The folks in Huntsville, Texas, are wearing orange and blue smiles around town these days. For the fourth time in school history, Sam Houston State claimed the Southland Conference's Commissioner's Cup as the league's top program for the 2012-13 athletic year.
“This is a huge accomplishment for our department,” Williams said. “The goal every season is to be the top program in the Southland. Across the board, every team had great performances on the field and this truly is a department award.”
The Bearkats won a total of four conference titles and placed among the Southland's top three in 11 different sports. While all sports are succeeding at Sam Houston State, the football team has clearly been the flagship of the Bearkats' armada.
Willie Fritz's squad has compiled a 25-5 record over the past two seasons, claiming back-to-back Southland titles and appearing in the school's first FCS National Championship games. In fact, over the past two campaigns, Sam Houston State has lost to only one FCS opponent not named North Dakota State, with 11 of their 25 victories coming by 30 points or more.
As Sam Houston State rings in its terrific year, the folks at Blackwater Media talked to some of the principles of the Bearkats' program to find the keys to their success.