McNeese State

McNeese signs soccer coach Drew Fitzgerald to three-year deal

Coming off the third consecutive double-digit wins season while compiling the most victories in school history in a three-year span, McNeese Cowgirl soccer head coach Drew Fitzgerald has been rewarded with a new three-year contract that will run through the 2022 season.H

Hamilton Christian’s Jules Sullen leaves for advisor position at McNeese

Lake Charles native Jace Peterson makes Brewers’ 45-man roster

Former Cowboy baseball player and head coach Todd Butler joins McNeese staff as senior associate AD

  7-In-Seven Countdown: Top McNeese matchups in 2020

KPLC 7 Sports’ 7-in-Seven Countdown returns June 22

  Sports Person of the Week - Roydell Brown

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  Fauci: ‘Football may not happen this year’

  Heath Schroyer discusses balancing roles as head coach and interim athletic director

McNeese head basketball coach Heath Schroyer named interim director of athletics in department reorganization

NCAA proposal for extended college football preseason set

Former Poke Roydell Brown signs professionally with Slovakian team

  McNeese’s Keyshawn Feazell gets approval by NCAA to play immediately

NCAA lifts D-1 baseball roster cap, offers other forms of relief

There was more good news from the Division I Committee for Legislative Relief on Wednesday, June 10, for D-I baseball, specifically. Three major decisions were made.

McNeese places league-high nine student-athletes on 2020 SLC All-Academic Track and Field Team

McNeese placed a Southland Conference-best nine student-athletes on the 2020 SLC Indoor Track and Field Academic All-Conference Team, the league office announced on Tuesday.

  McNeese trainer Hunter Martin discusses voluntary workout protocol

As they work to bring back sports, the planning process and first steps are crucial. McNeese head football trainer Hunter Martin says the university is doing their best to make sure everything is up to par for the athletes who are participating in the voluntary workouts.

  McNeese athletes thrilled to start voluntary workouts

Not every athlete is back on campus yet, but the ones that live close are taking advantage.

Emmanuel Tommy joins Cowboy Basketball as Director or Operations

  Sports Person of the Week - Patrick Richard

McNeese outfielder Clayton Rasbeary named to SLC All-Academic First Team

McNeese cornerback Darion Dunn named FCS Preseason All-American by HERO Sports

NCAA extends recruiting dead period to July 31

McNeese’s Seneca, Brown, and McCrary named to SLC All-Academic Team

  McNeese to allow voluntary workouts June 1

McNeese athletes don’t have long to wait until they can finally practice on school grounds once again. McNeese Interim Athletics Director Tanner Stines said the Southland and McNeese will begin allowing players back on campus June 1 for voluntary workouts. The NCAA Division I Council voted to approv

  Former Pokes discuss balancing life in the minors and pandemic

A year ago this week, the McNeese baseball team was celebrating its first Southland Conference tournament title in 16 years. A few members from last year’s squad were able to continue their careers as pros and are currently trying to balance minor league life with the pandemic.

McNeese’s Chris Livings inks CFL deal with the Saskatchewan Roughriders

Another Cowboy is head north to the CFL as the Saskatchewan Roughriders announced the signing of former McNeese defensive send Chris Livings on Thursday.

NCAA rules against one-time transfer waiver for 2020-21 academic year

The Division I Council approved a resolution Wednesday that outlined its intention to adopt by January a comprehensive legislative package creating uniform, modernized rules governing eligibility after transfer for student-athletes in all sports.

Southland Conference addresses 2020-21 competitive standards

The league’s university presidents, in consultation with their athletic directors, made a number of changes to postseason championships. In baseball, women’s soccer, softball and volleyball, the top four regular-season finishers will advance to 2020-21 tournaments at the site of the No. 1 seed.

NCAA approves voluntary activities for football and basketball starting June 1

College sports took a step in the right direction of returning Wednesday as the NCAA Division I Council voted to approve voluntary athletic activities in football, men’s and women’s basketball beginning June 1. The story was first reported by Pete Thamel of Yahoo Sports.

NCAA cites lack of institutional control in punishment of SFA athletic program

SFA was handed out more sanctions on Wednesday following concerns over academic issues including vacating victories in multiple sports.

  McNeese track and field stars Banks and Donald are training ‘outside the box’ during quarantine

McNeese track and field stars Aleyah Donald and Donovan Banks weren’t going to let the coronavirus take away their senior season.

McNeese’s Grace McKenzie training to redo senior outdoor track season

Being a multis athlete, like McKenzie, isn’t an easy challenge on a regular day and especially not during a pandemic when restrictions are in place.

McNeese football posts high GPA for spring semester

McNeese football learned some good news on Friday after final grades for the semester were tabulated – a spring semester grade point average of 2.92 and overall school year GPA of 2.73.

52 McNeese student-athletes to receive degrees on Saturday

A total of 52 McNeese student-athletes will receive their degrees on Saturday during McNeese State University’s virtual commencement ceremony. The ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. and will be streamed live on the university’s Facebook page.

McNeese terminates search for new athletic director

McNeese State University has terminated the search for a Director of Athletics and no timetable has been set to open a new search.

McNeese baseball, men’s cross country recognized by NCAA for APR

McNeese’s baseball and men’s cross country squads were recognized by the NCAA on Tuesday with the APR Public Recognition Award as the teams performed in the top 10 percent in all of Division I baseball and cross country programs.

  McNeese’s Cori McCrary remains thankful to “relive” senior season in 2021

With the NCAA granting spring-sport student-athletes another year of eligibility as a result of the virus, seniors like McNeese’s Cori McCrary are taking advantage.

Cowgirls add Valpo pitcher Jenna Edwards to 2021 roster

McNeese softball head coach James Landreneau announced the addition of Jenna Edwards, a left-handed graduate pitcher from Valparaiso.

  Cowboys preparing for any potential changes to upcoming season

It’s expected that football will look a lot different this fall given the impacts of the coronavirus outbreak.

  Frank Wilson discusses recruiting during coronavirus pandemic

The spring is normally the busiest time of the year for coaches when it comes to evaluating young talent, but the coronavirus pandemic has altered the process.

  Wilson says Cowboys have handled pandemic like ‘young pros’

While Wilson feels the current situation doesn’t necessarily help his team prepare for the 2020 season, he says they’ve handled things well.

McNeese golf lands JUCO standout, Jake Leatherwood

McNeese Cowboys golf head coach Derek Plucienski has announced the signing of transfer Jake Leatherwood to his 2020 signing class. Leatherwood will transfer in from Western Texas College where he ranked No. 28 in the nation in the NJCAA Division I ranks according to GolfStat.

  Frank Wilson looks ahead to QB battle between Cody Orgeron and Walker Wood

The battle between Orgeron and Wood this fall is one Wilson is anxious to watch and no matter who ends up getting the nod, he's confident the team will be in good hands.

  Frank Wilson expects DE Isaiah Chambers to make big impact in 2020

After losing all four starters on the defensive line from 2019, the Cowboys had a big need up front and were able to add some beef on the line in graduate transfer Isaiah Chambers from Houston.

  Pokes add depth to receiving corps with pair of transfers

Frank Wilson and his staff knew they had to assess the need for size and depth at the position and think they’ve found it in a pair of transfers.

  Cowboys holding online spring football during pandemic

While getting back to a sense of normalcy is something we all want in our everyday lives, it’s something Frank Wilson and the Cowboys have tried to maintain.

  Damilola Balogun reflects on McNeese career

The journey for Damilola Balogun to get to McNeese wasn't an easy one.

Cowboys add WR Severyn Foster from Rochester College

First-year McNeese football head coach Frank Wilson has added another weapon to the 2020 Cowboy squad with the signing of wide receiver Severyn Foster out of Rochester (MN) College.

  McNeese guard Dru Kuxhausen reflects on record-setting season

Kuxhausen set a new McNeese and Southland Conference record with 125 threes made in his first season as a Cowboy. That total was also good for the top spot in the nation this past season.

Cowboys strengthen roster by signing five transfers

The COVID-19 pandemic put a halt of all sports this spring, including spring football. But that hasn’t stopped McNeese first-year head coach Frank Wilson and his staff on the recruiting trail as the Cowboys have landed five players since February’s normal signing day.

McNeese lands Houston defensive end transfer Isaiah Chambers

The Cowboys will have plenty of shoes to fill on the defensive line in 2020 as the team lost all four starters from a season ago due to graduation and transfers. The Pokes were able to add some beef up front in graduate transfer Isaiah Chambers from the University of Houston.

Cowboys’ Greg Holmes, Michael Terblanche garners All-Louisiana honors

McNeese freshmen Greg Holmes was named the 2019-20 Men’s Golf Louisiana Freshman of the Year and while also garnering second team all-Louisiana honors along with sophomore Michael Terblanche, the Louisiana Sports Writers Association (LSWA) announced on Tuesday in conjunction with the release of the

Good reasons to build on excitement for Cowboys Basketball

There’s good reason to build on the excitement about the future of the McNeese Cowboys basketball program.

Gilroy adds four athletes to Fall signing class

McNeese Track/Field and Cross-Country Head Coach Brendon Gilroy announced Friday the signing of four new athletes to his Fall signing class. They will join Ellis Conway, Brannon Cheplak, Gideon Cheplak, Elias Loriposia, Olu Ogunyemi, and Kameron Aime who were announced back in January.

  Sports Person of the Week - Sha’Markus Kennedy

He averaged 18 points, 10 boards, and two and a half blocks a night as the Pokes reached the Southland Conference tournament for the first time in four years. Kennedy's scoring efficiency was notable as he shot nearly 68 percent, which placed him second in the entire country.

Schroyer signs quality quintet to boost Cowboys’ roster

McNeese Cowboys head basketball coach Heath Schroyer was grinning ear to ear after announcing his 2020 signing class, and for good reason.

McNeese WBB: Kacie Cryer Inks Four JUCO’s To Open Signing Day

Even though the Cowgirls are losing a majority of their scoring and rebounding to graduation, McNeese head women’s basketball coach Kacie Cryer and her staff plan to fill those shoes with this year’s signing class through the junior college route in order to make an immediate impact in both areas.

McNeese lands commitment from former Sulphur star

The McNeese baseball team has added another arm to next year’s roster adding LSUE pitcher Chance Stone.

McNeese’s Heath Schroyer, Kacie Cryer have contracts extended

McNeese Interim Athletics Director Tanner Stines has announced the contract extensions of men’s basketball coach Heath Schroyer and women’s head coach Kacie Cryer.

McNeese forward Sha’markus Kennedy named 1st Team All-Louisiana

McNeese basketball’s Sha’markus Kennedy added another postseason award to his successful senior season when on Tuesday he was named to the All-Louisiana First Team by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association.

  Former McNeese QB talks about ‘eye-opening’ work at New Orleans hospital and grandfather’s passing

Former McNeese quarterback James Tabary has seen first-hand the dangers of the coronavirus while working at University Medical Center in New Orleans.

McNeese’s Balogun named to All-Louisiana team

McNeese senior Damilola Balogun picked up another postseason honor on Monday when she was named to the LSWA (Louisiana Sports Writers Association) All-Louisiana women’s basketball team.

  Former McNeese star Kent Shelby eyes CFL debut amid pandemic

The road to pro football is rarely an easy one. Former McNeese receiver Kent Shelby learned that after his final season with the Pokes.

  Landreneau ‘not rushing’ seniors on eligibility waiver decisions

With the NCAA allowing spring athletes another year of play after the coronavirus pandemic ended their 2020 seasons, seniors must now decide whether to graduate and move on, or stay and give it one more go next year.

Former McNeese QB James Tabary working front lines at UMC in New Orleans

Like many people around the world, former McNeese record-setting quarterback James Tabary is living the COVID-19 pandemic nightmare in more ways than one. On March 30, Tabary’s grandfather passed away after contracting the deadly disease just three days prior.

  McNeese coach Justin Hill weighs in on NCAA eligibility ruling

When the NCAA announced on March 30 that it will grant waivers for all spring-sports athletes to receive an extra year of eligibility, it was obvious the ramifications will have a lasting impact.

Southern Illinois guard Harwin Francois commits to McNeese

The Pokes were able to land another Division I transfer as Southern Illinois guard Harwin Francois announced his commitment to McNeese via Twitter.

Cowboys pick up Mississippi State transfer KeyShawn Feazell

McNeese was able to add more front court depth to their roster as Mississippi State forward KeyShawn Feazell announced his intentions to transfer and join the Pokes.

McNeese announces seniors are back in the saddle for 2021

In wake of the NCAA Division I Council's vote on Monday, several McNeese baseball seniors have announced their plans to return to the Pokes for the 2021 campaign.

McNeese’s Damilola Balogun named to SLC All-Academic First Team

McNeese senior forward Damilola Balogun has been named to the 2019-20 Southland Conference Women’s Basketball All-Academic Team, the league announced earlier today.

Sulphur alum Claralee Richard commits to McNeese

Former Sulphur Lady Tor Claralee Richard is heading back to the Lake Area after she announced her commitment to Kacie Cryer and the McNeese Cowgirls on Monday.

McNeese releases statement following spring student-athletes eligibility extension

The Division I Council on Monday voted to allow schools to provide spring-sport student-athletes an additional season of competition and an extension of their period of eligibility.

NCAA to give spring sport athletes extra year of eligibility

The council is made up of college sports administrators representing all 32 D-I conferences, plus two members of the student-athlete advisory committee.

NCAA grants spring-sport athletes year of eligibility lost to coronavirus

The NCAA Division I Council voted Monday, March 30 to grant spring-sport athletes the year of eligibility they lost due to the coronavirus pandemic.

McNeese lands commitment from 6’8 JUCO forward

To combat the loss of All-Conference forward Sha’markus Kennedy, the McNeese Cowboys went back to the Panhandle Conference to find his replacement. Forward Carlos Rosario committed to McNeese on Friday, making the announcement via Twitter.

Southland Conference cancels remaining spring sports competitions and championships

The Southland Conference announced Saturday that the league will cancel all remaining spring sports competitions and championship events, effective immediately.

VIRAL: Stuck-at-home McNeese photographer turns to shooting sports on TV

McNeese student photographer and graphic designer Leighton Chamblee is going stir-crazy with the current sports drought - he decided to take matters into his own hands.

Kennedy named 1st team NABC All-District 22

McNeese senior forward Sha’markus Kennedy has been named to the 2019-20 NABC Division I All-District 22 First Team, the organization announced on Monday.

  McNeese coaches look ahead after spring sports canceled

With the 2020 spring sports season for McNeese over, the main question— what’s next?

  McNeese coaches react to canceling of spring sport seasons

From the suspension of pro leagues such as the NBA and MLB to the cancellation of March Madness, the COVID-19 pandemic has completely shocked the world of sports. The domino effect eventually led to the cancellation of the college spring sports season.

McNeese spring sports coaches meet with media about season shutdown

Baseball head coach Justin Hill, softball head coach James Landreneau and track and field head coach Brendon Gilroy held a joint presser to discuss how their teams are handling the cancellation of the spring season due to the coronavirus pandemic.