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Maroon defeats Gold 28-14 in spring game

Texas State held its third annual Maroon-Gold spring game on Saturday night, hoping to prove the Bobcats could clean up the mistakes that plagued them during a 4-8 season in 2012.

The result was mixed, but in the end Maroon prevailed over Gold 28-14 at Bobcat Stadium, led by redshirt freshman quarterback Jordan Moore’s 151 all-purpose yards.

Running back Chris Nutall chipped in seven carries for 63 yards and a touchdown.

“I thought there were some nice teachable moments in that game,” said Coach Dennis Franchione. “There were a lot of things that were positive, and we are starting to look a little more like a football team.”

Sources: Sun Belt to expand

Conference realignment shuffled more Tuesday. The Sun Belt will add former Football Championship Subdivision contenders Georgia Southern and Appalachian State, along with previous WAC and 2013 independents New Mexico State and Idaho, according to multiple outlets.

The conference will total 14 programs by 2015, 12 for football. New Mexico State and Idaho will join as football-only members while UT-Arlington and Arkansas-Little Rock will play in other major sports besides football.

The addition of Appalachian State and Georgia Southern in 2015 will allow the conference to have its first championship game since 2001 when the Sun Belt began football.

Basketball coach’s contract will not be renewed

After seven years at the helm of the men’s basketball team, head coach Doug Davalos’ contract will not be renewed for next season.

Davalos finished 92-107 in seven seasons with the Bobcats. He was the only coach in the country hired in 2006 still with the same team who failed to take them to a postseason, non-conference tournament and did not have a winning season. Athletic director Larry Teis said in a release from Texas State athletics the decision not to renew Davalos’ contract was ‘mutual.’

Men's basketball season ends in semifinals defeat

Texas State men’s basketball got their third conference tournament win under Coach Doug Davalos Wednesday against second-seeded Denver, but could not advance to the WAC Championship.

The Bobcats lost 74-65 to No. 3 New Mexico State in the WAC Semifinals Friday evening in Las Vegas. Junior forward Joel Wright led the team with 17 points, following his 32 points in the team’s 72-68 upset win over the Pioneers. Men’s basketball got their first tournament win under Davalos in 2011, against Southern Louisiana in the first round of the Southland Conference Tournament, 72-68.

Men’s basketball became the second major sport to earn a victory in the WAC Tournament. Soccer defeated Idaho 2-1 in overtime before falling in the semifinals to Denver.

Track and field brings home first WAC title

Texas State women’s track and field has claimed the university’s first WAC Championship.

The women took home the indoor track and field championship this past weekend in Albuquerque, N.M., bringing home individual golds and new school records.

“It’s definitely special and I definitely can appreciate this event,” said Coach Dana Boone. “It’s really big to our staff. It wouldn’t have mattered what conference we’re in, just our first championship as a staff makes it special.”

Women's basketball falters in overtime

The Texas State women’s basketball team could not overcome Shanice Steenholdt’s 32 points in a 78-76 overtime loss to Houston Baptist Tuesday night, the team’s fourth loss in the last five games.

Steenholdt, who had 26 points and 12 rebounds in the Huskies 86-61 loss to Texas State last season, attributed 32 points, 13 rebounds, 3 blocks, 3 assists and 2 steals in Houston Baptist’s victory Tuesday. Steeholdt was 11-19 from the floor and 9-11 from the foul line.

Senior guard Diamond Ford, with 36 seconds remaining in overtime, had a chance to tie the game at 75 but missed her second free throw. Freshman guard Ayriel Anderson made a lay up to put the Bobcats in front 76-75, but the Huskies scored the final 3 points in the last 16 seconds of overtime.

Seven softball players suspended, two indefinitely

The Texas State softball team suspended two players indefinitely and seven players in total over the weekend for “violating team rules,” according to Coach Ricci Woodard.

“We have two that we let go and five that we suspended for the weekend,” Woodard said.

Woodard would not name the seven players suspended, but did mention that the suspensions were handed down by her in an interview on Monday. The following players were absent from the box score at the Hilton Houston Plaza Classic this weekend:

Athletics ‘process’ earns all-time high in ticket revenue

The rise in competition saw just as great a rise in ticket revenue for the athletics department.

Texas State’s jump to the Western Athletic Conference not only made the football team bowl-eligible, helped recruiting and brought increased exposure to the program— it boosted revenue through ticket sales as students, fans and alumni flocked to more games and spent more money than ever before.

Texas State football made an estimated $1.4 million in ticket revenue for the 2012 season. This figure does not include single-game tickets for the final home battle, which saw more than 15,000 fans file into Bobcat Stadium to watch Texas State hand New Mexico State University a 66-28 loss in the final WAC football game.

Shuffling in football alignment has Sun Belt playing waiting game

Texas State is slated to participate in their third conference in three years, and the Bobcats’ future could depend on the result of other conference realignments across the nation.

The Bobcats moved from the Southland to the Western Athletic Conference in 2012 and are now moving to the Sun Belt in 2013. The Sun Belt had 10 participating teams in 2012, but in 2013, it will have eight. The conference will lose Florida Atlantic University and Middle Tennessee State to Conference USA. How other conference realignments across the nation line up could affect the Bobcats’ future.

Q&A: Don Coryell

CI: Is Texas State looking into improving game day experience and the game day atmosphere?

DC: We were UTSA’s Texas Tech this year. We were the game on their schedule that everybody wanted to see, that everyone turned out for. They had good crowds all year long and you have to give them credit. Their game day atmosphere was terrific, but I also think our Texas Tech game atmosphere was unbelievable and terrific. You put 33,000 people in a stadium somewhere and you are going to walk away with a great experience. It’s when you have 15,000 people in a 30,000-seat stadium, that’s when you can do a lot of promotions and you can do a lot of in-game stuff. It’s hard to get past the atmosphere when a quarter of the seats are empty.

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