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Texas State spent decades beneath college football's upper echelon before it decided to strive for something greater. So in 2007, the university in San Marcos started raising money and mapping out a jump from the Football Championship Subdivision to the Football Bowl Subdivision, the NCAA's top level. Roughly 54 miles southwest, UT-San Antonio was on the verge of something even more ambitious. In 2012, UTSA went from having no football team to joining Texas State as the Lone Star State's newest FBS universities in the span of two years. Both schools, fueled by desire and donations, joined the growing list of in-state athletic departments ramping up their football programs. However, those moves come at a steep cost. Between 2013 and 2017, the schools' football programs have operated at a combined deficit of nearly $38.3 million, according to NCAA reports obtained through open records requests. Factoring in the cost of scholarships, coaching salaries and facility upgrades, football is by far the most expensive NCAA sport. For Texas State and UTSA, the lofty price tag is worth the prestige and opportunity that comes with having a football program. "In Texas, you need football," said Texas State athletic director Larry Teis when asked why that money isn't spent on another high-profile sport like men's basketball. "I hate to say it for those who don't have it, but you need football." Other schools seem to agree. Since 2010, at least six Texas schools have moved up to Division I (FCS or FBS). UT-Arlington, which shuttered its program in 1985 because of budget constraints, could be the next to join the mix. UTA athletic director Jim Baker has been in conversations regarding bringing back a football team, according to messages obtained through an open records request. Baker could not be reached for comment Friday afternoon. read more: https://sportsday.dallasnews.com/college-sports/collegesports/2018/07/30/texas-need-football-starting-college-football-programin-lone-star-state-worth-price
Ryan senior defensive tackle J.T. Williams reported his fourth Football Bowl Subdivision scholarship offer today. Louisiana Tech threw its name among the list of schools recruiting Williams. He’s already received offers from Missouri, Houston and North Texas. Houston Baptist, which will join the FCS’ Southland Conference in 2014, also offered Williams and fellow Ryan defensive lineman Sekou Clark. Williams said he talked to Louisiana Tech defensive line coach and recruiting coordinator Stan Eggen today on the phone regarding his offer. Two current Ryan assistant coaches – offensive coordinator Conroy Hines and running backs coach Shelton Gandy – were both former assistants at Louisiana Tech. Read more: http://drchighschoolblog.dentonrc.com/2013/12/louisiana-tech-offers-ryan-senior-dt-j-t-williams.html/
Finally, after three years, Scotty Young will have his chance to be a starting quarterback at the Football Bowl Subdivision level. After sitting out last season at Louisiana Tech after transferring from Texas Tech after two unproductive seasons on the bench, Young was named La. Tech’s starting quarterback when the team’s post-spring depth chart was released on Thursday. Young, as you’ll recall, is known for his prolific arm and probably should be equally as known for his hair (quality lettuce can be seen here.) Young, as you’ll also recall, was a PARADE All-America selection and the Associated Press Texas Player of the Year. He finally got his shot to live up to the hype that preceded him when he arrived at Texas Tech. This spring, Young didn’t disappoint. In the Bulldogs’ spring game, Young completed 15 of 20 passes for 161 yards, three touchdowns and zero interceptions. His back-up, Ryan Higgins, completed 17-of-26 passes for zero touchdowns and three interceptions. New La. Tech head coach Skip Holtz had some positive things to say about Young’s performance on the school’s athletic website. Read more: http://drchighschoolblog.dentonrc.com/2013/04/scotty-young-la-techs-starting-qb.html/