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SAGU Named Former Dallas Cowboys Head Coach, UMHB Football Field Will Be Named After Legendary Coach

Texas small colleges crazy offseason continued to surprise last week with the announcement of Greg Ellis as head coach at Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU). Ellis was previously head coach and athletic director at Texas College and spent 12 years in the NFL with the Dallas Cowboys and Las Vegas Raiders.

What follows is a recap of another busy week.

Western Athletic Conference

In his Extra Points NewsletterMatt Brown wrote that UIW will complete their move to WAC on July 1. Brown reports that the UIW has participated in all WAC annual meetings, including last week’s WAC board meeting. Brown previously reported that UIW had the idea to stay in Southland.

Zach McKinnell of TheBlueBloodsPod.com wrote about the transfers that will have the biggest impact on their new team in 2022. Earning a spot on the roster is UIW QB Lindsey Scott Jr., who played 18 games over the past two years at Nicholls.

Abilene Christian added another transfer from Texas Tech when PK Grant Nickel announced its commitment to the Wildcats. Nickel was a member of the scout team while serving his redshirt season.

The Wildcats also received a massive commitment from LB Izaiah Kelley, who appeared in nine games with SMU last season, mostly on special teams.

lamar appointed Jeff O’Malley as athletic director. O’Malley has spent the past 20 years as Associate Director of Athletics/Chief of Staff at Marshall. He will officially begin his new role with the Cardinals on July 1.

The Cardinals received a commitment from LB Robert Bonar, who saw no action at Utah after joining the Utes in 2020.

Stephen F. Austin DE Wilburn Smallwood has announced that he is transferring to UIW. Smallwood was a 3-star from Lufkin High School and was originally signed to Nevada before signing with the ‘Jacks. He did not appear in a match during his time at the SFA.

SFA start season 10th and UIW 16th Athlon Sports’ Top 25 Pre-Season FCS.

Southland Conference

Mark Pszonak of MikeFarrellSports.com wrote about the top 20 players to transfer from FCS to FBS in the offseason. No. 2 on the list is former UIW QB Cameron Ward, who transferred to Washington State.

Jared Miller wrote a story for UnderdogDynasty.com on football programs moving to FCS in 2022, which includes Texas A&M-Commerce with Lindenwood and Stonehill.

Southwestern Athletic Conference

Ancient south texas DE Michael Badejo received a tryout with the Carolina Panthers on Monday. Badejo was recently invited to the XFL Showcase.

Lone Star Conference

Joshua Atkinson announced on his Twitter realize that he is Midwest State new wide receivers coach. Atkinson has been an offensive graduate assistant working primarily with receivers at Baylor since July 2020. He was a letterer for four years at Tulsa and spent two years as a graduate assistant with the Golden Hurricanes after graduating in 2016.

West Texas A&M finished second in the Division II LEARFIELD Director’s Cup standings. This is the fourth consecutive season that WT has finished in the Top 10 and the third consecutive time in the Top 5. Additionally, this is the second time in program history that the Buffs have finished in second place.

American Southwest Conference

Mary Hardin Baylor announced that they are naming the field at Crusader Stadium after legendary trainer Pete Fredenburg. Cru was 51-3 under Fredenburg at Crusader Stadium since it was built in 2013.

The Crusaders also received a commitment from San Antonio Brennan LB Alyzha Williams.

McMurry announced the addition of Galena Park North Shore WR Joseph Richard, Fort Worth Dunbar LB Markyiden James, La Porte WR Blaiz Bell, San Antonio Roosevelt OL Caleb Molina, Shepherd OL Hunter Barnett, Snyder LB Bryce Ford and Houston Grace Christian RB Dominic Carroll to the War Hawks recruiting class of 2022.

Earlier Athletic Conference

Texas College named Randy Butler athletic director. Butler is a TC alum and previously served as an AD from 2012-2013. Additionally, he held administrative positions at Texas College and was a running backs coach for the Steers in 2011.

Southwestern Junior College Football Conference

Tyler has released its 2022 football schedule, featuring five home and non-conference games against RPA College and Kilgore. The Apaches will host Kilgore in a conference game in Week 9.

Apache OL Ashton Savage has announced his commitment to play at NCAA DII Pittsburgh State.

Navarra added Qua’von Matthews to its recruiting class. Matthews is traded to the Iowa Bulldogs, where he wore a red shirt in his only season with the Hawkeyes.

The Bulldogs also added TE Allen Horace II, who is traded from UTSA. Horace has appeared in seven games in 2020, mostly as a special teams contributor, and as a redshirt last year.

Another addition to Navarro’s roster is transfer from Auburn QB, Tyler Ward. Ward was a two-star freshman from Calabasas High School in Aspen, Colorado in 2021. However, he did not receive playing time with the Tigers.

Hillcrest WR/OLB Shannon Cruse has announced they will also be competing at Navarro this fall.

The following Navarro players transferred to four-year schools. These include DB Louis Moore (Indiana), DB Preston Hodge (Liberty), DL Mike Sandjo (EMS), OL Phillip Houston (Florida International), QB Jack Turner (Louisiana Tech), P Ryan Shamburger (Minnesota), WR Zavion Taylor (Indiana State), QB Zy Gravitt (Texas A&M-Kingsville), and K Alexis Lopez (Center-East).

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