kevin Sumlin says he plans on being at A&M next season. But will he?

Two straight November wins didn’t do anything to temper the chatter suggesting Texas A&M’s Kevin Sumlin likely will coach his final game this Saturday. The Aggies are preparing for their regular-season finale against LSU. It’s set for Saturday night in Baton Rouge. The outcome of the game probably only will impact the bowl positioning. The Houston Chronicle, quoting multiple people...
OU’s Baker Mayfield benched after crotch-grabbing tirade against Kansas

OU’s Baker Mayfield benched after crotch-grabbing tirade against Kansas

Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield, the Heisman Trophy favorite, won’t be allowed to start his final home game nor serve as captain as punishment for his crotch-grabbing, expletive-laden sideline rant this past Saturday against Kansas. Instead, it’ll be Kyler Murray, a Texas A&M transfer, who will start for the Sooners when they play West Virginia in Norman. Sooners coach Lincoln Riley...
With one final game left to play, Withers shifts focus to recruiting

With one final game left to play, Withers shifts focus to recruiting

Head coach Everett Withers is hoping his Texas State Bobcats can avoid a second straight season of double-digit losses. Texas State (2-9, 1-6 Sun Belt) can avoid another 10-loss season Friday, but it’s not going to be easy. The Bobcats will travel to Troy (8-2, 5-1) for an afternoon showdown at Veterans Memorial Stadium in Troy, Ala. The Trojans, who defeated then-No. 19 LSU on Sept. 30, are...
Baylor loses to Iowa State to finish winless in Waco for season

Baylor loses to Iowa State to finish winless in Waco for season

Matt Rhule lingered in the locker room Saturday afternoon, letting the Baylor seniors, many of whom were emotional, know how much they were appreciated in what’s become one of the worst seasons in school history. “I told them how much they’ve meant to this program and how much they’ve meant to me personally,” Rhule said. “Just in this first year, in this tough time...

Flowers’ 2 TD passes help South Florida beat Tulsa

Quinton Flowers threw two touchdown passes and South Florida held off visiting Tulsa 27-20 Thursday night to remain in contention for a berth in the American Athletic Conference championship game. Flowers, one of the nation’s top dual-threat quarterbacks, ran for 119 yards and threw for 142 to send coach Charlie Strong’s Bulls (9-1, 6-1) into next week’s regular-season finale against...
Bobcats to face another tough Sun Belt foe

Bobcats to face another tough Sun Belt foe

For the second consecutive week, the Texas State Bobcats will play a team near the top of the Sun Belt Conference standings as they go on the road to face Arkansas State on Saturday. The Red Wolves (5-3, 4-1) had the best record in the Sun Belt going into their game last week, but a 24-19 loss to South Alabama put them behind three teams with 5-1 conference records — Troy (8-2), Georgia State...
Will Ole Miss become a nightmare for Sumlin, Aggies — again?

Will Ole Miss become a nightmare for Sumlin, Aggies — again?

Last year’s game against Mississippi might have been the most perplexing in the Kevin Sumlin tenure. Texas A&M was ranked in the Top 10. The Aggies were in position to play for an invitation to the Sugar Bowl. And they were at home, facing a reeling Rebels team forced to start a quarterback who had never played a down of college football. Sure, the Aggies also were starting a backup, but Jake...
Cost-cutting measures coming to Hancock Golf Course

Cost-cutting measures coming to Hancock Golf Course

With the greens at the city’s Hancock Golf Course still operating in the red, city officials on Thursday announced a cost-cutting measure. Starting early next year, golfers visiting the course on Monday through Thursday will pay their green fees at automated pay stations instead of interacting with a live person. The pro shop will be open Fridays through Sundays — when Hancock does three-quarters...
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