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There's dumb and there's Border War dumb

Posted on: November 28, 2009 8:54 pm
Edited on: November 28, 2009 8:54 pm
 

Kansas now can fire Mark Mangino with cause.

‘Cause the KU coach can’t manage the clock. ‘Cause Mangino was handed the game by his almost-equally-inept clock manager, Gary Pinkel. ‘Cause it cost Kansas a bowl game and face in one of the nation’s most hate-filled rivalries.

 

If this is the way it goes down for Mangino – accused with verbally and physically assaulting players -- Kansas could fire its coach for nothing more than losing. Kansas did plenty of that dropping its final seven after a 5-0 start. This one, though, has a certain air of stupidity to it. 

Stupid decisions. Stupid play calls. A stupid way to end a season for Kansas which has had to deal with enough turmoil.

The game was won, Pinkel had seen to it, by punting from his own 39 on fourth and 2 with slightly more than three minutes left, down by three. With only one timeout left, there was a good chance Missouri would never see the ball again. It was a better bet to go for it instead of watching KU’s unstoppable offense bleed the clock.

Kansas had moved the ball all day. Dezmon Briscoe alone caught 15 passes in what was probably his last game before the NFL. It wasn’t a day when Missouri’s defense distinguished itself.

Given the gift, all Mangino’s offense had to do was pick up a couple of first downs and take a couple of knees. It took exactly 14 seconds off the clock.

Missouri’s punt landed inside the Kansas 5. Still, there was plenty of room to make those first downs.  Instead, Todd Reesing came out passing. Incomplete. Twice. On third down he tried to run a quarterback draw from his own end zone.

What?

Predictably, Reesing was tackled for a safety cutting the lead to one. Given the short field on the free kick, Missouri drove easily for the game-winning field goal.

It was enough to make a man lose his temper. Fortunately, Mangino was able to maintain his. It will all be over soon anyway. Maybe this week when Kansas formally fires Mangino for cause – not related to football.

But it could be.

Category: NCAAF
Tags: Kansas, Missouri
 
Comments

Since: Jun 21, 2009
Posted on: November 29, 2009 6:05 pm
 

There's dumb and there's Border War dumb

The Big 12 provides damned entertaining games but is marred by a profound lack of defense and coaching acumen, especially in the middle and lower tier of the conference.  Missouri and Kansas have both participated in some of the worst playcalling and clock management I have seen all year - not just in this game.
Not sure what other games you are referring to, but I thought the way LSU wrapped up the loss to Ole Miss last week was pretty hard to beat. Part of the reason for teams being in the middle or lower tier is precisely because they lack defense or coaching acumen, so who is making the mistakes shouldn't be surprising, though it is surprising to see happen when you are watching the games.



Since: Apr 28, 2008
Posted on: November 29, 2009 2:05 pm
 

There's dumb and there's Border War dumb


WTF**** was Mangino thinking.  That has to rank up there with some of the worst play calling I've ever seen.  I've been arguing for Mangino's job with my friends for a while.  I can't believe they were even considering getting rid of him, I mean he won a BCS bowl game at KU, not an easy thing to do.  But, it was almost like he was trying to get fired.  The play calls were just astonishingly bad.  I really think that he probably has to go now.  Too much turmoil now with this blown game, and his other problems.  I think it's to bad it's going to end this way, but he's had a good run at KU and all fans should be grateful he came and made football relevant again at KU.  Rock Chalk



Since: Dec 7, 2008
Posted on: November 29, 2009 1:17 pm
 

SEC clock management

I don't think anyone will be contacting SEC coaches for tips on clock management anytime soon.
I don't know why the lack of defense argument comes up so often. I see plenty of hard hitting from the Big 12 defenses. Actually, more than I see in other conferences. It just doesn't translate into stats all the time.
Personally I'd rather watch good offenses than good defenses. But to each his own.





Since: Oct 1, 2006
Posted on: November 29, 2009 12:25 pm
 

There's dumb and there's Border War dumb

The Big 12 provides damned entertaining games but is marred by a profound lack of defense and coaching acumen, especially in the middle and lower tier of the conference.  Missouri and Kansas have both participated in some of the worst playcalling and clock management I have seen all year - not just in this game.

Although I am an SEC homer, I do acknowledge that the SEC leaves a lot to be desired on offense.  I think the defense is played at a high level but not so much so that there are great offenses hiding in the SEC - there aren't.

All that being said, we will again see a Big 12 team that hasn't faced a dominant defense get shut down in the NC game.  On the other side of the ball Texas' defense was exposed on Turkey night for what it is ... just an above avg Big 12 defense. 



Since: Oct 18, 2007
Posted on: November 29, 2009 1:15 am
 

There's dumb and there's Border War dumb

Wannstedt's mustache puts Mangino's to shame.



Since: Sep 15, 2008
Posted on: November 29, 2009 12:18 am
 

There's dumb and there's Border War dumb

It's true. This fatMangino was hungry to avoid overtime!


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Since: Sep 28, 2006
Posted on: November 29, 2009 12:13 am
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