Bobcat Stadium is the home of Texas State Bobcats football program. The stadium has been in use since 1981 and besides Bobcats football games, the venue hosted Texas Special Olympics and it also appeared in TV in scenes from the movie “The Ringer”.The venue is capable of holding 30000 spectators and the record of Texas State Bobcats tickets fell in September 2012 when 33006 fans watched the home team battle against Texas Tech Red Raiders.Basketball at Texas State University is played at the Strachan Coliseum, a venue that was opened in 1981 and it can hold over 7000 spectators.
Texas State University introduced football program in 1904 while basketball was added later on in 1920. Both programs spent most of their history being members of D-IAA/ NAIA Divisions and just in 2012 they joined Sun Belt Conference, NCAA Division I (FBS for football).The university’s mascot is Boko the Bobcat. The mascot got its name thanks to bobcat being native to Texas, the nickname was found in 1964, over 40 years after it was decided that bobcat would be the school’s mascot. The colours representing Texas State University are maroon and gold.The main rivals of the Bobcats are University of Texas, Nicholls State Colonels and Arkansas State.Football program won two national championships while competing in Division II (1981 and 1982), altogether the Bobcats have 14 conference titles, two playoff appearances while in Division I-AA with a combined record of 2-2.
They have also taken part in two Bowl games, both of which they came out victorious and their all- time record is 503-421-26.Since Texas State University just recently became the fourth largest university in Texas, the school didn’t produce a lot of players who made it to NFL, nevertheless there were some draft picks coming from school including Bobby Watkins and Ricky Sanders.Watkins, played cornerback for six seasons while in Detroit Lions. He made 20 interceptions and 6 fumble recoveries in that time.Sanders, was a wide receiver who played for several teams in NFL during his 12 seasons career. His biggest accomplishments come from 8 seasons spent with the Redskins where he was twice Super Bowl champion. He finished his career with 37 receiving touchdowns and 6477 receiving yards to his name.
Basketball program won nine conference championships, one of which led them to winning national title while competing in NAIA Division I. During that period, the Bobcats reached the Final Four of NAIA three more times.Since being part of Division I, the university was twice to NCAA tournament, both times not being able to get pass the first round. The Bobcats added two conference tournament and regular season championships to their name since in Division I.There just weren’t many Bobcats who played a game in NBA. Torgeir Bryn who was the only Norwegian to play in NBA, he did it while recording three games for the Clippers. Another Bobcat, with much more NBA experience was Jeff Foster who played 13 seasons for Indiana Pacers. At the time of his retirement he was ranked 8th all- time in total rebound rate and 4th all- time in offensive rebound rate.
Texas State University has just recently started appearing at the bigger NCAA stage and it will take some time for this growing university to build its identity which will hopefully spark birth to new stars in pro leagues hailing from that school.