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WAC welcomes Texas-Arlington as 10th member


(courtesy of UT-Arlington via wikipedia commons)

The Western Athletic Conference has a new member from the Dallas area.

The conference lost Texas Christian University of Ft. Worth and Southern Methodist University from Dallas a few years ago, but now has added UTA which is from the southern part of the city, Arlington.

WAC officials have been interested in UTA for awhile and both parties clicked from the beginning and the board of regents for the University of Texas system voted to accept the invitation to join.

After the upcoming 2011-2012 season, the WAC will be losing Fresno State, Hawaii and Nevada. But for the 2012-2013 season, the WAC will see its membership go back to ten with the additions of Seattle, Denver, Texas State, Texas-San Antonio and UTA.

Texas-Arlington will be jumping from the Southland Conference and has been looking to improve the school’s image by going to a bigger conference.

Only seven of the 10 WAC schools have football teams and UTA does not. The school is looking into possibly adding a football program. It could play its games in the new Cowboys Stadium which sits very close to its campus. The Mavericks shut down their football program in 1985.


Info courtesy of the Western Athletic Conference & University of Texas-Arlington

Eastern Washington rallies from 19-point deficit to win FCS title


(courtesy of Eastern Washington athletics via Wikipedia Commons)

Bo Levi Mitchell led three straight late touchdown drives, the final one coming with 2:47 remaining, sparking Eastern Washington to a come-from-behind win over Delaware in Frisco, Texas. The win gives the Eagles their first Football Championship Subdivision title.

The Eagles with a record of 13-2, trailed 19-0 and had gained just 92 yards midway through the third quarter.

Mitchell, a transfer from Southern Methodist University, took the Eagles on drives of 80, 89 and 69 yards. He converted a fourth-and-8 on the second of those series and needed two video replays to uphold a fourth-and-1 conversion a few plays before the winning touchdown.

Delaware finishes the year at 12-3, had one last chance to win the game, but turned the ball over on downs with 47 seconds left.

compiled from staff & Eastern Washington athletics news

We say goodbye to fun-loving ‘Dandy Don’ Meredith

Don Meredith, one of the most fun-loving athletes of all time as the quarterback of the Dallas Cowboys and in the broadcast booth for Monday Night football with Frank Gifford and Howard Cosell, died earlier in the week at age 72 after suffering a brain hemorrhage and lapsing into a coma in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Joseph Don Meredith born April 10, 1938 in Mount Vernon, Texas,  loved country music and was a pal of singer and fellow Texan, Willie Nelson, used words from Willie’s songs such as “Turn out the lights, the party’s over.”

Don Meredith (photo used by permission as a courtesy from the College Football Hall of Fame)

Meredith, who was a star at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. At SMU, he became an All-American quarterback in 1958 and 1959. Don had a chance to stay in town and play for the Cowboys from 1960 to 1968, helping lead “America’s Team” from a winless expansion team. In 1960, they were 0-11-1 to a championship caliber team which lost twice to the Green Bay Packers twice for the Super Bowl berth. Don was just 31 years old when he retired before training camp in 1969. A year later, he wound up in the broadcast booth for Monday Night football.

He was with Monday Night football from 1970 through 1984. He also turned to acting, playing a detective on Police Story on the NBC network. He also was a very successful commercial pitchman for Lipton tea.

compiled from staff, Southern Methodist University, Dallas Cowboys & College Football Hall of Fame news