“A win is a win,” head basketball coach Jason Hooten said. “Our defense is what it’s been all year-long and we shot the ball really well.”
Junior guard Konner Tucker led the Kats with 25 points, 7 rebounds, and four assists. He shot six of ten from the three-point line.
Junior forward Steven Werner contributed with 19 points, 7 rebounds, one block and an assist.
The Bearkats started the game strong by scoring the first fourteen out of eighteen points to lead it 14-4. They continued their domination and finished the first half with the score of 38-16.
The Bearkats continued to dominate in the second half as they shot 52.4% from the field and took the Lumberjacks out of their rhythm with their defense that allowed them to commit 16 turnovers for the game.
Senior guard Durrell Norman led the Lumberjacks with 18 points and 13 rebounds while freshman guard James Douglas and freshman forward Gaellan Berernick contributed with 8 points each.
The Jaguars started the game strong by scoring nine straight points to take a 9-0 lead. The Bearkats was trailing for most of the first half by the score of 24-12. The Bearkats came back to life and went on a 14-0 run to finish the half by the score of 26-24.
The second half was a different story as both teams battled and exchange points between them. With the Bearkats trailing 41-40, the Jaguars scored the next four out of six points within two minutes to make it 45-42.
The Bearkats rallied and scored the final eleven out of 16 to defeat the Jaguars 53-50.
“We were excited about the way we manage the game,” head women’s coach Brenda Nichols said. “The coaching staff did a great job and the players listened.”
The Bearkats shot a total of 30% from the field while the Jaguars shot for a total of 25%. At the free thrown line, the Bearkats shot for a total of 75% including the final two from Chanice Smith that sealed the game for the Kats.
“I love playing with Chanice,” Martin said. “She came out and played hard. She knows how to finish.”
As graduation ceremonies are going on around the world, I would like to give my congratulations to all of the graduates who have worked so hard to get to that milestone. They understand that it is very important to get a college degree because they will be set for the rest of their lives.
You might say, “The economy is tough and no one is hiring, so is it still worth it to put four or more years of my life through college to get a degree? Yes, it is absolutely worth it because according to Census Bureau, a person who earns an associate degree will earn over $400,000 more than someone who only have a high school diploma in their lifetime and for someone who earns a bachelor’s degree will earn double that amount.
It gets even better, a person who earns a master’s or a doctorate will earn more than someone who has a bachelor’s degree.
That’s an incentive for anyone to go to college and get a degree, but don’t let that be the only motivation because if that is, then you are missing the point.
When a person go to college, they learn about things that they would not have learned in high school. In my final semester as an undergraduate, I took a class called “Economic History: Industrial Revolution to Present.” Through that class, I learned a lot about economics from a historical standpoint and it allowed me to understand what was going on during the so-called “Great Recession of 2008.”
If you still feel that it is not worth it to go to college, then that is your choice, but I got to warn you, you will be missing out on a once in a lifetime opportunity.
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by Cheval John
When it was all said and done, five finalist were named in the Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year. The interesting part is that Sam Houston State Bearkats head football coach Willie Fritz was not among the finalist. To add insult to injury, Holy Cross head football coach Tom Gilmore was one of the finalist and his team finished with a 6-5 record.
In order to be considered for the award, a person must meet these requirements: sportsmanship, integrity, responsibility, excellence on the field and excellence in the classroom.
Once that person meet the requirements, they must receive the highest number of votes from the fans (20%), the college football Hall of Fame Selection Committee (55%), and from the National Media (25%) in order to win the award.
I understand that the sportswriters, broadcasters, former players and coaches who make up the Hall of Fame Selection Committee and the National Media have been in this business longer than I have and are considered experts, but they drop the ball on this one.
Here are the reasons why Coach Fritz not only should have been finalist, but should have won the award:
Sportsmanship: Though the Bearkats committed 79 penalties during the season, their opponents as a whole committed 83 total penalties.
Integrity: Coach Fritz has run a clean program since he became head coach in 2009. None of the players have been arrested and they have not committed a single NCAA infraction even before he arrived as head coach.
Responsibility: The football team participated in “Operation All In,” a program that was a joint effort with the SHSU ROTC. It ran during the spring 2011 semester and it taught them how to work together as a team. Also, they sported an orange, white and black camouflaged jersey in the homecoming game against Nicholls State Colonels. The jerseys were auctioned off and the proceeds went to the Lone Survivor Foundation, an organization founded by former Bearkat and retired Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell.
Excellence On The Field: The Bearkats finished the season undefeated and was the outright Southland Conference Champions and made the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision playoffs for the first time since 2004. It was their fourth title in the 25 years that they have been in the FCS. The previous three were shared with McNeese State (1991, 2001) and Northwestern State (2004). Sophomore running back Tim Flanders and junior safety Darnell Taylor was named the Southland Conference “Offensive Player of the Year”and “Defensive Player of the Year,” respectively.
Excellence In The Classroom: Not only is the team successful on the field, but are successful in the classroom. The grade point average (g.p.a.) for the team is a 2.7. Among them, 31 made the 2010-11 Southland Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll and senior center Travis Watson was nominated for the 2011 National Scholar Athlete Award, the same award that was won by both Eli and Peyton Manning.
In conclusion, I have given examples to show why Coach Fritz should have been the Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year. If this doesn’t convince them that this was the biggest snub that was made, then I don’t know what will.
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by Cheval John
The Cougars are 12-0 and are playing for the Conference-USA championship on Saturday. If they win, then they will receive an automatic bid to play in one of the five bowls in the Bowl Championship Series (BCS).
The reason why I am saying this is because his name is being mentioned for coaching vacancies at several schools including Texas A&M and Arizona State University. History has shown that the majority of coaches that left their previous jobs for their “dream job” have failed to duplicate their success that was achieved at their previous school.
Here are a few coaches that comes to mind:
Billy Gillispie: Gillispie was the head basketball coach at Texas A&M from 2004-2007. During that time, he led the Aggies to 70-26 overall record and a Big 12 conference record of 31-17 and have made the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) tournament in 2006 and 2007. In the latter, the Aggies made it to the Sweet Sixteen where they lost to the Memphis Tigers. After the 2006-07 season, he was hired by the University of Kentucky Wildcats to return them to their glory years when they made 105 appearances in the NCAA tournament and won 7 national championships. In his two years at the helm, he led them to a 40-27 record and have reached the NCAA tournament only once. Even though it was decent records, he was fired because it wasn’t enough to meet the expectations of the fan base for the University of Kentucky. Now, he is the head coach at Texas Tech University.
Turner Gill: Gill was the head football coach at the University at Buffalo from 2006-2009. Before his arrival, the Bulls was 8-49 and was considered one of the worst Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) programs in the nation. In his first year, the Bulls finished with a 2-10 record. The next year, the team improved to an overall record of 5-7 and a Mid-American Conference (MAC) record of 5-3. Their breakthrough came in 2008 when they finished the regular season with an overall record of 7-5 record and a conference record of 5-3. They played in the MAC championship game against Ball State at Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan, where they defeated them by the score of 42-24 to win the MAC championship and made their first bowl appearance since joining the FBS in 1999.
In 2009, the University of Kansas hired Gill as their next head coach, replacing long-time coach Mark Mangino. In his two seasons, the Jayhawks compiled a 25-49 overall record and a Big 12 conference record of 1-12. Gill was fired after the 2011 season.
Here is a quote that sums up this post: “The grass is not always green on the other side.”
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