Posted on: November 25, 2010 12:23 pm
Posted by Tom Fornelli
There was some concern this week in Stillwater about the status of wide receiver, and finalist for the Biletnikoff Trophy, Justin Blackmon wouldn't be available for this weekend's huge game between Oklahoma State and Oklahoma. Blackmon injured his ankle in last week's game against Kansas and was reportedly walking around in a boot on Monday.
Blackmon missed practice on Wednesday because of the ankle, but he's continuing treatment on the injury, and as of now the Cowboys expect that he'll be able to play on Saturday. Of course, that's not a guarantee that he will play. Depending on the extent of the ankle injury, and how it responds to the treatment, the possibility he won't be available against the Sooners remains.
Needless to say, having Blackmon healthy and ready to go is key for Oklahoma State. Blackmon has 94 receptions for 1,560 yards and 17 touchdowns this season. If he isn't able to go that will lead a large void in the Oklahoma State offense in it's most important game of the season.
Not just because it's Bedlam and against Oklahoma, but because if Oklahoma State wins then it'll be representing the Big 12 South in the Big 12 Championship Game.
Posted on: November 24, 2010 12:43 pm
Edited on: November 24, 2010 1:31 pm
Posted by Tom Fornelli
Hey look! It's Nebraska news that doesn't involve either Bo Pelini or Carl Pelini apologizing for their behavior. Though that doesn't mean it's good news. Bo Pelini made the announcement on Wednesday that Nebraska's leading receiver Niles Paul hurt his foot during practice on Tuesday, and he's not going to be available for Friday's game against Colorado.
"His status for the rest of the season will be evaluated," said Pelini in a statement.
This could have a huge impact on the Nebraska offense against Colorado. There's still no word on whether Taylor Martinez will be available to play in the game, and Nebraska's offense has already struggled mightily since he hurt his ankle. Plus, when Martinez is out of the game, the 'Huskers can't rely as heavily on the ground game, and need to throw more to move the ball consistently.
Something that isn't easy to do if Paul is out of the game. He not only leads the team with 39 receptions for 516 yards and a touchdown this season, he also serves as the team's top return man on special teams. Making matters worse? The three names behind Paul on the depth chart -- Curenski Gilleylen, Tim Marlowe and Khiry Cooper -- don't have a single reception to their name this season.
Posted on: November 23, 2010 6:21 pm
Posted by Adam Jacobi
During last Saturday's game against Texas A&M, Nebraska tight end Ben Cotton had one of the most eventful single plays from scrimmage a player could possibly have. In one play, Cotton recovered a fumble from teammate Cody Green, then was flagged for unnecessary roughness, then got another 15-yarder for unsportsmanlike conduct after he ripped his helmet off while leaving the field.
Oh, also, Cotton got one of the most uncomfortable "inner thigh massages" outside of an airport security gate in decades. Here's the video, which is not going to be comfortable to watch at all. Watch it anyway.
That's Texas A&M defensive tackle Tony Jerod-Eddie with the invasive procedure. Wonder what he was looking for.
Not surprisingly, Nebraska has decided to send film of the game to the conference for review. Bo Pelini declined to discuss any specifics of what plays the school may be protesting, but this play must be near the top of the list. Of course, if this lousy officiating was really some Big 12 conspiracy, it's not exactly going to matter if Nebraska complains to the conference or not, but Pelini and AD Tom Osborne ought to at least do their due diligence.
Also, Jerod-Eddie will not be suspended from this Friday's game, according to A&M coach Mike Sherman; Sherman said he had a "long" talk" with his player about respecting opponents, and that was that. Sherman's course of discipline stands in stark contrast to Man Law, which dictates that Jerod-Eddie must now be shot into space, never to be seen again. Butt stuff is no light matter.
Posted on: November 23, 2010 5:47 pm
Posted by Tom Fornelli
Nebraska head coach Bo Pelini has already apologized for the way he acted during Saturday night's loss against Texas A&M, that behavior generally consisting of testing the boundaries of the human ear drum and vocal chords. Well, Bo wasn't the only member of the Pelini family who acted somewhat regrettably on Saturday night.
Carl Pelini got a bit handsy with a cameraman following the game, and when I say handsy, I mean he went after the cameraman and knocking the camera out of his hands. If you don't believe me, check out the video here.
Well, much like his brother did on Monday, Carl wanted to let everybody know he's sorry on Tuesday.
“I apologize for the events that occurred after Saturday night’s game at Texas A&M," Carl Pelini said in a statement. "It was a very emotional situation and the mob scene on the field after the game amplified that. Having been involved in a similar situation in 2003 at Missouri, and in witnessing the situation on the field, I made a poor decision in trying to prevent a reporter from recording the scene. I have acknowledged this from the very beginning. Unfortunately, in trying to prevent a scene, I created one. We have been in contact with Brandon Jones and I have apologized to him directly for putting my hands on his camera. I offered to pay for any damages to the camera, but Brandon indicated there were none."
While there may be no physical damage to the camera, there's no word on what kind of emotional distress the camera felt due to the incident.
Posted on: November 22, 2010 1:46 pm
Edited on: November 22, 2010 1:47 pm
Posted by Tom Fornelli
If you watched the game between Nebraska and Texas A&M on Saturday night, you had a front row seat to a special viewing of Bo Pelini bursting any ear drums that dared get within five feet of him. Pelini wasn't very happy with the officials on Saturday night, as his team was called for sixteen penalties in the game, compared to the two that were called on the Aggies.
Still, Pelini's rage and spittle weren't reserved solely for the officials. The cameras caught him tearing into quarterback Taylor Martinez on the sidelines after Martinez had returned from having his ankle looked at in the locker room. That incident led to some rumors that Martinez had quit the team on Sunday, which were refuted on Sunday night, and also led to Nebraska chancellor Harvey Perlman publically reprimanding the head coach about his behavior.
Now, unsurprisingly, Pelini is apologizing for the way he behaved on Saturday night. Pelini said that while he doesn't think it's wrong for a head coach to yell at officials during a game, he did believe it was wrong to "make it personal" and that on Saturday night he "let it get personal."
Personally, I don't find any of this to be that big of a deal. Football coaches have a tendency to yell at players and officials all the time, as I know I've been on the receiving end of such tirades myself. Plus, it's not like this is anything new from Pelini. I recall seeing him chew out Ndamukong Suh during a game against Virginia Tech in 2008, and Suh turned out just fine. Frankly, I think the only problem with any of this is the fact that it had been caught by cameras in a nationally televised game.
Posted on: November 21, 2010 5:30 pm
Posted by Tom Fornelli
Well, we can scratch one name off of the list of potential Colorado football coaches. Former Oregon head coach and current ESPN analyst Mike Bellotti has pulled his name from consideration, saying that the timing just isn't right for him to get back into the coaching game.
"At this point, the timing wasn't right for me," Bellotti told The Denver Post. "And I'm not sure it's the best fit. It's a combination of all that. Colorado is a great job for anybody, and I didn't want to stand in the way of focusing on somebody else."
Bellotti went on to say that his family played a role in this decision, as he didn't want to uproot his son -- who is a high school junior -- for his senior season of high school. Of course, while the family is a convenient excuse to have, there's also the fact that the money Colorado could offer Bellotti probably isn't in the neighborhood of what he's looking for. Which he hinted at a bit while discussing the differences between the facilities he was used to at Oregon, and would have to deal with at Colorado.
"There's a need to move forward and improve them," Bellotti said. "There's a need, too, for the administration, the boosters and everybody to get on the same page and help Colorado football."
As for who Colorado will now turn its attention to, the Denver Post lists Air Force's Troy Calhoun, Les Miles and former Colorado head coach Bill McCartney as the members of athletic director Mike Bohn's "A-list." Of course, considering the way the Buffaloes have played under interim coach Brian Cabral the last few weeks, you have to think he's making a case for himself.
Posted on: November 21, 2010 2:47 am
Posted by Adam Jacobi
The Pelini brothers -- Nebraska head coach Bo and his assistant, Carl -- are two of the most notoriously irascible coaches in the sport, high-strung past the point of parody and quick to unload on whoever's in front of them. And that's when things are going well. Things did not go well tonight for the Huskers, who dropped a 9-6 contest to Texas A&M in a game that featured 16 penalties called on Nebraska for 145 yards (both school records) while the Aggies saw two such calls. Two.
The disparity in calls kept Bo Pelini in a state of near-constant froth all game long, but while Bo spent plenty of time in officials' ears all night long, he saved his worst outburst of the night for his own quarterback, Taylor Martinez :
It's worth pointing out that Bo was mostly restrained in his post-game conference, although he was clearly still fuming over the game, asserting that his team had only given up six points on the night.
Meanwhile, Carl wasn't quite as noticeable in his reaction to the game, though one popular Aggies website is claiming that he reacted far worse than Bo ever did today. TexAgs.com reports that a cameraman of theirs was on the field immediately after the game, when Carl Pelini knocked the camera out of his hand, breaking the camera. Here's video of the incident:
Obviously, it's not immediately evident from the video by itself that the website's version of the events actually happened, though it does seem clear that the camera gets knocked down a couple seconds after it catches Pelini's attention (he's the one in the black that turns toward the camera at 0:08). The lack of sound makes it hard to completely absolve the cameraman of any active role in the encounter, but still: that's no way for a coach to ever act.
Posted on: November 21, 2010 1:11 am
Edited on: November 21, 2010 1:11 am
Posted by Tom Fornelli
1. And then there was one (state). As if the rivalry between Oklahoma and Oklahoma State needed any more significance in the state of Oklahoma, next week's game between the rivals will determine who wins the Big 12 South. Should Oklahoma State win, then the Cowboys will be headed to Dallas -- don't let Justin Blackmon drive -- and it's settled. If Oklahoma wins, things get a little dicey depending on what happens between Texas A&M and Texas. Should the Aggies and Oklahoma win, that would leave all three teams tied at 6-2 and we'd have to go through a whole mess of tiebreakers to determine which team would win the division.
2. The North is still undecided. All Nebraska had to do on Saturday night was beat Texas A&M and they'd clinch the Big 12 North. Well, I guess Nebraska didn't want to make it easy on us, instead picking up about 40 more penalties than points, and causing Bo Pelini to burst about 18 eardrums. Now, the Cornhuskers still control their own fate thanks to a win against Missouri earlier this season. If they beat Colorado this week, then they're going to Dallas. If they don't, well then they need Kansas to beat Missouri. In other words, they should probably win.
3. The Big 12 isn't happy about Nebraska leaving. At least that's the impression that I got on Saturday night. Now the 'Huskers didn't get 46 penalties called against them like I implied earlier, but they did pick up 16 penalties for 145 yards. Some of them were deserved, but not all of them. While I don't really condone Bo Pelini screaming obscenities into the side judge's ear all night long, I could understand why he was so upset. I'm sure the Aggies committed a few penalties as well, but they were only called for two.
4. Colorado is still alive for a bowl game. This is one of those things that I see in the standings and think to myself "that can't be right. Somebody messed up." But it's true. Thanks to the Buffaloes second straight win in the post-Hawkins era, they find themselves at 5-6 on the season. That means beating Colorado next week would not only kill Nebraska's conference hopes, but send the team bowling as well. I wonder if Dan Hawkins will go to that game?
5. Texas should play in the Sun Belt. It seems to be the only conference whose representatives they can beat in Austin these days.
6. Oklahoma can play well on the road. Sure, it was against a Baylor team that has stumbled coming down the stretch, but the Sooners have had problems with just about everybody on the road. Until Saturday night, anyway. The Sooners came out firing on all cylinders and blasted the Bears, 53-24, and the game wasn't even that close. Baylor scored two touchdowns in the fourth quarter while the Sooners were on cruise control.