The McNeese Cowboys traveled out to Charleston, Illinois earlier Saturday afternoon to take on an Eastern Illinois that they beat last season 29-15 at home. This year though things went very different as the Panthers mounted a second-half comeback that saw them beat the Cowboys 31-28 in the final seconds of the game.
As the McNeese football team gets ready for their week two showdown with the Florida Gators in Gainesville, they do so hoping to put their week one woes behind them. McNeese struggled against Tarleton State in week one as they lost 52-34 thanks to 35 unanswered points by the Texans in the second half, and despite leading at halftime, the Cowboys would go on to fall in week one for the third consecutive season.
The Cowboys are set to host the Tarleton State University Texans tonight at Cowboy Stadium, as McNeese looks to start a season 1-0 for the first time since the spring season of 2021, when they beat Tarleton State in double overtime.
On Tuesday it was announced that the Southland Conference will hold the Men’s and Women’s Basketball conference tournaments at McNeese’s Legacy Center through 2029, extending the contract that originally expired following the 2026 tournaments. On Wednesday, Southland Conference Commissioner Chris Grant, as well as McNeese State University President Dr. Daryl Burckel, Director of Athletics Heath Schroyer, Men’s Basketball Head Coach Will Wade, and Women’s Basketball Head Coach Lynn Kennedy met with the media inside the Legacy Center to discuss the decision.
In 2023 the Southland Conference held the men’s and women’s basketball conference tournaments in Lake Charles at McNeese’s Legacy Center, and following a record-breaking economic impact of $5.3 million on the Lake Charles community in 14 days, the Southland Conference announced Tuesday that the Board of Directors unanimously approved the extension of the championships being held in Lake Charles through 2029.
It is officially game week for the McNeese football team as they prepare for their first game of the 2023 season on Saturday when they welcome Tarleton State to Cowboy Stadium. On Monday, McNeese Head Coach Gary Goff met with the media ahead of the season opener.
The main question of the offseason for McNeese football has been who is going to start at quarterback? It’s a question Head Coach Gary Goff has been asked countless times, and it’s a question McNeese football fans are eagerly awaiting an answer to, but Pokes fans will have to wait until September 2nd when McNeese welcomes Tarleton State to Cowboy Stadium, as Goff announced on Thursday that he knows who the starter will be, but he’s keeping his cards close until the season opener.
McNeese continues to prepare for the beginning of the 2023 season, but due to the extreme heat in Southwest Louisiana, the Pokes moved practice on Tuesday from early in the morning to the night, and when they hit the field on Tuesday night, positional battles continued as the 2023 season continues to creep up.
The first scrimmage of the season for the Cowboys showed the teams improvements this off-season as the run and pass game meshed well combining for nearly 600 yards and 7 touchdowns, the pass catchers have taken it upon themselves to improve each and every day.
When Gary Goff was hired as the next head coach of the McNeese football team prior to the 2022 season, one thing he brought with him was ‘Victory Day’ a day for the Cowboys to take a break from practice and to focus on something maybe a little more important; to help those who are less fortunate.
Day three of summer practice for the McNeese Cowboys had clear match-ups stick out as the defensive backs went after the wide receivers all morning long. To the credit of the Cowboys receivers’ room, they proved to be up for the challenge as multiple pass catchers made contested catches on the day.
Over the past two weeks McNeese has released their men’s and women’s basketball non-conference schedules, and on Tuesday, August 1st, the Southland Conference released the conference schedules for both teams, completing the Cowboys, and Cowgirls’ schedules.
McNeese Football began construction on their new $1.1 million locker room in early June, and on Sunday the Cowboy players got their first look at their new locker room after it was completed last week.
The McNeese Women’s Basketball team enters the 2023-24 season hoping to improve on their 2022-23 season when they finished with a conference record of 8-10, and an overall record of 12-19, and on Tuesday we found out who they’ll be taking on for non-conference play before Southland Conference play begins in January.
Sunday was a special day for former McNeese distance runner Jarrett LeBlanc as he set out to break the World Record for the fastest half marathon run on a treadmill. The previous World Record was 1:03:08 held by American John Raneri who set the record in 2020. LeBlanc broke the record by 18 seconds, running the 13.1 mile half marathon in a record 1:02:50.
Southland Conference Media Day took place virtually on Monday morning, and prior to the Media Day (which previously took place in Lake Charles) beginning, the conference released it’s preseason poll, where McNeese was picked to finish third, receiving 65 total points, behind only UIW, and Southeastern
Fans are excited for the 2023-2024 McNeese athletics season and on Tuesday at Southwest Beverage in Lake Charles, they got the chance to meet the McNeese athletics coaches for one of McNeese’s annual ‘Cowboy Caravan’ events.
2023-24 is the turn of a new leaf for McNeese Men’s Basketball as they hired former LSU Head Coach Will Wade to be the school’s 12th head coach in program history, and on Tuesday the Cowboys released their non-conference schedule for the upcoming season.
Entering Thursday just two players in McNeese baseball history had been named All-Americans, Kevin Mitchell, who was named a third-team All-American in 2001, and Ben Broussard, who was also named to the third-team in 1999, but on Thursday they made room for another Cowboy in the prestigious club, as Grant Rogers was named a second-team All-American, the highest selection in McNeese history.