Bevo's Daily Round Up - September 17, 2009

 

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"They deserved to win that night," Longhorns quarterback Colt McCoy
said of Tech. "They played great, but we need to come out this week and
not focus on that, not focus on what happened, but focus on, 'Hey, what
do we have to do to be the best that we can be this year?' "
- Austin American-Statesman

Do the players want revenge? No, that's the media's issue.

"I think using that is trying to focus on the negative. You're focusing on a loss," Brown said. "I don't like to focus on negatives. Revenge is something that you guys (the media) make a big deal out of."

But would the Longhorns have been more motivated if they'd talked about payback?

"No. Those games weren't about motivation," Shipley said. "Using revenge isn't some magic solution to winning a football game."

Tré Newton and Vondrell McGee will share starting tailback duties.

Coach Mack Brown said Newton, who rushed for a team-high 62 yards in last week’s 41-10 victory over Wyoming, "can be an every down back" and will get the opportunity to prove it Saturday when No. 2 Texas (2-0) opens Big 12 play against Texas Tech (2-0) at 7 p.m. in Austin.

Brown said he plans to incorporate Newton, son of former Dallas Cowboys offensive lineman Nate Newton, as well as Vondrell McGee, who started the team’s first two games, into this week’s game plan.

"We’re excited about Tré and what he brings to us," Brown said during Monday’s news conference. "He gets from here to there real fast and he has good vision ... Now, he’s getting his chance."

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Sergio Kindle's father wants some sacks.

Surrounded by reporters this week, Sergio Kindle admitted that he can be a tough critic – just not as hard as his dad, Johnny Walker.

"Looking on the outside in, of course he wants me to have 20 sacks already," the Texas senior defensive end said, to accompanying laughter. "I have to break it down for him. I'm playing well. We're getting sacks and pressures, just not my name on it."

Did he satisfy Dad?

"No, he wants sacks," Kindle said.

Colt McCoy loves to play Tech.

It’s understandable why this is such a big rivalry for McCoy. Many of his relatives and fellow classmates from Jim Ned High School in Tuscola, Texas, attend Texas Tech. Even one of McCoy’s uncles is employed at Texas Tech in Lubbock. McCoy’s hometown is about three hours southeast of Lubbock.

"I have a lot of friends and family that goes to school there," McCoy said. "It’s a big game every year and means a lot to me."

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Feel free to skip right past this article. One more story about Blake Gideon and last year's loss.

How do athletic directors find that perfect coaching fit in a new hire? What about Texas?

"The marketplace determines what's out there," Dodds said. "It wasn't lucky that we pulled the trigger to hire Mack Brown. It was lucky we had a chance to get him. … You might have 10 things you're looking for. You want somebody who has seven or eight of them. But you've got to hire somebody. You interview three guys, and each has got five of those 10 things. You're going to hire one of them."

"There is a tendency, and it's strong on everybody's part, to hire the opposite of who they just fired," said Dodds, who then retraced the Longhorns' coaches over the last 25 years, from embattled Fred Akers, who made the mistake of replacing the legendary Darrell Royal, to the home-grown David McWilliams to the aloof John Mackovic to the just-right Brown.

"Sometimes you overcorrect it," Dodds said. "Sometimes you don't."

 

 

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Oklahoma State

The Cowboy defense needs to be more aggressive.

"It's our job to get our players in better position where they can make plays," Young said. "We got outpositioned in the pass. They caught the ball. We thought we were playing a little bit soft in our coverage. We didn't contain and rush the quarterback the way we should've and we had a lot of missed tackles."

After two sacks in Week 1 against Georgia, OSU came up empty against the Cougars despite nearly 50 pass attempts by Case Keenum. Some of that had to do with how quickly Keenum threw.

Did everyone build up OSU too much?

Upon closer examination, the bad outweighs the good in Stillwater if you go back to the final half-dozen games of last season.

OSU has now lost three of its last four games and five of its last eight, and by an average margin of 16.2 points.

The Cowboys’ offense ranks 68th nationally in total yardage this season after going against a Georgia defense that surrendered 37 points to a South Carolina team that managed just seven points against North Carolina State one week earlier, and against a raw Houston defense that started three sophomores and two freshman defensive ends.

New entry in the dictionary: Pulling a Mike Gundy.

 

Oklahoma

The NewsOK staff supports Landry Jones' facial hair.

History is on Landry Jones' side. He can be a star.

Grab your helmet, son. This team is yours.

The call comes early for some, late for others and never at all for the unfortunate few. Joey Halzle waited 25 games. Charles Thompson waited nine, Jamelle Holieway waited four games and Eric Mitchel waited forever, God rest his football soul.

Landry Jones waited a first half before he was handed the scepter of Oklahoma football. Asked to command the huddle and lead the Sooners to victory and become a state icon.

Asked to finish off a fairy tale, penned not just by Sooner legends like Thompson and Holieway and Jimmy Harris, but the likes of Earl Morrall, the patron saint of backup quarterbacks.

There are eight exceptional freshmen.

No job is safe. The Sooner offensive line is in flux.

The five starters on the offensive line have shifted since the beginning of camp, and will continue doing so.

"It'll be wide open, we're too early into it for anyone to have earned anything too much," Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops said.

OU is working on short-yardage situations.

For the second consecutive week, short-yardage and goal-line situations will be emphasized in practice, thanks to a pair of in-game breakdowns at the goal line. The Sooners’ failure to convert against Brigham Young came early in the fourth quarter with a chance to take a commanding 17-7 lead. They settled for a field goal then, but went for it on fourth down against Idaho State, failing again after having a first-and-goal on the 2-yard line.

 

 

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Who's hot and who's not in the Big 12.


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Bo Pelini doesn't want to hear about any of the hype surrounding the Cornhuskers.

"All those things, national TV means nothing, where we're playing means nothing," Pelini said. "It's about executing between the lines and executing our football. Period, end of story. If we're able to do that then we'll like the outcome."

Jayhawk quarterback Todd Reesing wasn't happy with his performance against UTEP.

"We didn’t play our best game on offense, and a lot of that was on me," KU quarterback Todd Reesing said. "It’s hard to be too upset after a win, but now that is all over. I’m ready to get back to work. I didn’t think I played my best game. I wasn’t sharp for whatever reason."

The Kansas defensive line got an extreme makeover.

In addition to hiring a former NFL lineman as his defensive line coach, Mangino took a strong interest in the unit’s development. He stopped by regularly to check on things, harped on it constantly, devoted considerable practice time to it, harped on it some more, and by the end of the day each day, he was pretty sure the team’s defensive linemen were hearing his voice in their dreams.

"We drilled the heck out of pass-rush work in training camp," the coach said during his weekly news conference Tuesday. "I know the kids were probably sick of it, but they’re probably starting to see the benefits of doing it."

In just two games this season, the Jayhawks have recorded nine sacks — including six in last Saturday’s 34-7 victory over UTEP, when they held the Miners to just 208 total yards — and are on pace to easily surpass last year’s sack total of 29.

The Kansas State offense needs to improve before they play UCLA this Saturday.

While the Wildcat offense has proven capable of moving the ball down the field, consistency and scoring have been noticeable concerns for the unit since the start of the 2009 campaign. Through two contests, K-State is averaging 18 points per game — a considerably lower total than the 34.9 it averaged last season — and 392 yards of total offense. That’s only 10.1 yards fewer than the 2008 squad, but the Carson Coffman-led Wildcats are managing just 181.5 yards through the air after throwing for 269.6 last year with Josh Freeman taking snaps.

Dan Hawkins isn't going to panic. (At least right now.)

Hawkins said no one hurts more after a CU loss than him and he's working hard to get problems corrected, but he's not worried about his job security.

"I'm always secure," he said. "Whether you approve of me or disapprove of me really doesn't affect my self-esteem. It really doesn't.

"I know this. My boss is sitting over here and we're doing things right by the kids. We're doing things right by the school, and we're doing things right football-wise. We're doing things the way you're supposed to do them. I know that."


The South

Raider quarterback Taylor Potts has a lot of talent. Just ask his mom.

Cathy Potts said her son is highly competitive but not "in an obnoxious way." He enjoys golf, hunting and fishing, and in high school played basketball, football and baseball, the latter of which fostered aspirations to play professionally.

It wasn’t until his sophomore year that he settled on football.

"There’s not anything he doesn’t like to do and in most things he does them very well," she said.

Why hasn't Tech run the ball more in the first two games?

Tech has run only 33 times so far, partly because of the defensive alignments of North Dakota and Rice. But there's another reason, Tech insiders say.

Last year, Graham Harrell often called running plays at the line of scrimmage. This year, Taylor Potts is still learning that part of the game.

Poor, poor Raiders. Mike Leach thinks the Longhorns are looking past the lowly Raiders.

"I would imagine that Texas has their focus on all the ranked opponents they play down the road, so I would imagine we're kind of another game for them," Leach said.
Even in the unlikely event that Texas is subject to poor-mouthing, Br'er Leach isn't taking any chances. For the only media availability of the week, Leach eschewed his routine of providing four team captains and instead trotted out Taylor Charbonnet, a backup cornerback from The Woodlands, and deep snapper Austin Burns to provide bulletin board material, or not.

What did Leach think about Blake Gideon's dropped interception?

Texas Tech coach Mike Leach and his players were asked Monday what went through their minds during last year's game when Longhorns safety Blake Gideon dropped a would-be interception in the final minute that would have clinched a Texas win.

"I didn't think he'd catch it, for one,'' Leach told the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal. "For another, it's always interesting to me that they highlight that one, because I could probably rattle off 10 other things that would have allowed us to win by more. So I don't see it as particularly significant."

The Wake Forest game brought out the good and the bad for Baylor.

However, Bears coach Art Briles stopped just short of calling what happened at Wake Forest fool’s gold. "It’s good, but it’s unproven," Briles said during his Tuesday media luncheon. "There’s good and bad in what happened with the Wake Forest game.

"It’s good that it was the first road win against a BCS [team] in a long time. That’s a good thing, but it’s a bad thing."

The way Briles views it; he doesn’t want the Bears to make headlines for breaking long losing streaks. He would rather see them make headlines for continuous trips to bowl games and consistent victories, no matter who is on the other side of the field.

 

 

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Sportsmanship is a learned behavior.

A college or pro athlete who has previously shown no inclination toward sportsmanship cannot be reborn as a role model simply by being forced to shake hands with his opponent. Good behavior must be taught and rewarded, just as bad behavior must be discouraged and punished.

Athletes competing at the pro or college level must be cognizant of their responsibility as ambassadors of both their sports and their teams, and should have the proper training and experience to recognize such responsibility.

The journey toward character development, however, must begin with parents and coaches. From the very first time a young athlete steps on the playing field, he or she must be taught a proper code of conduct.

The BCS makes so much sense. How did this happen?

Example No. 396 why the BCS has such little credibility with the public. An astute reader pointed out to me something I should have written in my College Football Sunday Rewind: Both the Associated Press and USA Today Coaches polls ranked Oklahoma State ahead of Houston this week.

You know, the same Houston that's 2-0 and beat Oklahoma State (now 1-1) in Stillwater last week, 45-35. The same Houston that was ahead or tied for all but 9 minutes, 48 seconds of the game, on the road, in a hostile environment. The same Houston that jumped out to a 24-7 halftime lead and won the fourth quarter by a score of 21-7.

Women have come a long way since hysteria and Freud. The first female official in the Southwestern Athletic Conference will work a game his weekend. But there is more:

Lewis won't be the only female SWAC official this season. Sebrina Brunson, who works games in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference, will officiate a SWAC game in October.

The two are among five female football officials in Division I, including three in the MEAC and one in Conference USA, according to the SWAC.

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Tomorrow it may change again. As of 9/15/2009 Tim Tebow is back at the No. 1 spot for Heisman.

Someone still has Colt McCoy as the favorite.

 

 

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