lamar football

Junior quarterback Jordan Hoy rushed for 225 yards in his first career start to lead Lamar University to a 24-17 victory at Stephen F. Austin on Oct. 27 to spoil Homecoming in Nacogdoches. It was the third consecutive victory to improve to 4-4 overall and 3-3 in Southland Conference play. 

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The football season will unofficially open for the Lamar University football team Sunday, Aug. 26 with their annual Football Kickoff Celebration. This year’s keynote speaker is football legend “Little” Joe Washington. 

The event will begin at 5 p.m. in the Montagne Center with a VIP reception featuring Washington, LU head football coach Mike Schultz and Director of Athletics Marco Born. That will be followed by general admission to the event at 6 p.m. The event will serve as a fundraiser for the Cardinal football team.

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Frank Messina, a member of the 1968 Lamar Cardinals football team, proudly displays Lamar University athletic memorabilia throughout his store Debb’s Liquor at 2525 College St. in Beaumont. One particular item that still excites him to this day is the “Catch Cardinal Craze” bumper sticker above the main entrance of his business.

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Mike Schultz has already put together an impressive staff of assistant coaches during the short offseason after being hired as the new head football coach at Lamar Univeristy on Dec. 22, 2016. As spring camp started March 21, Schultz had to replace offensive line coach Brad Bedell, who left for the same position at Boise State late last week.

Schultz wasted no time and hit another big-time hire replacing Bedell with Jamal Powell, who comes over from James Madison University last season after going 14-1 and win the FCS National Championship.

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Beautiful weather is predicted for Lamar University’s “Rolling Out the Red” Homecoming 2016, which takes place this Saturday, Oct. 29.

The 2016 Homecoming Parade kicks off a fun day of music, tailgating, family activities and Cardinal football.

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New quarterback coach Ramon Flanigan

As the Lamar Cardinals enter their final week of spring practice, the spotlight on the Lamar campus has been turned to the annual spring game – the Crawfish Bowl – which is slated for Saturday, March 7, at 7 p.m. from Provost Umphrey Stadium. 

Head coach Ray Woodard announced the coaching staff for the game; Brett Ramsey will coach the Red, and Ben Beasley the White. 

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When Cardinal football was reintroduced in 2010, there was an excitement on campus that hadn’t been felt in a long time. It was a welcome return following two decades without a sport that Southeast Texans eat, sleep and breathe. Now that Big Red pride is back in full force, Lamar University reintroduces another tradition dating back more than half a century — the Homecoming Parade.

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Lamar assistant coach Craig McGallion has been named defensive coordinator announced head coach Ray Woodard Friday morning. McGallion takes over for Bill Bradley who retired after spending the previous two seasons as the Cardinals defensive coordinator.

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With an increased awareness of the dangers concussions pose to football players from the NFL down to Pee Wee football, the NCAA now requires all Division I member institutions to have a concussion management plan in place for its student athletes to employ policies to reduce and treat occurrences of brain injury.

Lamar University head athletic trainer Josh Yonker said he is committed to doing everything he can to keep his athletes safe after a suspected concussion.

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It’s been another tough season for the Lamar Cardinal football program. After a 56-7 home loss to Sam Houston State last weekend, leading rusher Herschel Sims told head coach Ray Woodard he was leaving the team and would transfer at the end of the semester.

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