Archive for December, 2010

Ink

Posted by    |    December 28th, 2010 at 9:22 am

It’s sort of entertaining listening to Herbie trying to calmly discuss the potential implosion of the Ohio State Buckeyes football team this bowl season.  

I fear for his children. And couches.

Rumor goes like this, a bunch of players traded signed merchandise for free tattoos at some tats parlor around campus and the taxman stumbled across it. My man, TPeezy disputes this saying he used booster’s money to pay for his tattoo. Kidding…

Wouldn’t this Jerseys For Ink deal be a violation of NCAA Bylaw 114455355335222555333535-00987778. It’s written down in the bylaws manual DCCCXC, the one that is stored behind the Holy Grail.

You know how the NCAA is about athletes getting a little something without the NCAA getting their cut actually taking all of it.

Cecil and Cam Newton were unavailable for comment.

I also wonder if Jim Tressel has a scale model sweater vest tattoo, because that would be awesome.

Stay with the Eleven Warriors for updates.

Justin Wilcox – Defensive Coordinator Possibility

Posted by    |    December 23rd, 2010 at 9:27 am

This is currently our best entry in the defensive coordinator guess-a-thon after cycling through Randy Shannon, Teryl Austin, and W.E.B Dubois.  

Wilcox has appeal because he’s experienced beyond his years as a coordinator, is considered an elite LB position coach, and fashioned an assortment of guys named Hunter and Chase into an effective defense at Boise State. I’m inclined to forgive him for his weak Tennessee Volunteer defense in 2009 because Tennessee is a shriveled husk of a program that fell off the map of college football relevance after its long time coach grew complacent on the job, lost a key coordinator, made rash coaching hires, and program momentum hit the wall as surrounding programs grew stronger. (more…)

North Carolina Breakdown

Posted by    |    December 22nd, 2010 at 8:49 am

Texas Longhorns 78, North Carolina Tar Heels 76

Getting a win on the road in North Carolina’s backyard is never an easy task, especially when the quick whistles decimate the only true offensive threat in your frontcourt.

When Tristan Thompson picked up his second foul just minutes into the game, the complexion of the contest totally changed. Up until that point, Texas looked poise to run the Heels right out of the gym. Joseph, Brown, and Hamilton were getting in the paint with impunity, but without a credible threat on the interior the Tar Heels were able to chip away at the Horns and take the lead going into halftime.

Credit interior fill-ins Matt Hill and especially Alexis Wangmene for holding down the fort allowing the Horns to maintain contact until the very end.

Some pick and roll magic capped off by a Cory Joseph dagger, and the Horns walked away with a very satisfying W in a very hostile environment—I’m looking at you Karl Hess.

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Randy Shannon As DC

Posted by    |    December 15th, 2010 at 8:55 am

I’m being told by some pretty solid sources that Randy Shannon withdrew from an announcement of being hired at Kentucky when the Muschamp news came over the wire. He immediately contacted Texas to express his interest in the job.  

Mack Brown needs an immediate defensive coordinator hire to stem the negative momentum we just acquired today. Expect quick action. Shannon is in his comfort zone. Unlike the OC gig, this cannot be a measured hiring timeline. And it may, strangely, have impacted hiring urgency on offense too, given the strong likelihood that Applewhite is going to Gainesville (now maybe not so likely).

If Shannon is hired, his first task will be to reassure a half dozen elite defensive recruits that are currently wavering, some of whom might follow Muschamp to Florida. We’re hearing second thoughts being voiced by talents like Steve Edmond, Sheroid Evans, Kendall Thompson to name a few.

Interesting times.

TCU, Rose Bowl, Part 2

Posted by    |    December 14th, 2010 at 9:02 pm

Let’s do some second-order comparisons of Wyoming and TCU.

The Badgers rank 12th nationally in rushing offense, while facing 61st best rushing defenses, on average.  TCU turned in the 8th best rushing attack, while facing 80th best rush defenses, on average.  Advantage: Whisky, but not by much.

Wisconsin only managed the nation’s 74th best passing offense (with the Johnny Unitas winner at QB) while facing 74th best passing defenses, on average.  TCU’s pass attack is 53rd nationally, in the teeth of 61st ranked pass defenses, on average.  Advantage: TCU, by a lot.

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