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-

http://lionathletics.com/documents/2014/4/12/ACUweskittleyinv4-12-14.html?id=317

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-http://www.ustfccca.org/2014/04/featured/gvsu-women-jump-to-no-1-in-division-ii-outdoor-tf-national-team-rankings

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.

http://ketr.org/post/alumni-event-april-16-heritage-logo-reveal-april-24


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 Lionathletics.com or KETR.org for non-opinionated TAMUC news.

 

Be Back Shortly.

 

#WeAreLions


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-

http://www.commercejournal.com/sports/x1378002925/Former-assistant-returns-to-coach-women-s-basketball


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-

http://www.mckinneyonline.com/May-2013/McKinney-Boyd-Hires-Coaches-for-Girls-Soccer-and-Boys-Basketball/

 

Burton was a Coach at Boyd High School in McKinney.

Welcome back to the Blacklands Jason!


Frosch performs well at North Texas Pro Day, Game 2 Capsule Preview vs Stephen F. Austin State Lumberjacks

April 3, 2014
Record-Setting Former Lion Cameron Frosch

Record-Setting Former Lion Cameron Frosch

Yesterday I got a text message from former Lion Punter Cameron Frosch who informed me that he got good Feedback from his Pro Day performance at UNT. He also got a call from a scout from an NFL team who told him that he would be at the Super Regional Combine on the weekend of the 13th and 14th to watch him punt again. So things are looking good for our record setting punter. He could very well be with an NFL team next year. He has one more combine to go, and it is big one, so send some Lion Nation love Cameron’s way either by tweeting him or posting something on here. If you want to see some of his kicking videos, he has uploaded a ton of them on YouTube. He is going to be kicking with punters that played big time Division I Football, so he has a chance to represent himself and show just because he kicked D2 does not mean he does not belong on the same field with them, heck, he might deserve to be on the grandest fields of them all come the fall. Good luck to Cameron!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lion Football 2014……….Week 2 Opponent Capsule…………….Stephen F. Austin State University Lumberjacks

The Lions will head to Deep East Texas to take on Division I SFA Lumberjacks in week 2 of the 2014 Season.

The Lions will head to Deep East Texas to take on Division I SFA Lumberjacks in week 2 of the 2014 Season.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Opponent: Stephen F. Austin State University

Mascot: Lumberjacks

Location:  Nacogdoches, TX

Enrollment: 12,845 (Total)

Conference/Division-Division I-FCS, Southland Conference

Head Coach: Clint Conque

Offensive Scheme: Spread

Defensive Scheme: Multiple 4-3

2013 Record: 3-9 overall, 1-6 Conference

Overall Opining: I like putting SFA on the schedule for a multitude of reasons. First, they are Division I and have a ton of talent from their own Backyard. Most of the players are from East Texas and/or Deep East Texas, compare that to us, where our players are mostly from DFW and Northeast Texas, so two different breeds of Football player. From a SOS standpoint, a win would be big here, and going on the road to get one is really a challenge that is waiting for us. Homer Bryce Stadium is a fantastic place to play. It is a bowl shaped stadium deep in the hills of the campus and it really is a prime stadium, and very beautiful at that. Also, throw into that our offenses are similar, and we both can score a lot. SFA has also had quite a bit of success in past seasons.

Storylines: Brady Attaway quarterbacked the ‘Jacks last year and threw for over 4,000 yards. A big, strong and physical QB, he really put up big numbers despite the sub par record. Well, good news is that he is graduating and SFA will have to replace him at QB. SFA averaged 38 PPG last year, just a tad bit more than we did, but if you take a look at their scores from last year one thing pops out. They cannot play defense. They lost a lot of shootouts last year. Just look at these results.

08/31/13 at Weber State Ogden, Utah L, 50-40
09/07/13 at Texas Tech TV Lubbock, Texas L, 61-13
09/14/13 vs. McMurry Nacogdoches, Texas W, 50-13
09/21/13 vs. No. 2/3 Montana State TV Nacogdoches, Texas W, 52-38
09/28/13 vs. Prairie View A&M Nacogdoches, Texas L, 56-48
10/12/13 at Southeastern Louisiana TV Hammond, La. L, 56-14
10/19/13 vs. Nicholls State TV Nacogdoches, Texas W, 55-41
10/26/13 at No. 20/23 Central Arkansas TV Conway, Ark. L, 66-31
11/02/13 vs. No. 8/9 Sam Houston State TV Houston, Texas L, 56-49
11/09/13 vs. No. 11/13 McNeese State Nacogdoches, Texas L, 69-38
11/16/13 at Lamar Beaumont, Texas L, 46-45
11/23/13 at Northwestern State Natchitoches, La. L, 40-27

Just look at all those high scoring losses.

Another thing. Look at who they beat and almost beat. The number 2 team in the country, then almost took down the number 8 team in the country, granted that is their blood rival, but then look who they lose to. Prairie View A&M and Lamar, two very mediocre programs. This team can score and score a lot. We have one common opponent from last year, McMurry. They scored 50 on them, and we scored 65 on McMurry, but their defense played much better against the Warhawks than ours did. I know that is somewhat comparing apples to oranges, especially when you talk about attrition, but that is what it is. Speaking of attrition, I think that with most of our team coming back, and SFA losing a lot after a bum season, this is something that we can play into. Also, we have guys who could, and maybe should be, playing Division I Football. We have also had the challenge of going on the road against a Division I opponent, and we all so how well that worked out, when Houston Baptist scheduled us for their Homecoming and Carthel and Company went down to Houston and cleaned HBU’s clock. HBU is also a Southland Member, so we have a lot of webs that have been woven.

When it comes right down to it, I think it will be whichever offense has the better day, and whichever defense can get enough stops to preserve a win.

On September the 13th, two good offenses will be tossed into a Stadium and two teams will sort it out. This could be a Basketball like score, but you never know.


Breaking News-University to Announce New Head Women’s Basketball Coach Tommorrow

April 2, 2014
Lady Lions to get A New Coach.

Lady Lions to get A New Coach.

 

 

Just got a Text message, and AD Ryan Ivey has announced that the University has selected a new Women’s Head Basketball Coach, and that person will be named tomorrow afternoon at 2 PM at the Alumni Center on Campus. I doubt I will make it, but I will definitely try to, this might be a history maker. I am excited to see what Ivey and Crew brought in to build the Women’s Program back up. I really hope it will be the success that we have seen with the Football program, but we will see. I will post the information when I get it available to me.

This is a different dynamic because I have no idea who any of the candidates are, much less credentials. So I have no clue who might get it, or who did get it. It will be very interesting to see.


PLN’s The Daily Roar

April 2, 2014

My Apologies for being tardy in the write-ups. I have had a lot going on personallly and just could not make it to a computer to post what I needed to post. Anyway, here is what is going on in Lionland.

 

Lion Track and Field-

Congrats are in order to the Men’s 4×4 Relay team that set a school record while taking 6th overall among relay teams at the Texas Relays. To finish 6th out of all of those elite schools is something. Also, the other two relay teams in the 4x100m and the 1600m Sprint Medley posted Top 10 finishes. Harris, Lee, Rollins and Luis Romeo took the Bronze medal in the 1600m Medley with their third place finish.

The Women’s team also finished with their best time in the 4×4 relays. The team made up of Tyler Cottingham, Brinkel Bailey, Ashley Basset, and Brooke Odom clocked a 3:53 for a season’s best. Many other Lions notched season and/or career bests down in Austin. Hat tip Lionathletics.com

Full Story-http://lionathletics.com/news/2014/3/29/MTRACK_new-school-record-at-ut-relays.aspx

Both teams return to action Saturday as they head to west to San Angelo for the ASU Relays all day Saturday.

 

Lion Golf-

Props to Chantry McMahan who continues to establish herself among the LSC’s and the nation’s top Golfers with a 4th place finish at the Western New Mexico Invitational. McMahan took 9th for her 4th straight top ten finish. She could very well make a run for the top spot in the Conference tournament.

 

University Related-

Be sure to tune into KETR.org to hear University President Dr. Daniel Jones speak with Congressman Ralph Hall live from Washington. You won’t want to miss it.

 

Tune in tomorrow for a week 2 Football opponent capsule.

 


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