By Will Butler

My alma mater is a bit unique in how they moved up to the FBS. The Texas State Bobcats didn’t start a team from scratch, nor did they wait until they had plenty of wins and rings to make the transition. Instead, they did it the really hard way.

Twelve years ago, Texas State football was in the midst of a 20 year dry spell so pronounced that nobody in their right mind cared about it. Every athletic facility ranged from dilapidated to downright embarrassing, and the fanbase was nonexistent. Our athletic director, now seemingly a magnet for controversy, was fixing a completely dysfunctional athletic department that was guilty more of complete sloppiness rather than any particularly egregious violations.

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