Posted on: January 26, 2011 5:19 pm
Edited on: January 26, 2011 5:23 pm
Posted by Chip Patterson
Oklahoma safety Quinton Carter wrapped up his career in Norman with a strong senior season, grabbing four interceptions and picking up 96 tackles - good enough for third on the team. But Carter's efforts have not just been placed on the gridiron during his time as a Division I athlete. He has been deeply rooted in the Norman community as well as his hometown of Las Vegas. This week, the Sooner defensive back was recognized for his off-field efforts by being named the seventh Wooden Citizenship Cup winner.
The Wooden Citizenship Cup is given annually to one athlete (all sports are considered) for the highest display of character in the sport, as well as making a difference in the lives of others. Carter won the award over four other finalists: Kimberly Reeves, basketball, Agnes Scott College; Greg McElroy, football, University of Alabama; Sarah Lehman, basketball, Amherst College and Daniel Crawford, football, Denison University.
The senior has been involved in the SOUL Organization (Serving Others through Unity and Leadership) in Las Vegas, Norman Kindercare, the Oklahoma City Marathon, the University Center for Student Advancement and the OU Black Graduate Student Association. Carter has been projected to fall somewhere in the second round, and will likely be one of the first free safety's selected in the 2011 NFL Draft. My guess is that his new professional status will not hinder his giving to the community, and we will be hearing his name (for the right reasons) for years to come.
Posted on: October 26, 2010 12:19 pm
Edited on: October 26, 2010 12:24 pm
Posted by Jerry Hinnen
Let's review what was at stake for Oklahoma on the road at Missouri last Saturday night: the Sooners' perfect record. The No. 1 spot in the BCS standings. First place in the Big 12 South. Down the road, potentially, a conference championship. An undefeated season. A national championship.
Those are some pretty high stakes. Giving up on a competitive football game would be frowned upon even if it was New Mexico taking on Akron , but quitting on a contest with that much riding on it ... it would be unthinkable, right? The coach who did so would be torn apart, lambasted, excoriated, raked over whatever coals the college football world could find, correct?
So we're going to see if that happens to Bob Stoops , because he admitted Monday that he simply gave up at the end of his team's loss in Columbia:
Monday after practice, Stoops was asked to address a couple other curious decisions in the fourth quarter during the Sooners' 36-27 loss to the Tigers.It's true: Oklahoma was facing some incredibly long odds of winning this game. A sputtering offense going 96 yards on the road against one on the country's better defenses, followed by a successul onsides kick recovery, followed by another drive for a field goal -- all in 150 seconds -- was all terribly unlikely.
But it wasn't impossible . Stranger things really have happened. Oklahoma still could have won the game. Stoops is right (sort of) that it was probably futile, that his team probably wasn't "scoring twice with two minutes to go on our own 4-yard line." But "probably" is not the same as "definitely." Stoops elected not to try to win a still-winnable game because he thought he would be embarrassed if he failed.
There's a word for that: it's called quitting. When you compare what the Sooners would have risked -- a small handful of pollsters docking the team a small handful of spots, if Missouri had elected to punch in that final score, itself hardly a sure thing -- against the potential rewards of the comeback, is there any defending Stoops' decision? Discretion isn't the better part of valor when it comes to football, especially not when that discretion is based on cravenly trolling for poll votes. Valor is the better part of valor, and Stoops showed none here.
In short: if Derek Dooley 's Volunteers are World War II Germany , Stoops has made his Sooners the Big 12 's France.
HT: Rock-M-Nation .
Posted on: October 22, 2010 5:23 pm
Edited on: October 22, 2010 5:53 pm
Posted by Jerry Hinnen
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 South Carolina would fail to score a point in the second half against Kentucky a week after knocking off the Tide? Nobody... until now. 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.
Highly UnlikelyPlaying at home for interim coach Jeff Horton and that until-now foreign concept known as pride, Minnesota surprises Penn State and their ever-creaky offense with 17 first-half points, then hold on for a 17-13 upset. After the game, Joe Paterno offers up something even more surprising, issuing his resignation effective at the end of the year to ESPNU's speechless sideline reporter. To drive his point home, Paterno leaves his trademark glasses at the edge of the TCF Bank Stadium field, a la an Olympic wrestler leaving his shoes on the mat. ESPN issues a press release promising to include footage of Paterno's gesture in every college football montage from now until 2024.
Severely UnlikelyAt halftime of the Missouri -Oklahoma game, the visiting Sooners hold a commanding 24-3 lead. Just before the break, Gary Pinkel is spotted pushing a button on some kind of radio-like device on his belt. A few minutes later, Bob Stoops is just about to begin his halftime team talk when there's a knock on the locker room door. It's Mizzou alumnus Jon Hamm , dressed as his famous Mad Men character Don Draper . He introduces himself as Draper and asks if he could speak to the team for a minute. Stoops, a huge Draper fan, is awestruck and concedes. Hamm/Draper has a lackey wheel in a wet bar and offers Stoops and the rest of the Sooner staff a stiff drink as he begins to pitch the rest of the Sooners on what he calls a "revolutionary" sports drink called "Gator-ade." Too polite to decline, Stoops and his staff are severely tipsy by the end of the break. 12 different second-half double-passes back to quarterback Landry Jones later, Missori escapes with a 27-24 win.
Completely LudicrousWashington State goes on the road and defeats No. 12 Stanford.
Posted on: October 22, 2010 1:19 pm
Posted by Jerry Hinnen
Ah, 2008. The good old days. When men were men, women were listening to the raw, fresh sound of Katy Perry , and Oklahoma advanced to the BCS Championship game over a Texas team they'd lost to head-to-head because the Big 12 tiebreakers were written by godless communists who voted for France. Or maybe it was because the Longhorns lost to Texas Tech, losing any ability to logically argue head-to-head and throwing the division into a three-way tie there's simply no good way to break. One or the other.
But just in case it was the former, and the conference winds up with three teams going 30-0 against all other competition again -- because that happens all the time, or maybe has never happened in any other division of college football since divisions were created -- the Big 12 now has a policy in place to make sure the controversy of 2008 will give way to the certainty of the future:
Here's the old version, with the fifth three-way tiebreaker: "5. The highest ranked team in the first Bowl Championship Series standings following the completion of Big 12 regular season conference play shall be the representative."Say this much: if the exact circumstances of 2008 reprise themselves, the Big 12 will be able to avoid the media firestorm that burned the conference two years ago. And more importantly, it probably is more fair to have head-to-head determine a three-way divisional tie in the event that two teams happen to have a substantial BCS edge on the third. Having the change made is better than not having it made.
But the odds of the exact circumstances of that season repeating themselves are so microscopic, when all is said and done the alteration isn't anything more than cosmetic. It's a press release. But hey, it's a press release that'll pacify any Texas fans worrying they might get the short end of the stick again.
Wait ... the Big 12 has already bent over backwards to appease Texas at every possible opportunity over the past year. Surely they wouldn't bother with something like this just to prostrate themselves in front of the 'Horns again , would they? Whose idea was this?
The tiebreaker change was submitted by Texas athletic director DeLoss Dodds in 2009.Oh.