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'We want to finish this week right'
Sam Houston State head coach Willie Fritz called the Bearkats into a huddle at the end of Thursday afternoon’s workout at Bowers Stadium.
After talking over the basics that come with every post-practice speech, Fritz told the team that the only thing left to do was “finish.” Regardless of how well things went during the week heading into Saturday’s showdown against Lamar (2-2) in Beaumont, none of it would matter if the Kats (1-2) didn’t put the hay in the barn.
“One of our goals every week to win is to finish, to win the fourth quarter,” the coach said. “Really that covers everything you do. So many people get sloppy at the end of projects or whatever they are trying to accomplish. We want to finish every single play, every single series and every single rep in practice. We want to finish this week right.”
Sam Houston State is covering all of its bases as the Bearkats and Lamar renew a rivalry that ended 21 years ago when the Cardinals cut the football program following the 1989 season.
With folks in the Golden Triangle excited about the return of football, a huge crowd is expected for Saturday’s game at Provost Umphrey Stadium. To help simulate the environment, the Bearkats have had segments during practice this week with deafening crowd noise being piped through the speaker system at Bowers.
“I talked to the coach from Webber International, (Lamar’s) only home opponent so far this season, and he told me that it was loud,” Fritz said. “He said that on one of the ends, it is really loud. I’m sure they are going to be fired up and ready to go. There are only going to be about 400 Bearkat fans there, they only gave us about 400 tickets, and there will be 16,000 from Lamar.
“When we get the ball, I’m sure they are going to be screaming and yelling. I don’t think it will be a problem. We have had teams play in front of crowds like that, but you don’t want to leave any stone unturned.”
Slim pickings – There isn’t much on tap as far as Southland Conference football action is concerned this week, but McNeese State and Northwestern State kick off league action on Saturday.
The Cowboys (1-2) travel to Natchitoches, La., to battle the Demons (1-3) in the SLC Television Network game of the week. Northwestern State hasn’t beaten McNeese State since a 47-17 home victory in 2004.
Saturday’s game is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m.
Lamar tabs new AD – The University of Lamar officially named women’s head basketball Larry Tidwell as the athletic director. Tidwell had served as the Cardinals interim athletic director after Billy Tubbs stepped down over the summer.
Tidwell led the Lady Cardinals to the Southland Conference regular-season and tournament championships last year. Lamar also played in the NCAA Austin Regional.
Tidwell will serve in both capacities this year, then re-evaluate the situation at the end of basketball season.
“I will finish this season as head coach then sit down with (Lamar president) Dr. (James) Simmons, and he and I will evaluate the situation to see if one position or the other is being hurt by me being responsible for both jobs,” Tidwell said in a release. “If this is found to be the case, we’ll make any adjustment necessary, but it is my hope that I’ll continue to coach.
“At the same time, I am going to do my dead level best to make sure each job is treated with equal respect in terms of their importance to the overall athletic program.”
By Cody Stark, The Huntsville Item