The 24th annual Sam Houston State football dinner and auction looks to be bigger and better than ever when the fun begins Friday July 27 at Bernard G. Johnson Coliseum.

"Our fans are still talking about the success of the 2011 auction," Fritz said of last year's  event which featured the largest auction crowd ever attending to help raise money through their bids for the Bearkat football enrichment fund. "We've got even more exciting items up for bid this year and, when you buy a ticket, you're helping create an even stronger Sam Houston football program."

Doors will open and the silent auction will begin at 5 p.m.

While the final list of auction items still is being completed, here is a partial rundown of some of the top items to be featured in this year's live auction:

1.  Framed Autographed SHSU Championship Flag - SHSU Athletics
2.  Battle of the Piney Woods Team Trip - SHSU Football
3.  SHSU vs Baylor Team Trip - SHSU Football
4.  SHSU vs Texas A&M Team Trip - SHSU Football
5.  Destin Beach House Trip - Diana K Barnes
6.  Tickets for 2 to Houston Texans Game & Autographed Gary Kubiak Football - Chuck Simmons & David Pierce
7.  Dancer in Violet original Painting - Patty Davis
8.  Las Vegas Trip - Myron Heronema
9.  Tickets for 4 to Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo (Any performance excluding George Strait) - Alan Tinsley
10.  Bar B Que Dinner for 50 - Alan Tinsley
11.  Ribeyes at the Ranch - Brian & Linda Smith
12.  Trip for 2 to Santa Fe New Mexico - John & Susan Lumley
13.  One of a kind Handmade SHSU Quilt - Lynn & Cecil Neely
14.  Fishing trip for 4 to El Pescadora Lodge, Port O'Connor - Mike & Kathy Murray
15.  5 night stay Bellissimo Grande, North Stonington, CT - Patrick Levantino
16.  7 Day Stay Puerto Aventuras, Mexico - Russell & Tish Humphrey
17.  KSAM, Huntsville Item Advertising Blitz
18.  3 Day, 2 Night Stay in Rockport - Randy & Ann Stewart
19.  Von Miller Framed Autographed Jersey - Chuck Jones
20.  Robert Griffin III Framed Autographed Jersey - Tom & Diana Sprott
21.  Arian Foster Framed Autographed Action Shot & Texan vs Ravens Tickets - Ron Koska
22.  Lunch with Marcus Luttrell; Autographed Lone Survivor and Service Books - Alan Tinsley & Marcus Luttrell
23.  Deer Hunt with SHSU Alumni Bill Fry - Brian & Linda Smith / Bill Fry
24.  Remington 11-87 12 Gauge Shotgun - William & Elaine Nevill
25.  Autographed "Flanders Flip" Framed Picture
26. Aerial Photograph of SHSU vs Montana Game

"The football staff is so grateful for all the people who attend and bid on all the great items," Sam Houston head coach Willie Fritz said. "Every year this great event just gets better and better. We also appreciate all those who donated items and services for auction and who worked so hard to make the event the success it was. We are excited about the direction of our program and the young men who are representing our university and community."

For more information about the 2012 Bearkat Football Dinner and Auction, please contact Rhonda Curry at the Sam Houston State athletic department either by email at or by telephone at (936) 294-4205.