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College Football: Franchione undergoes successful cancer surgery

ISHMAEL JOHNSON
Sports Editor

Former Texas State head coach Dennis Franchione underwent a successful cancer surgery to remove a kidney Friday. Kirk Bohls of the Austin American-Statesman was the first to report.

According to the American-Statesman, Franchione was diagnosed after the doctor removed a golf-ball sized tumor three weeks ago following an MRI on his back.

The 66-year-old retired coach is expected to make a full recovery in the next four to six weeks.

College Football: Can Spaziani fix New Mexico State's defense?

ISHMAEL JOHNSON
Sports Editor

Head coach Doug Martin knows his offense will be fine.

When a mid-major program like New Mexico State lands a premier talent like Larry Rose III and surrounds him with a quality receiving corps, any coach would feel confident about his team’s ability to score points. The Aggies weakness was on defense.

New Mexico State started a lot of youth in 2015 and only gave up less than 30 points once — against Texas State. The Aggies were last in the Sun Belt in nearly every defensive category so Martin made the defense his top priority.

College Football: Finding playmakers in the secondary and on special teams

ISHMAEL JOHNSON
Sports Editor

There aren’t a lot of names changing in the secondary or on special teams, but expectations certainly are.

Brandon McDowell, Dila Rosemond, Stephan Johnson, Javante O’Roy, Clarence Guidry III and Damani Alexcee all played at least five games last season so in games reps won’t be the concern. Secondary is easily one of the Bobcats’ more experienced unit, but it was also one of the more targeted units last season.

High School Volleyball: Lady Rattlers honored for academic standard

ISHMAEL JOHNSON
Sports Editor

San Marcos was recognized by the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) late last month for high academic achievements during the 2015-16 school year.

Across the nation 762 teams earned the AVCA Team Academic Award. That number broke the previous year’s record of 757 to set a new all-time high. San Marcos had a cumulative team GPA of 3.6756 and it was San Marcos’ fourth year receiving the award.

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College Football: Revamping a passive defense at linebacker

ISHMAEL JOHNSON
Sports Editor

Randall McCray will have a plethora of options at linebacker this season.

16 players fill out the second level depth chart and depth surely won’t be an issue at linebacker in Texas State’s new 3-4 defense.

Turning those options into a frenzied unit is the primary task for the former Gardner-Webb defensive coordinator, but McCray is used to working with the odds stacked against him.

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