Texas State notebook: Withers hires a familiar face in Kurh


With the departure of safeties coach Troy Douglas, Texas State has added Zak Kuhr — as a co-offensive coordinator.

Filling a vacant defensive coaching position with an offensive coach is an indication that the Bobcats are focused on bolstering their stagnant offense. This past season, Texas State ranked 126th nationally in total offense (302.3 yards per game) and 124th in scoring (18.3 points per game).

Kurh will help run the offense alongside existing offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Brett Elliott.

He spent the 2016 season as the running backs coach at Rutgers, and was on current Bobcats coach Everett Withers’ staff at James Madison the two years prior to that. He was at James Madison for three years in all, coaching running backs his first two seasons before spending the 2015 season as Withers’ co-offensive coordinator.

Kurh and Withers actually go back even farther than James Madison; back in 2012, Kurh was an Ohio State coaching intern when Withers served as the Buckeyes’ co-defensive coordinator and assistant head coach.

In that one season when Kurh served as Withers’ co-offensive coordinator at James Madison, the Dukes set a school record with 6,345 yards of total offense. They ranked second in the FCS in scoring (44.3) and in total offense (528.8).

Bellard to the CFL: Former Bobcats offensive tackle Adrian Bellard announced on Twitter that he has signed a contract to play for the BC Lions of the Canadian Football League.

“I’m blessed, man,” Bellard said in the video. “CFL contract, I’m a member of the B.C. Lions. Continuing my dream, chasing it. That’s all I got to do.”

Bellard started 36 games in three seasons at Texas State, and was named the team’s offensive lineman of the year all three years. After his college career, he signed with the Chicago Bears in May 2016 but was soon released, reaching an injury settlement with the team that August after hurting his leg in training camp.

Basketball teams on the road: A week after toppling UT-Arlington — the Sun Belt’s top team that also had won 11 straight games — last Saturday, the men’s basketball team (9-6, 2-1) will play South Alabama (8-8, 1-2) in Mobile, Ala. on Saturday. Then they play at Troy (9-8, 1-2) on Monday.

The women’s team (6-8, 1-2) also will be in Alabama for two games, looking to bounce back from their loss to UTA last Saturday. They face Troy (10-4, 3-0) on Thursday night and South Alabama (7-7, 2-1) on Saturday.



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