Posted on: December 6, 2010 11:40 am
Edited on: December 6, 2010 11:54 am
Posted by Tom Fornelli
Last week reports started surfacing that Texas offensive coordinator Greg Davis was going to be replaced following a 5-7 season in Austin. More reports popped up over the weekend saying the same thing, but Davis told the American-Statesman that if he had been fired or asked to resign, nobody had told him yet.
Mack Brown was out of town, and until he returned, any evaluations of Davis and the rest of the coaching staff wouldn't begin.
Well, Mack is back, and he's cleaning house.
An official release from the school will be coming later today, but as for now, it seems that the Texas fan base has its scapegoats.
Posted on: December 2, 2010 11:34 am
Posted by Tom Fornelli
With a 5-7 season, there wasn't much doubt that heads were going to roll at Texas this offseason. Mack Brown has been hinting at it for the last few weeks, saying last week that this season was the coaches fault, and not the players. The most likely candidate to get the ax is offensive coordinator Greg Davis, as he's the one who the fans have been calling for, and the best way to appease an angry fan base who might be after you in the near future is to give them what they want.
It seems Brown may have done that.
According to Geoff Ketchum of Orangebloods.com, Greg Davis is out at Texas.
Personally I wasn't sure Davis deserved to be fired, but I'm not shocked that it has reportedly happened. Still, Davis had to run an offense with a new quarterback this season, and not everybody can be Colt McCoy or Vince Young. Just because Garrett Gilbert might not be of the caliber of McCoy or Young in his first season as a starter doesn't mean the coach should be fired. Vince Young had his turnover struggles in his first season as well, and things turned out fine his senior year.
Though angry fan bases often don't want to listen to reason.
Posted on: November 28, 2010 12:46 am
Posted by Tom Fornelli
1. They call it Bedlam for a reason. Seriously, Saturday night's game between Oklahoma and Oklahoma State lived up to the hype, particularly in the fourth quarter and the closing minutes. Over the final 15 minutes the two teams combined for 40 points, 31 of which came in the final five minutes. When the dust cleared Oklahoma emerged victorious, and there was a three-way tie atop the Big 12 South. Though odds are that when the BCS rankings come out on Sunday, Oklahoma will be ranked the highest and therefore be on its way to Dallas for the Big 12 title game.
2. Which is where they'll find Nebraska. Nebraska took any possible drama out of the race for the Big 12 North and disposed of it on Friday afternoon, smacking Colorado around to the tune of a 45-17 victory. Of course, the Big 12 wasn't on hand to reward the Cornhuskers for their division championship because the conference was afraid. Seriously, I don't know if you heard, but Nebraska and the Big 12 aren't exactly BFF.
3. Missouri still has BCS hopes. It's a long shot, sure, but the Tigers still have a chance to sneak in to a BCS game now that Boise State has lost, and depending on what happens next week. It wouldn't be a bad consolation prize for Gary Pinkel's team. By the way, did you know that Missouri has four 10-win seasons in school history and three of them have come with Pinkel in charge? He's a keeper.
4. Somebody is getting fired in Texas. You know, something told me that if Texas could manage to get a win against Texas A&M on Thursday night and become bowl eligible, even though the season would be seen as a failure overall, the good will of beating the Aggies might save some jobs. I doubt that's going to be the case anymore. Sorry, Greg Davis. I'm not sure you deserve it, but somebody has to be the scapegoat, and I don't think Mack Brown is falling on his sword.
Posted on: November 26, 2010 11:56 am
Posted by Tom Fornelli
Texas fans don't have much to be thankful for this season, as on Thursday night, just a few hours after stuffing themselves full of turkey, they saw the Longhorns season come to an end with yet another loss at home. Though, to Texas' credit, at least this home loss came to a ranked team. I doubt that's of much solace to the team or the fans, as the 'Horns finish the season 5-7 and not eligible for a bowl for the first time under Mack Brown.
Speaking of Brown, he went out of his way following last night's loss to Texas A&M to let everybody know that this season wasn't his player's fault. It was the coaching staff's.
"I think just disappointing. You can say a lot of words. It's not our standard at all. It was obvious tonight that our players are as good as theirs. I think it goes back on coaches. It's not talent. We had our chances to win the game. People have said it's talent, it's not."
As you'd expect after making a statement like that, Brown also discussed whether there would be any changes to his coaching staff for next season.
"What I will do is take my time and evaluate the coaches and the staff and each player and everything that we're doing. At that time, I'll be able to make the conscious decision on what's best for the program."
Talk to any Texas fan, and they'll tell you that the answer is FIRE GREG DAVIS, as the team's offensive coordinator has found himself to be the target of the most scorn this season. Still, while I think it's honorable of Brown to place the blame on the coaches, it can't be entirely their fault. Yes, the players on the field are all part of some of the best recruiting classes in the country the last few years, and they are talented. Still, that wasn't Greg Davis out there throwing 17 interceptions this season, that was Garrett Gilbert. It wasn't Mack Brown coughing up the ball, it was the players.
While I wouldn't be surprised to see changes on the Texas coaching staff, even if it's just to appease the fans, I don't think it will fix anything. No, the only people who can fix this Longhorns team are the ones wearing the pads and helmets.
Posted on: November 15, 2010 1:49 pm
Edited on: November 15, 2010 2:34 pm
Posted by Jerry Hinnen
The rain of bad news for Mack Brown and Texas has continued to pour today as Brown announced that running back Tre Newton has retired from football following a concussion suffered in the Longhorns' Nov. 6 loss to Kansas State . Newton, the son of former Cowboy great Nate Newton , has dealt with a series of concussions during his two seasons at Texas and though he reportedly still wants to play for the 'Horns, his head injuries have unfortunately made the decision for him. He will also reportedly remain with the team as a mentor to future 'Horn running backs.
A redshirt sophomore out of Texas high school powerhouse Southlake-Carroll, Newton leaves as Texas's fourth-leading rusher this season and has 781 career yards rushing (4.34 per-carry) in his two seasons. Though Newton (like all of Texas's current running backs) failed to make a major statistical impact in his time in Austin, his departure is still a blow for a rushing attack ranked 80th in the FBS and possibly missing regular starter Foswhitt Whitaker .
Brown's options at tailback have been proven limited throughout this miserable 2010 season, and now they've been limited even further.
UPDATE: Newton isn't the only running back whose season ended today due to concussions: Utah 's Sausan Shakerin has also been forced to retire after a head injury suffered in the Utes' 28-3 loss to Notre Dame last Saturday.
Posted on: November 12, 2010 11:26 am
Posted by Tom Fornelli
While it is still possilble that Texas could end up going to a bowl game this season, there isn't much question that 2010 has been a disaster for the Longhorns. Sure, after losing a quarterback like Colt McCoy to the NFL, you figured there would be a step back in Austin this season, but nobody saw losses to UCLA, Iowa State, Baylor and Kansas State coming. Here we are in the middle of November, and the Longhorns find themselves on the bottom of the Big 12 South with a record of 2-4 in the conference.
Which means that somebody's head has to roll. Whether deserved or not, somebody is going to have to take the blame for it, the only question is who. Something that is hard to determine if you go based on the grades that Mack Brown has given himself and his coaching staff. According to Brown, everyone is failing this year.
"I think it's an ‘F,'" Brown told The Statesman. "We just haven't been as productive as we should have with these players. That doesn't sound good. It's not pretty. But it's factual."
Yeah, yeah, you're all terrible. So who's getting fired?
"This season I've been mad about half of it," Brown said. "So when you're tired and you're mad, I've been told you never make decisions.
"What you do is research information and take some time after the season to look at it and see exactly where things are. I do it every year, good and bad. Then you try to make the decision that's best.
"The biggest thing would be that people just want you to fire somebody. You want to make sure you're right. These coaches are great coaches."
If these coaches are so great, then why did you give all of them an "F"? I've been out of school nearly ten years, did they change the grading system? Do "F"s now stand for fantastic? I would think it stood for fired.
Posted on: November 5, 2010 5:58 pm
Posted by Jerry Hinnen
Every week there's plenty of interesting matchups -- no, really -- that don't feature ranked teams and don't make anyone's "must-watch" list other than the team's fans. Here's three of them you should keep an eye on regardless (all times Eastern) :
UCF (6-2, 4-0) at Houston (5-3, 4-1), 8 p.m. Friday: It's less than three hours away from kickoff, but if you've got plans, change 'em: it's not every week you get a meeting between the leaders of each of Conference USA 's divisions (UCF in the East, Houston in the West). The schedule is less than kind to the Golden Knights, who already had what looked like a season-defining matchup in last week's 49-35 win over previous C-USA favorite East Carolina and now have the short week to prepare for their trip to Houston. But if they can get the same mix of Ronnie Weaver 's powerful rushing and new starting quarterback Jeff Godfrey 's efficient passing that powered them to 424 total yards last week, they'll be OK. For Houston, this is another chance to prove the three-losses-out-of-four skid following Case Keenum 's season-ending injury is truly behind them, and to put some distance between them and co-division leaders SMU .
Air Force (5-4, 3-3) at Army (5-3, n/a), 12 p.m.: It's been eight years since someone other than Navy took home the Commander in Chief's Trophy, but that could change tomorrow as a Falcons win would send the trophy back to Colorado Springs for the first time since 2002. That's not to say the stakes won't be equally high for Army; a win would make them bowl-eligible for the first time since 1996 and set up a winner-take-all showdown with the Midshipmen for the CIC Trophy. The Black Knights will be at home, but that may not be a help, since they've already dropped games to Hawaii and Temple at Michie Stadium this year and the Falcons have won six straight in West Point. With both teams well-versed in defending the other's option attack, the final result could come down to which team executes in their rare attempts to put the ball in the air.
Texas (4-4, 2-3) at Kansas State (5-3, 2-3), 8 p.m.: Admit it: it's fascinating to see how low the Longhorns can sink. And it remains possible they could sink all the way out of the postseason, with the 'Horns sitting at 4-4 and three potential losses still on the schedule in Oklahoma State , Texas A&M , and this week's date in Manhattan. If they can't contain Wildcat running back Daniel Thomas or get their 79th-ranked rushing attack going, Texas will slip below .500 for the first time in Mack Brown 's tenure in a long, long time. But there's a lot on the line for the Wildcats, too, who would secure themselves a bowl bid for the first time in Bill Snyder 's second stint at the KSU helm.
Posted on: October 29, 2010 7:38 pm
Posted by Adam Jacobi
Every season, every month, every week, there are several outcomes and achievements that, frankly, nobody operating within reason would ever predict. Who could have predicted Nebraska would beat Florida for the 1995 title by 38 points, or that Boise State would pull off three late trick plays to knock off Oklahoma in the 2007 Fiesta Bowl, or that Iowa State would put up 28 points on Texas before hanging on for victory OH WAIT ADAM JACOBI DID EXACTLY THAT. WHAT. WHAT. (You can't see this, but I'm posturing like an imbecile.) We're going to try capture that lightning in a bottle by making similarly absurd predictions every week. Are they at all likely to come true? No. Do we even believe the words we're writing? No. But if we make even one correct call on these, we will never stop gloating. Ever. As you can tell.
Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin goes B-A-N-A-N-A-S on homestanding Texas, throwing for 310 yards without an interception and running for another 75 with a pair of touchdowns, leading the Bears to a season-defining 27-24 win over the Longhorns. Afterwards, Texas coach Mack Brown first blames a failed attempt to do the John Wall dance as a motivational tactic in the pregame locker room, then complains that the Bears' Waco recruiting base gives them "a big leg up when it comes to athletes."
During the second quarter of the Auburn-Ole Miss game, Cam Newton is tackled after a 15-yard gain on the Rebels sideline near Jeremiah Masoli. As Newton gets up to the ground Masoli yells at him "Hey, I totally would have ratted you out to the cops if I'd seen you with that stolen laptop, Newton!" This enrages Cam Newton, who then immediately triples in size and turns green. He literally rips Masoli in half, and Auburn is assessed a 15-yard personal foul. Oh, and Newton is kicked out of the game, to great protestation from Auburn head coach Gene Chizik. Without Newton, offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn suddenly seems like less of a genius, and Auburn's offense stalls. Ole Miss comes back to win and ends Auburn's hopes for a national title. -- Tom Fornelli
Michigan State loses to Iowa this weekend. Okay, that's not exactly a wild prediction, but what ensues turns the college football world on its head. Michigan State wins the rest of their games, as does Ohio State, and both teams finish the season at 11-1 (7-1) without facing each other. The Big Ten tiebreaker rules award Ohio State the Rose Bowl bid, enraging the Spartan faithful. However, Oregon earns a trip to the national championship, freeing their spot to be taken by a BCS-eligible team from a non-qualifying conference, as is the new rule. Trouble is, Boise State also makes the title game, while TCU beats Utah to knock the Utes out of contention. But instead of the Horned Frogs receiving the bid to Pasadena, TCU is ruled ineligible for bowl play and stripped of all 12 wins after an investigation reveals that they'd been using ringers from the NFL, and nobody at the NCAA had really bothered to check until a concerned Utah fan noticed that the players kept arriving to the games in their personal helicopters. I assume everybody in the NFL has their own helicopter. With no non-AQ schools left standing and no other Pac-10 teams in the top 16 of the BCS standings, the Rose Bowl instead selects Michigan State to face Ohio State, creating the first real Big Ten Championship Game a full season before Nebraska even shows up. The Rose Bowl Committee decides that this game is "kinda way better without the Pac-10 around," and the Big Ten decides to make the Rose Bowl the permanent home of its conference championship game, to be decided every year on January 1. You know, because of tradition. -- Adam Jacobi
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