Bevo's Roundup - December 9, 2010

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Congratulations to Sam Acho.

Mack Brown is making out his Christmas list.

One of the names who has emerged in that discussion over the past day is Boise State OC Bryan Harsin. According to Fox 12 Idaho.com‘s Nate Kuester, Harsin is exactly the kind of OC for which Brown is looking: young (he’s in his 30′s), but experienced with a "Next Generation" mindset. Harsin also could help Brown achieve an effective pro-style offense for which Brown has been recruiting the past few years.

Brown has a new nickname.

As the losses mounted, the transformation of Brown's image wasn't pretty. He went from "one of the good guys" in the profession to "Mack the Knife," stabbing loyal assistants in the back and to their face.

Longhorns receivers coach Bobby Kennedy and S&C coach Jeff Madden could be heading to Colorado.

Inside Texas discusses the Horns' OC possibilities. (Podcast link.)

Richard Justice does not read Barking Carnival and he doesn't have a clue about elephants.

Texas and Florida have something in common.

The biggest flops of college football 2010, based on preseason rankings, have to be Florida and Texas.

In late August, when The Associated Press preseason poll was released, the Gators were No. 4 and Texas No. 5, each getting one first-place vote.

With the regular season over for both, Florida (7-5) barely qualified for bowl eligibility, and Texas (5-7) missed the postseason entirely.

Barking Carnival looks back at one of the greatest games ever played.

It was a simple instruction from a coach on the sidelines to his Quarterback. The circumstances swirling around them were anything but.

While Darrell Royal had the appearance of outward calm amid the chaos that was unraveling 41 years ago to the day in Fayetteville, Arkansas the facts spoke of something else. Unbeaten and #1 Texas had stumbled and fumbled its way into a deep dark hole against unbeaten and 2nd ranked Arkansas on this cold cloudy Saturday in front of over 45,000 Razorback fanatics, the President of the United States, and a national TV audience.

 

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The Land Thieves are looking for an offensive coordinator since Kevin Wilson took the job at Indiana.

The Sooners will actually miss their OC.

Make no mistake. Wilson will be missed. He had a fantastic temperament, a creative football mind and the ability to adjust.

Wilson's offenses won four Big 12 titles in five seasons, with three different quarterbacks and at least that many styles of attacks.

The Pokes had a very productive season offensively thanks to OC Dana Holgorsen.

Holgorsen had to deal with no proven receivers, a running back coming back from a frustrating injury that ruined his junior season and a first-year starter at quarterback who hadn't started a game in nine years.

Worse, leading returning receiver Hubert Anyiam missed most of the season with a frustrating ankle injury. None of it mattered.

Oklahoma State leads the nation in total offense, and ranks third in scoring offense.

The Little Apple is excited about playing in The Big Apple.

"We're truly excited about it," said legendary Kansas State coach Bill Snyder. "The young people in our program are anxious. Very few of them have ever had the opportunity to spend time in New York City. And this will be the gift of a lifetime for so many of them."

Corn Nation thinks Shawn Watson sucks.

Everyone seems to think Tommy Tuberville is on the Miami Hurricanes' radar. Except Tommy Tuberville.

Another potential candidate, Tommy Tuberville, told the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal on Friday night that he's happy as Texas Tech coach and added, "You can always say, 'I'm not going' or 'I am going' or 'I'll listen to them' There's been no contact and that job's been open, what, a week or so."

Iowa State's Paul Rhodes is being mentioned as a candidate for the Pittsburgh job. (Pitt coach Dave Wannstedt has resigned or has been fired.)

Predictably, Iowa State football coach Paul Rhoads is being mentioned as a potential replacement at Pittsburgh, where Dave Wannstedt resigned under pressure Tuesday.

Rhoads is being linked to the opening because he was defensive coordinator at Pittsburgh from 2000-07. He could not be reached for comment by the Register on Tuesday night.

Texas Tech's Barron Batch's last column is full of good advice.

The Axe Body Spray commercials are advertised well, but the result of a body drenched in Axe is false. Girls will not flock to you and kiss your neck. They will hold their breaths, and then talk about you behind your back. If you want to smell good this is what you do: Bathe regularly, ditch the body spray and buy some quality cologne and don’t use that excessively either. One spray in the air then walk underneath it, that’s the trick.

Don’t go commando. You never know when that plan might backfire.

 

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And maybe throw in some wardrobe tips?

Isn't this special? ESPN for women.

Well ladies, ESPN wants you to find a holistic way to bond while talking sports.

ESPN's research, says Gentile, suggests women don't see following sports as a "passive activity" as much as men do, so espnW "should take a more active approach, showing sports but also talking about working out and being healthy and connecting to other women."

Gentile says "the retreat, where we talk about women finding self-esteem in sports and about getting a pedicure, is a reflection of what we want to do with the espnW brand — find a more holistic way of looking at sports."

Female sports bloggers aren't impressed.

But the reaction has not been universally upbeat. Some of the harshest critics are female sports bloggers, who said the attempt to market a female-friendly version of ESPN smacked of condescension and segregation. It didn’t help when Laura Gentile, the vice president of espnW, was quoted by USA Today this month describing the retreat as "where we talk about women finding self-esteem in sports and about getting a pedicure."

"For those of us that have worked really hard to keep up with the boys, that’s kind of tough to hear," said Julie DiCaro, the author of a Cubs fan blog, A League of Her Own. She wrote a post this month titled, "Why I Hate the Idea of espnW" — a departure from her more typical dispatches about the Cubs’ dismal season and the search for a new manager.

Urban Meyer is retiring. No, Bob Stoops does not want the job. No, Will Muschamp is not on the short list.

SI's Austin Murphy has some suggestions for Cam Newton's Heisman acceptance speech.

I'm not going to pretend this isn't a little bit awkward, what with the NCAA's investigation into that whole pay-for-play thing. I mean, there's a reason I didn't speak to the media for a solid month before last week's SEC title game. Speaking of stiff-arms. [Allow laughter to subside.] But a few days before that game a big cloud was lifted, and after one long day my eligibility was restored. And so, without further ado, I want to thank new NCAA president Mark Emmert, and the members of the NCAA's reinstatement staff, for their well-considered, reasonable decision to let me keep playing this season—because goodness knows they had enough on my old man to throw the book at me.

I want to give it up for my dad, Cecil Newton, who's had a rough couple of months. Regardless of what you've heard about him, he's been a great father to me: a friend, a coach, an advocate, a sounding board, a tireless, hard-nosed negotiator. We've always been able to talk about everything—just not necessarily on the phone ever since those reports came out that the FBI might be sniffing around.

Cam Newton's problems haven't ended.

While Cam Newton is crisscrossing the country picking up postseason awards, representatives of the Mississippi secretary of state's office are heading to Illinois to interview the man at the center of the infamous pay-for-play scandal involving the quarterback.

The officials want to talk with Kenny Rogers to see if Agent Act laws were violated during Newton's recruitment. Rogers, the former Mississippi State player who the NCAA ruled assisted Newton's father with the failed payment scheme to get his son to sign with that school, is scheduled to meet with officials Thursday in Waukegan, Ill.

The NCAA responds to has annoyed everyone by their asinine take on the Newton loophole question on their Bylaw Blog.

The NCAA won't budge on compensation for athletes.

New NCAA president Mark Emmert said today that collegiate athletes won’t be cashing paychecks any time soon.

"As long as I’m president of the NCAA, we will not pay student athletes to play sports," Emmert said, in a keynote speech at the IMG International Athletics Forum presented by Sports Business Journal and Sports Business Daily.

Just a thought. Will coaches consider banning scooters from their programs?

USA Today has the scoop on coaches salaries.

Blame two Washington Huskies for this mess.

Eighteen years ago, Jeff Anderson and Chris Hester were just two roommates at the University of Washington, frustrated with their beloved Huskies always being disrespected in college-football poll rankings.

"Back then, teams were rewarded for playing softer schedules and moving up by attrition," Anderson says. "There was also a lot of East Coast bias."

So the two buddies began crunching numbers in Excel to rank teams on a more objective, numerocentric basis. They started submitting their picks to media around the country, and their data was so reliable that they struck a deal with the Seattle Times in 1994 to syndicate their picks.

College football outsources its postseason.

Instead college football continues to outsource its postseason. No other team sport, and really no other business, would let someone else run their most important and profitable product. And they would really, truly never hand it over to people who readily admit are motivated by something other than what’s best for the sport. That’s what college football does with bowl games.

Bowl games are businesses and, understandably, they do what’s best for their bottom line. That isn’t the same as what’s best for college football.

Boise State President Bob Kustra takes a swipe at the BCS.

Kustra dashed off an e-mail to fellow university presidents and conference commissioners Tuesday, one day after analysts discovered an error in the final BCS rankings. The glitch caused BCS officials to revise the computer rankings, moving Boise State up one spot to No. 10 and dropping LSU to No. 11.

The adjustment didn't have any impact on the Broncos' postseason date in the MAACO Bowl in Las Vegas with No. 20 Utah. But it gave Kustra, a vocal and persistent BCS critic, an opportunity to blast officials from the BCS and the NCAA for the system's lack of public accountability.

The Horny Frogs can stop whining.

But my position on the Horned Frogs' fate remains unchanged: a) Yes, obviously TCU (or Utah, or Boise State, or Nevada, or any other I-A team that puts together a perfect season against a I-A schedule) deserves a chance to compete on the field for a national championship, even if b) Their subpar schedule reasonably restricts them from finishing as one of the top two teams that play for the nominal title in the current system. Therefore c) The current system should be abandoned for one that allows more deserving teams a chance to compete – that is, a playoff.

But idealistic complaints aside, by all means, the Frogs and Badgers should enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime experience in Pasadena. They've earned it.

All you Notre Dame BON readers people defend this...Go ahead, just try. You know who you are.

Brian Kelly at Notre Dame had the Aggies the highest, at No. 11. Five coaches had the Aggies at No. 19.

Roger Clemons' perjury trial has been postponed.

A judge on Wednesday postponed the trial of baseball star Roger Clemens for three months until July so his attorneys can review the voluminous evidence generated during a 2½-year investigation into whether he lied about using performance enhancing drugs.

At a hearing in Washington federal court, prosecutors said the case has produced some 54,000 pages of evidence. They are required to turn over to the defense any material that might tend to clear the former major league pitcher. Clemens’ attorney, Rusty Hardin, said they need more time to go through the material they receive and to hire an expert witness to examine the scientific evidence against Clemens, presumably including the syringes Clemens’ former trainer says he used to inject the pitcher with the drugs.

 

And finally...

Kenney Dale Johnson, Chris Issak's drummer for 25 years, is one of us. He even lives in a burnt orange house.

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