Tag:Vince Young
Posted on: February 27, 2012 5:51 pm
 

Iowa hires Greg Davis as offensive coordinator

Posted by Tom Fornelli

While the decision had been hinted at and rumored for over a week, Iowa officially announced on Monday that it had hired Greg Davis to be Kirk Ferentz's new offensive coordinator.

"We are thrilled to have Greg Davis join our staff" said Ferentz in a statement. "Greg has enjoyed great success during his career and I believe that can be attributed directly to the combination of his football expertise and teaching skills.

"Greg's units have demonstrated impressive production and they have done so using a variety of systems and styles - he has done an outstanding job of playing towards the strengths and abilities of the players with which he has worked."

Davis took the 2011 season off, but was last seen coaching at Texas where he'd been offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for 13 seasons before being replaced by Bryan Harsin last year following a 5-7 campaign in 2010. While at Texas Davis helped put together a national championship winning team in 2005 and played a pivotal role in the development of quarterbacks like Vince Young, Colt McCoy and Chris Simms.

He will be only the second offensive coordinator at Iowa since Kirk Ferentz took over the program in 1999. Davis replaces Ken O'Keefe who left Iowa to take a job with the Miami Dolphins earlier this month.

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Posted on: August 17, 2011 4:50 pm
Edited on: August 17, 2011 5:38 pm
 

SI regional preview covers are so totally cursed

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

Despite the best efforts of the Worst ... Offseason ... Ever, it appears the 2011 college football season really is on the verge of getting underway. Your latest evidence? The Sports Illustrated season preview is on its way to newsstands, featuring five regional covers that look something like this:



That's the South Carolina/Alshon Jeffery version, but also available will be covers featuring (left to right), Stanford's Andrew Luck, Alabama's Trent Richardson, Nebraska's Jared Crick and Oklahoma's Landry Jones.

Much of the initial Internet reaction has focused on Jeffery looking, ahem, not quite as svelte as Gamecock fans might like, but the much bigger issue (no pun intended) is that Jeffery's on the cover at all. SI has been producing their multi-pronged regional covers since 2005, and in those six years the fortunes of the teams that have appeared there have been up-and-down, to put it politely. You might even say that these regional covers seem to be ... you know ... cursed.

But don't just take my word for it. Here's the year-by-year breakdown, with a tally of how many teams finished their cover season happy with how it played out:

2010: Boy, did SI pick the wrong year to spotlight defense in its preview coverage; Auburn and Oregon faced off for the national championship with the two most statistically generous defenses in BCS title game history. SI didn't do so hot picking out the right teams to feature, either; Alabama finished fourth in their own division, Boise State saw its most talented team yet finish the year in the Las Vegas Bowl, and Texas, of course, collapsed in a 5-7 heap. We'll be generous and give SI the benefit of the doubt on Ohio State, thanks to the Buckeyes' Sugar Bowl victory. Happy tally: 1 of 4

2009: This year, SI picked out four "party crashers" who would "shake up the BCS." Oops: this was the season the Longhorns and the SEC champion (be it Alabama or No. 1 Florida) seemed destined for their eventual title tilt by the end of September. Double oops: of the four teams picked, only Pac-10 champion Oregon earned a BCS berth at all. Ole Miss and Oklahoma State met in the Cotton Bowl after losing a combined seven games and finishing outside the top 20; Penn State finished a distant third in the Big Ten, having been blown out by both Iowa and the Buckeyes. Happy tally: 1 of 4

2008: SI did have the good sense to spend their final cover of five on Tim Tebow's Gators, the eventual national champions. But three of their other four were duds: preseason No. 1 Georgia lost three games, including routs at the hands of the Tide and Gators; Missouri plummeted from No. 3 to No. 25 after losing three in the regular season and getting drilled by 41 in the Big 12 championship game; and Ohio State was blasted out of the national title race via a 35-3 beatdown from USC, then lost the Big Ten title at home to the Nittany Lions. The Trojans' 12-1 Rose Bowl season wasn't half-bad, though. Happy tally: 2 of 5

2007: We're not sure curse evidence gets more compelling than SI putting Michigan's Mike Hart on one of its covers, then having the Wolverines lose to Appalachian State right out of the gate. But there's still USC losing to Stanford as a 41-point favorite, five-loss Arkansas finishing the season unranked (and with Houston Nutt fired), and Oklahoma laying a pair of colossal eggs against Colorado and West Virginia. In fact, it's only that Fiesta Bowl victory over the Sooners that keeps the Mountaineers -- themselves one stunning loss to Pitt away from the national title game -- out of the unhappy tally themselves. Happy tally: 1 of 5

2006:
No less than six regional covers this season. Among the good calls, LSU finished their season with a dominant Sugar Bowl win over Notre Dame and Ohio State rolled to a national title game berth. But the Irish never looked like living up to their preseason No. 2 billing, both Texas and USC blew shots at the BCS championship with inexplicable late-season losses, and though 11-2 wasn't a bad year for West Virginia, a pivotal upset at USF and the Gator Bowl wasn't what they had in mind, either. Since we're nice people, though, we'll give WVU half-credit and USC half-credit after their Rose Bowl spanking of Michigan. Happy tally: 3 of 6

2005: The first year of the regional plan was the best one for SI, as Vince Young and Reggie Bush both lived up to that "unstoppable" tagline on their way to the BCS championship game. Florida's Chris Leak, though, not so much; the Gators limped to third in the SEC East in their first year under Urban Meyer. Happy tally: 2 of 3

FINAL VERDICT: Only 10 teams out of the 27 spotlighted by SI's regional covers went on to have satisfying seasons--meaning a whopping 63 percent finished their cover year disappointed. And it's even worse in recent seasons, since half the happy teams came in the first two years of the regional approach. Since then, the ratio of successful-to-unsuccessful campaigns is just 5-to-13. Only twice in these six years have one of those 27 teams -- 2005 Texas and 2008 Florida -- gone on to win the national title.

There's only one word to accurately sum up those kind of results: cursed. Cardinal? Gamecocks? Sooners? Huskers? Tide? Consider yourselves warned.


Posted on: August 4, 2011 4:30 pm
Edited on: August 4, 2011 4:31 pm
 

Future programs of the Longhorn Network

Posted by Tom Fornelli

On Thursday the new and controversial Longhorn Network announced a slate of programming that it will begin airing in the coming weeks. On the whole there's nothing all that groundbreaking in the lineup. There will be a show in which Mack Brown talks with Vince Young, Ricky Williams and Colt McCoy. There's also a look back at the 2005 national championship season, and your standard greatest games fare.

Being the visionary that I am, however, I decided to take a peak into my crystal ball to get a glimpse at what the Longhorn Network will be showing a little over a year from now. Let me tell you, there's going to be some must-see television going on.

High School Football - It's just like Friday Night Lights, except without a script, Connie Britton and every game ending on an unrealistic, last-second touchdown. What it will have, though, is plenty of Texas recruits.

The Departure - A five-part documentary series highlighting all the comings and goings in College Station as Texas A&M packs its bags and moves to the SEC.  You won't want to miss the episode where DeLoss Dodds and Bill Byrne run into each other at a local grocery store and let the expletives and produce fly.

Crying All Night with Don Beebe - A late night talk show that is shown every weeknight in which Don Beebe sits behind a desk and cries as his conference dissolves around him. His co-host DeLoss Dodds then consoles him while interviewing special guests!

Mack Daddy - Have you ever seen some of the lovely co-eds who call beautiful Austin, Texas home? Well now you have the chance to date them! Join Texas head coach Mack Brown as he hosts a game show that is a cross between The Match Game and Flavor of Love!

Major's Malfunctions - A refreshing family sitcom starring Texas co-offensive coordinator Major Applewhite. While Major has his problems with Garrett Gilbert at work, the trouble doesn't really start until he returns home to his sassy wife and two small children!

Aggie Rehab - Hosted by Dr. Drew, former Texas A&M fans move into a house where together they all try and overcome their love of Texas A&M and turn their lives around. Incredibly moving, sad and uplifting all at the same time.

Call your cable operators now!
Posted on: June 30, 2011 2:37 pm
Edited on: July 1, 2011 9:09 am
 

Reggie Bush won't return his Heisman. Should he?

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

No, it does not look as if Reggie Bush has returned his Heisman Trophy to the Downtown Athletic Club just yet. And, yes, it's possible that he's not planning on returning it ... ever.

That's the conclusion reached by reading this Sports By Brooks post in which Brooks cites a "source" close to Bush's family claiming that Bush has already "decided" he won't be returning the nation's most famous athletics trophy after all. Bush said otherwise -- sort of -- back in September, but later handed the trophy over to the San Diego Hall of Champions museum rather than the DAC and the Heisman trust. The New Orleans Times-Picayune reported June 9 that the trophy is still currently in the museum's possession.

So, yes, it seems clear Bush is either not intending to return the trophy (it having been nearly 10 months now since his announcement) or is simply getting his serious procrastinate on, and hoping everyone forgets about that little pledge in the meantime.

That's not happening, and so Bush is coming in for some finger-wagging and tut-tutting. But here's my question: Should Bush have ever agreed to return the trophy in the first place?

It's true that the trophy is entirely ill-gotten, the benefits lavished on Bush's family having made him ineligible long before he headed to New York to pick it up. It's true that giving it up would be the noble, sportsmanlike thing to do, the most genuine apology Bush could make for the transgressions that have hamstrung and tarnished his former USC program.

But it's not as if the Trust needs it for anything; they've made it clear they're not about to go back and award it to Vince Young. In fact, lost in the race to condemn Bush for not returning it is the little fact that, according to the Picayune, the Trust hasn't even asked for it.

Bush also technically never promised to give it back to begin with, saying that he would "forfeit my title as Heisman winner of 2005" rather than forfeit the actual piece of hardware itself. It's as weaselly as weasel words get, but you also can't argue he didn't leave himself an out.

So if he's not returning it so it can be handed off to someone else, or because he promised to, why are so many college football fans (and writers like Brooks) seemingly so hell-bent on seeing it forfeited? It's simple: we want Bush punished. He did wrong. It's not enough that his name is forever synonymous with scandal and sleaze, that's he's persona non grata at the school which used to adore him, that his name has already been stricken from the Heisman's record books. By breaking the NCAA's rules and then winning the trophy, he stole something from us (and, if you're a Texas fan, stole something from Young). And when you're caught stealing something, you give it back, right?

Right--which is why it's far, far from unfair for the Trust to ask for it returned if they want. But we're also talking about a hunk of metal won for accomplishments now six years in the rearview mirror, and if they're willing to simply move on, the rest of us should too. It would be nice, sure, if Bush was a big enough man to give the trophy up. But if he wants to be the much smaller man who desperately holds onto this one keepsake from from the scattered wreckage of his college football career as a drowning man does a piece of flotsam, I think we can be generous enough to let him.


Posted on: December 9, 2010 8:45 am
Edited on: December 9, 2010 9:51 am
 

James on Newton: 'I'd vote for him twice'

Posted by Chip Patterson

Sometime around the middle of the season, it became pretty widely accepted that the Heisman Trophy had been narrowed down to a two-man race.  Oregon running back LaMichael James has looked unstoppable at times, leading the nation's most dominant offense to an undefeated season and now a spot in the BCS Championship Game.  Auburn quarterback Cam Newton, well, he's just been doing those Cam Newton things.

There were no surprises when the finalists were announced.  On Saturday, James and Newton will be joined by Stanford's Andrew Luck and Boise State's Kellen Moore in Times Square for the addition of one more player to the storied history of the Heisman Trophy.  Newton is considered to be the favorite, despite the controversy that has swirled since word of alleged solicitation by Cecil Newton came to light.  With several writers being very vocal about leaving Newton off the ballot, what does the competition think?

"I don't care what happens off the field. Whatever that situation was, to me he's still the best player in the country,'' LaMichael James said Wednesday at the College Football Awards media session. "I would vote for him twice.''

James does not have a vote, much less two, but the point comes through loud and clear.  The counter-argument to the Newton-hate is just that: he is the best player in the country.  James has been phenomenal in Oregon's offense, but much of his success is a credit to that team.  There have been times this season where Newton has just simply put the Tigers on his back and taken over a game.  Without Newton, Auburn would not be in their current position.

Or perhaps James is hoping for a repeat of 2005.  After Reggie Bush won the Heisman Trophy in New York he met his runner-up, Vince Young, in the National Championship.  Bush got the Heisman, but Young led Texas to a thrilling last minute victory to win the title.  Let Newton get the glory on Saturday, then James can get his revenge on January 10.
Posted on: December 2, 2010 11:34 am
 

Report: Greg Davis out at Texas

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 4, 2010 3:26 pm
 

Griffin has brought Baylor a long way

Posted by Tom Fornelli

The 2010 season has been pretty good to the Baylor Bears.  A school that spent the summer fighting to stay in the Big 12 conference when vultures from the Big Ten and Pac-10 circled overhead looking to pick off any team that it could, and was picked to finish last in the Big 12 South yet again.

Now, here we sit with only a few weeks left in the regular season, and Baylor finds itself 7-2 and ranked in all the major polls, including the BCS. Even better, at 4-1 in conference play, the Bears sit atop the standings in the South Division, ahead of teams like Oklahoma and Texas -- whom Baylor just disposed of in Austin last Saturday night.

A lot of the credit goes to head coach Art Briles, who in his three years at the school, has finally built a team capable of winning amongst the big boys of the Big 12.  You can't even call what Briles has done a rebuilding project, because, frankly, there wasn't anything to rebuild when he got to Waco. He isn't remodeling Baylor football, he's building it from the ground up.

Of course, even Briles would admit, having a quarterback like Robert Griffin III around makes the task a lot easier.  Griffin has been fantastic this season, leading an offense that is averaging 490.4 yards per game, good enough to be eighth in the country.  Griffin himself is supplying 332.5 yards of offense by himself each week.

His play on the field and his leadership skills have some comparing him to former Texas quarterback Vince Young, which is a comparison I find to be quite apt.  I had the same feeling as I was watching Griffin lead Baylor to a win over Young's former team on Saturday night.  

It's not just what Griffin has done on the field for Baylor this season that deserves praise.  He's also been named to the ESPN Academic All-District team, and is on pace to graduate this December with a major in political science.  Remember, Griffin is still a sophomore who just graduated from high school only three years ago.

In other words, Griffin works hard both on the football field and in the classroom, and it's led to success in both areas.  Success that has made it's way to the rest of the football team as it prepares for a huge game against Oklahoma State this weekend.

Like Baylor, the Cowboys have exceeded expectations a bit this season, and have a high-octane offense that can put points on the board in a hurry. Whoever wins this game is going to have the inside track on the South Division title and a trip to the Big 12 title game (though both schools still have Oklahoma looming on the schedule).

Will Baylor beat Oklahoma State this weekend?  I don't know.  The fact of the matter is, the game will come down to which defense is actually able to stop the opposing offense a few times, as points will be scored in this game, and a lot of them.

Still, what matters here is not whether Baylor has what it takes to hold on and win the Big 12 this season, but the fact that it's even here in the first place.  Which it wouldn't be without Griffin leading the way.

And we really don't know how far Griffin has yet to lead them.

Posted on: November 3, 2010 3:20 pm
 

Those are some nice statues, Texas

Posted by Tom Fornelli

The University of Texas has some new statues on its campus this week, and they're, um, well, they're interesting?  You see, the statues are supposed to be of Texas' athletic legends.  The problem is that, well, there are only two statues.

A black one and a white one. They just happen to be wearing different uniforms or are in different positions.  For instance, this is supposed to be Vince Young.



It looks more like Vince Young after having a bucket of black paint poured over his head, which, judging by the look on his face, scared the ever living hell out of him.  A look that also bares a striking resemblance to both Earl Campbell and Ricky Williams.



Then there's this statue of Darrell Royal, which looks like a statue of somebody who may have been confused for Darrell Royal by some tourist on the streets of Austin after spending too much time at Maggie Mae's.



Seriously, Texas, you have the biggest bankroll of any athletic department in the country, and you decided to go on $20 a statue?  Aren't you better than this?  The only good thing I can say about any of these statues is that at least they didn't turn Bevo into a bear or something.

Photos courtesy of EDSBS and Burnt Orange Nation
 
 
 
 
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