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Five Bearkats Named To Pre-Season All-America Squad

by Cheval John

With the 2012 football season less than two months away, the SHSU Bearkats are more focused than ever.

Along the way, they are receiving attention locally and nationally after a remarkable run at the national championship.

For example, five members of the team were named to the pre-season All-America squad by the Sports Network.

Here are the profiles of the five players named to the All-America squad:

Tim Flanders

In 2011, the junior running back set a single season Southland Conference record in rushing yards (1,644), touchdowns (24) and points scored (144) and was ranked nationally in scoring (No.4), rushing yards (No. 16) and all-purpose yards (No.24).

He was named to five All-America squads including the America Football Coaches Association and the Associated Press and finished 7th for the Walter Payton Award.

Richard Sincere

Though Sincere was a wide receiver, he was more of a utility player at best.

He was ranked third in the Southland Conference in rushing yards (979) and seventh in total points scored (78).

His best performance came in the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) playoffs as he torched Montana State for 160 yards on 11 carries that propelled the Bearkats to a 49-21 beatdown over the Bobcats.

He received the nod for   “Offensive Player of the Year” by the Southland Conference and was named to the first-team All-America squad by College Sporting News.

Darnell Taylor

The Bearkat defense showed that defense do win championships and Darnell Taylor was one of the reasons why the defense deserved a share of the spotlight during the historic run.

Taylor led the team with 128 total tackles, the highest in one season since 1988.

He was named “Defensive Player of the Year” by the Southland Conference and made five All-America squads.

J.T. Cleveland

Cleveland is looking for a repeat performance from last year’s run.

The three-year letterman posted 46 tackles including nine that went for losses.

He was named to the All-America squad by Phil Steele Magazine in 2011 for his efforts.

Daxton Swanson

Swanson had a career-high eight interceptions, the most in school history.

His interceptions was also the most in the Southland Conference and ranked him third in the nation.

He was named second team in the All-Southland Conference and third team in the Associated Press and College Sports.com All-America squad.

The first game to the 2012 season will begin on September 8 as the Bearkats host the University of the Incarnate Word at Elliot T. Bowers Stadium in Huntsville, Texas.

A Step In The Right Direction

by Cheval John

It looks like we might have a playoff after all.

Today, the commissioners of the BCS conferences agreed to a four-team playoff system at a meeting in Chicago.

The playoff will be a first in the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS), the highest division in college football

The move could come into effect in 2014 pending final approval by the board of college presidents, who are set to meet next week in Washington, D.C.

Before, the two top teams that would play for the BCS title was selected based off of strength of schedule, the type of conference that a team came from and an undefeated season.

The selection is made by the Associated Press writers, coaching polls and the BCS computers.

The teams plays at a designated site to determine the national champion.

What do you think about a playoff in the FBS?

Rodney King Dead At 47.

by Cheval John

Rodney King, the central figure that triggered the race riots in Los Angeles, died early this morning at the age of 47.

According to reports by CNN, police received a 911 call from his fiancee, Cynthia Kelly and discovered his body at the bottom of the swimming pool.

They tried to revive him, but was pronounced dead at a local hospital, Captain Randy DeAnda said.

King was beaten by L.A. Police officers more than 50 times after a routine stop in 1991.

The beatings was caught on video by an unidentified person.

He turned the video over to a local station and from there the video got national attention.

The riots began in L.A. after jurors acquitted the four officers a year later that lasted for three days that left 50 dead and 2,000 injured.

King was paid 3.8 million dollars from the city after the beating.

He said in a 2012 interview that it was his fear of being stop for a drunken driving charge in ’91 that motivated him to evade the police, who were trying to pull him over.

Armstrong Officially Charged With Doping

by Cheval John

Seven time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong has officially been charged with using performance-enhancing drugs today by the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USDA).

Armstrong, a cancer survivor, could face a lifetime ban from cycling competitions if he is found guilty and could be stripped of his seven titles in the process.

The USDA letter, obtained by the Associated Press, accuses Armstrong of using and promoting the use of a blood booster EPO, blood transfusions, testotorone, human growth hormone and anti- inflammatory steroids.

The news was first reported by the Washington Post earlier today.

Armstrong in a statement maintains his innocence of using any drugs and that he was clean this whole time.

The case was investigated by federal criminal investigators for two years, but they did not find any reason to believe that Armstrong was using drugs.

Officials from the USDA says that they will pursue charges against Armstrong despite the conclusion of federal criminal prosecutors.

Armstrong participated in the St. Croix 70.3 Ironman Triathlon earlier this year after retiring from cycling last year.

He was training for another triathlon in France when he heard the news and is now banned from  competition.