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WAC: We Are Coming 2012
Texas State is moving to the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) and joining the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) in 2012. Joining the WAC and moving to the FBS means Texas State will be playing football at the highest NCAA level against nationally known opponents.
The move to the FBS and the WAC was the culmination of an effort called the Drive that began in 2007. Some of the highlights of the Drive include:
- Students approved a referendum to increase their financial support of Texas State Athletics.
- Alumnus Darren B. Casey contributed $1 million to Texas State Athletics to help kick off the Drive and assist with the construction of our brand new baseball and softball stadiums.
- Alumni Jerry and Linda Fields contributed $6 million to Texas State Athletics to help continue the Drive momentum and spearhead the Bobcat Stadium master plan construction.
- Brand-new, state-of-the-art $8 million baseball and softball stadiums opened in spring 2009, drawing record crowds for their home openers.
- Construction was completed on a new soccer locker room complex located on West Campus as well as a new Student Athlete Academic Center.
- The football, volleyball and soccer teams won Southland Conference (SLC) championships in 2008, the first time in the history of the league one school swept all three championships.
- In spring 2009, Texas State again dominated the league in several sports, earning conference championships and NCAA regional berths in both baseball and softball.
- In 2009, the $17-million Jerry D. and Linda Gregg Fields Bobcat Stadium West Side Complex opened. The project added 450 premium club seats and 15 luxury suites to Bobcat Stadium.
- In fall 2009, soccer claimed another SLC championship, while the volleyball team won the SLC tournament title and advanced to the first round of the NCAA tournament.
- In spring 2010 both the baseball and women’s golf teams won SLC championships.
- Construction has begun on the North End Zone Project at Bobcat Stadium, a facility that will add an additional 13,500 seats to Bobcat Stadium.
- In 2010, the athletic department announced that Texas Tech, Nevada, Navy and Wyoming have scheduled games against Texas State. (Note: the Navy game will be in Annapolis.)
- Dennis Franchione was hired to lead the football team into the FBS level. A former Texas State coach, he also has held head coaching positions at Texas A&M, Alabama and Texas Christian University.
Work has begun to expand Bobcat Stadium to 30,000 seats, and a new track and field stadium, east of Bobcat Stadium, will open this fall.
Strahan Coliseum is home to the volleyball team, as well as the men’s and women’s basketball teams. The 7,200-seat facility has undergone renovations and more are planned.
Texas State’s baseball and softball teams play in facilities that will be unmatched in the Western Athletic Conference, with seating for 2,000 at the baseball ballpark and 1,000 at the softball field. The women’s soccer team plays on West Campus at the Bobcat Soccer Complex, which holds more than 1,000 fans, and the tennis team plays at the newly renovated Tennis Center.