West Texas A&M football: Carthel adjusts
West Texas A&M fans might have to buy a program this year to figure out who is playing, because star players from the last few years have completed their playing days.
Quarterback Keith Null? His 5,097 passing yards last year helped make him a sixth-round draft pick of the St. Louis Rams.
Wide receiver Charly Martin? The Lone Star Conference all-time leading receiver in yards, touchdowns and receptions is running pass patterns for the San Diego Chargers.
All-American linebacker Jared Brock? His team-leading 83 tackles in 2008 have gone the way of graduation.
But before the word rebuilding is associated with the Buffs, hear out fifth-year wide receiver Sedrick Knowlton and know fifth-year coach Don Carthel and his staff have already made a change to help overcome the losses.
Knowlton said WT players have talked about how to fill the void left by players like Null, Martin and Brock.
"We really won't know until the lights go on, but we know we have to find playmakers," Knowlton said. "We feel confident that will happen. We feel like we have to be a team that doesn't make mistakes. We have to raise our calibre of play and not get penalties like we have in the past."
Gholson: In the Nick of Time (Aug. 1)
In high school Zack Eskridge once had a coach tell him he was the worst quarterback in the state of Texas.
He didn’t believe it.
But he also didn’t have any real evidence to dispute it.
Eskridge had been a backup quarterback both years in junior high; played on the “B” team as a freshman and on the JV as a sophomore. He split time with another quarterback his junior year.
It wasn’t until his senior year when Coach Scott Smith brought the spread offense to Rockwall High that Eskridge got to prove that old coach wrong. He started that season and played well enough to earn a full scholarship to TCU.
McCarty, Tigers ready to start preseason drills
Ada — For East Central University head football coach Tim McCarty, “pessimism” is a four-letter word.
McCarty, who returned to ECU in January for his second tour after three years as an assistant at Kansas State, is expecting an estimated 120 players to report Wednesday in advance of Thursday’s first preseason practice. More than half that number have never played Division II football and will be joining a program that has won just 10 games since McCarty’s first Tiger squad went 6-4 in 2004.
In addition, McCarty has one of the youngest coaching staffs in all of Division II, including two coordinators who have never held that position before, and he and his assistants will have just three weeks to prepare their group of high school and junior college recruits and almost 60 holdovers from last year’s 3-8 squad for an Aug. 27 season opener at Division II power Nebraska-Omaha — a team that won as many games (7) in 2008 as ECU managed in three seasons combined under McCarty’s predecessor, Kurt Nichols.
UCO To Add Women's Track
EDMOND, Okla. (July 31) -- As part of Central Oklahoma's continuing efforts to provide opportunities for women student-athletes, athletic director Joe Muller announced Friday that the university will bring back women's outdoor track and field after an eight-year hiatus.
The search for a head coach will begin immediately and the Bronchos will compete in the upcoming 2010 season.
"It's a significant moment in the life of our athletic program," said Muller, in his second year as athletic director. "Few things are more important than providing opportunities for those who want to compete at this level. It's exciting and we're intent on building this program into one of the country's finest."
UCO dropped its men's and women's indoor and outdoor track and cross country teams following the 2000-01 season. Women's cross country was reinstated in 2003, with the school also adding women's golf that year before starting a women's rowing program in 2008.
The track and field addition will give UCO 14 athletic programs that all compete on the NCAA Division II level, nine for women (basketball, cross country, golf, rowing, softball, soccer, tennis, track and volleyball) and five for men (baseball, basketball, football, golf and wrestling).
Helping families provides valuable lesson for Tarleton State
This time of year, of course, anticipation about the upcoming football season starts building to a crescendo on college campuses.
It’s tradition. And it’s no different at Tarleton State, where the Texans are preparing in hopes of exceeding the preseason polls that suggest the crew from Stephenville will be the third-best team in the Lone Star Conference South Division.
The Texans’ football team has another annual tradition, though, this time of year, and it has nothing to do with formations, men in motion or split ends.
For the past four years, coach Sam McElroy and a number of his players travel this time each year to the Ronald McDonald House in Fort Worth and cook dinner for families who have children being cared for at Cook Children’s Medical Center.
UIW's Wilkerson suspended permanently
Before the Jerrell Wilkerson era could even officially get under way at the University of the Incarnate Word, it has come to an unceremonious end.
Already on academic suspension at UIW, the city's career high school rushing leader has been suspended permanently by the school for academic and disciplinary reasons, coach Mike Santiago said.
“He was just not complying with academic and disciplinary rules at the university,” Santiago said.
Santiago said that the “door is shut” on the former Clark star participating in the program this year. As to if the issue could be revisited in subsequent seasons, Santiago did not entirely rule out the suspension being lifted, saying he would “never close the door on anything, but we would not actively pursue that.”
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