Big Game Means Big Bucks for Sam Houston

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Big Game Means Big Bucks for Sam Houston
Kristen Ross

The Sam Houston State football team will have their hands full this weekend when they take on the Texas Longhorns in Austin.

While the outcome of the game isn't certain, one thing is: SHSU will make more than a quarter of a million dollars to play the game.

Traditionally, a division 1-AA gets paid extra when it travels to play a 1-A school. That's the case with the SHSU-UT matchup. "The $275,000 will obviously help the program," said SHSU Assistant Athletic Director Paul Ridings. "It will help all sports here. Also the big thing about playing a team like Texas is the exposure."

The Bearkats have certainly received their share of attention this week. The team has fielded numerous requests for interviews from all over the state. Despite the media presence, the team remains focused in their practices and is excited to have the opportunity to play and learn from a team like Texas.

Sam Houston football player Lance Hancock talks about the team's morale going into the weekend game."You have to be confident that's why you are a football player. You believe you can play with anybody. It will be a great opportunity to see how you stack up against the best players in the nation."