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The State of the Saints

As we enter the Free Agency Period today, Rick had the following on the state of his beloved New Orleans Saints of some of the cuts they’ve had so far in the off-season.   When we acquired Sproles from the Chargers, it was one of those beautiful synchronous moments in time.  Like when amino acids started partying in the primordial soup and accidentally created life, except far less important to the creation of life on the planet earth.  But synchronous.  Because we had just parted ways with the inconsistent, oft-injured, and cap-heavy Reggie Bush and picked up in return a guy who was better, more consistent, and cheaper.  His production the last three years has even made me forgive him for what he did to the Sooners in the Big XII Championship … Read entire article »

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Bryan Harsin heading back to Boise State

It is being reported that Bryan Harsin, who was an assistant in Boise from 2001-2010 was hired by Boise State to be the head coach today.  This is in the wake of Chris Peterson leaving the Broncos last week after 8 seasons to take over at the University of Washington.  Harsin spent the 2011-12 seasons in Austin as the co-offensive coordinator for the Longhorns and was rumored to be on the short list to the Texas job if Mack Brown is convinced to step down this week.  He went 7-5 at Arkansas State this season. The coaching carosel is in full swirl.  Still “up in the air” (and we don’t think it’s that up in the … Read entire article »

Sources: Mack Brown Stepping Down at Texas (UPDATED)

UPDATE: 12/10/2013 – 23:34 PM - ESPN’s Brett McMurphy now reporting that Mack Brown will make the announcement that he is stepping down before the weekend.  Sources close the Mack Brown are saying he prefers to tell his staff and players in person instead of them reading it on the internet. ============================= UPDATE: 12/10/2013 – 16:34 PM – ESPN’s Joe Schad says Mack Brown has texted 247 SPORTS (HORNS247 section of the site) that he is not going anywhere.  He says, “I haven’t seen [the] article,” Brown wrote in a text message to the website Horns247. “I’m in Florida recruiting. If I had decided to step down, I sure wouldn’t be killing myself down here. I have not decided … Read entire article »

What we learned from Thursday Night

1. Oregon is not for real.  While they have a very fast-paced offense that can put up a load of points on you in a hurry, they are a finesse team that has trouble taking a punch in the mouth as demonstrated last night by Stanford.  The Trees rolled out and shut down the Ducks offense holding them scoreless until the 10 minute mark of the 4th quarter.  By that time they had built a 26-0 lead on the strength of a smash-mouth running game that amassed 274 yards rushing against Oregon’s defense that seemed completely unable to stop the juggernaut.  Stanford has to be the favorite to win the PAC 12 right now. 2.  Baylor … Read entire article »

Two top 10 matchups tonight in College Football

#10 Oklahoma at #6 Baylor – 7:30 PM #3 Oregaon at #5 Stanford – 9:00 PM Oklahoma is in Waco to take on the Baylor Bears and hoping to slow down the #1 scoring team in the country. The Bears are averaging 63.9 pionts per game, but they haven’t played a lot of tough competition up to this point. The only teams they’ve played with less than 4 losses so far are Buffalo (7-2) and FBS school Wofford (5-3). The rest of the teams on their schedule are a combined 16-26. Tonight is a proving ground for Baylor. Win this one and they could be on their way to a conference championship. … Read entire article »

NCAA Football – Night #1 – LET THE GAMES . . .BEGIN!!!

Just a few thoughts on last nights games. North Carolina 10 South Carolina 27  Gamecocks jumped out to 17-0 lead in the first quarter in this one.  Looked like it was going to be a blowout, but the Tarheels were able to claw and bite their way back a bit and keep it respectable. Jedeveon Clowney was catching some slack from the sports pundits for “taking a play off” here and there through the course of the game.  Yes, you should be giving 100% effort every play, but considering the unseasonably cool weather we’ve had across the country the past couple of weeks and to suddenly have temps spike into the nineties with the humidity at an Ann … Read entire article »

Michigan vs. Ohio State (11/24/2012)

This one has turned ugly here late in the game . . .no . . not ugly . . .stupid.  Yeah – that’s it – STUPID!   I went to the Iowa vs. Michigan game last week for my first trip to the Big House in Ann Arbor which I will write about later.  In that game, Michigan had a great offensive strategy.  They used Denard Robinson as a running back, as a slot receiver as a wildcat QB and a lot as a straight up decoy.  It worked like a charm as he is the kind of player that draws a lot of attention from a defense.  You always have to account for him no … Read entire article »

Game Commentary: Notre Dame at Oklahoma

ND – 30  OU – 13 FINAL (most recent drive at the top) RECAP The Irish came in and executed the perfect game plan to beat Oklahoma.  Their defense is definitely for real as they held the Sooners to 13 points and it was due in large part to keeping the completely out of balance – Jones passed for 364 yards, but only had 15 yards rushing for the game – even if they did get the first rushing TD of the season against this stout Notre Dame defense.  Hats off to the young quarterback, Golson passing for only 177 yards, but also opening it up just enough to keep the Irish rushing game going (215 yards on the … Read entire article »

Saturday Football notes: Week 9

Texas managed to survive with a late touchdown from Case McCoy to DJ Grant with 7 seconds left in Lawrence for the come from behind win over the Jayhawsk – 21-17 – so Texas gets not only a win, but a nice quarterback controversy. South Carolina held on for the win over Tennessee 38-35 when Jadeveon Clowney made a monstrous play inside their own 20 by forcing a fumble from Tyler Bray which was recovered with 1:06 left.  The Gamecoks win, but they lost Marcus Lattimore to a horrendous injury to his right leg which, from the looks of it, will end his season. In the first quarter in Eugene, the Oregon Ducks are already up in … Read entire article »

Dan’s Notre Dame/OU Preview

If the Irish are going to win this one, it is going to be on the backs of the defense, particularly the front 7. Oklahoma has been on a tear since its one loss of the season, scoring over 50 per game. In the past, OU’s Landry Jones has been inaccurate when his rhythm is interrupted and Notre Dame will need to find some way to make that happen. The captain of the defense and Heisman dark horse candidate, Manti Teo will need to keep the defense focused and locked in on Jones (and hopefully pull in a couple of the turnovers he dished up so readily against Michigan’s Denard Robinson). Notre Dame’s young cornerbacks will … Read entire article »