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Posted on: February 24, 2012 10:18 am
Edited on: February 24, 2012 3:34 pm
 

Spring Practice Primer: TCU



Posted by Tom Fornelli


Spring football is in the air, and with our Spring Practice Primers the Eye On College Football Blog gets you up to speed on what to look for on campuses around the country this spring. Today we look at TCU.

Spring Practice Starts: Saturday, February 25

Spring Game: Thursday, April 5

Three Things To Look For:

1. Replacing the unexpected losses. Like every team, TCU had losses to deal with on both sides of the ball thanks to graduation, but the recent drug bust on campus through a nasty curveball Gary Patterson's way. Now the TCU defense is without three players it was fully expecting to rely on for 2012 in Tanner Brock, D.J. Yendrey and Devin Johnson. One of the biggest stories this spring will be seeing which of the remaining players on the depth chart rise up to take advantage of an unexpected opportunity.

2. Fixing the secondary. From 2008 to 2010 TCU finished as one of the top 5 defenses in the nation in defensive pass efficiency under coach Chad Glasgow. In 2011 Glasgow left to run the defense at Texas Tech and the Horned Frogs saw their pass defense drop to 65th in the nation. Now Glasgow has returned to his old position, and will look to restore the TCU pass defense to what it was when he was last there. And it couldn't come at a better time for TCU, as you might have noticed that the Big 12 is a conference that enjoys airing it out. 

3. How good can this offense be? TCU's offense finished 9th in the country with 40.8 points per game last season, and while its level of competition may be a touch higher this season, the Big 12 isn't exactly known for smothering defense. With Casey Pachall returning at quarterback, along with his top three receivers from 2010, and it's safe to say that the Horned Frogs passing attack may be terrifying in 2012. Oh, and if it isn't, TCU also has three running backs who rushed for over 700 yards last season returning as well. This could be one of the best offenses in the conference in 2012, and the first signs will be seen this spring.

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Posted on: February 22, 2012 11:32 am
 

Spring Practice Primer: Texas



Posted by Tom Fornelli


Spring football is in the air, and with our Spring Practice Primers the Eye On College Football Blog gets you up to speed on what to look for on campuses around the country this spring. Today we look at Texas.

Spring Practice Starts: Thursday, February 23

Spring Game: Sunday, April 1

Three Things To Look For:

1. Who will be quarterback? It's becoming somewhat of an annual tradition in Austin that the Longhorns must have a quarterback competition heading into spring practice. Much like last season, David Ash and Case McCoy will be battling with one another for the starting job, though this year incoming freshman Connor Brewer will join the fray as well. Whichever quarterback ends up winning the job, the Longhorns will be better served to decide sooner rather than later and head into the summer with a clear-cut number one.

2. Expansion of the offensive playbook. Last year Bryan Harsin had to deal with not only implementing a new playbook at Texas, but with two quarterbacks who didn't seem capable of fully utilizing that playbook. This spring we shall see if Harsin and the Longhorns plan on expanding it or further driving the basics home. Obviously, the quicker a quarterback emerges, the more Harsin will be able to do.

3. Can the defense improve? Unlike Harsin, Manny Diaz had a bit more established talent to work with on defense in his first season as defensive coordinator. That being said, Diaz will likely begin implementing new things in his second year as well, which means that a defense that was already the best unit in the Big 12 last season could get even better and more unpredictable in 2012.

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Posted on: February 20, 2012 4:36 pm
Edited on: February 20, 2012 4:44 pm
 

Urban Meyer's Gainesville home is for sale



Posted by Tom Fornelli

You there, with the $1.7 million just burning a hole in your pocket. Yes, you. Stop sitting around not spending that money! Aren't you tired of living where you live right now? Wouldn't you rather live in lovely Gainesville, Florida?

I mean, Gainesville is a great place to live. It's got humidity, tropical storms, palmetto bugs the size of your head, the Butterfly Rainforest and a Chipotle.

It even has a bat house, which is a house full of bats. Who doesn't want to hang out in a house full of bats? Nerds, that's who.

Gainesville also has the house of former Florida Gators head coach Urban Meyer. An abode that is currently on the market and can be yours for the low, low price of $1.7 million.

Casa de Urban comes equipped with 6 bedrooms, 5 1/2 baths, a 3-car garage and an indoor pool all on nearly 2 acres of land. It also has a lot of Gator-centric decor.

And it can all be yours! 

I mean, just look at these photos. Who can say no to this?

 





So what are you waiting for? Buy this thing while you still can. Just get in touch with Todd Shealy and it can all be yours. Tell him Eye On College Football sent you. It won't get you a discount or anything, but it's the right thing to do.

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Posted on: February 20, 2012 1:25 pm
 

Gee says NCAA had no precedent for bowl ban

Posted by Tom Fornelli

In an interview with the Ohio State student newspaper, The Lantern, school president Gordon Gee took exception to the bowl ban Ohio State received from the NCAA following "Tattoogate." Gee said that the NCAA was essentially out to get Ohio State because it's Ohio State, and that there had been no precedent for such a decision.

"First of all, the NCAA — if we would have given up five bowl games, they would have imposed the sixth on us because they were going to impose a bowl ban," Gee told the paper. "This was Ohio State. This was (the NCAA's) moment in time, and they were going to impose a bowl ban no matter what we did.

"I'm a lawyer. I take a look at precedent. There's no precedent for a bowl ban for us." 

I feel like this is where I should point out that never in the history of college football has a university president been fired by a football coach, yet Gee was still worried that it would happen to him, right?

Now, Gee may be right that there is no precedent for the NCAA's decision in this case, but that doesn't mean what the NCAA did is wrong either. Maybe the NCAA did want to send a message to the rest of college football saying "if we'll do this to Ohio State, we'll do this to you too."

Or maybe the NCAA just saw a case in which Ohio State played a bowl game using players that should not have been eligible after Jim Tressel failed to report anything about what he knew for so long, and decided it's only fair to take a bowl game away from Ohio State in return.

The fact is whether you agree with the decision or not -- and I'm guessing Ohio State fans reading this don't, and everyone else does -- there's nothing that can be done about it now. You just accept the punishment and move on.

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Posted on: February 20, 2012 12:59 pm
 

Denard Robinson's accuracy issues remain

Posted by Tom Fornelli

For as exciting a player as Denard Robinson can be, he's taken quite a bit of flak over the last few years for his accuracy throwing the ball. To be more specific, his lack of accuracy.

In 2011 he only completed 55% of his passes, and while he threw for 20 touchdowns, he also threw 15 interceptions.

Though maybe Denard would be more accurate if instead of 6-foot receivers as targets, he had 14-foot tall receivers. If that were the case, he could just throw that ball up anywhere and odds are his 14-foot receiver would come down with the ball, not the 5-foot-9 defensive back in coverage.

Or maybe he's still throw as many incompletions.



Yeah, I don't think anybody was expecting Denard to actually to put the football through the hoop from full court, but the coming up short or just missing wide right is a bit disconcerting, no?

As for the dunks and layups, well, I have no room to talk there. Though if you lower that rim to 8-feet, I can do some special things.

Hat tip: Kegs N' Eggs 

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Posted on: February 17, 2012 12:52 pm
 

Oliver Luck thinks divorce is worth it

Posted by Tom Fornelli

It's hard to blame West Virginia athletic director Oliver Luck for being in a good mood these days. After all, his son Andrew Luck is likely going to be the top pick in the NFL Draft in a few months, and he was just able to successfully complete the move of West Virginia from the Big East to the Big 12.

A conference that's standing on more solid ground than the Big East at the moment.

Of course, at the same time, the move did prove to be rather costly for West Virginia. The school has to pay the Big East $20 million because of it. Not that Luck cares about the money, as evidenced by what he told 790 The Zone in Atlanta during a recent interview.

“Well, it’s the old adage: Why is divorce so expensive? Because it’s worth it," said Luck.

Which is an old adage that I've never heard, but one that made me laugh all the same.

You know who I'm guessing won't find it all that funny, though? Luck's wife, and the mother of his four children, Kathy. I'm guessing Oliver will have some explaining to do when he gets home.

Looks like leaving the Big East will cost West Virginia $20,000,049.99 as Oliver Luck will probably be picking up a dozen roses in the near future.

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Posted on: February 16, 2012 4:52 pm
 

Will Muschamp has a sweet jacket



Posted by Tom Fornelli


All 14 of the SEC's head coaches stopped by the conference's offices in Birmingham on Thursday, and Chuck Dunlap was kind enough to share a photo commemorating the event on his Twitter account. As I think you can see in the photo above, the true star of this photo is Will Muschamp's leather jacket.

You can't help but notice it. It makes Muschamp look like the cool kid hanging out behind the local convenience store, smoking a Pall Mall unfiltered while carrying another 19 in a pack rolled up in the sleeve of his white t-shirt. Just waiting to hop on his bike and tear off toward the sunset, possibly never to return.

He's the guy all the coaches want to be, and all the ladies want to be with.

Well, except for Nick Saban, but we all know he's not prone to our human emotions. No, Saban is a machine sent back in time from the future. A machine that's sole reason for being is to take the game of college football and beat the hell out of it. He has no time for joy, only soul-sucking, life-smothering defensive domination.

Muschamp can wear the leather jacket, Saban wants only to murder the cow from whence it came. 

You can see the original photo, and other fun stuff, at the Eye On College Football Facebook page.

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Posted on: February 16, 2012 1:41 pm
Edited on: February 16, 2012 1:41 pm
 

Spring Practice Primer: Texas Tech



Posted by Tom Fornelli


Spring football is in the air, and with our Spring Practice Primers the Eye On College Football Blog gets you up to speed on what to look for on campuses around the country this spring. Today we look at Texas Tech.

Spring Practice Starts: Friday, February 17

Spring Game: Saturday, March 24

Three Things To Look For:

1. Finding stability on defense. Texas Tech has gone through a number of different defensive coordinators in recent years, and it's shown on the field. This year it's up to Art Kaufman to revamp a defense that finished eighth in the Big 12 in total defense and ninth in scoring defense in 2011. His job won't be easy, either, as Texas Tech was equally terrible against both the run and pass last season. Fixing all Tech's problems on the defensive side of the ball can't be done in only one year, let alone in a couple weeks of practices, but the foundation to building a new defense must start being built now.

2. Seth Doege must lead the way at quarterback. The Red Raiders come into the spring with only two quarterbacks on scholarship in senior Seth Doege and redshirt freshman Michael Brewer. Which means that this job belongs to Doege, and he will play a large role in how well Texas Tech performs in 2012. Doege was good last year in his first year as a starter, but he does have to work on his decision making. While he can't be blamed for Tech losing 7 of its last 8 games, he did throw 10 touchdowns and 9 interceptions in Tech's 7 losses. Compare those numbers to the 18 touchdowns and 1 interception Doege threw in Tech's victories. With a year of experience in the offense under his belt, and not having to worry about losing his job, Doege can focus solely on his decision making this spring.

3. Getting healthy. Tech has a bit of a problem this spring with health. All those injuries that helped sink the 2011 season are still impacting the team now, as players like Eric Stephens, DeAndre Washington, Alex Torres, Happiness Osunde, and Chris Yeakey are all still recovering from knee surgeries that were needed following last season. Of course, while these injuries hurt, they'll also provide opportunities for players lower on the depth chart to step up and shine.

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