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 23, 2010 9:22 am
Posted by Chip Patterson
In the 2010 college football season, we have been fortunate to see exhilarating quarterback play all across the nation. There has been Mallett and Newton in the SEC, and the big arms of Luck and Moore on out west. Unfortunately none of those players are seniors, and do not quality for the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award. As opposed to the Davey O'Brien award, given to the nation's most outstanding quarterback; the Unitas Golden Arm Award is saved for the nation's top senior quarterback. So without further ado, here are the finalists who will be receiving coupons to Country Kitchen Buffet.
Andy Dalton, TCU
Colin Kaepernick, Nevada
Christian Ponder, Florida State
Ricky Stanzi, Iowa
Scott Tolzien, Wisconsin
Obviously all these quarterbacks have had great seasons, and should not be overlooked just because of their age. In fact, many of the names on that list were favorites for the Davey O'Brien coming into the season. However, winning the Unitas Golden Arm Award could be a good omen of things to come at the next level. Recent award winners include Colt McCoy (2009), Matt Ryan (2007), Eli Manning (2003), Carson Palmer (2002), and Peyton Manning (1997). Not a bad crew to be associated with if you ask me.
The 2010 winner will be presented with the Golden Arm Award in a ceremony on December 10 in Downtown Baltimore. Many of Unitas' Baltimore Colts teammates will be on hand, including Unitas' center and current Georgia State football coach, Bill Curry.
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: October 15, 2010 8:15 pm
Posted by the College Football Blog Staff
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 Les Miles would look like the endgame genius against Urban Meyer and Florida? 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.
Boise State quarterback Kellen Moore sprains his knee when he trips while running onto the field during pregame ceremonies, and all of a sudden, the Broncos must face San Jose State with a brand new quarterback. Boise coach Chris Peterson blames San Jose State and their groundskeeping for the mishap, and feeling untold amounts of shame, SJSU coach Mike MacIntyre forfeits the game. Moore recovers fully for the Broncos' next game, and Boise's march to a 12-0 regular season continues unabated. -- Adam Jacobi
As the closing seconds count down on the scoreboard at Ross-Ade Stadium, Tim Brewster looks up at it to see the final score: Purdue 37, Minnesota 13. Knowing that these are probably the last few seconds that he'll spend on a sideline COMPETING and FIGHTING with the Gophers, his emotions get the best of him. Danny Hope begins to make his way to midfield to meet the coach, but instead Brewster bursts into tears and sprints off the field. He then hides in a supply room deep within the bowels of the stadium, refusing to come out until eventually Minnesota AD Joel Maturi lures him out by promising he's not going to fire him. Brewster then opens the door and comes out, his face red and blotchy, covered in tears. "Really?" he asks Maturi. "No, you're totally fired," says Maturi before kicking him in the groin. -- Tom Fornelli
Arizona's slide continues after falling to Oregon State despite getting some help from the replay officials. This time, facing Washington State, the home officials give the Wildcats a taste of their own medicine and refuse to replay a game-winning touchdown that was actually an incomplete pass. Mike Stoops has no timeouts, and the Cougars quickly kick the extra point to pick up that elusive first conference win. It is later revealed that the replay official was Washington State alumnus Drew Bledsoe, who emerges from the booth in full Wazzu regalia and facepaint. The Pac-10 finds no fault in this. -- Chip Patterson
With Texas trailing Nebraska 24-7 just before halftime, Mack Brown makes his way over to Colt McCoy who is watching the game from the sidelines. "Listen, I need you to come to the locker room at halftime. Give these boys a pep talk." McCoy agrees, but Brown was lying. Instead Brown locks Garrett Gilbert in a shed -- hey, it's popular in Texas -- and convinces McCoy to put on Gilbert's uniform. McCoy then goes out and leads Texas to a comeback victory, finding James Kirkendoll for the game-winning touchdown with, you guessed it, one second left on the clock. -- Tom Fornelli
Michigan's defense pitches a shut out against Iowa. The Big House rocks as Denard Robinson totals 600 total yards of offense and the Wolverines bounce back from the loss to "Little Brother" with a performance for the ages as the Wolverines reclaim a spot in the Top 25 with a 48-0 win over the Hawkeyes. Adrian Clayborn, struck with grief, eats 400 cheeseburgers on the ride home and gives up on the NFL for a career in the lawn and garden industry. Turns out Clayborn is quite the green thumb. -- Chip Patterson
The Kansas football team shows up to an empty Memorial Stadium in Lawrence. Head coach Turner Gill and his Jayhawks were under the impression that their game would be played on Saturday, and thanks to various elaborate pranks by Kansas State fans, they had no idea that they had been scheduled to play on Thursday night. KSU coaches, upon finding out that Kansas had not appeared for the game, dressed their scout team in KU colors and had them put up token opposition. Somehow, they also had a scout team Turner Gill. The garbage-time touchdown Kansas State allowed to its double agents was a sublime touch. -- Adam Jacobi
McNeese State trots into Death Valley on Saturday night and shines under the lights. LSU quarterbacks Jarrett Lee and Jordan Jefferson combine for an NCAA-record 11 interceptions, five of which are returned for touchdowns. The other six picks are hideous arm-punts that prevent the Tigers from finding the end zone once. Patrick Peterson returns 4 kick offs for touchdowns, but LSU falls 35-28. -- Chip Patterson
Emboldened by reports that he was coaching with his job on the line, Tim Brewster leads his team to an emotional 35-34 victory over a frisky Purdue squad... then rips off five more wins to finish the season, culminating in a 55-0 revenge win over Kirk Ferentz and the Iowa Hawkeyes at TCF Bank Stadium. Minnesota's 7-5 (6-2) record and a host of other conference losses among the rest of the Big Ten vault the Gophers into the Rose Bowl, making them the first five-loss team to earn a trip to Pasadena. A month before the game, Brewster announces that he's leaving the Gophers to coach his beloved Texas Longhorns; Mack Brown has retired, as expected, but the program was stunned when defensive coordinator (and presumptive next head coach) Will Muschamp pulled a simultaneous "sympathy retirement." The Gophers hire Mike Leach on the spot, and the new Pirate Gophers stun Oregon on January 1st, 45-31. -- Adam Jacobi
There's nothing out of the ordinary taking place in Tuscaloosa on Saturday night. It's early in the fourth quarter and the Alabama Crimson Tide have a healthy 24-6 lead over the Rebels, but then suddenly a bright, white light can be seen in the sky. Those who notice it assume that it's a comet or meteor passing by the planet, but it keeps getting bigger and bigger before everyone suddenly realizes it's coming right for them. As it gets closer, it becomes clear that it is some kind of UFO, in fact, the space ship actually looks like a piece of fried calamari. It lands at the 50-yard line, and out comes Admiral Ackbar. Knowing immediately what's taking place, the new Ole Miss mascot makes a break for it before he is apprehended by members of the Rebel Alliance. The Rebel Alliance then holds a trial on the field, determining whether or not the Bear shall live. This does not please Nick Saban. After a few minutes Saban walks briskly up to Admiral Ackbar, takes his gun, and executes the Bear himself before saying, "There. NOW GET THE HELL OFF OF MY FIELD." Ackbar and his soldiers sheepishly retreat to their ship and take off. Not even the Rebel Alliance wants to mess with Nick Saban. -- Tom Fornelli
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Posted on: October 13, 2010 10:44 pm
Posted by Adam Jacobi
So, Colt McCoy is getting his number retired by the Texas Longhorns this weekend. This is a good thing! I worry that McCoy's legacy is going to be measured primarily on his lack of a Heisman Trophy or National Championship, and that's pretty unfair for one of the most productive quarterbacks in college football history. Here's a quick rundown of his accomplishments, helpfully compiled by Texas partisans Barking Carnival:
- 45 wins
Texas may never see a quarterback accomplish as much as McCoy did, so the notion that he might not deserve to be among such college football legends as Vince Young, Tommy Nobis, Bobby Layne, Earl Campbell, and Ricky Williams seems, to me, absurd.
Extra credit goes to Texas for going forward with this ceremony as possible: while normally a number retirement like this can safely wait a good five years or so, word just came out that McCoy is probably starting for the Cleveland Browns this week. Behind the Browns' offensive line. Against the Pittsburgh Steelers. So McCoy may as well enjoy one last day of glory before he's ripped limb from limb on Sunday. He will be missed.