That’s one big logo.
The new Texas A&M University-Commerce logo was unveiled Thursday as workers continued the installation of turf in Memorial Stadium.
The golden lion stretches 50 yards, and is rumored to be the largest midfield logo in the nation.
Photos of the field quickly made the rounds on social media and popped up on national news outlets like CBS Sports and Yahoo! Work on the new field and track began in late May and will be ready for the Lions season opener against Sul Ross State on Sept. 7.
“That’s a full 50 yards of logo, my friends,” Tom Fornelli CBS Sports writer said. “Which makes it more of a half-field logo than a mid-field logo.”
ESPN’s Darren Rovell called it “the biggest on-field logo in the game.”
In an interview conducted in February, A&M-Commerce Athletic Director Ryan Ivey said the installation will cost approximately $75,000. The new turf was initially going to be blue, but A&M-Commerce could not secure rights to use the blue field.
The logo is the most recent in a series of upgrades over the past few years that include a new scoreboard, away bleachers and locker room.
The Lions also have a new head football coach — Colby Carthel was hired by A&M-Commerce in January after serving as a defensive coordinator under his father Don.
The program has struggled recently, going 3-8, 1-9 and 1-9 over the past three years.
Carthel recently spoke at the Lone Star Conference Football Media Day in Fort Worth after the Lions were selected to finish last in the LSC preseason polls
“That’s to be expected,” Carthel said. “We haven’t done anything yet, but neither has the first place team. It’s not where you start; it’s where you finish.”
Initial construction on Memorial Stadium finished in 1950. A new field and track were installed most recently in 2006. Commerce High School also plays its home games at Memorial Stadium.
That’s one big logo.
Caddo Mills-ex rushes for 140 yards
Nathan Jeffery closed out the football season on a big note for the Texas-El Paso Miners.
Jeffery, who is a 6-0, 200-pound junior from Caddo Mills, rushed for 140 yards and two touchdowns on 20 carries during the Miners’ 48-17 loss in the season finale to Middle Tennessee last weekend in Murfreesboro. Jeffery scored on runs of 3 and 1 yard. His longest run went for 55 yards.
Leonard Tigers practice in Greenville
Freezing rain and bone-chilling temperatures didn’t stop the Leonard Tigers from practicing on Thursday afternoon for their Class 2A Division II state quarterfinal football playoff game.
The Tigers bused to Greenville and then worked out inside the Lions’ Roy Q. Traylor practice facility.
“We had a great workout for a short one,” said Leonard coach Shane Fletcher, whose Tigers practiced for about an hour.
The 10-3 Tigers are scheduled to play the 13-0 Cooper Bulldogs at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Wylie ISD stadium. But because of inclement weather, that game could be changed to Monday, according to Fletcher.
Greenville Lions, Lady Lions win
After jumping out to a 14-0 lead with 3:30 left in the first quarter one might think the Greenville Lions might have an easy time Tuesday in the Lions Den against the Princeton Panthers.
Well, think again. The Lions had to hold on for a 60-57 victory as the Panthers missed three shots in the final 10 seconds.
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Greenville Lions miss cutoff number by 11 students
That’s how close the Greenville Lions are to dropping a level of classification in the University Interscholastic League’s new realignment and reclassification for the 2014-15 and 2015-16 athletic seasons. Greenville, which is currently a member of District 13-4A, will apparently stay with most of the state’s 4A teams as they change their conference numbers to 5A for the new realignment.
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Leonard Tigers beat undefeated S&S for regional title
The Leonard Tigers made school history on Saturday with a 55-44 Class 2A Division II regional football playoff victory over S&S Consolidated.
The 10-3 Tigers avenged a 19-16 loss to S&S a couple of weeks ago and advanced to the fourth round of the playoffs for the first time, where they’ll face 13-0 Cooper at 2 p.m. Saturday in Wylie.
Bradshaw, TCU visit Puerto Vallarta
Former Rains Ladycat Klara Bradshaw spent the Thanksgiving holiday away from her family’s residence on Lake Fork.
But Bradshaw and the Texas Christian University women’s basketball team picked a good spot to be on the road for a tournament: Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. TCU went 1-2 during the Hardwood Tournament of Hope, beating Florida Gulf Coast 68-47 on Tuesday, then falling 57-52 to South Dakota State on Wednesday and 75-68 to Purdue on Thursday.
Greenville Lions silence Dallas Thunder, 83-50
The Greenville Lions took control in the second quarter of an 83-50 victory over the Dallas Thunder Blue Team in non-district basketball on Tuesday in the Lions Den.
Collen Wilburn and Brad Mulkey both fired in 17 points for the Lions. Wilburn hit three 3-pointers.
Jerry Dickeson pumped in 12 points and John Franklin also tallied 10 for Greenville, which is now 3-2 for the season.
Leonard to face S&S in third-round rematch
Only a couple of weeks ago the Leonard Tigers 19-16 to the S&S Consolidated Rams on a 32-yard field goal by Nico Franke in the closing seconds.
The 9-3 Tigers will get a chance at avenging that loss when the two teams meet in a football rematch at 1 p.m. Saturday at Eagle Stadium in Allen.
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