Meet The Wire Staff

Brian Pate-Managing Editor


Brian Pate is the founder and Managing Editor of The Lion Wire. Having established the blog in 2012, the site has become the prime source of a fan’s view of Texas A&M-Commerce athletics.

A Native of the Tyler, Texas area, Brian is a 2007 graduate of Texas A&M-Commerce with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and also has a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from TAMUC, which he earned in 2012. He lives in the Dallas Metroplex and works as a Broker for a Fortune 100 Financial Firm. When not blogging, he enjoys reading, fishing, basketball, live music, and is a member of Countryside Bible Church in Southlake, Texas.

Russell McLean-Editor At Large


Russell McLean with his wife on campus in 2016.

Russell McLean joined The Lion Wire staff in the Fall of 2017 and could not have come on at a better time. A long time supporter of the site, his in depth analysis and sports writing acumen has won him a lot of fans in a short amount of time and has become an invaluable part of the Wire. He is a major contributor during Football season and covers off-season football news and recruiting news. McLean has a tremendous knowledge of Texas High School Football and also Texas College Football on levels from Division I-FBS to Division III.

A West Texas native from the town of Quanah, Texas. He attended then East Texas State University from 1979-1981 and was a part of the Football program as a punter and a student assistant during those days. He as a member of the Kappa Alpha Order as a student. After his time in Commerce, he went back to West Texas and started a long career in Firefighting and being a first responder, trainer, and cadet coordintaor with the Cypress Creek Fire Department in Houston, Texas. He currently resides in the Houston area city of Klein, Texas with his wife of almost 28 years, and has a grown Son and a daughter, Shelby, who will be attending A&M-Commerce in the Fall of 2018.

Billy Minor-Contributing Editor


Billy Minor with his wife, Samantha.

Billy Minor is the most recent addition to The Wire staff, joining in The Spring of 2018. He writes a weekly column called “The MINORity Report” where he opines on all things TAMUC related and also contributes in other places. A native of Paris, Texas, Billy played Wide Receiver for the Lions from 1988-1992. He was a member of 4 teams that were nationally ranked and was a Lone Star Conference Champion in 1990 and played in the NCAA Division II Playoffs in 1990 and 1991, finishing as a National Quarterfinalist. He was All-Lone Star Conference Honorable Mention in 1991 and All-Lone Star Conference First Team in 1992. While a student, he was an accounting major and is a brother in the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity. After he left Commerce, he was in the NFL with the Philadelphia Eagles and then played in the Arena Football League for the Dallas Texans. He left Commerce as one of the leading receivers in the history of the storied Lion program. He currently lives in Sherman, Texas with his wife, Samantha, and is the father to 5 children. He stays active in his community by coaching youth sports as well, and works in the Healthcare Field.


7 thoughts on “Meet The Wire Staff

  1. Brian: I looked for a fan board for TAMU-C, but couldn’t find one. Found your blog: so I thought I would post my comments here. Hope you don’t mind.

    My thoughts on your team after watching them battle my Bearkats. Your guys are big, fast, physical, fundamentally sound and very well coached. I have been to every game that the Kats have played this year except the one against Abilene Christian.

    I am serious when I say that the only team that we have played, so far, that was better than the Lions is Texas Tech and I think your defense was pretty much on par with theirs in a one game, snap shot comparison. We lost to Lamar in the second game of the season, but the Lions are a MUCH better team than they are.

    I just want to let all of you Lions fans know that your squads efforts at Bowers didn’t go unnoticed or unappreciated. Best of luck in the D2 playoffs.

    DOK Rogers
    SHSU ’77 & ’78

  2. I would really love to know who wrote the article about my brother, Wade, entitled Everybody’s All American. There have been numerous articles and news clips over the past few days, many kind words and remembrances. THIS heartfelt piece has truly touched hearts. On behalf of my father and my brother, David, we would all like to thank this author for an outstanding tribute to Wade. Thank you, Charlotte Wilson Sheets

    • Hi Charlotte, this article was written by Russell McLean, a teammate of his here in Commerce and a contributor to this site. If you are on social media, Russell is there too. We are praying for your family in this time and if there is anything we can, please let us know. Thanks and God Bless- Brian Pate

    • Charlotte, it was me. I was at ET with Wade from 79-81. Wade was always very friendly, and made a big impression in a short time. I treasured my time in Commerce, and the teammates I played with. He was my friend. I miss him, and am a better person for having known him.

  3. Charlotte, I’m sorry, I forgot. My name is Russell McLean. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during these difficult days. I know you’ve probably heard this countless times, but please do not hesitate to contact me if there’s anything I can do. Russell

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