The Blitz: A surprising coaching change, the Texas FCS team most likely to defeat its FBS opponent, and no bye week for LSC teams.

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Graduation week during the offseason is typically a slow news week for Texas small colleges. But this isn’t your typical offseason. Instead, the week began with mainly transfer news and commitments until a sudden announcement of a coaching change in the NAIA ranks surprised our staff.

This offseason has been especially active in the Texas small college coaching ranks with 11 schools featuring a new person at the helm. 

Western Athletic Conference

  • The senior FCS analyst at HERO Sports, Sam Herder, ranked the nine most likely FCS teams to defeat their FBS opponent in 2022. Stephen F. Austin made the list and could argue for a higher ranking.

  • The Lumberjacks Week 0 game against Jacksonville State in Montgomery, Ala., will kickoff at 2:30 p.m. and will be broadcast on ESPN.

  • SFA will play Missouri State in a home-and-home series in 2028-2029. The ‘Jacks will play the Bears at Robert W. Plaster Stadium in 2029.

  • Tarleton announced its first visit to TCU will be played at 7 p.m. on Sept. 10, 2022.

  • UIW received a commitment from DL John Mathis, who transferred from Sam Houston.

  • RB Caleb Berry is transferring to UIW from Washington.

  • WR Tristan Golightly announced he is transferring to Abilene Christian from Kansas.

  • Houston LB TJ Marshall committed to ACU.

Southland Conference

Southwestern Athletic Conference

Lone Star Conference

  • I recently looked at the 2022 schedules for each team, and I noticed none of the Division II schools in Texas have a bye this season. While coaches may be split on whether they want a bye every year, the week off certainly helps with injuries. Another aspect of this season is the massive amount of travel for each team, which will be a factor in determining the LSC champion.

American Southwest Conference

  • McMurry announced San Angelo Central OL Kobe Moore, Rogers RB Christian Riley, Houston Madison, QB Damon Jones, Thorndale K Colton Merryman, Wichita Falls Hirschi WR Jaleal Minniefield, and Austin Brentwood LB Cason Best as members of the War Hawks 2022 recruiting class.

  • Spring WR Travis Sims announced his commitment to Mary Hardin-Baylor.

Sooner Athletic Conference

  • Ryan Smith announced his resignation as SAGU head coach. Smith led the Lions to a 9-3 record in 2021 and a win in the National Christian College Athletic Association’s Victory Bowl. It will be interesting to see if SAGU chooses to go the interim route for this season or bring in a fresh hire outside the program.

Southwestern Junior College Football Conference

  • Tyler LB Gavin Forsha committed to Kansas State

  • Tyler DB Jaylon Shelton committed to West Virginia

  • Navarro DB Louis Moore committed to play at Indiana.

  • Navarro DB Preston Hodge committed to Liberty.

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