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  1. Looks like Choate is an excellent pick up. Had not intended to direct this at you but appreciate the feedback none the less.
  2. Well said. Yes, most of the schools were pissed Sark stole their guys. I think Saban blessed teh Flood move as he knew he'd lose at least one but certainly not happy about Mr "Pole Assassin" Banks. UDub PISSED at losing Coach K. PS, rumors on the interwebs abound that the LB coach will be Jimmy Nansen from UCLA will be nabbed. His rep is as a 1st rate recruiter. This staff can land some talent.
  3. Screw it, I'm drinking the kool aid with extra sugar. PS, this from my boy Cujo posted elsewhere and shamelessly stolen If you have some time, go and check UDub's game vs Bama in the CFPlayoffs from 2016. Mind you, it was 4 years ago, but man what a defensive clinic. Bama came into the game Averaging over 471 yds per game Averging over 40.5 pts per game vs UW Bama offense 17 pts 324 yds Jalen Hurts went 7/14 for 57 ds. The only thing good for bama that day was Bo Scarborough UW offense did them no favors with 3 TO (one being a pick 6) and only having 194 yds of total offense.
  4. I'm sure we'll get a breakdown from the really smart guys but from the Cheap Seats, it looks like Sark has landed an outstanding group of coaches moving forward. And let's be candid (I'm always honest), #1 problem of both CFS & CTH was far too many "comfort hires" out of the gate. I will even argue (and did so years ago) that had Mack hired a DC on the level of GD or even close, he would have enjoyed even more success. Like most casual observers of CFB, I had no clue who Coach Pete Kwiatkowski (Quick-cow-ski) was or his background. I did know UDub played some serious and fundementally sound defense but I gave now UDub HC Coach Lake most of the credit. Seems that was short sighted and Coach K deserves more than a little acclaim himself. He is also a DC interested in being a DC, he turned down returning to Boise St as the head man. Coach K also seems fine with Sark lining up his staff for him, his rep is as a non-ego kinda guy. What is also interesting is that he is extremely well regarded as a DC but Sark was too busy looking East till he finally looked West. Hope that back story comes out one day, I'm curious when was the 1st time Sark reached out to him. Coach K has Bo Davis (2nd time as the TEXAS DL coach) along the DL. He's solid and a good recruiter. Asumming Coach K takes the LBs Terry Joseph and Blake Gideon will coach the secondary. Joseph from ND and comes with a good reputation as both recruiter and talent developer. He will be the "passing game coordinator" Blake is considered a rising star in coaching circles. Rumors have Oscar Giles staying on board in an analyst role. Clearly the offense runs through Sark who has brought his "right hand man" at Bama over as the QB coach AJ Milwee TE's & STs will be run by uber recruiting star Jeff Banks. I'm guessing we'll finally start using TEs in our offense. Stan Drayton, RBs & Andre Coleman, WRs have been retained. Coleman was rewarded with the commit of a 4 Star WR out of Flower Mound with Sark's announcment as HC. Nice way to kick of the new era. Not sure if it has been announced but I believe Sark is still pursuing Holman Wiggings, WR coach at Bama (another uber recruiter). If he's hired, Coleman moves to an analyst spot we assume. Saving my favorite (after Sark, but Coach K might be there too) new hire for last. Kyle Flood has come over to coach the OL. He is considered one of the Top 5 OL coaches in the nation, is adept at recruiting OLs and coaching them up to be high NFL draft picks. So that's the 8 Sark wants to play and I have to say, it's nice to see an HC bring in some of the best in the land at their positions than to hire his "not ready for prime time" players like the last two. Especially on defense, will be interesting to see how fast the team gels around a new system as Coach K runs a 2-4-5 as a base D, though it does look a great deal like a 4-3 or a 4-2-5 at times.
  5. Brock Purdy is back and outside of their RB, they pretty much have everyone back. If we run the KSU offensive scheme vs ISU, we play in the CCG. BiJon stays healthy, 9-3/10-2 Hate to say this because I loved Sam but think our O is better. Also think the D is better. We will be a very attractive target for 2021 portals/Grad transfers. Predict we land 7-10
  6. I heard Hamilton is back on the TEXAS internet boards, where did he land?
  7. And yet we were in position to win every game under Herman with OU save the CCG. They have been much better coached, especially on defense than we have been. Keeping CTH simply kicks the can down the road for another year and further reduces our talent levels with our 2022 class.
  8. If we are not #1 in talent, we are not far from OU. If ISU can beat OU, why can't we? If BMDs and Regents are making the call, then what are we paying CDC $2 million a year to do? Cristobal has a G 5 conference title and now 2 Pac12's. This side of UM and Kelly, he has the best resume of any candidate. My concern, none of our options are going to be much different after 2021, you may get another "flavor of the day" but in hindsight, that is all CTH ever was. Our recruiting will continue to slide, we've already gone from Top 10 to very high Teens and likely into the 20's for 2021. Our biggest needs are recruiting, OL development/recruiting and playing championship D. Mario checks boxes 1 and 2. If he wanted to keep Ash, good with me.
  9. OK So who is in charge? Franklin? No way, Herman 2.0 I think Cristobal would be outstanding. Immediate bump in recruiting and improved OL coaching
  10. View from the Cheap Seats-Buffs return to Texas Game review and season/off season wrap up. One of the things bowl games bring is hope for the following season. It is a game where younger players who have often not gotten much playing time, get a chance to shine while giving the fans a glimpse of things to come. This year’s Alamo Bowl game certainly gave TEXAS fans what they hope is a vision for the future though sadly, TEXAS has failed to deliver on that tease for 3 years in a row. While not the “signature win” of the Sugar Bowl beat down of the Dawgs, this was easily one of Coach Herman’s Top 5 wins at TEXAS. (OU, Dawgs, Utah and USC round our our top 5) If there is one thing Tom Herman can do, it’s tease TEXAS fans with dominate bowl game performances. Sam deserved better. Before we jump into the game, we wanted to take a minute and honor an absolute warrior who left everything he had on the field for his beloved Horns. It sucked for him to have to leave what might have been his last game at TEXAS after the 1st half with a shoulder injury. Sam is the man and leaves an amazing legacy of grit and toughness. In a year of craziness both on and off the field, Sam showed real leadership all season as he has done over his 4 year career. Next to the word “electric” in the dictionary is now a picture of Bijan Robinson. It did not take Bijan long to make his presence felt, on TEXAS’ first offensive play, he took off for 27 yards and largely did not look back from there. He finished with 182 yards rushing (on only 10 carries) and a TD plus 2 receptions with a TD apiece. In his last two games, he’s put up over 350 yards rushing and accounted for 6 TDs. They hype for him in 2021 will be on overdrive. Not to be outdone, Casey Thompson started the 2nd half of the game and in a quarter and a half, out played Sam. It began on the opening possession of the 2nd half where following a 66 yard 1st down run by Bijan, Casey hit Joshua Moore with a 13 yard slant on a perfectly thrown ball. Casey would finish with 4 touchdown passes on 5 drives with one drive ending with a field goal. For those keeping track of drive points (an important analytic) that is REALLY GOOD. Along the way, only 2 of his 10 passes were not completed. Though truth be told, he did hit a Colo DB in the hands for what should have been an easy INT. OK, this was not a very good Colo team, comparable with WVU or TCU and clearly the weakest of the 4 bowl opponents TEXAS/Coach Mensa has faced in his tenure. But it felt good seeing some young guys flash and winning is FAR SUPERIOR to losing when it’s all said and done. Our only negative issue with the offense came at the end of the 1st quarter/2nd quarter where TEXAS went Punt, Miss FG, Punt Punt before hitting on a FG to close out the 1st half. After 3 drives of moving the ball well, the offensive play calling seemed to go away from what was working back to what really had not worked all season. Pretty much our only negative of the night. ..again, other than Sam’s injury. Flipping to the other side of the ball, TEXAS once again faced one of the top RBs in the nation. Broussard came in ranked #3 in yards per game averaging 6 yards a carry and was the Pac12’s offensive player of the year. Mr Broussard would go home reaching half of his season averages. Not the only time this year the TEXAS D has bowed up to the challenge of facing a Top flight RB and they have been up to the task each time. The D held Colo to 10 points in the 1st half, their sole 1st half TD drive needed 3 TEXAS penalties (each for 1st downs) to get into the red zone. Credit where credit is due, it’s clear as the season has progressed, Coach Ash’s young charges have played better each week. Well except for the KSU game. Coach Y’s offense seemed to be regressing as the season wore on as the performances against WVU and ISU were tepid at best. Bijan being unleashed the past two games seems to be the catalyst for a couple very good performances, again save that weird, revert back to what hasn’t worked all year play calling in the 2nd quarter. The big question, which seems to be the same question every year, was a great bowl performance an indication “we’re back” or is it fool’s gold? TEXAS loses a bunch of starters but candidly outside of Joseph Ossai and the Sam twins, this might be addition by subtraction. Sorry not sorry if this offends the PC crowd but we had some serious problem children in the locker room who had a focus more on off the field issues than winning the conference. Offensive player of the game: BiJan Robinson with his 2nd amazing game in a row Honorable Mention: Casey Thompson leading TEXAS with 4 TD passes on 5 drives in just over a quarter of play Defensive player of the game: Alfred Collins. Big man arrived in style, 6’5” 305 lbs and he goes vertical to block then intercept a Colo pass. If you did not hear the quote, in a pre game interview, Coach Ash told Mike Golic Sr that he coached both Bosa brothers and Collins has the potential to be as good as they were. BTW, both top 3 NFL picks Stats that matter 4 Number of TD passes thrown by Casey Thompson in just over a quarter+ of work. His 5th drive resulted in a FG 3 Average yards rushing by Colo/Pac 12’s player of the year RB Broussard who came into the game averaging 6+ per carry 4/221 TD/Total offense accounted for by true freshman BiJan Robinson 4-0 Coach Herman’s bowl record, best in TEXAS history 0-4 Coach Herman’s conference titles Game Highlights Season Review No other way to spin this, season was a failure. With the best talent in the conference lead by a senior QB and an All American pass rusher, TEXAS failed to win the conference. In fact with a CCG berth on the line, TEXAS choked behind their worst offensive performance of the year, sadly squandering what was likely the best defensive performance of the year. And it was set up perfectly for TEXAS this year as OU dropped 2 games early and could have been eliminated from conference contention. Instead, the Sooners would win their 6th conference title in a row and in the BigXII’s quarter century year, OU would win the conference 14 times. Depressing to type. So the $64,000 question for CDC is what to do with Coach Mensa. Recruiting has dropped from a potential Top 10 class down into the high teens. Rumors of negative recruiting from inside the locker room float about. Has anyone seen anything that makes you think CTH is somehow going to improve in 2021 with a brand new QB who hasn’t thrown 25 CFB passes? So does TEXAS’ administration opt for a “dead man walking” type season in 2021 or do they pull the trigger with a list of prospective new head coaches, all of whom come with question marks. Well except for Urban Meyer who still is teasing perspective suitors. There is a very good chance, CTH is at the helm again in 2021. We don’t like the idea but we also have not gotten a call from CDC asking for our opinions either. Recruiting is already trending towards “meh”. . . .TEXAS only has 3 pledges of the state’s Top 25 and 7 of the Top 50, zero of them are offensive linemen. Meanwhile the Aggies and thieves of land would each nab 5 of the Top 25 in state recruits and each enjoys a Top 10 class (measured by average star ranking). Quick summary of the potential hires CDC might consider if he pulls the trigger: Urban Meyer-everybody’s dream date to the prom. After him, everyone else comes with question marks. Brian Kelly-Clearly knows how to get to the playoffs, question is why would he leave Norte Dame? Mike Campbell-The fair haired boy of the BigXII, just finished Iowa State’s best 4 year run in their history. A clear upgrade over CTH (who isn’t at this point) Can he recruit and coach well enough to unseat OU as conference champs? Damn near did so with ISU talent Mario Cristobal-Just won his 2nd Pac 12 title. One of the best recruiters in the nation and an outstanding offensive line coach with ties to Nick Saban. Odd he is getting so little play here as after Urban and Kelly, has the best resume of any of the candidates. Steve Sarkisian Proved his recruiting and coaching chops as he pulled a moribund UDub program out of the ashes (0-12 the year before he got there). Spectacular flame out at his next stop of USC due to drinking. Re building his career at Bama and coaching a great offense, perhaps Bama’s best of the Saban era though face it, he’s working with more offensive talent than anyone not named Dabo. Luke Fickell Group 5 darling doing great things at Cincinnati. Our issue, group 5 coaches generally flame out making the leap to Power 5 Hugh Freeze Great success at Liberty, good success at Ole Miss. But recruiting violations and hiring escorts for players/recruits might seem a major negative to many. Tony Elliott Who???? The offensive coordinator at Clemson. He’s this year “hot name” though he’s never worked outside of South Carolina and has only called plays for a year or so. James Franklin OK, we should have hired him over Charlie Strong. Not that we think much would be different though we would not have had the worst 3 year run in our history. Has not really challenged for the B1G title, to us, he’s CTH 2.0. Or CDC can play the cards he’s dealt himself and we re-do this exercise in a year with basically the same mixed bag of candidates. Ranking the Big XII coaches #1 Lincoln Riley #2 Matt Campbell #3 Mike Gundy very nice bowl win over Miami #4 Gary Patterson great talent evaluator and developer #5 Tom Herman kinda by default #6 Neal Brown Look for him to climb #7 Chris Klieman Long been a fan of his work #8 Less Miles Mostly on the back of his work at LSU #9 Dave Aranada #10 Matt Wells Playoff projections Bama spanks ND Clemson spanks tOSU Bama over Clemson in what shapes up to be a great game. Fighting Mack Brown’s Top 2 RBs opted out which is a bummer as we wanted to see UNC run aggies out of the building. Still a really good test and we pick Mack Brown in a close game. . . .hey, we love Mack, despise aggie and we’re shameless homers.
  11. Wanted to take a moment from the hand wringing over CUM's decision to break TEXAS fans hearts and remember the attack on Pearl Harbor, on this day 79 years ago. Also, while the movie Pearl Harbor sucked, the scenes from the attack were outstanding and captured well the events of that morning. Also, while we all know about the USS Arizona, I only learned the story of the USS Nevada while steaming out of Pearl Harbor as we deployed to WESTPAC. A great story. On the morning of Dec 7th, the USS Nevada was moored to the northern most spot along battleship row, next to the USS Arizona. The officer of the Deck ordered her 2nd boiler to be lit off, with the intention of shutting down the 1st once the 2nd was up to steam. These two facts are mentioned because they would save the Nevada and she would be the only battleship to get underway that day despite being struck by a Japanese torpedo. See the map below, the USS Nevada tried to run as she returned fire from her anti aircraft guns. She was credited with downing 6 of the 9 Japanese planes shot down that morning. The Nevada began making headway and was gaining speed as she raced for the narrow canal which starts at Hospital Point. About that time, the 2nd wave of attacking planes reached Pearl Harbor and made sinking the Nevada a priority. They hoped to catch the Nevada as she reach the very narrow channel at Hospital Point at the bottom of the map. Realizing this, the Senior officer ordered she be run aground as to not block the channel. It would take 9 months for the Nevada to be refitted but she would serve highly distinguished service in World War II. She would participate in retaking the Aluetian Islands in 1943 then would steam to Europe in support of the D-Day invasions. She would then return to the Pacific where she was part of both the Iwo Jima and Okinawa invasions. When US ships leave Pearl Harbor, they render honors to both the USS Arizona and the USS Nevada.
  12. View from the Cheap Seats-KSU BiJion’s coming out party-Feast of the Running Backs Wow, if anyone had any questions why BiJon was such a highly sought after recruit, all questions have now been answered. The young man is an amazing combination of power, speed, shiftiness and vision. We can only hope this is what we can expect over the next 2 years and 2 games. His explosive running was the catalyst behind the biggest offensive explosion from a TEXAS team since the 2005 BigXII title game. Fitting that Joel Klatt was doing the announcing as he was on the receiving end of that 2005 beat down as QB for the CU Buffs. TEXAS would score 4 TDs and a FG on it’s first 5 drives to take a lead into half. After the half, KSU showed signs of life, TEXAS would crush those signs by answering KSU’s 14 points in the 3rd, with 35 of their own. 5 TDs on 5 drives in one quarter. Not only was this the biggest scoring output since 2005 and the biggest in the CTH era, it also represented the biggest 3rd quarter in the CTH era. We’re too lazy to do the research but was this the biggest day in TEXAS history by 2 RBs? Not only did BiJon break out with a 9 carry 172 yard, 3 TD day and a ridiculous 19 ypc, Roschon Johnson counters with 14 carries, 139 yards and 3 TD day, finishing 1 tick off 10 ypc for his career best day as well. 300+ yards by our RBs against one of the better front 4’s in the BigXII. Nice, VERY NICE Oh wait, it doesn’t end there. Would you believe it if we told you that TEXAS did all that without it’s #1 offensive lineman and without it’s #2 offensive lineman for half the game. Bijion interview reported by the on air staff on why he choose TEXAS over offers from Bama, tOSU or Clemson etc. “College football is better when TEXAS is good and I want to be part of that comeback” How does anyone not love the kid? Offensively we saw a game plan which featured getting TEXAS’ best players the ball in their hands with a chance to show case their talents. For those regular readers of the Cheap Seats, you know we have long been frustrated by TEXAS’ “bombs away” offense which has led to TEXAS frequently being behind the chains in long yardage situations. Against the Wildcats, we saw the offense that more closely resembled what we saw vs Utah in the Alamo Bowl. An offense designed to keep the D off balance with a good mix of run and pass, shorter/quicker throws allowing pass catchers to utilize their talents. It will be interesting to read some of the upcoming “tale of the tape” reports on how our patch work offensive line was able to be so much more productive despite not having Sam Cosmi (good luck in the show) at left tackle and starting true freshman Jake Majors (we really hope his performance is indicative of things to come) at center. Plus losing Derreck K who had slid out to play Right Tackle as Christian Jones flipped to the left side. No question in our mind this game plan would have had TEXAS as half of the BigXII title game in a re-match with a 2 loss ISU who would still hold the tie breaker with OU. We wonder where this O has been all year. While the D was not horrid in the game, they certainly looked more like our D from the 1st half of the year than the 2nd. Former CFS’ DB coach Chris Vaughan’s son Duece ripped the D for 12.4 ypc and shows he’ll be a thorn in BigXII D’s sides for the next 2 years (he’s a true freshman). After shutting down 3 of the top RBs in the nation in the past 4 weeks, the offense picked a great week to kick things in gear because the D was back to it’s old tricks of missing tackles and getting gashed by RBs. What they did that was most impressive was to create 2 interceptions which led to 14 points. Our favorite was true freshman Jerrin Thompson basically hiding behind the referee who was directly in KSU QB Will Howard’s line of sight and popping out to break under the receiver, then returning the ball 21 yards to the KSU 3. Offensive player of the game: Bijon Robinson Honorable mention: our OL and Roschon Johnson Defensive player of the game: Joseph Ossai HM: Jerrin Thompson Special teams player of the game: De’shawn Jamison 3 returns for 150 yards with a long of 98 Stats that matter 4 Penalties on TEXAS, which is less than half TEXAS’ season average 14/9/2 14 drives, 9 TDs 2 FGs That’s impressive 69 Most points since 2005 35 5 drives in the 3rd quarter, 5 TDs. Might be a TEXAS record Highlights So with the loss to ISU, with Coach Herman 99 and 44/100th all but gone and with what amount to a scrimmage vs Kansas on deck, talk turns to “does TEXAS land Urban Meyer”? And if they don’t land UFM, who is next. Let’s to a quick run down of “next” if UFM says no. And make no mistake, we do not want UFM to turn us down. These in our order and make no mistake, all come with risks, there are no sure things. Many want to say TEXAS is no place for OJT, we agree but challenge anyone to find candidates with skins. Mario Christobal-A Saban disciple, a GREAT offensive line coach and the best recruiter not named UFM. One needs to dig into his Florida International record which is more impressive than it appears at 1st blush. Won the Pac 12 (weakest of the Power 5) and a Rose Bowl win. You can double his salary and still not pay what CTH is getting Luke Fickell-Cincy Doing great things at a mid major. He’s a mid west guy with no ties to TEXAS Tom Allen-Indiana Dude has Indiana winning football games in the B1G. That’s impressive and his players LOVE him. Making $4 million a year already. PJ Fleck-Minnesota 2 time MAC coach of the year last year’s B1G coach of the year. Might be expensive to land. Our dark horse guy: Chris Ash. We don’t hold Rutgers against him, it’s freaking Rutgers. OTOH, we’ll wager Rutgers taught him a ton of what not to do and that can be valuable. We love Dan Mullen but doubtful he’s making a lateral move Guys we want ZERO part of: Steve Sarkisian Hugh Freeze Ranking the BigXII #1 ISU Nuff said, we choked #2 OU #3 TEXAS Kinda backed doored our way to #3 but the pre-season goal with BigXII title. We failed and have no one to blame but ourselves #4 Oklahoma State and TCU we have tied as TCU beat OSU #6 WVU #7 KSU #8 TT #9 Baylor #10 Kansas If we had a playoff vote: #1 Bama #2 ND #3 Clemson #4 tOSU Will be interesting to see if the committee gives Cincy any love. Sadly, aggie might be on the verge of a playoff berth. We need Clemson to beat ND in a close game as a Clemson loss opens the door to the #4 spot. Florida upsetting Bama works too but unlikely. ESPN College Pick’em Yours truly slid from #4 last week to #5 this week but revealing in our 2020 1st Top 10 finish. Props to Baby Yoda, your 2020 OB winner.
  13. So the answer to my question is no, you will never stop being a dick. . . . gottcha, just wanted some clarification mr internet tough guy.
  14. Welcome Tax. . . .try to ignore MB. . .
  15. Why do you always need to be a dick? Well actually he was posting political 2 weeks ago. . . Stop trying to screw up a good board with some good discussions. . . . Not sure I have seen Ketch's name brought up by anyone but you. . . . .this certainly isn't an "anti Ketch" board. Rather more a board to discuss TEXAS/football/recruiting.
  16. Agreed, love Sam but time for the new broom to sweep clean. I hope Casey gets at least a quarter in each of the next two games as I still think he opens next year as QB1. . . . Thank you. Well said.
  17. View from the Cheap Seats-ISU Choke Not unlike the Mighty Casey, the Mighty Longhorns lead by Coach Tom Herman have struck out. This year was a win the conference or bust type season. We busted and in doing so, snatched defeat from the jaws of victory. No other way to say it, TEXAS/Coach Tom choked. In the 4 years that CTH has held the head spot at TEXAS, no team in the country has a worse record of giving up 4th quarter leads than TEXAS. The reverse of Mack Brown who had at one point held the best record of 4th quarter comebacks and not giving up leads late in games. Sadly, TEXAS should not have needed one of it’s weekly “miracle comebacks” lead by Sam the Man as we have become so accustom to in 2020. With 4:09 in the 4th, TEXAS had both the ball and a 20-16 lead, all TEXAS needed was a couple 1st downs which would have put the Horns in great shape to play for the BigXII title and perhaps save Tom’s job. While any score would extend the lead, a TD putting the game effectively out of reach, the #1 goal should have been to run out the clock. Instead we see 1 run then back to back incomplete passes which only burned 1 minute of clock leaving ISU the ball at the 31 with 3:09 to go. You have one of the best running QBs in college football but instead of getting him out on the edge with a run pass option (read, burn more clock), you drop him back in the pocket and go bombs away on 2nd down. WHY? It’s a low % completion play at it’s best. Why would you not run a high completion route with Sam having the option to get what he could with his legs if nothing is there, again, allowing the clock to continue to run. This was followed by another incompletion. . .coulda/shoulda/woulda been caught? Who knows, it stopped the clocked and forced a punt. ISU gets the ball back and goes on it’s best drive of the day, featuring 3 “chunk” plays. The 2 biggest plays coming on passes to their tight ends. TEXAS rarely uses their talented TEs so maybe that’s why our D struggled mightily to cover ISU’s players. ISU would take it’s only lead of the day punching in a TD but leaving Sam just enough time to pull off another weekly miracle come back. There should be a poll for "worst coaching decision on the day". Our vote would go for a fake punt on our end of the field in the 3rd quarter with the lead. WHY? Defense playing well, Dicker punting well. We needed 10. . . .not 3 or 5, something obtainable. And poor Tom, didn't realize Matt Campbell might not be MENSA but he's a better coach, had his guys ready. Fake punt fooled NO ONE. SMDH It was the Mighty Casey story all over. Despite a gallant effort by Sam to at least move TEXAS in a position to tie the game and send it to OT, Sam took a sack we could not afford forcing Dicker the Kicker into his longest FG attempt of his career. 4 yards closer and it’s OT for the Horns as the kick curved “just a bit outside” (in my best Bob Uecker) of the upright. Want to know why Matt Campbell is a rising star in coaching? He genuinely cares about the players. He goes to Dicker after the miss and talks with him at length. Not a quick pat on the helmet either. A great display of sportsmanship but more importantly, LEADERSHIP. First Class move, as if we were not already impressed with the job Campbell has done. Now we do have one member of the coaching staff who’s performance this year is likely to be overlooked in this wasted season. Chris Ash and his defense, for the 3rd week in a row basically shut down one of the Top RBs in the nation while holding ISU 10 points below their season average. While our offense continues to regress, our defense is getting better. That’s coaching. The $64,000 question What does this mean for the future of Coach Tom Herman? 4 years without a BigXII title. 4 years with the worst 4th quarter performance in the nation. The recruiting class largely going backwards (though there were 2 very nice commits recently). Thanks to COVID and the massive expense of the South End Zone, money is VERY TIGHT. Will/can CDC pull the trigger? And if he does, who does he hire? Urban Meyer is the obvious choice but will he take the job? How is his health? Is there another candidate who has the name (the “juice” if you will) to make an immediate impact? Mario Christobal of Oregon has some great recruiting chops but unlike UM, his resume is thin. Or does CTH get another year? Make no mistake, we were in the front seat of the CTH bandwagon 4 years ago . .. . today, our only question is who is next and how fast can they get here. Stats that matter 11 for 200. ISU’s TE numbers. Our TEs caught 3 passes (one a fake punt) for less than 20 yards though there was 1 really nice TD. Perhaps whomever calls plays next year will remember that you are allowed to use TEs and Wiley seems to be a good one. 4 of 11 TEXAS’ 3rd down conversion ratio. Not very good 21 Points per game TEXAS is averaging the past 3 weeks, pretty weak 0-4 BigXII titles for CTH at TEXAS, that's the back breaker On Deck Not that it matters much now but TEXAS will face KSU still without their starting QB and riding a 3 game losing streak pending the outcome of today’s game with Baylor. Will TEXAS/CTH allow 1 loss to become 2? Does it really matter at this point? At least the reward for Dallas losing is high draft picks. Fighting Mack Brown’s Simply did not have the horses to hang with ND after the 1st half. Tied 17-17 midway through the game, UNC shut out in the 2nd half. Cupcake on deck (west Carolina?) then a Dec 12th date with #10 Miami and former DC Manny Diaz. Pulling hard for Mack to win out but clearly he’s building something special at UNC. .. again. Will update conference rankings and playoff leaders after Sat’s games. ISU clearly #1 OU (barring an upset) #2 at TEXAS at best #4 though no idea who is #3. Game Highlights
  18. While 2020 has been a really crappy year, there is much to be thankful for. To all my HS friends, Have a GREAT Turkey Day and as they say in Florida, arrive alive.
  19. Actually GG had a great game .. . I've never understood the hate some have for guys wearing burnt orange. . . . . Dallas' D finally came to play and Da Boys came within a nano of knocking off the Steelers. Worked out perfect for me as Da Boys went backward this year and for me, all about the draft picks.
  20. I actually have no idea. I am assuming some form of a spread since Oregon has been running a variation for years. Will see if I can dvr a game and check it out.
  21. Absolutely true. And I agree, Sam appears playing hurt and it shows. One misfire would have been an easy TD. On one series, we went bombs away, 3 straight plays, one throw off the mark, 2 which shoulda/coulda been caught. . . .not sure I like playing behind the chains or the 6 punts on 11 drives all 6 plays or less.
  22. After Urban there is no coach who is remotely close to a sure thing. While his resume is thin, the one name who seems to check most of the boxes is Mario Christobal from Oregon. He is a top flight recruiter, he's a former OL which might be our 2 biggest needs. But as I said, everybody but Urban is a gamble and I fear the 2021 class will be a shadow of what we once thought it would be.

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