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Happenings: Cat Camp

Cat Camp gives new students an inside track to Texas State life

By Mindy Green

Group picture of all of the Cat Camp Counselors

2013 Cat Camp Counselors

Instead of fearing the unknown about coming to college, freshmen can become acquainted with their peers and get ahead of the game when it comes to learning about being a Bobcat. Cat Camp, a two-day retreat offered every year, is Texas State University’s only spirit, pride and traditions summer camp.  Continue reading

Happenings: Rally on the Square

Local businesses promote Bobcat football fanfare with ‘Rally’

Rally event logo

Rally on the Square invites Bobcats and Red Raiders to enjoy San Marcos before the big football game.

By Amber Kahla

Local business are inviting the Texas State University community, Bobcat fans and our Red Raider guests to the first annual Rally on the Square, an evening of fanfare and fun before the big game.

In honor of the Texas State football team’s first home game on Sept. 8, Bobcat and Red Raider fans will gather for a common purpose before their respective teams face-off on the gridiron. The game will mark the first time the Bobcats play in the newly expanded Bobcat Stadium and the first game of the Western Athletic Conference. Continue reading

Around Campus: Bobcats move to FBS

Bobcats’ move to FBS advances university’s mission to excel

Bobcat football players entering field

Go, Cats, go!

By Andrew Osegi ’14

Texas State University has taken another step forward in its quest to be nationally recognized as a top tier institution by achieving Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) status in NCAA Division I athletic competition.

Alongside the university’s designation as an Emerging Research Institute in January 2012 and as a Hispanic Serving Institution in 2011, Texas State’s move to the FBS — when the university joined the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) this summer — was a landmark achievement. Continue reading

Alumni: Kyle Harrell

Football, business, worms and volunteering: Harrell does it all

Kyle Harrell with wife and daughter

Kyle Harrell with his family

By Andrew Osegi ’14

Kyle Harrell’s connection to Texas State University began in 1993, when he signed a letter of intent to join the Bobcat football team. He graduated in 1998 with a bachelor’s degree in exercise and sports science, and coached and taught biology in the Houston area.

Four years later, he returned to Texas State as a strength and conditioning coach for the football, baseball and women’s basketball teams. A man of many talents, Harrell then co-founded Pathagility, a web-based data management system for pathology labs. Harrell currently serves as the company’s director of business development.

As for his most recent venture? Well, let’s just say it might make you squirm. Continue reading

Around Campus: Baseball and Softball

Texas State athletics leads off
to a bright spring season

Two softball players high-five on fieldBy Billi London-Gray

The first pitch of the Texas State softball season will be thrown this morning as the Bobcats take on Syracuse University in the Kajikawa Classic at Arizona State University in Tempe, Ariz. Texas State will play six games in the three-day meet, also facing Brigham Young University, the University of California, Arizona State, the University of Washington and the University of New Mexico.

According to the Texas State Athletics Department, Texas State opens the 2012 softball season as the favorite to win the Southland Conference Championship. Thirteen letterwinners will return to the field, including three-time all-conference and all-region selection Chandler Hall and the team’s two other pitchers from last year, junior Anne Marie Taylor and sophomore Crystal Alaniz. Continue reading

Around Campus: Tailgating

Tailgating makes football
games even more fun

Texas State's Tailgating Crew helps rev up spirit during game season.

Tailgating is the all-American way to prepare for a Texas State football game, with the ideal combination of sports, food and fun.

All Bobcats fans are encouraged to take part in all the activities. Due to construction around Bobcat Stadium, tailgating will take place in the Strahan Coliseum parking lot, west of Bobcat Stadium at the intersection of Charles Austin Drive and Aquarena Springs Drive, beginning at 9 a.m. on the day of home football games. There is no charge to participate.

The first home game of the season will kickoff at 6 p.m. on Satruday, Sept. 17, when the Bobcats host Tarleton State University. Continue reading

Spotlight: Bobcats Season Opener

Bobcats open football season
looking ahead to 2012 changes

The Texas State University Bobcats play their 2011 season opener against the Texas Tech Red Raiders this weekend. The game, scheduled to start at 6 p.m. tomorrow in Lubbock, will serve to whet the Bobcats’ appetite for top-level NCAA competition, as Texas State prepares to move to the Western Athletic Conference and the Football Bowl Subdivision in 2012.

“My focus now is giving Texas State a good, solid foundation as we make this transition,” says head football coach Dennis Franchione. “We need to get ready to win the WAC, and we can do that here. I believe that.”

In the following Rising Stars video, Coach Fran along with Bobcats Steven Kenney, Darryl Morris and Adley Eshraghipour share their thoughts about Texas State’s move to the WAC and its significance for the players and the university:

For Bobcats fans heading to Lubbock this weekend, the Alumni Association and the “T” Association are sponsoring tailgating near the stadium. RSVP and find information about tickets, tailgating and maps here. For Bobcats fans following from home, Saturday’s game will be broadcast through multiple outlets. Continue reading

Contest: Spring Break with Flat Bob

Fun-loving flat cat seeks company, well-heeled, will travel


Remember Flat Stanley? Well, Texas State’s own Bob the Cat (you’ll remember him from this video) has gone flat to tag along on your spring break gallivanting. In other words, please enter the Flat Bob Spring Break photo contest. You’ll get a Texas State window decal just for participating. Continue reading

Texas State Updates: Paul Goldschmidt

Former Bobcats first baseman
named MVP of California League

Paul Goldschmidt, who was the Southland Conference hitter of the year and the student-athlete of the year in his last season with the Texas State baseball team, was named the most valuable player in the California League for 2010.

Drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the eighth round last year, Goldschmidt spent the season with the organization’s Class A team, the Visalia Rawhide. The first baseman wound up leading the league in home runs (35), doubles (42), total bases (318), slugging percentage (.606) and on-base-plus-slugging (.990). He was second in runs batted in (108) and also hit .314.

Goldschmidt also was named the league’s rookie of the year and was selected to the postseason all-star team.

The Texas State Athletics website has a complete roundup of how former Bobcats fared in pro baseball this season.

Rising Stars: Bradley George

Record-setting athlete excels
in the classroom, too

By David King, University Marketing

When he was an 18-year-old kid and his head was filled with dreams of major league baseball, Bradley George had a plan.

When he was 21 and those dreams were fading quickly, he had a plan.

And when he enrolled at Texas State as a 22-year-old freshman on one of the odder football scholarships in school history, he still had a plan.

Education. Always education.

That plan is why the graduate of New Braunfels Canyon High School, former professional baseball player and record-breaking quarterback at Texas State, will earn his master’s degree in geography in December 2010.

“My mom was a teacher, and she stressed education,” George says of his mother, who taught elementary school in the Comal Independent School District. “So did my dad. He didn’t finish college, but he always stressed the importance of an education.”

The Draft

George had wanted to come to school in San Marcos his senior year at Canyon, since Texas State was the only university that was going to let him play both college baseball and football. But then the Cincinnati Reds selected him in the 12th round of the Major League Baseball draft. At 6-foot-5 and 200-plus pounds, he had the look of a big-league pitcher, and he had shown enough potential at Canyon to pique interest of the team’s scouts.

He agreed to sign, but with one caveat: If he decided to go back to college, the Reds would pay for four years of education.

“It was in the back of my mind that if in four or five years, I’m not moving along (toward the major leagues) at a reasonable pace, then I was going to play college football,” he says.

He pitched for five seasons, including parts of three years in Billings, Mont., in the far-flung Pioneer League, but never progressed beyond the low minor leagues. His advancement was slowed by a series of arm injuries, and as he was nursing another one at the end of the summer of 2004, he came to a decision: It was time to try something new.

George started looking around at college football programs across the south, aiming to play quarterback in a passing-dominated offense. He came to San Marcos more or less as a courtesy to an old acquaintance, then-coach David Bailiff, and took a look around at the university that was closest to his home, his parents and most of his relatives, as well as his heart.

“The day Coach Bailiff called me was one of the best days of my life,” he says. “I was leaving to go play somewhere else.”

He enrolled at Texas State that spring.

The 22-Year-Old Freshman

Since the Reds had agreed to pay for him to attend college, George came to the Bobcats football team as a walk-on — a student-athlete not on an athletic scholarship. And as someone who had worked in the building trades as a teenager, he quickly found and chose the university’s construction technology major, even though it typically was a five-year program.

“Being an older student gave me a completely different perspective,” he says. “It wasn’t the mindset that I was 18 and could hang out until I was 25. When I came here I was 22, almost 23, and it was ‘Hey, guy, you don’t have 10 years to do this.’”

The transition from the life of a minor-league ballplayer, with lots of free time and mind-numbingly long road trips, to college student wasn’t easy.

“I was really worried about it,” he says. “I made good grades in high school and all, but since 2000, when I graduated, I don’t think I had read any academic journals or anything like that.

“The first semester, I think I did fine. But I was worried about it, and I didn’t do much else but study. I was hitting the books pretty hard.”

It wasn’t long, though, before he was hitting his stride. After sitting out as a redshirt freshman his first year, he was named the team’s starting quarterback for the 2006 season. His teammates elected him as one of the team’s captains, an honor usually reserved for players with experience on the field, not just in life. And they re-elected him three more times.

“He owns many of our passing records, but to me, to have been elected captain all four years is his most-amazing stat,” says Bobcats head football coach Brad Wright. “It shows just how much his teammates thought of him and the leadership he exhibited.”

The Records Fall

As the leader of the Bobcats’ prolific offense, George wound up breaking virtually all of the school career records for passing, from completion percentage to total yards to touchdown passes. His senior season, he was named the Southland Conference offensive player of the year, throwing for 3,121 yards and 23 touchdowns.

That 2009 season also marked the third time he was named to the SLC academic all-conference team, and he was chosen as the conference’s football student-athlete of the year — while working on his master’s degree in geography.

Thanks to his perseverance, George had finished his five-year undergraduate program in four years, giving him the opportunity to start on an advanced degree while on a football scholarship his last year with the team.

“That was one of the toughest years I’ve ever had,” he says of fall 2009. “I was taking nine hours of grad school courses, and my classes had pretty long papers due at the end of them.

“Right near the end of the semester, when we were getting ready for week 10 or 11, those papers started coming due. That made life pretty hectic. At that point, if I had any hair, it would have been falling out.”

But the work got done.

“He was distracted by non-academic activity in his world . . . but he came to class ready to learn,” says Dr. Ron Hagelman of the Department of Geography, George’s professor for his research design class. “He was a strong participant in a strong group of graduate students.”

Without the distractions of playing quarterback — which George says is like having a demanding, full-time job — he has progressed enough on his course work to graduate in December 2010.

“I had a lot of help,” he says. “With the advising center and the people who are in place to help you be successful, you almost have no choice but to do the work. A lot of the credit goes to those people.”

Having a plan didn’t hurt.