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McNeese Scheduling Saga Comes to End, SFA's Knicky to TX vs Nation Game

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Stephen F. Austin will have a player in a postseason all-star game for the second year as defensive end Tim Knicky was selected for the Texas vs the Nation All-Star game according to a release out of [url=http://sfajacks.cstv.com/sports/m-footbl/spec-rel/012710aaa.html]Stephen F. Austin[/url] on Wednesday afternoon.

Knicky was named an All-American by College Sporting News this past season, in addition to accolades by the Associated Press, Sports Network and Walter Camp. On a team known for their offensive capabilities, Knicky's spotlight shined bright defensively, as he ranked second in the nation in sacks with 1.04 per game with 12.5 sacks on the season. Knicky also recorded 41 tackles, including 15 for a loss.

Though Knicky is a Texas-based player selected to the game, the game tends to feature a Texas team with players from across the nation. This year, the game will take place on Feb. 6 at Sun Bowl Stadium in El Paso, Texas. CBS College Sports will televise the game, which will get underway at 1 p.m.

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The McNeese scheduling saga with Southern came to an official end on Wednesday, as McNeese [url=http://www.mcneesesports.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=22000&ATCLID=204875744] announced their 2010 slate[/url].

"We tried hard to make this game happen in Lake Charles," said McNeese athletic director Tommy McClelland in the release. "However, due to scheduling conflicts with Southern and the SWAC, it became evident that we may not play them in the foreseeable future. Therefore, we mutually agreed to take the buyout and end the series."

The Cowboys were originally scheduled to play Southern in 2005, but the game was called off due to Hurricane Katrina. There has been a fair share of finger-pointing in this situation and luckily for all parties involved, the situation came to a head by following the contract agreed to.


Also on the slate is a Football Bowl Subdivision game against LSU on Oct. 16. This game will be the Tigers' first against an in-state Football Championship Subdivision program. LSU is currently slated to play Northwestern State in 2011 with games against Nicholls and Southeastern Louisiana also possible down the road.

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According to Doug Ireland's staff that puts together the [url=http://thedailydemon.blogspot.com/2010/01/more-demons-with-saints.html]Daily Demon Blog[/url] for NSUDemons.com, there are several people with ties to the Northwestern State program that will be making the trip to Miami, Fla. for the Super Bowl.

The most notable amongst the duo is former Demons quarterback Bobby Hebert, who has a large role in the Saints radio efforts. Hebert, a former quarterback with the New Orleans Saints and Atlanta Falcons, hosts a nightly radio show during the week, in addition to a weekly show with current Saints quarterback Drew Brees.

Hebert will certainly grab headlines this week, as he heads a [url=http://www.wdsu.com/sports/22369241/detail.html]parade of men in dresses[/url]. The reason is to fulfill a promote by legendy Saints broadcast Buddy Diliberto, or "Buddy D", who once said that he would don a dress if the Saints ever made it to Super Sunday. Hebert will lead the group, that will include a second line.

Saints defensive line coach Bill Johnson, a NSU offensive linemen and assistant coach from 1975-82, will have a spot on the sidelines.

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UTSA has added another coach to their staff, naming [url=http://www.goutsa.com/ViewArticle.dbml?SPSID=315549&SPID=34919&DB_OEM_ID=13100&ATCLID=204875701]former University of Texas receiver and current quality control coach Tony Jeffrey[/url] on as a wide receiver and special teams coach. Jeffrey is the second quality control coach from the Texas staff to find a SLC job, joining SHSU running back coach Anthony Johnson, who was also a former running back for the Longhorns.

“Tony is a great addition to our coaching staff,” UTSA head coach Larry Coker said in a the release made available by UTSA. “He had an outstanding career as a player at Texas and has been a well-respected coach there for the past few years. He’s from Houston and knows the San Antonio area, as well, so he’s going to be a great asset to the program we are building here. We’re really excited to have him on board.”

With two Longhorns making their way on to SLC staffs, how much longer until an Aggie, [url=http://sports.espn.go.com/dallas/nfl/news/story?id=4862696] most notably former Texas A&M standout Dat Nguyen[/url] joins the fray? Nguyen has put out his desire of wanting a college coaching job and having spent plenty of time in Texas, what better fit than one of the SLC's Texas entrants?

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