The Blitz: Texas A&M-Commerce releases intriguing 2023 schedule

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Southland Conference

  • Texas A&M-Commerce released its 2023 schedule last week and will only have four home games next year. The Lions will host UC Davis on Aug. 31 to open the season before embarking on a three-game road trip to Sacramento State, Old Dominion, and SFA. The game with the Lumberjacks is intriguing and will mark the first game for Colby Carthel against the program he led to the 2017 NCAA Division II national title.

  • The Lions announced the addition of two coaches to Clint Dolezel’s staff. Nick Louvier will coach the running backs after spending last year in the same role at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College. Jarrett Boykin Jr. will coach the wide receivers at A&M-Commerce. A former Virginia Tech standout with NFL playing experience, Boykin was receivers coach last year at Murray State.

Western Athletic Conference

  • Stephen F. Austin head coach Colby Carthel moved quickly to fill the Lumberjacks defensive coordinator position with spring practice on the horizon. The 'Jacks will soon name Tulane linebackers coach Michael Mutz as defensive coordinator. Mutz was twice a member of Sam Houston's coaching staff and served as defensive coordinator at Blinn in 2012. Most recently, Mutz has been on the same coaching staff with Tulane head coach Willie Fritz for the last 10 seasons, including eight at Tulane.

  • Abilene Christian began spring practice on Monday and will have three open scrimmages during March and April. The first scrimmage is set for 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 25, with the second scrimmage scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Apr. 1. ACU will have a football showcase event at 1 p.m. on Apr. 15, which will be open to the public and provide an opportunity for fans to interact with players after the event.

Lone Star Conference

  • UTPB recently released its 2023 schedule, highlighted by six home games for the Falcons. UTPB will open the season at home against Texas College on Sept. 2, followed by a two-game road trip to Western Colorado and Simon Fraser. The Falcons will face a critical four-game stretch in late September and October with road trips to Midwestern State and Angelo State preceded by home competitions against WT and  Texas A&M-Kingsville

  • West Texas A&M recently announced a home-and-home series against Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference powerhouse Colorado School of Mines for the 2024 and 2025 seasons. The Buffs will visit Golden, Colo., on Sept. 5, 2024, with the Orediggers scheduled to travel to Canyon on Sept. 4, 2025. The programs have met once in history, with the Orediggers earning a 21-13 win in 2021.

  • MSU will name former Texas A&M-Commerce offensive coordinator Billy Riebock to the same position. Riebock spent the last four seasons with the Lions under former head coach David Bailiff. The Mustangs will also add former Eastern Illinois tight ends coach Gunnard Twyner as wide receivers coach. In addition, former MSU defensive backs coach, Adrian McDonald, is headed to the Rio Grande Valley to join the UTRGV coaching staff.

American Southwest Conference

  • Austin College head coach Tony Joe White completed his coaching staff, the school announced in a release. Bradley Oh will serve as offensive coordinator, while George Love will be the defensive coordinator. The remaining staff consists of Xavier Maxwell (wide receivers), Bobby Briones (defensive line), and Bennet New (linebackers). White is in his first season at the helm of the 'Roos after a successful run at Birmingham-Southern.

  • McMurry announced changes to the War Hawks coaching staff. Defensive coordinator Will Snyder was promoted to associate head coach and will continue to serve defensive coordinator duties. New additions to the staff include tight ends coach Reed Collins, who spent last year at Howard Payne, and McMurry alum Matt Newby will begin his second stint on the War Hawks staff as offensive line coach, a position he held with the War Hawks in 2015.

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