Tag Archives: Football Bowl Subdivision

Around Campus: Bobcat Club

Bobcat Club rallies athletes to the
finish line with member support

By Catherine Harper

From the yells of cheerleaders to the fighting chants from fans, Texas State student-athletes receive encouragement from all sides during the game. Outside of games, Bobcat athletes receive encouragement and support from Texas State’s Bobcat Club, a scholarship organization that helps student-athletes pursue their goals.

The Bobcat Club brings together Texas State alumni, fans, former student-athletes, coaches and friends to provide current student-athletes with athletic and academic support. Through fundraising for academic scholarships, the Bobcat Club strengthens opportunities for student-athletes and the Texas State Athletics Department, as well as for the next generation of Bobcat athletes.

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Rising Stars: Dennis Franchione

Franchione’s return to Texas State
readies Bobcat football for the WAC

By Billi London-Gray

From his roots in the small town of Girard, Kansas, to his leadership roles in some of NCAA football’s most prestigious programs, Dennis Franchione has spent his career shaping the lives of young men on the gridiron.

Starting his career as a high school football coach in the Midwest, Franchione moved to college coaching in 1978. From 1990-91, he led the Bobcats to two victorious seasons. Now, after a 20-year absence, “Coach Fran” has had a warm homecoming to Texas State University.

In January 2011, Franchione rejoined Bobcat athletics as head coach for the football program. He signed a five-year contract with the university, and says he plans “to culminate” his successful career — his overall record is 187-101-2 as a collegiate head coach — with a final run in San Marcos as the Bobcats move to the Western Athletic Conference and Football Bowl Subdivision competition in 2012. Continue reading

Happenings: Hear Coach Fran

Franchione to speak
at Bobcat Club luncheon

Dennis Franchione

Texas State coach Dennis Franchione will discuss the future of Bobcats football at a luncheon in Austin next month.

Sponsored by the Bobcat Club, the event will be July 13 at noon at the Austin Club, 110 E. 9th St. Tickets are $25, with tables for 10 available for $250.

He will talk about Texas State’s transition to the Western Athletic Conference, the university’s growth and the upgrades being made to the athletic facilities, including the $32 million addition to Bobcat Stadium. Continue reading

Texas State Updates: Joining the WAC

Answers about Texas State’s
move to the WAC

So what exactly does it mean for Texas State to join the Western Athletic Conference?

The most significant change is in football

Schools in the WAC participate in the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision, known as Division I-A before 2006. Schools in Texas State’s current conference, the Southland Conference, play in the Football Championship Subdivision, previously known as Division I-AA.

Teams in the Football Championship Subdivision compete for one of 16 spots in a postseason tournament, which leads to a national champion.

Teams in the Football Bowl Subdivision play for a spot in one of 35 bowl games. They become eligible for bowl games by winning at least six games and not having a losing record in the process. The top 10 teams in the Bowl Championship Series participate in the major bowl games, with the top two teams playing for the BCS national championship.

Payouts for participation in bowl games, which can reach millions of dollars, are divided equally among the athletic programs in the schools’ conferences.

Scholarships

Moving to the FBS means Texas State now will offer 85 football scholarships, rather than the current 63. The program cannot sign more than 25 new student-athletes per academic year.

To stay in compliance with federal regulations, spending on women’s sports teams must increase by an equivalent amount.

Other sports

No differentiation like the FCS/FBS exists in other NCAA sports. The only change for Texas State’s other athletic teams will be a different set of conference opponents.

New conference

Barring further changes, the Western Athletic Conference will have nine members when Texas State, UTSA and the University of Denver join on July 1, 2012:

Institution Enrollment
Texas State University-San Marcos
San Marcos
University homepage, Athletics homepage
32,586
University of Texas at San Antonio
San Antonio
University homepage, Athletics homepage
30,300
New Mexico State University
Las Cruces, N.M.
Univesrity homepage, Athletics homepage
29,468
San Jose State University
San Jose, Calif.
University homepage, Athletics homepage
29,076
Utah State University
Logan, Utah
University homepage, Athletics homepage
25,767
University of Hawai’i Manoa
Honolulu, Hawai’i
University homepage, Athletics homepage
20,435
University of Idaho
Moscow, Idaho
University homepage, Athletics homepage
11,957
Louisiana Tech University
Ruston, La.
University homepage, Athletics homepage
11,804
University of Denver
Denver, Colo.
University homepage, Athletics homepage
11,600

The University of Denver, which does not play football, is the only private school.

The Western Athletic Conference was founded in 1962 and crowns team and individual champions in 19 sports:

Men’s sports Women’s sports
Baseball
Basketball
Cross country
Football
Golf
Tennis
Indoor track and field
Outdoor track and field
Basketball
Cross country
Golf
Gymnastics
Soccer
Softball
Swimming and diving
Tennis
Indoor track and field
Outdoor track and field
Volleyball

Exposure

The WAC has an agreement with ESPN to carry football and basketball. The contract includes more than 300 regular-season contests and 45 championship events between 2008 and 2017.

The conference also has streaming coverage, at wac.tv, of conference championships in volleyball, soccer, swimming and diving, basketball, gymnastics, softball and baseball.