Tuesday, September 29, 2015

LSC Scoop Power Poll - Week 4

LSC Scoop Football Power Poll

  1. Angelo State - Impressive win against their first quality opponent of the year
  2. Texas A&M-Commerce - Lions pulling away from teams in second half.
  3. Midwestern State - Are we seeing the offensive engine starting to warm up?
  4. West Texas A&M - Not enough weapons against the Rams
  5. Eastern New Mexico - Played Commerce tough on the road
  6. Texas 'A&M-Kingsville - Not-so-special teams cost the Hogs a win
  7. Tarleton State - Are those defensive stats real? (50 points, 592 yards)

AFCA Poll
1. Minnesota State-Mankato
2. West Georgia
3. Northwest Missouri
4. Ferris State
5. Delta State
6. Angelo State
10. Colorado State-Pueblo
13. Ashland
18. Texas A&M-Commerce
20. Midwestern State
RV- Grand Valley State, West Texas A&M, Colorado Mesa, Indianapolis


Midwestern State, Texas A&M-Commerce, and Angelo State remain undefeated in Lone Star Conference action.  This week's games include a key league contest with ASU hosting MSU.
    After playing six conference games apiece over the first nine weeks of an 11-week regular season, the league's football teams will split into two brackets to conduct a two-week conference playoff.  The conference champion and playoff seeding will be determined by regular season results.
    The top four teams (No. 4 at No. 1 and No. 3 at No. 2) comprise the championship bracket with Week 10 winners playing for the playoff title in Week 11, whereas Week 10 losers will meet for third place. The other half of the bracket includes the remaining three teams and Oklahoma Panhandle State with No. 5 at OPSU and No. 7 at No. 6 in Week 10.  The 7-6 winner plays at No. 5 for fifth-place in Week 11, while the 6-7 loser hosts OPSU.
    LSC football teams are 16-11 overall this season.  The squads are 9-1 combined versus the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, Great Lakes Valley Conference and Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference teams, which are also in NCAA Super Regional Four.

PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
OFFENSIVE
Hagen Hutchinson, Midwestern State University, SO, QB, Stamford, Texas, Stamford HS
Hutchinson had a hand in each of Midwestern State's six touchdowns on his way to a career-best 321 yards of total offense in Saturday's 63-46 win over Tarleton State. The sophomore from Stamford connected on 19-of-30 passes for 252 yards including scoring strikes to Derek Lockhart (6), Ryan Hyman (35) and Tyrique Edwards (30) while rushing for 69 yards on six carries with three more TDs in 2 1/2 quarters of action. Hutchinson played a key role in helping MSU to 676 total offense yards, which are the most ever allowed by a Tarleton State defense, and the fifth most in MSU history.

DEFENSIVE
Clayton Callicutt, Angelo State University, SR, DE, Crosby, Texas, Crosby HS
Callicutt led the No. 6 Rams defense to holding WT to just 302 yards of offense in a 35-17 win. Callicutt made six tackles which five were solo. The senior recorded a team high 5.0 tackles for loss and a team high 3.0 sacks.  He has 10.0 tackles for loss through four games and 6.5 sacks. Callicutt is No. 6 nationally in sacks per game (1.38) and tackles for loss (2.5).

SPECIAL TEAMS
Daniel McCants, Tarleton State University, R-FR, PR/KR, Killeen, Texas, Killeen HS
McCants was a star on the field for Tarleton last weekend as the redshirt freshman from Killeen racked up a LSC season-high 296 all-purpose yards and two touchdowns. He led the team with 176 yards of kickoff return area while adding 83 rushing yards and 37 receiving yards for scores on the ground and through the air.  McCants leads the nation in all-purpose yards with 228.7 per game.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Game Previews - Week Four

We will continue to update here as news stories become available and game notes get posted.  In the meantime...


Some computer rankings to ponder

Massey
Midwestern State is #9, Texas A&M-Commere is #11, Angelo State is #12, West Texas A&M is #13, ENMU is #24, Tarleton is #38, Texas A&M-Kingsville is #87

LSC opponents and/or Super Region 4 teams
Delta State is #2, West Alabama is #22, Azusa Pacific is #32, Panhandle State is #139
Ferris State is #3, CSU-Pueblo is #5, Ashland #10, Colorado Mines is #14, Ohio Dominican is #17, Grand Valley is #18, Michigan Tech is #28, Findlay is #31, Chadron is #41, Colorado Mesa is #42, Western State is #77, Adams State is #100, Truman State is #112, Missouri S&T is #115

Massey predictions for this week's games
TAMK loses 20-33
TAMC wins 41-34
MSU wins 37-31
WTAM wins 40-38

Massey W/L for season
TAMC 7-2 heading into LSC playoffs (6-0 in LSC) top seed
MSU 7-2 heading into LSC playoffs (4-2 in LSC) ??? seed
ASU 7-2 heading into LSC playoffs (4-2 in LSC) ??? seed
WTAM 5-3 heading into LSC playoffs (4-2 in LSC) ??? seed
TSU 3-5 heading into LSC playoffs (2-4 in LSC) top seed
ENMU 4-5 heading into LSC playoffs (1-5 in LSC) 2nd seed
TAMK 1-8 heading into LSC playoffs (0-6 in LSC) 3rd seed

Compughterratings.com
LSC - #6 Midwestern State, #17 Angelo State, #20 West Texas A&M, #32 Texas A&M-Commerce, #36 ENMU, #69 Tarleton State, #91 Texas A&M-Kingsville
SR 4 - #2 Ferris State, #8 Ashland, #9 Michigan Tech, #13 Colorado Mines, #15 Findlay, #19 CSU-Pueblo, #24 Grand Valley, #44 Ohio Dominican, #49 Colorado Mesa, Missouri S&T 114, #119 Adams State, #120 NMHU, #125 Western State, #127 Truman State, #133 Panhandle State
LSC opponents - #10 Delta State, #29 West Alabama, #33 Azusa Pacific

This Week's game predictions
TAMK loses 17-33
TAMC 40-31
MSU 36-29
WTAM 40-34

Atomic Football Rankings
No rankings to date

This Week's game predictions
TAMK loses 17-32
TAMC 41-32
MSU 36-28
WTAM 38-36


West Alabama at Texas A&M-Kingsville
Live Stats
TAMK Audio
TAMK Video
TAMK Game Notes
UWA Game Notes

The non-conference matchup of the week has the West Alabama Tigers coming to Kingsville to face the Javelinas.  UWA is off to a 3-0, with wins over Stillman College, NAIA Cumberland and Miles College.  The stats are impressive, (33-9 scoring margin, 388-189 yardage differential, and just 33 yards rushing allowed), but the opposition has not been top-notch.  Last season, after a quick 2-0 start, UWA went 3-6 the rest of the way.  Offensively, they have been balanced (189 rushing, 199 passing).

The Javelinas should gave notice that they are indeed an improved team, playing the defending LSC champions to a 17-17 tie midway through 3 quarters.  The Lions regrouped and scored 20 unanswered points to take a 37-17 win.  The Javelinas struggled running the ball (67 yards), stopping the run (272 yards), and lost the field position game horribly (average starting position 22 yard line compared to the 42 yard line for Commerce).  Taking that a step further, Commerce started in Kingsville territory 5 times, while TAMK only began one possession past midfield.  TAMC started inside their 20 just once, while the Javelinas had eight.  That's difficult to overcome.

The UWA run defense does not look good for the Javelinas, especially after last week's struggle running the ball.  But the team has faced a much tougher schedule than the Tigers and is playing fairly well, despite the 1-2 record.  Hogs win in front of the home crowd, 27-17.


Tarleton State at #23 Midwestern State
Live Stats

Tarleton State with the very good offense vs. Midwestern State with the very good defense.  Or is it the Mustangs with a struggling offense vs. the Texans with a porous defense?

First the good - Tarleton's offense averages 36 points and 492 yards per game, both third in the LSC.  They are balanced, rushing for 210 and passing for 282 weekly.  Daniel McCants and Jabari Anderson combine for 137 yards per game and each are averaging more than 7 yards per carry and Zed Woerner and Le'Nard Meyers make for a potent passing combination.  They will face the top defense in the LSC early in the season.  The Mustangs allow just 13 points and 303 yards per game.  The pass defense also leads the LSC (134 yds), but the run defense has been a bit more generous, giving up 169 yards (5th).

The not so good - Midwestern's offense has gotten off to a slow start, last in scoring (25 points) and total offense (350 yards).  Very surprisingly, the running game is next to last, averaging just 165 yards per game.  They are passing for 185 yards per game, but are last in QB efficiency rating at 106.7.  They will face a Tarleton defense that is giving up 44 points and 550 yards (165th nationally) per game.  They are last in rush defense (250 yards) and next to last in pass defense (300 yards).  Their pass defense efficiency rating is an astounding 196.4 (168th out of 169 nationally).

You don't see such a matchup of statistical strengths and weaknesses very often, which should make for an interesting game.  So far this year, the Mustangs have shown the ability to win close games, while Tarleton has yet to break through.  Throw in the home field, and we'll take Midwestern State 35-28.


Eastern New Mexico at #20 Texas A&M-Commerce
TAMC Game Notes

By the numbers - The LSC's second most prolific offense (43 points, 499 yards) vs. a middle of the pack defense (23 points, 418 yards).  Somewhat surprisingly, the Lions are third both in rushing (231 yards) and passing (268 yards). The Greyhounds counter with the LSC's #4 defense against the run (174 yards) and pass (244 yards).

On the flip side, ENMU is averaging 36 points and 437 yards weekly, leading the LSC with 301 yards rushing and  last with 135 passing yards per game.  They complete just 41% of their passes, but average 25 yards per completion.  The Lions are allowing 28 points and 395 yards per game.  They lead the LSC in run defense (80 yards) but are last in pass defense (315 yards).

Look for the Lions' offense to continue to shine.  The key to the game will be ENMU's run game.  If the Greyhounds can run the ball effectively, they will make this a ball game.  If the Lions can slow them down a bit, they should win by double digits.  Texas A&M-Commerce pulls away in the second half again, 42-28.


#6 Angelo State at West Texas A&M
WTAM Game Notes (website link goes to womens soccer game notes)

The Buffaloes are walking a tightrope.  A bounce or two their way in week one, and they could be 3-0 and probably ranked in the top 15.  Conversely, the could easily be 1-2 or possibly 0-3.  The one thing no one can argue with is that they have faced one of the toughest schedules in Division II.  Last week, QB Ethan Brinkley (256 yards, 3 TDs) and RB Geremy Alridge-Mitchell (236 yards, 3 TDs) took advantage of Tarleton's defense, as WT cracked the 500 yard mark last week.  Defensively Trevor Myklebust and Hunter Streuling combined for 36 tackles as WT kept the Texans out of the end zone in the fourth quarter.

As difficult as WT's schedule has been so far, Angelo's has been the opposite.  Oklahoma Panhandle State, Western State and Bacone are a combined 1-8 this season and have been outscored by a 158-423 margin.  This will easily be their toughest opponent to date, and we should get an idea of whether they are deserving of their #6 ranking in the AFCA coaches poll.  Kyle Washington continues his climb up the ASU record book - he is now 3rd in passing yards, 1st in TD passes, and 5th in rushing yards.  The defense has not put up stellar numbers, considering the competition, but is well ahead of last year's pace.  That could all change this week.

We have mentioned the opening schedules for the two teams several times this year.  If that was the only factor, then WT would have a decided advantage this week.  But the Rams have an experienced veteran playoff team that should be able to ramp things up once the game begins.  Look for Angelo State to break their 9 game losing streak at the hands of WT.  ASU wins a shoot-out, 48-42.

Monday, September 21, 2015

LSC Scoop Power Poll - Week 3

LSC Scoop Football Power Poll

  1. Angelo State - Creampuff schedule has come to an end, look to break 9 game losing skid to WT
  2. Texas A&M-Commerce - Different style, but offense still potent
  3. Midwestern State - Dominant? No.  Undefeated? Yes.
  4. West Texas A&M - Tough schedule continues with #6 Rams coming to Canyon.
  5. Eastern New Mexico - Not much separating Greyhounds from the #3 spot. 
  6. Texas A&M-Kingsville - Game was tied midway through 3rd; improving team.
  7. Tarleton State - Couldn't keep pace with WT in 4th quarter.

AFCA Coaches' Poll
1. Minnesota State
2. West Georgia
3. Northwest Missouri
4. Ferris State
5. Delta State
6. Angelo State
10. Colorado State Pueblo
11. Colorado School of Mines
13. Ashland
20. Texas A&M-Commerce
21. Michigan Tech
23. Midwestern State
RV - Grand Valley State, West Texas A&M, Findlay, Azusa Pacific, Gannon, Ohio Dominican, Colorado Mesa



Friday, September 18, 2015

Week 3 Game Previews

LSC in the national statistic rankings (top 20)
Rushing - #3 ENMU - 362.5 ypge
Passing - #7 ASU 376 ypg, #13 TAMC  338 ypg
Total offense - #2 ASU 616 ypg, #10 TAMC #10 548 ypg
Run Defense - None
Pass Defense - #11 MSU, 103 ypg
Pass Defense Eff - #10 MSU 75.60, #15 TAMK 84.24
Total Defense - None

Individually, Kyle Washington is #9 in passing yards per game, while Harrison Stewart is #12.  Richard Cooper is #12 in rushing yards per game.  Le'Nard Meyers is #8 in receiving yards per game.  Buck Wilson is #10 in kick returns



#8 Angelo State vs. Bacone

Quick Stats (Off-Def)
Scoring - ASU 50.0-25.5, 
Rushing - ASU 240.0-133.5
Passing - ASU 376.0-283.5
Passing Efficiency- ASU 126.1-95.9
Yds per play - ASU 6.3-5.0

Q - Who in the heck is Bacone?
A - Bacone College is Oklahoma's oldest continuing center of higher education (1880).  It is located in Muskogee, Oklahoma, and has an enrollment of approximately 900.  The Warriors are an NAIA team and compete in the Central States Football League.  They are 0-2 this year, losing to Lamar (3-66) and Texas Southern (0-63).  They are averaging just 104 yards of offense, while allowing 486.  QB Trey Seward was the only name on the roster that we recognized (he spent some time at Midwestern State).

Q - Why is Angelo State playing a mediocre (that may be generous) NAIA team?
A - We don't have any idea.  And that goes for Eastern New Mexico next month as well.  More confounding is a matchup of this type at the Lone Star Football Festival.  And this is not intended to slight Bacone.  It's just that sometimes match ups between schools in different classifications shouldn't happen.

Angelo State continues to ease into the 2015 season with a game that should see everyone that travels get a chance to play.   Look for the Rams to fatten their offensive stats and for the defense to have its best game.  ASU 56-0.



#22 Texas A&M-Commerce at Texas A&M-Kingsville
Live Stats
TAMC Game Notes
"The real LSC Festival" - KETR.org

Quick Stats (Off-Def)
Scoring - TAMC 46-34, TAMK 27-19
Rushing - TAMC 210-87, TAMK 126-167
Passing - TAMC 338-337, TAMK 230-156
Passing Efficiency - TAMC 141-138, TAMK 145-84
Yds per play - TAMC 6.7-5.0, TAMK 5.4-3.9

The Lions opponents so far have been an average team and a top-notch squad.  So far, the offense has been up to the task, gaining 536 yards against Adams State and 560 against Delta State, scoring 48 and 44 points respectively.  The did it a bit differently in each game, very balanced against Adams (282 yds, 3 TD rushing, 254 yds, 3 TD passing), while relying more on the passing game against Delta (422-4 passing, 138-1 rushing).  The defense has done a great job both weeks shutting down the run (79 yds vs. Adams, 95 vs. Delta) and have not allowed a run of over 18 yards.  The pass defense has given up a bit more (177 yds vs. Adams, and 496 vs. Delta State).

Still not sure what to make of the Javelinas in 2015.  They sure do look to be improved from the last two seasons, but exactly how much is hard to say.  The offense had a nice second game, gaining 443 yards and scoring 38 points against Missouri S&T.  Myles Carr and Stevie Joe Dorman both played and had a good game throwing the ball.  So far, Carr has a 137.5 QB rating and Dorman is at 180.4 (Last year, the combined QB rating was 91.8 and in 2013 is was 99.1).  Meanwhile, the defense held the Miners to just 267 yards, almost 200 yards better than 2014's average for the Hogs.  The run defense is giving up 167 yards per game, but just 3.5 per carry.  The pass defense is holding opponents to under a 50% completion rate.  However, TAMC will bring a much more potent offense than the Javelinas have seen to date.

After two weeks, there are still a lot of questions that have not been answered.  This game should give us a better idea of how much the Javelinas have improved and whether or not the Lions will be in contention for a playoff spot at the end of the season.  TAMC takes the Chennault Cup back to Commerce, 35-17.


Midwestern State vs. Eastern New Mexico
Live Stats
ENMU Game Notes
Quick Stats (Off-Def)
Scoring - MSU 23.5-8.0, ENMU 42.0-20.0
Rushing - MSU 151.0-163.5, ENMU 362.5-164.5
Passing - MSU 173.5-103.0, ENMU 104.5-263.0
Passing Efficiency - MSU 119.9-75.6, ENMU 129.8-118.0
Yds per play - MSU 4.7-3.7, ENMU 5.9-5.7

Through Week 2, MSU doesn't look like the squad we are used to seeing.  The offense, specifically the running game, is not yet at the high level we are used to seeing.  Considering their first two opponents (Truman State and Adams State), we expected 250-300 yards per game, not 302 total.  Luckily, the defense has been better than expected.  Against Truman State, the Mustangs gave up just 171 yards, and set the offense up with short fields for three of their TDs.  Last week, the defense scored the Mustangs' only TD in the game and got an interception in overtime, allowing the offense to kick a field goal to escape with the win.

On the other hand, the Greyhounds look like we expected on offense - 360 yards rushing per game, 100 yards passing and taking care of New Mexico Highlands and Adams State.  The defense is giving up 428 yards per game, but is forcing turnovers (4 fumbles, 1 interception).

This matchup looks great on paper. Who wins the battle between the Greyhounds potent running offense vs. MSU's stingy defense?  Or will the difference come which teams improves the most on the flip-side - the Mustangs' offense or ENMU's defense?  We'll take the Mustangs 24-21.


West Texas A&M vs. Tarleton State

Quick Stats (Off-Def)
Scoring - WTAM 27.5-28.5, TSU 35-34
Rushing - WTAM 180.0-156.5, TSU 247.0-255.0
Passing - WTAM 187.0-183.5, TSU 237.0-343.0
Passing Effiency - WTAM 93.8-92.3, TSU 148.5-186.2
Yds per play - WTAM 4.5-4.9, TSU 6.4-8.0


Two weeks in, and WT has more questions to answer than at the beginning of the season.  Splitting  two games against ranked teams isn't too bad, especially winning against the #2 ranked defending national champion in dramatic fashion.  But Colorado State Pueblo is not the same team as in recent years, especially on offense, and Azusa Pacific trailed Humboldt State 55-20 in the fourth quarter, before narrowing the gap to just 62-41 with a TD with 3 seconds in the game.  Injuries to key players are not helping matters either.

Meanwhile, Tarleton gave notice that their offense will be a force to reckon with once again.  A balanced attack (247 rushinig, 237 passing, 34 points) with four TD drives averaging 72 yards, should have been enough to get the win last week.  But the defense did not show any improvement.  Findlay was able to score 5 TDs on drives of 82, 56, 90, 99, and 83 yards (82 yard average), piling up 598 yards (8.0 per play).

Much like the MSU-ENMU game, this one looks good from here.  Will the Buffs' offense get on track against TSU's (lack of ) defense?  Is WT's defense better than first glance, considering playing two ranked teams, or will the Texans offense put up big numbers yet again?  This looks to be an offensive shootout.  Tarleton squeaks by, 31-30.

Monday, September 14, 2015

LSC Scoop Football Power Poll

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2015 LONE STAR FOOTBALL FESTIVAL Info




Got a few changes this week, some that are most likely temporary...


LSC Football Power Poll

  1. Angelo State - WSC pulled to within 9 midway through third quarter, but all ASU from then on
  2. Texas A&M-Commerce - Delta State is no slouch, game could easily have gone other way
  3. Eastern New Mexico - trailed by 2 TDs early, ran for 373 yards, defense needs improvement
  4. Midwestern State - Mustangs offense not clicking, defense leading the way
  5. West Texas A&M - CSUP is not the same team as last year, but still a HUGE win
  6. Texas A&M-Kingsville - Out of the cellar for at least a week
  7. Tarleton State - Offense looks to be in 2014 form, defense does too

AFCA Coaches' Poll
1. Minnesota State
2. West Georgia
3. Northwest Missouri
4. Pittsburg State
5. Ferris State
6. Delta State
8. Angelo State
13. Colorado State - Pueblo
14. Grand Valley
15. Colorado School of Mines
17. Ohio Dominican
19. Ashland
22. Texas A&M-Commerce
Receiving Votes - Michigan Tech, Midwestern State, West Texas A&M, Findlay, Azusa Pacific, Indianapolis, Tiffin



LSC Football Recap Week 2 - LSC Office


No. 12 Rams Take Down Western State Colorado 48-20
No. 10 Delta State Edges No. 18 Lions with Last Minute Touchdown
Gridiron Greyhounds Overcome Fast Start by Grizzlies
Mustangs win slugfest at Colorado Mesa in OT, 16-13
Buffs Upset No. 2 Colorado State-Pueblo in Thriller, 31-30
Carr, Autry, Vasquez Attest for Six Touchdowns in Wilkinson’s Home Debut
Tarleton falls to Findlay 35-34 in season opener


Defense makes difference in MSU's OT win - J. Scott Russell, Times Record News
Frenetic finish - Kale Steed, Amarillo Globe News
Buffs restore fans' faith - Kale Steed, Amarillo Globe News
Strong effort results in win - George Vondracek, Corpus Christi Caller Times

Findlay wipes out 17-point Tarleton lead - Brad Keith, The Flash Today

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Game Previews Week 2

Week One had a little bit of everything - good offensive showings, some defense, some teams coming out quickly, answering questions, and some teams with questions still unanswered.  Overall, LSC teams went 4-2, 3-1 against fellow Super Region 4 teams.  This week, all of the LSC teams are in action, with 6 games against regional foes, and a top 20 matchup between Texas A&M-Commerce and Delta State from the GSC.

And ICYMI, Tarleton State announced a $24 million plan to renovate Memorial Stadium.

Texas A&M-Commerce announces four finalists for AD position.

Week 2 Matchups
#12 Angelo State at Western State

2:00, Gunnison, Co.

Live Video
Angelo State Game Notes
Western State Game Notes


Western State gave FCS Northern Colorado a scare last week, dropping a 42-34 decision to the 2-time former D2 national champion.  In an all offensive game, WSC outgained UNC 587-524, rushing for 285 yards and throwing for 302.

Kyle Washington started the season where he left off last year, running for 89 yards, and throwing for 291.  The defense (31 pts, 451 yds to OPSU) struggled, especially in the third quarter.  It will be interesting to see how much improvement the defense shows this week.  Angelo State 45-27



#2 Coloardo State Pueblo at West Texas A&M
5:00, Canyon, Tx.
Live Stats
Live Audio

The defending national champion opened with a 41-14 win over Central Washington.  New starting QB Malcolm Ruben didn’t exactly light it up (7-14, 113 yds) throwing the ball, but when you have 300 yards rushing, you’re going to be okay on offense.  The defense limited CWU to 290 yards, just 100 rushing.  More important than anything on the stat sheet - knowing how to win.

Will the real Buffalo team step forward?  Is it the dominant squad that rushed out to a 21-0 first half lead? Or an overmatched group that was outscored 27-3 the remainder of the game.  This isn’t the type of opponent to try to rebound against, but a win, or at least a competitive game could boost WT’s confidence level heading into conference play next week.  CSUP 38-10



Missouri S&T at Texas A&M Kingsville
7:00, Kingsville, Tx.

The Miners fell behind Chadron State 31-0 late in the third quarter, but put together 4 TD drives totaling 290 yards over the last 20 minutes, closing the gap to 40-27 at the final buzzer.  The offense was balanced, picking up 150 rushing and 213 passing yards.  The defense wasn’t good, allowing 278 yards rushing and 206 passing.

The Javelinas offense was inconsistent last week, putting together just two scoring drives, but the defense played well, bending but not breaking on a hot September afternoon in San Antonio.  The special teams really hurt – allowing a punt return for a TD, having a field goal and punt blocked, and allowing the winning points to score on a blocked PAT late in the fourth quarter.  Sidenote - Javelina defensive coordinator David Brown is a former head coach at Mo-S&T. TAMK 28-21.



Eastern New Mexico at Adams State
7:00, Alamosa, Co.
Adams State Game Notes

The Grizzlies were manhandled last week in Commerce, losing 48-17.  Adams did a decent job in the passing game, completing 21-31 for 177 yards and 2 TDs, and limiting TAMC to just 17-33 passing, but gave up some big plays, including an 86 yard TD.  They didn’t do a good job running the ball (79 yds on 40 carries) or stopping the run (282 yds).  That’s not promising for this week.

The Greyhounds came out on fire in the second half, scoring 3 TDs in a 1:09 span early in the third quarter to pull away from NMHU.  Jeremy Buurma needs to improve on his 3-13 passing performance.  Look for the Greyhounds to race past Adams State 35-14.


Findlay at Tarleton State
7:00, Stephenville
Tarleton Game Notes

Findlay opened up last week with an LSC-like 45-34 win over Hillsdale.  The offense controlled the game with a 73-49 advantage in offensive plays and a 39:29 – 20:31 time of possession advantage.  The running game was good for 223 yards, while Rhys Gervais threw for 364 yards and 3 TDs and the tandem of Jason Moore and Dylan Blunk combined for 14 receptions and 216 yards. 

The only LSC team to not play last week, the Texans bring back 7 starters on offense and 4 on defense.  Like the rest of the LSC, Tarleton needs to improve on last year’s defense(33.8 pts, 449 yds), but would be just fine repeat last year’s offensive production (43.7 pts, 523 yds).  Tarleton opens with an impressive 38-17 win.


Midwestern State at Colorado Mesa
8:00, Grand Junction, Co.
MSU Game Notes

The Mavericks opened with an impressive 43-3 win over Dixie State last week.  (circular reference – Dixie State beat CWU 49-20 last night, CSU-Pueblo beat CWU 41-14).  They did it running the ball very well (363 yards, 8.1 y/carry) and passing efficiently (16-26, 219 tds no Ints).  The defense held Dixie State to under 300 yards and no TDs.

The Mustangs defense was impressive, holding Truman State to 171 yards and 3 points.  Just as important, they set the offense up with short fields that led to 3 MSU TDs.  The offense didn’t put up big numbers, but took advantage of their opportunities, scoring on 5-6 trips into the red zone.  Despite last week’s big win over DSC, we’re not really expecting a big fight out Colorado Mesa, MSU 35-14.



(GAME OF THE WEEK)
#10 Delta State at #18 Texas A&M Commerce 
7:00, Commerce
TAMC Game Notes

Big plays, big passing plays more specifically, were key in DSU’s big 48-7 win over Fort Valley State.  The Fighting Okra threw for four TDs, all of at least 58 yards.  The Fighting Okra (is there a more fun team mascot out there?) only picked up 101 yds rushing, so there is some room for improvement.  Defensively, they stopped the run well (94 yds) but did allow 250 yards passing.

While the Lions won’t repeat last year’s offensive numbers, they opened up with a 48 point performance.  The ability and inclination to run the ball could actually make the team more difficult to stop.  This should be a great game and barometer for two teams looking for the playoffs.  TAMC 35-31








Tuesday, September 8, 2015

LSC Scoop Football Power Poll

No changes after the opening week...


LSC Football Power Poll

  1. Angelo State - didn't expect OPSU to score 31 points and gain 451 yards.
  2. Texas A&M-Commerce - Offense rolling with the ground game leading the way
  3. Midwestern State - Hutchison solid in first game, running game held to 125
  4. Eastern New Mexico - No Spight, no problem against NMHU
  5. Tarleton State - Open week
  6. West Texas A&M - Buffs let a 21-0 lead slip away
  7. Texas A&M-Kingsville - a few special teams plays away from a game one win



AFCA Coaches Poll (9/7)
1. Minnesota State - Mankato
2. Colorado St. Pueblo
3. West Georgia
4. Northwest Missouri
5. Pittsburg State
6. Ferris State 
7. Ohio Dominican
12. Angelo State
16. Colorado Mines
17. Azusa Pacific
18. Texas A&M-Commerce
20. Grand Valley
23. Indianapolis
24. Ashland
RV - Michigan Tech, Midwestern State, Tarleton State, Humboldt State

LSC teams in blue, Super Region 4 teams in red

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Game Previews - Week One

Win Slips Away - Kale Steed, Amarillo Globe News
Washington leads Rams to season-opening win - Paul Harris, San Angelo Standard Times
Hounds pound Highlands 40-10 in season opener - Mathhew Asher, Portales News Tribune

LSC Football Recap - Week 1 - LSC Office
No. 12 Rams Use Big Second Quarter to Beat Oklahoma Panhandle State 52-31 - ASU
Kyle Washington - A Harlon Hill Trophy Candidate - ASU
No 22 Lions Notch 200th Victory In Memorial Stadium with 48-17 Rout of Adams State - TAMC
Opportunistic Gridiron Hounds Sprint Past Cowboys in Explosive Second Half - ENMU
Buffs Come Up Short in Season-Opener 27-24 to No. 19 Azusa Pacific - WTAM






The long wait is over and it is time for LSC Football.

LSC Football Power Poll

  1. Angelo State - Won a playoff game for first time since 90's but had to walk a tightrope to get there.
  2. Texas A&M-Commerce - Can the Lions reload on offense?
  3. Midwestern State - QB play could move Mustangs up or down in the power rankings
  4. Eastern New Mexico - Spight is gone, but Burma and four starting OL return.
  5. Tarleton State - a whole lot of offense, a .500 record
  6. West Texas A&M - pivotal season for the Buffs
  7. Texas A&M-Kingsville - Will the Hogs rise from the cellar?

Some quick comments on the 2014 season.  LSC fans used to get riled up when MIAA fans (ie. Pitt State and Northwest Missouri) would deride the lack of defense in the LSC.  Last year, no one could contest an assertion such as that.  Offensively, six teams (out of 8 total) averaged more than 36 points and 440 yards per game.  Defensively, every team allowed more than 28 points and 370 yards weekly (McMurry gave up 52.6 and 476 respectively).  Even the lone NCAA playoff representative, Angelo State, gave up 93 points and 896 yards in two playoff games.

The game previews are longer for the opening week as we try to incorporate more of a season preview than we will after the season starts.

Game Previews
New Mexico Highlands at Eastern New Mexico, 6:00 Sep 3
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The Cowboys went 3-8 last year, including a 21-44 loss to ENMU in the season opener.  Jeff Mills will be making his head coaching debut after serving as an assistant at Indiana State, New Mexico (Def. Coor.), Washington, Drake, Montana State, Nevada, Youngstown State and Idaho.

A running back like E'lon Spight (1,611 yds, 19 TDs) is never easy to replace, but four returning OL and QB Jeremy Buurma means the offense should continue to be successful.  Look for D'Maujeric Tucker and Kamal Cass put up good running numbers, and Aaron Johnson to be the favorite target when ENMU throws the ball.  The defense needs to fill some holes from the #1 LSC team in yards allowed (370) and #2 in scoring defense (29.2) as just 3 starters return, none in the secondary.

This looks like a game where the offense should run pretty smoothly, giving the defense a chance to find its legs.  ENMU 35-21.


Oklahoma Panhandle State at #13 Angelo State, 7:00 Sep 3
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Russell Gaskamp was been the head coach at OPSU since 2012.  In that time, the Aggies are 15-16, but 0-5 against D2 schools.  Last year's 7-3 record included losses to Adams State, Fort Lewis and Langston, and wins over Oklahoma Baptist, Texas College, Sul Ross, Southwestern, Bacone, SW Assemblies of God and Wayland Baptist.  The offense averaged 43 points and 519 yards per game, while the defense allowed 19.5 and 282 respectively.  Take those numbers with a grain of salt considering the competition.  This year's schedule is a definite step up in difficulty and will give the Aggies an idea of what an LSC future holds in store for them.  They will return 9 starters on offense, including 4 OL all the WR and RB Christopher McClendon (1,170 yds, 9 TDs rushing).  The defense returns 8 starters - 2 on the line, 4 LBs and 2 in the secondary.

The Rams have made the NCAA Playoffs 6 times.  In their previous follow-up seasons, they averaged 3 fewer wins.  Not once have they made the playoffs in consecutive seasons.  That being said, they come into the 2015 season with an excellent shot at breaking those trends.  Three starters return (Rance Layton, Tyler Hamilton and Quade Huckaba) to the offensive line and will be joined by transfers Reggie Harris and Erik Hamilton.  Despite losing three of the top four WRs, there is experience with Talon Smith, Donovan Thompson and Brett Rasberry back and transfer Mark Munson.  Ryan Beard and Trey Green are also back at RB.  Oh, did we forget Kyle Washington?  Barring injury, he should leave ASU holding nearly every passing record in Rams' history and could top 3,000 rushing yards as well.  All-American candidate Clayton Callicutt (20 TFL) leads an experienced defensive line (combined 26 sacks last year).  Not much statring experience behind them, with Dominique McCoy the lone returning starter.  However, several of the projected starters did give significant playing time last year.  If ASU is to make a repeat NCAA run, the defense will have to improve on last year's performance (32.8 points, 459 yards allowed per game).

Not sure why Angelo State schedules a game like this.  If teams are close in the regional rankings at the end of the season, this could really hurt their strength of schedule, which could be the difference between a bye week or opening the playoffs on the road.  Granted that's looking pretty far down the road, but it is a scenario that has played out in the past.  ASU 56-17

Adams State at #22 Texas A&M-Commerce, 7:00 Sep 3
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Adams State finished 2014 with a 4-7 record, going 3-6 in the RMAC.  Included in those 7 losses was a 14-42 game at Eastern New Mexico.  The Grizzlies were a balanced offense, averaging 150 yards rushing and 230 passing per game, scoring 28.6 points per game.  Auston Hillmon was most of the offense,  throwing for 1,600 yards and rushing with 491 yards.  No running back had more than 81 rushing attempts and no receiver had more than 30 catches.  Defensively, ASC allowed 32.6 points per game, giving up 216 yards on the ground and 247 through the air.  The top players defensively are junior LBs John Reed and Wesley Brandon.

Looking through the game notes for the Lions, the focus is on last year, and team's prolific offense.  But the players providing most of that firepower (QBs Tyrik Rollison and Deric Davis, RB Joe Bergeron, WRs Vernon Johnson, Ricky Collins and Seth Smith) are gone.  Can the new starters come close to repeating those numbers?  Harrison Stewart and Gabe Rodriguez are listed as 1-2 on the depth chart.  Stewart threw for 1,800 yards and 18 TDs in 2013, while Rodriguez had 3,200 yds and 43 TDs for McMurry in 2013.  Richard Cooper (736 yds, 6 TDs rushing), Hayden Marsh (12-116 2 Td receiving), Lance Evans (8-100) look to assume starting roles after playing as reserves last year.  Up front just two starters (Elwood Clement and Shane Thompson) return.  For the defense, All-American Toni Pulu (19 TFL) and Tyree Barton return on the line, Charles Woods, Davarus Shores, and Cole Pitts (250 combined tackles, 33 TFL) are back at LB, and the secondary has some experience with Steven Baker, Darian Lindsey and Kevin Mederias returning.  That experience should help the Lions improve on 29.5 points and 450 yards allowed per game.

Similar to the criticism of Angelo State, this is not likely to be a beneficial matchup for the Lions when SOS is calculated for regional rankings, though it is likely that Adams State will win more games than OPSU.  Unlike ASU, the Lions are breaking in a new QB and other skill players, so that factors in as well (at least its not another D3 team).  TAMC 45-17.


#19 Azusa Pacific at West Texas A&M, 7:00 Sep 3
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A week two loss to Humboldt State was the only blemish on APU's season last year and was enough to keep them out of the NCAA playoffs, so expect them to be focused and ready to play.  They will have to do with a largely new cast, as all-time leading rusher Terrell Watson, starting QB Chad Jeffries and leading receiver Tanner Henry all have to be replaced.  Not much experience on the defensive side as only 3 starters return.

And now for the enigma that is West Texas A&M.  Last year was the epitome of a mixed bag.  The good (17 point win at Angelo State, 21 point win over Midwestern State), the bad (29 point loss to C-SUP, 27 point loss to Commerce, two 10 point losses to Eastern New Mexico) and the ugly (Spanish-gate, no resolution to the NCAA investigation).  What can we expect for this year?  Well, the talent for a successful season is there.  The offense returns QB Preston Rabb who threw for 2,900 yards and 19 TDs, RB Geremy Alridge-Mitchell ( ), several veteran WRs (Jarrian Rhone, Dimitri Donald and Word Hudson 75-679 yds receiving), and three starters on the line (Stan Hasiak, Austin Carson and Shaq Davis).  The key to the season could be the defense which allowed 29.8 points and 424 yards per game.  There is plenty of experience, with 8 returnees who started at least 6 games last year (though not all will be starting this year).  Topping the list are linebackers Carter James and Patric Youngman (209 tackles, 16 TFL).

The Buffs are the hardest team to try and get a handle on heading into the season.  This will be a good test for them, facing a quality at home.  WTAM pulls away late to win 31-21


Texas A&M-Kingsville at Incarnate Word, 2:00 Sep 5
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The Javelinas start the Daren Wilkinson era off with a short road trip to visit former conference-mate Incarnate Word.  According to the UIW game notes, Myles Carr should be the starting quarterback.  Carr, a Fresno State transfer, will be making his first college start and first game action under center (he played sparingly at WR in 2013 and 2014).  Backing him up is Stevie Joe Dorman, a Colorado/Southern Arkansas transfer (and grandson of Sonny Detmer).  Both were highly rated out of high school, but are largely untested in game action.  Another new face to watch is WR Anthony Autry, a Georgia Tech/Hutchison CC transfer.  Returning for the offense are RBs Greg Pitre, Joe Te'o and Shawn Vasquez  who combined for 1,142 yards and 10 TDs last year, leading WR Jordan Thomas (41-547 3 TD) and four starters on the OL.  True freshman Luke Spies (Katy HS) is listed as a starter at guard.  The defense sports a new 3-4 alignment, with 3 returning starters and all with playing experience in 2014 and/or 2013.  Overall, the projected starters break down like this - SRs 4, JRs 11, SOPHs 5, FROSH 2, a pretty young team this year.

The Cardinals also won just two games last year, beating second year program Houston Baptist and winless Nicholls State.  They lost starting QB Trent Brittain after just 11 plays last year and the offense never got on track, gaining just 280 yards per game and scoring just 15.9.  As a freshman in 2013, Brittain threw for a school record 1,893 yards with 11 TDs and 8 Ints.  Also returning is leading rusher, Junior Sessions (462 yds, 4 TDs), TE Cole Wick (20-350 2 TDs receiving), WR Jordan Hicks (20-221 1 TD) and OL Nathan Thompson, the lone returning starter on the O-Line.  Defensively, the top four in tackles are back - LBs Padyn Geibler and Josh Zellers and safeties Robert Johnson and Adrian Norwood combined for 264 tackles, 11 TFL, 3 sacks, 3 Ints and 6 passes broken up.  Overall, the defense struggled as well, giving up 37.4 points per game, and allowing 430 yards per game (215 rushing and 215 passing).  All in all the Cardinals are also a young team with just 2 seniors slated to start for the offense, and 5 on defense.

(Since leaving the LSC and D2 for the FCS Southland Conference, the Cardinals have an 8-14 record.  Of their 8 wins, 2 came against NAIA teams, 2 against D2 teams, 2 against HBU, 1 against ACU in 2013, and 1 against a winless Nicholls State squad last year.)

The Javelinas have not lost to UIW in three games so far and UIW does not appear to have improved since leaving the LSC after the 2012 season.  Javelinas win a close one, 24-21.


Truman State at Midwestern State, 7:00 Sep 5
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The Bulldogs were 6-4 last year, including a 5-3 record in the GLVC.  TSU ran the ball for 190 yds per game, threw for 157 and scored 22.5 points.  On defense, they gave up an average of just 17.8 points and 343 total yards (125 rushing, 217 passing).  They return 6 OL with at least 6 starts and QB Devonte Black (1,092 yds passing, 273 rushing), but no other skill position starters.  The defense has three returning starters in both the secondary and the defensive line.  They are coached by Greg Nesbitt, who begins his sixth year with a 25-29 record (his first 3 seasons were in the MIAA and TSU was 12-21, in two seasons in the GVLC, TSU is 13-8).  He was  the defensive coordinator at Central Missouri for three seasons prior to returning to Truman State.

The more things change, the more they stay the same in Wichita Falls.  Most teams would expect a drop-off in production when losing their all-time leading rusher, but the Mustangs spread the load around and actually increased their rushing yards per game and per carry in 2014.  So, look for more of the same offensively this year.  Three returning starters on the offensive line, the top four receivers and a cadre of running backs with experience should mean that the Mustangs will have one of the best offenses in the LSC and nation.  The defense returns four starters, including All-American candidate safety Marqui Christian and LB Dan Laudermilk who have been 1-2 in tackles for MSU the last two seasons.  The defensive line does not return any starters, but 8 transfers were brought in to help fill in the gaps.

Look for the new Mustangs to perform well and Midwestern State to open with a comfortable win.  MSU 45-21

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

NCAA REPORT- Eastern New Mexico did not monitor its eligibility certification process

From the ENMU athletic department

September 1, 2015
NCAA Release
Infractions Report

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The NCAA Division II Committee on Infractions Report, released today, marks the official end of an exhaustive self-investigation conducted by Eastern New Mexico University (ENMU) and the official end of the NCAA's own investigative inquiry into the policies and practices of the institution's Intercollegiate Department of Athletics for the 2008-2009 through 2012-2013 academic years.

Eastern New Mexico University will hold a press conference on Wednesday morning, to address the report. The conference will start at 10:30 MT, in the main gymnasium of Greyhound Arena.

ENMU President Steven Gamble said, "As president of Eastern New Mexico University, I am embarrassed that the institution committed such a significant number of NCAA violations during the period from 2008-2013. However, I am pleased that we responded in such a proactive manner and immediately self-reported our violations to the NCAA. Since discovery of our problems, the athletics staff, other University personnel and I have worked hard to revise our procedures, educate our coaches and staff, and put in place the checks and double checks we should have had to begin with. I have no extenuating circumstances or excuses to offer. I am also confident that Eastern now operates a competent compliance system."

In August of 2012 ENMU officials first became aware of possible NCAA violations when certifying student-athletes for fall sports. An initial inquiry revealed that other areas of the Athletics Department were also seriously deficient and out of compliance with NCAA Division II requirements. A subsequent self-review revealed at the time that the compliance system was not fully engaged and operating effectively. This initial internal review expanded into a full internal audit and investigation. The vast majority of violations cited in the NCAA's Official Notice of Allegations (received by the University in February of 2015) and cited by the Committee in its report were discovered and self-reported by the University during a lengthy and thorough investigatory process.

The NCAA enforcement staff and institution confirmed that from the 2008-2009 through 2012-13 academic years, the institution permitted 132 student-athletes in 12 sports programs to practice and/or compete and receive travel expenses and/or athletically related financial aid at times when they were not eligible or certified to do so. Specifically:
  • During 2008-2009 through 2012-13 academic years, 59 student-athletes lacked amateurism certification
  • During 2008-2009 through 2012-13 academic years, 60 student-athletes had not been certified by the NCAA Eligibility Center
  • During 2009-2010 through 2012-13 academic years, 51 student-athletes had not designated a degree program by their third year of enrollment and/or had not earned sufficient progress-toward-degree requirements
  • During 2009-2010 through 2011-12 academic years, 11 student-athletes did not satisfy NCAA two-year college requirements
  • During 2009-2010 through 2011-12 academic years, 12 transfer student-athletes from four-year institutions were permitted to practice and/or compete and receive travel expenses and athletic related aid during their first year in residence without having been certified eligible
  • During the 2011-12 academic year, 2 student-athletes who had exhausted their eligibility were allowed to compete in fifth seasons of competition.
The NCAA enforcement staff and the institution agree that the scope and nature of the violations demonstrate that from as early as the 2008-09 through 2012-13 academic years, the institution failed to exercise institutional control and monitoring in the conduct and administration of its athletics programs in that it failed to (1) establish a proper system to ensure compliance with NCAA eligibility legislation, (2) provide appropriate NCAA rules education and (3) address previously identified deficiencies within its eligibility-certification system.

Subsequent to receiving the Official Notice of Allegations, the University agreed to process the case using the summary disposition process. The University's final submission of the Summary Disposition Report (SDR) consisted of 373 pages of self-reports and findings. In addition, the University's final submission also included a detailed Corrective Action Plan outlining a series of steps undertaken as early as the 2012-13 academic year to address the identified deficiencies in the athletics compliance system.


Subsequent to receiving the Official Notice of Allegations, the University agreed to process the case using the summary disposition process. The University's final submission of the Summary Disposition Report (SDR) consisted of 373 pages of self-reports and findings. In addition, the University's final submission also included a detailed Corrective Action Plan outlining a series of steps undertaken as early as the 2012-13 academic year to address the identified deficiencies in the athletics compliance system.

These corrective actions are:

  • Creating the new position of Assistant Registrar/Eligibility Coordinator. This Eligibility Coordinator, working with the Registrar and Compliance Coordinator, provides a three-way system of checks and balances.
  • Adding the new position of Athletics Academic Advisor.
  • Establishing the President's Athletics Advisory Committee (PAAC). This committee provides oversight to the institution's compliance system.
  • Creating a Compliance Committee that meets regularly to discuss conference and NCAA rules, compliance policies/procedures, violations, and appeals, while reporting to the PAAC.
  • Writing a comprehensive compliance manual that is made available to compliance and athletics personnel.
  • Requiring a renewed commitment to NCAA rules education. The Compliance Coordinator, Eligibility Coordinator and Athletics Director must annually attend the NCAA Regional Rules Seminar. In addition, the ENMU Compliance Coordinator provides rules education on a monthly basis to ENMU personnel.
  • Establishing a Compliance Summit, a meeting for all coaches and staff which takes place in August prior to the start of the academic year. The agenda includes:
    • Review of the Athletics Department Compliance Manual
    • New NCAA legislation
    • Workflow process
  • Completing a NCAA Blueprint Review, an in-depth evaluation of the University's compliance program. This was accomplished in April 2014 by Division II Compliance Consultant Ms. Kathy J. Turpin, Ph.D. This report provided a roadmap for many of the changes in the ENMU compliance program.
  • Educating student-athletes and providing them with compliance related information in a student-athlete planner.
  • Developing and distributing a Progress toward Degree (PTD) brochure to ENMU faculty in their initial back-to-school meeting.
  • Vacating all victories over the five-year investigatory period and across all NCAA affiliated sports. These include:
    • Football, volleyball, women's soccer, men's soccer, and baseball during the academic years 2008-2009 through 2012-2013. This includes the men's soccer conference championship in 2011.
    • Men's basketball, women's basketball and softball during the academic years 2008-2009 through 2011-2012.
    • The institution will also vacate individual points and team awards (where applicable) in men's cross country 2009 through 2012. The institution will also vacate cross-country conference and regional championships in 2011. ENMU will vacate all individual points and team awards (where applicable) in women's cross country 2011 through 2012. In men's outdoor track and field, the institution will vacate individual points 2010 through 2013, and in women's track and field, will vacate individual points 2011 through 2013. In indoor track ENMU vacates individual points in women's indoor track in 2013.

The NCAA Division II Committee on Infractions report marks the official end of the University's self-investigation as well as the official end of the NCAA's own investigative inquiry. In determining penalties, the Committee on Infractions considered the University's self-imposed penalties and corrective actions. The penalties affecting the entire program include: public reprimand and censure, four years' probation, and a fine of $3,500 plus reimbursement ($1,506.99) to the NCAA (the cost of travel provided for ineligible student-athletes who competed in NCAA post season events).

In addition, the Institution's faculty athletics representative (FAR) must attend NCAA Regional Rules Seminars during the years the director of athletics, the compliance coordinator and the eligibility coordinator attend. The institution must also provide notification to prospective student-athletes that ENMU is on NCAA probation. This information must also be posted on the institution's website. The NCAA penalties do not include a ban in post-season competition or a reduction in the number of grants-in-aid (Athletics scholarships) which the institution may award.


Director of Athletics Jeff Geiser stated, "The process was long and many times painful. However, we all agree that it was, in the end, necessary and constructive. We appreciate all the hard work in this endeavor by ENMU compliance personnel and the administration. We are thankful for President Gamble for adding resources to create new personnel positions. We are appreciative of the NCAA and their staff. We have been treated fairly."



Eastern New Mexico University is located at 1500 South Ave K, Portales, New Mexico, 88130. For more information contact President Steven Gamble, 575-562-2121; Athletic Director Jeff Geiser, 575-562-2153; Adam Pitterman, Director of Athletic Communications, 575-562-4309 or visit the University's Athletic website atwww.goeasternathletics.com.

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