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Cats from Texas Going Home

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So much of Montana State's success has come from Texas natives. But it's hard for those players' parents and friends to travel up to Montana to see them play. That changes this week when MSU takes on SMU in Dallas.

"It's always a pleasure to back in front of a home crowd. My parents are watching me. Friends stuff like that it's great to play against SMU a Texas team," said Mansfield, Texas native Jon Ellis.

"It's not just their immediate family maybe mom or dad has a chance to come up here for games it's all the extended family all the high school friends maybe some of the coaches they played for some guys have 30 or 40 relatives coming to the game," said Rob Ash.

"It's like the Cat Griz for us Montana boys it's our game I think it's really great we have a lot of Texas kids get to go down they get to see their families I know a lot of them are up here year round they only get to see their parents once or twice," said Craig Ashworth.

"I think it's important to try to get back to their families it's a leap of faith to ask their kids to come to Montana they think it's like going to the North Pole," said recruiting coordinator Bo Beck.

Recruiting Coordinator Bo Beck can also sell the Bobcat program to future Texas bobcats while he's in Dallas.

"It also gives us an opportunity as coaches to go out and recruit and so we'll use Friday night to go to some games and see some players and I thin that's a big factor right there hey on a Friday night in September here's Montana State sitting on the boundary watching this game."

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