PLN’s News, Notes and Thoughts

April 23, 2014

Golf Teams Bring Home Gold and Hardware-

Congrats to the Men’s Golf team who finished in second place and 4 Lion Men took top ten finishes. CJ Clem notched a second place finish overall while Marcus Sanna finished 4th, Hagan Wood finished 6th, and Kason Childress took 8th. Way to go guys!

Chantry McMahan shook off a rough start yesterday and did what she does best, took a medal home. Chantry took 8th place and Chelsea McCoy nearly got there and notched 13th place and the Ladies finished 8th overall.

Also extra props to Marcus Sanna for notching conference Co-Academic Player Of The Year, and Kason Childress also got all Academic All Conference as well. Good job Gentlemen. Scholars and Athletes. 


John Mark Dempsey continues his interviews at the Blacklands Cafe via with AD Ryan Ivey and in this convo he has with the Head Lion they discuss the new playing surface at the University Fieldhouse and the new Softball Facility that will be ready by the fall. Hat Tip KETR-



Oh, and yesterday I focused on incoming QB Chase Pemberton from Wills Point, but forgot to link his highlights, so here you go, a day late.-


Commerce Related-Check out this article about the way Brad Davis, a well known record producer and Folk Musician is restoring a former school building near downtown Commerce and turning it into a recording and producing studio bringing more good music to Commerce. When I was in Commerce I saw my first Red dirt/Texas Country concert at the Rail in Downtown Commerce and the music scene in Commerce is something that a lot of people are unaware of, so this is great for the town and the school. Again, hat tip KETR.


PLN’s The Daily Roar

April 22, 2014


Former Lion Punter Cameron Frosch in Valley Ranch....I think those colors look good on our former bomber.

Former Lion Punter Cameron Frosch in Valley Ranch….I think those colors look good on our former bomber.














Update on Cameron Frosch, just in case you can’t tell, he worked out with the Cowboys last week and here in the proof for it. Matt Thompson, a kicking coach for Frosch, said that he got a max hang time of 5.37 seconds, and the NFL average is 4.7 seconds as of last year. Cameron continues to work his tail off and he really wants on an NFL team, so send some good vibes his way. It would be great to have our first NFL player since 1997. Good luck Cameron!


The Lion Men stand in first place after the first day, and head into tomorrow facing a tough sledding, but after today this should give them a confidence booster. The Ladies not so much, as they sit in 6th and Chantry McMahan sits at 15th, which given the way the ladies have performed this year is probably disappointing to them, but tomorrow is another day. Good luck to both squads as they wrap up tomorrow and try to bring home some hardware.

Lion Football-

Future TAMUC Lion Chase Pemberton

Future TAMUC Lion Chase Pemberton

I am going to start to showcasing a new recruit every couple of weeks that is incoming to the group. The first one I am going to showcase is 6-4 Quarterback from Wills Point, Chase Pemberton. Pemberton is a guy I got to see play in High School and he has some huge upsides. He is built much like Harrison Stewart, a tall, strong armed vertical throwing gun slinger. Aside from being a fantastic passer, he is also a powerful and fast runner. He runs a 4.5 40 yard dash. You read that correctly. If you watch his videos, there is a lot to get excited about. He reminds me a lot of Texas Tech QB Davis Webb, tall and strong armed, but Pemberton is much faster than your typical pocket passer. I think he could very well be a guy who could start as a RS-Sophomore. Check out his highlights.


PLN’s News, Notes, and Other Things

April 21, 2014

A Blessed Easter to all. By my count, I have not blogged in a solid week, and I do apologize, a lot has been going on with TAMUC related sports. The reason for my absence is due to a new start of a new career. For those who followed me from the first time I started back in 2011, I have worked at 3 different companies until I decided that Consumer Banking was just not my forte. I got into the Investment sides and the Mutual Funds market. These first 7 weeks are going to be a lot to pick up, and I have two exams I must pass just to keep my job to get my licensed to do the work I have to do. I have taken and passed these exams before, but it does not get any easier, believe me. Anyway, this is the best career opportunity that I have ever had since leaving Commerce almost 7 years ago with a Bachelor’s in Business Administration, so my focus is on that, so the posts will be hit and miss for a while. Just a heads up.

Alright, so here we go for catch up.

Women’s Hoops-

The 2014 signing class was announced for HC Jason Brooks’ first group, adding two forwards and one guard. Artaejah Gay, a 6′ forward from Cedar Hill High School, south of Dallas. Gay was First Team 7-5A All-District after this past season and team captain. In the classroom Gay was a National Society of High School Scholars member. Hannah Clark is from just down the road as she played for Rockwall High School. Clark lettered in three seasons. Clark helped lead the Yellowjackets to a runner-up finish in the state playoffs during her junior season at Rockwall and after this season Clark was named to 12-5A All-District, and was described by the Dallas Morning News, as a true “coach’s player.” Khala Riley is from Arlington-Bowie High School and played at Cisco Junior College. Riley is a 5’6″ guard that spent two seasons at Cisco. This past season she was named to the North Texas Junior College Athletic Conference Second Team All-Conference. At Arlington-Bowie Riley was a two year letterwinner for the Volunteers. Riley was named a team captain for her senior season in 2011-12 and was First Team All-District honoree that season. During the summer of 2011 Bailey was a member of the Texas Express and led them in scoring. HC Burton made is short and sweet on his newbies. 


We are very excited about Hannah, Khala and Artaejah joining the Lion Family. I’m glad to have them in Blue and Gold. Artaejah’s and Hannah’s skill set and height will allow them to play both forward positions for us, and Khala brings some much needed immediate scoring to our backcourt and has the ability to play both the one and two guard spots for us”

Welcome to the Blacklands Ladies!


Both the Men and Women Linksters will compete this coming week in the Conference Championships at Horseshoe Bay Country Club near Burnet down in the Hill Country, just north of Austin. Horseshoe Bay is a beautiful community from all accounts, the Men and women both had solid regular seasons, and look for CJ Clem on the Men’s side and Chantry McMahan on the Women’s side to lead their respective groups. Good luck to both squads and results will be posted as made available.

Track and Field-

It was a beautiful day in North Texas yesterday and it was made even sweeter by the TAMUC Men’s Track team winning the team title in the TAMUC invitational and the Women finishing second, just behind Tarleton State.

Full Results-

Yesterday was a great individual day for so many Lions and many records were broken and set. Twitter was just blowing up with how well the meet was going and it was a beautiful day for a great meet on the Blacklands.



Congrats to Lion Hoopster Taylor Phelps, a Senior from Grand Saline. Phelps will graduate in May with a Degree in Health and Human Services and then move to Columbia, Missouri to work as a Graduate Assistant in the Athletic Department and Mizzou. Taylor and I actually go way back. I went to High School at Grand Saline and his Dad was my Coach for 3 years and Taylor was just a little kid but he was our manager and ball boy and always made road trips with us. He graduated as a Valedictorian for his graduating high school class. Congrats to him and to Coach Phelps and his wife, I am sure you are all proud of Taylor. Represent us well up there Taylor, I know you will. Here is Taylor’s athletic profile at



PLN’s Weekend Roar

April 13, 2014

Good Sunday Lions.

My apologies for no posts in a few days. This past weekend I was in East Texas for a weekend retreat with my Church’s young adults group, and aside from the part where I had to leave early because of how bad my allergies got, it was enjoyable. Plus I am getting ready to start a new job in the securities sector this week, so I have  Quite a few things to catch up on and this is one of them. So onto the Lions…….

Frosch Kicks at NFL Super Regional Combine-

Got into Contact with Cameron Frosch who, by his own standards said he had “not his best” performance at the combine in Detroit, but said he had some good outings and some that he did not think were good, but he just said that he will kick back and see if he gets a call. Either way, Lion Nation is proud of Cameron and it would not surprise us at all if he got a call. Good Luck to him.

Lions Smash Records at ACU Invitational-

It was a good day in Abilene for the Lion Track team as they broke a school record that they set a couple of weeks back at the Texas Relays for the Men’s 4×400 relay. For the second time this season the team of John David Rollins, Dexter Lee, Anthony Harris and Adam Gary set a new school record. The team broke the record they set just two weeks ago at the Texas Relays in the 4x400m relay with a time of 3:10.45, which is over a second faster than their previous mark and improves their provisional qualification time.

For the Full Press Release for Times and Places, here is the link, Via Weatherford High Athletics-

Luis Romero was named Conference Runner of the Week for this past week. The Sophomore from El Paso notched a gold medal in the 800 meter run and also set a school record. Congrats to Luis as this is his second time to be named Runner of the Week. Viva!

And Finally, a good nudge up in the Polls for the Lions,who are creeping back up in the direction of the top ten as they currently sit at 11th.

Full Poll-

University Related-

John Mark Dempsey sits down at the Blacklands Cafe with Wyman Williams of the College of Business to discuss an alumni event Hunt County Alums from 5-7 PM Tuesday night at the Alumni Center on Campus. Hat tip KETR.

PLN’s The Daily Roar

April 8, 2014

Just a quick FYI……..I will not be doing much posting between now and tomorrow. I have to finish studying for and taking a Securities Exam. Check out or for non-opinionated TAMUC news.


Be Back Shortly.



Jason Burton New Woman’s Basketball Coach at TAMUC

April 4, 2014
New Women's Basketball Coach Jason Burton

New Women’s Basketball Coach Jason Burton









Jason Burton is the new Women’s Basketball Coach in Commerce as announced yesterday. Burton has quite a pedigree and background in Basketball. A native of Plano, he played college Basketball at Austin College, a private school in Sherman. At AC, he was a three-year letterwinner, named team MVP as a senior and represented the college at the 2005 NCAA Leadership Conference. He graduated from AC with a degree in Business Administration and sports management. He graduated from Texas A&M-Commerce Graduate School with an MBA in 2009. So, the guy is smart and hard working, no doubt.

Before assisting A&M Commerce from 2007-2011, Burton coached with the Dallas Mustangs, a non-profit youth basketball program and spent the 2005-06 season as the top assistant for coach for his Alma Mater Austin College. He was at Texas State University as an assistant Coach from 2011-2013, and then became the head coach at Boyd High School in McKinney, which is his most recent job.

Burton helped start and was the co-founder of Dallas Hoop Dreams along with his brother, Brian. While with the Mustangs, he was involved with player’s skill development and program management. At Austin College, he was responsible for many duties, including recruiting, scouting, breaking down of game film and compiling scouting reports.

He comes from a Basketball Family where his Brothers are coaches on the youth and College level. I for one am excited for the hire. I was on campus when Jason was an assistant in Commerce and I really feel this is a good fit for him and the school. His youth, his immersion in the game, and his familiarity with the school, the area, and the players will be a huge boost to the program. I think this is a great hire and I expect the pride to continue to rise.

Welcome back to the Blacklands Jason!


Commerce Journal Article-

Breaking News: Burton named Head Women’s Basketball Coach at Texas A&M-Commerce

April 3, 2014

Jason Burton, a former Assistant Coach at Texas A&M-Commerce for 4 years, was named head Coach of the Women’s program.

Link for Information dated back in 2013-


Burton was a Coach at Boyd High School in McKinney.

Welcome back to the Blacklands Jason!


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