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Texas State Football Players Give Back To Community On Valentine’s Day

February 14, 2016
By: Kiersten Ehr

For Valentine’s Day this year some of the Texas State football players decided to give back to the community and elderly by stopping by the San Marcos Rehabilitation and Health Care center.

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The Texas State football players involved were Gabe Schrade, Kian Scheonborne, Inoke Langi, Jordan Mittie, Willie Williams, Stedman Mayberry, Will Copa, Karee Berry, Jeff Banks, Louis Rubin and Cody Casey.

The residents at the healthcare center were all smiles as the football players danced with them and gave the women roses.


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Texas State football player Gabe Schrade organized this event to make a difference for others who might be alone on Valentine’s Day at the healthcare center.

“We organized this to give back to the elderly and people in the nursing home. We wanted to dance with them and give them a fantastic Valentine’s Day,” said Schrade.


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Jamie Vanostrom, a resident at the San Marcos Rehabilitation and Health Care center, said that people in nursing homes are often forgotten and that she was very glad the football players came to see them. Vanostrom said, “It made our day.”

Rena Herrera, a nurse at the center, said that it was nice having the Texas State football players volunteer.

“We felt the emotion from all of their years through their hands when we danced.
It was really special not only for them but for us as well.  We definitely got more than we probably gave,” said Schrade.


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“I had a great time. This brightened my day, just talking to older people about where they are from and what they like to do. It touched my heart a little bit,” said Cody Casey, a Texas State football player.

The Texas State football players may have delivered Valentines but their hearts were touched today by residents at the San Marcos Rehabilitation and HealthCare Center.


Wishing you a Happy Valentine’s Day
Until The Next Time,
Your SportsChic
~Kiersten Ehr~

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RECAP: Texas State Football Head Coach Dennis Franchione Retires After 40 Years Of Coaching

By: Kiersten Ehr

SAN MARCOS– Texas State University students and alumni awoke to the news Tuesday that football head coach Dennis Franchione will be stepping down from coaching for the Bobcats after the 2015 football season with a record of 3-9.

Photo Credit: Kiersten Ehr- Texas State Head Coach Dennis Franchione pictured with quarterback Tyler Jones 2015. 


Franchione emailed the entire Texas State football team that he is retiring from coaching football after his five seasons coaching the Bobcats in San Marcos, Texas.


Career At A Glance

Franchione took over the head coach position for Texas State in 2011 to help with the transition for Texas State, after jumping into new conferences.

Texas State was part of the Division 1-AA Southland Conference 1987-2012, WAC (Western Athletic Conference) Division 1-A 2012-2013,  and then moved in the Sun Belt Conference Division 1 FBS (NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision, formerly known as Division I-A, is the top level of college football in the United States).

Coach Fran in his five years had two bowl eligible seasons  with Texas State with an overall 20-28 record for the Bobcats. However, Texas State was not selected for any bowl games.

Through thick and thin, the 2015 season was Franchione’s worst season, record wise, which made the Bobcats end up 10th for the Sun Belt Conference.

Before coming to Texas State, Fran had experience coaching at Texas A&M, Texas Christian University, Alabama, New Mexico, Southwestern College and Pittsburg State.

Franchione coached for a career total of 40 years.

One of only four active coaches with 200 victories.

Fran has a 210-126-2 overall record and even helped set the stepping stones for the successful football careers of NFL potential hall of fame  players Brian Urlacher and LaDainian Tomlinson.

Brain Urlacher- Photo Credit:
LaDainian Tomlinson



Texas State originally offered Franchione a five year extension contract before the 2013 season began, but with an embarrassing 3-9 season that ended too soon…Fran will now leave Texas State with two years left in his contract which will open the door for a new coach to come in and take over.

A Texas State football player requested anonymously today that he was surprised that Franchione decided to step down.

“When I first heard the news I was shocked. I feel like coach Fran still should be the coach, and with out a doubt he would of gotten the team back on track. Now for far as future hopes for the team( Texas State) I know they will be a good team next year. The team recruited some good players.”
-Texas State football player 

The question that all Texas State University students, alumni, fans and staff will ponder is who will be the next head coach for the Texas State University football program and lead us back to a winning season?

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What are your thoughts and opinions on this bold move by Franchione? Let me know on Twitter @KierstenEhr  #SportsChic

Until The Next Time,
I’m Kiersten Ehr
Your SportsChic


Texas State Struggles With Bowl Eligibility

By: Kiersten Ehr
KTSW-FM 89.9 Sports Reporter


SAN MARCOS—For homecoming weekend with an attendance of 15,241 at Bobcat Stadium, Texas State played with diligence in Saturday’s match-up against New Mexico State, but the Bobcats were unable to win the battle against the Sun Belt Conference’s leading rusher Larry Rose III.

The running back that caught all the attention for New Mexico State, Rose rushed 207 yards and received 87 yards against the Bobcats defense. The Bobcats had three offensive turnovers that helped pave the way for NMS to win 31-21 (NMS 2-7, TXST 2-6).

After New Mexico State’s first win last week 55-38 in overtime over Idaho, Texas State Quarterback Tyler Jones mentioned that the team was aware that the Aggies had some momentum and some highs going into the game against the Bobcats.

“They’re a good team,” said Jones. “I just think they had some better blitzes and stuff at different times than what we expected. It’s understandable, we’re going to have our highs and lows, but they didn’t do anything particular that we just weren’t ready for.”

Jones stood out leading the team in his seventh rushing touchdown this season, the most of his career, and the junior QB finished the night with 287 passing yards.

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Damani Alexcee led the team defensively with 12 tackles over the Aggies.

The Bobcats have been struggling with finding the right balance on the field to have another shot at being bowl eligible this season. Alexcee said this is the point in the season that the team has to come together.

“At that at the end of the day, we’re still a team,” said Alexcee. “Everybody that was here together in the beginning of August is still here right now.”

“We just have to look at ourselves in the mirror and ask ourselves, do we really want to finish this season right as a band of brothers?” said Alexcee.

Half-way through the season, Head Coach Dennis Franchione is still determined to make sure his team finds the answer to win in dire situations to pull out with a victory especially on home turf.

“Our team just can’t seem to find a way right now and that’s on me,” Coach Franchione said. “I accept full responsibility for that. We’ve got to find a way for them to find a way. As coaches and myself, we’re struggling doing that right now.”

Positive Texas State Highlights:

Lumi Kaba had a career night making a 66-yard punt and a 59-yarder in the second quarter.

Ryan Carden caught a 48-yard pass for the longest gain of his career.

Robert Lowe had 88 rushing yards.

C.J. Best had 74 receiving yards on six completions.


First Downs: NMSU 26/ TXST 20

Total Offensive Yards: NMSU 527/ TXST 400

Passing Yards: NMSU 297/ TXST 287

Rushing Yards: NMSU 230/ TXST 113

Penalty Yards: NMSU 5-37/ TXST 4-30

3rd Downs: NMSU 13-23/TXST 7-15

4th Downs: NMSU 2-3/ TXST 2-2

Time of Possession: NMSU 32:29 TXST 27:31
NEXT GAME: Texas State will be home against Georgia State at 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14. Last season the Bobcats won the match-up over the Panthers 54-31 in Georgia. To listen to the game tune into KTSW-FM 89.9 to hear Texas State broadcasters Brant Freeman and Bill Cullhane.

WHERE DO THE BOBCATS STAND: There are two more home games at Bobcat Stadium (11/14 & 11/19), then Texas State plays two on the road. If the Bobcats want to reach bowl eligibility the team has to win every game moving forward. Texas State is 1-3 in the Sun Belt Conference and 2-6 overall.

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Tyler Jones Looks to Continue Success Against Houston

||Check out the story I wrote for the matchup between Texas State versus Houston this weekend||

KTSW 89.9 Sports Reporter

Photo Credit is by Kiersten Ehr (Photo of Tyler Jones)

KTSW 89.9

by Kiersten Ehr
Sports Reporter

texas state bobcats Photo of Kiersten Ehr

The Texas State football team, currently at a 1-2 record, will be up against the 2-0 University of Houston Cougars this Saturday, September 26th.

The Bobcats are coming off a blistering 56-50 loss at home versus Southern Miss this past weekend during the first Texas State #TXSTWhiteOut. Houston is entering this matchup after a bye week which gave the Cougars extra prep time after the Cougars won 34-31 at Louisville two weeks ago.

Bobcat Spotlight:

Junior quarterback Tyler Jones was named The Sun Belt Conference SBC Offensive Student Athlete of the Week after Jones had an astonishing career game this past weekend. Even with the devastating loss at home, Jones accumulated 470 yards in total offense and helped drive five touchdowns against Southern Miss in front of thousands of Bobcats fans.  

Jones has proven that he is a quarterback to…

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Meet Brian Guendling ‘The Sign Language Man’ From Texas State Who’s Gone Viral

By: Kiersten Ehr

Photo Credit: Brian Guendling (Instagram @BGUENDLING) Brian is in the middle with the white shirt and black jacket)
SAN MARCOS– Texas State University’s very own Brain Guendling has gone viral world wide in his Youtube video ‘College Football Players Perform First Sign Language Concert Ever.”  

The music video targets the hearing impaired.  Brian’s background with special needs kids helped set the way for his global sensation that has made it’s way to ESPN, CNN, SI, national and international headlines as well as stardom for Mr. Brian Guendling. Brian’s intentions are pure as his passion is to have concerts for the hearing impaired.

Below is the link to Guendling’s Youtube sensation.


Meet Brian Guendling:

Photo Credit: @BGUENDLING Instagram
Brian is a junior  at Texas State in San Marcos, Texas where he plays football  (defensive end) for the Bobcats. A San Diego native, Guendling’s father (Mike Guendling) played football and hockey at Northwestern and was later drafted in the second round of the 1984 NFL Draft for the San Diego Chargers as a linebacker.

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Photo Credit: @BGUENDLING Instagram (Brian and his dad Mike)
The Gist of it:  Brian Guendling is a Texas State football player and special needs student (An American hero if you ask me).


When Guendling’s mother was pregnant with Brian she was told he might be mentally challenged since his two uncles, both of which are wheelchair-bound, blind, and mentally challenged. Brian is not mentally challenged but he did not say his first word until he was four years old (was in special education classes up until high school where he struggled with short-term memory and grammar comprehension).


Cool Fact: Brian studied American Sign Language as an elective at a San Diego college during his junior year of high school according to Yahoo.

  • Brian Guendling performed Mark Ronson’s ‘Uptown Funk’  on June 19th in sign language at a local San Marcos bar called Nephews with his football teammates as back up dancers


  • Guendling uploaded the video (what he called ‘the first sign language concert ever) to YouTube– as of July 17th the video has over 205,000 views
  • The rumor is Brian wants to make some videos using songs from LMFAO, Kesha, Bruno Mars and other popular artists
    Photo Credit: @BGUENDLING Instagram

How to Follow The Sign Language Man on social media:

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1377580_10152203108461729_809245696_n @”The Sign Language Man”  (Updated statuses, concert pictures, as well as location requests of the Sign Language Man)

‘My main goal is to bring music to the deaf community,’ said Guendling.

I’m a proud Texas State Bobcat and I’m looking forward to interviewing Brian in the fall for the upcoming football season. Way to go Brian! You make Texas State proud.

Until the next time,
I’m Kiersten Ehr