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Texas State football players test positive for COVID-19

The San Marcos Bobcats club team allows University students to continue enjoying playing football in college.

Aidan Bea, Sports Editor

June 17, 2020

Texas State Athletics announced June 17 five football players tested positive for COVID-19. The players are believed to have contracted the virus outside of football activities. The five are in self-isolation for 14 days with their care managed by university health professionals, athletic trainers...

This school year’s top moments: No. 1 – Cancellation of sports

A Texas State basketball player reacts after missing a potential game-winning shot.

Sports Team

June 5, 2020

Editor’s Note: From May 25-29 and May 31-June 5, The University Star’s sports staff will break down its Top 10 moments in Texas State sports from this past school year. A move that disappointed many sports fans, the Sun Belt announced March 16 all spring sports and practices would be canc...

Former Texas State basketball player accuses Kaspar of making racist remarks

Danny Kaspar talks to players in a huddle during a timeout.

Jaden Edison, Editor-in-Chief

June 5, 2020

Former Texas State basketball player Jaylen Shead posted to social media June 4 alleging Head Coach Danny Kaspar of making racist remarks to players on the team. Shead, who transferred to Washington State before his senior year, claims Kaspar abused his power "on a daily basis," to the point where the...

Nijal Pearson prepares for unknown after signing abroad

Texas State basketball alumnus Nijal Pearson signed to Chorale Roanne, a member of France's premier professional league, Tuesday, May 5, 2020, after a historic season with the Bobcats. Photo courtesy of Texas State Athletics.

Claire Partain, Sports Reporter

May 18, 2020

Texas State men's basketball alumnus Nijal Pearson never traveled outside of the U.S. Now, Pearson is not only moving abroad but also fulfilling his lifelong dream, a bittersweet feeling as he reaches professional status but also moves away from the place he calls home. Pearson will begin his professional...

How COVID-19 changed the game for me

University Star multimedia reporter Kate Connors sits on concrete with a face mask and her camera in her hand, while staring at the camera.

Kate Connors, Multimedia Reporter

May 13, 2020

Never in life did I think I would have to temporarily say goodbye to sports due to a global pandemic. Before March 12, my life was jam-packed with social and sporting events and nights of editing photos. Now, with classes moved online, stores and restaurants closed, college students forced to move...

Pearson goes pro with Chorale Roanne

Texas State basketball's Nijal Pearson attempts a layup while a defender tries to block the shot.

Claire Partain, Sports Reporter

May 6, 2020

Less than two months after his final Texas State victory, Sun Belt Player of the Year Nijal Pearson signed his first professional contract with a member of the LNB Pro A, France's premier professional basketball league, on Tuesday. Pearson officially secured his professional dreams with Chorale Roanne,...

Pearson gears up for athletic career after graduation and the ongoing pandemic

A Texas State senior talks to fans during his senior night.

Damien Bartonek, Sports Reporter

April 29, 2020

With his final collegiate season behind him, basketball senior guard Nijal Pearson is continuing to put in work toward the G-League, overseas play and eventually the NBA in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. March 11, The Texas State Bobcats defeated Appalachian State in the quarterfinals of the...

COVID-19 outbreak halts seniors’ historic seasons

Texas State players and their families pose for a photo.

Claire Partain and Cade Andrews

March 22, 2020

When seniors Nijal Pearson and Eric Terry took on Appalachian State in the quarterfinals of the Sun Belt Championship Tournament March 11, they thought it would be their final game in Strahan Arena. They didn’t know it would be the last game of their collegiate careers. As the Bobcats were clinching...

(Video) From the Prez: Women’s and men’s basketballs’ final performances and coronavirus advice

(Video) From the Prez: Women's and men's basketballs' final performances and coronavirus advice

Andrew Zimmel and Kate Connors

March 13, 2020

In the midst of cancellations across the sports world, Sports Prez Andrew Zimmel discusses men's basketball's matchup this past Wednesday and his hope for a (highly unlikely) future matchup in New Orleans, advice for coronavirus and more: Video by Kate Connors Photos by Kate Connors From ...

Sun Belt Tournament canceled due to coronavirus concerns


Andrew Zimmel and Claire Partain

March 12, 2020

UPDATE-The Sun Belt Conference announced early Thursday afternoon that the semifinal and final rounds of the men's and women's Sun Belt Conference Championship, held Saturday-Sunday, will be canceled due to a growing coronavirus concern. The cancellation comes after multiple professional leagues have...

Texas State advances to semifinals with final home win

Texas State advances to semifinals with final home win

Dedrick Johnson, Sports Reporter

March 12, 2020

In front of the second-largest crowd in Strahan Arena history, the No.3 Bobcats took care of business with an important 85-68 victory over Appalachian State in the quarterfinals of the Sun Belt Championship Tournament on Wednesday. The Bobcats' efficient offense and scrappy defense led them to an ...

Texas State to play in conference quarterfinal

A Texas State basketball player attempts a layup.

Aidan Bea

March 11, 2020

Texas State men’s basketball will host their first-ever Sun Belt Conference Tournament game at 7 p.m. on Wednesday as they face No. 6 Appalachian State to fight for a spot to New Orleans for the semifinals. After winning eight out of the last 10 games and rising to the No. 3 seed in the tournament,...

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