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Bevo's Roundup - December 3, 2010

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Horns_bullet_mediumSomeone needs to take responsibility.

Mack Brown is reevaluating his coaches and players, but he also needs to take a look in the mirror.

Throughout the season, he always took ownership for the losses, but he didn't always make changes.

There was a major lack of accountability on offense all year long. Brown lets offensive coordinator Greg Davis handle all substitutions, but there were times when Brown should have stepped in and made the decisions.

 

Horns_bullet_medium So, what's the line on a Greg Davis firing?

What's the betting line that Mack Brown fires Greg Davis?

Actually, I don't think Vegas has set a Greg Davis line. Right now, it's a coin flip, a 50-50 proposition. Mack Brown wants to fire Davis, his longtime offensive coordinator and would like to bring him back for another year. But is changing only position coaches enough after the meltdown that Texas experienced this season? And what about another major change for Garrett Gilbert?

 

Horns_bullet_medium Rest easy, people. The NCAA is in charge and they will fix everything.

"We recognize that many people are outraged at the notion that a parent or anyone else could 'shop around' a student-athlete and there would possibly not be repercussions on the student-athlete's eligibility,'' Emmert said in a statement on the NCAA's web site.

Emmert added that he's committed to "further clarifying and strengthening our recruiting and amateurism rules so they promote appropriate behavior by students, parents, coaches and third parties.'' He also said the NCAA will "work aggressively with our members to amend our bylaws so that this type of behavior is not a part of intercollegiate athletics.''

 

Horns_bullet_mediumAnd then there were three. The Buffs are looking for their new head coach.

The University of Colorado football coach search committee has narrowed its search for the 24th head coach in school history to a list of three men and is beginning background checks on each. Former CU running back Eric Bieniemy, former CU tight end Jon Embree and Alabama offensive coordinator Jim McElwain are at the top of the school's list. Sources close to the committee were not willing to call the three men finalists as of late Wednesday night. Sources said the appetite among fans and former players to have someone with ties to the program hired as head coach has athletic director Mike Bohn and the committee focused on the two former Buffs.

 

Horns_bullet_medium  John Mackovic has some advice for college football coaches.

As the college football season winds down with its conference championship and rivalry games, there is something that has been bothering me all year. The actions of coaches on the sidelines have increasingly become a detriment to the game. It did not start in 2010 but has been getting progressively worse for the past five seasons. Foul language is one thing and when the television cameras train themselves on some coaches there should be a censor strip put over the lens to preclude reading lips.

Coaches challenging the call of the referee is nothing new, but lately some of the games look more like baseball with coaches streaming onto the field to voice their objections. The only thing missing is the nose-to-nose verbal insults, but the four-letter words are right there for the viewing audience. What a great example for the young men on the sideline.

 

Horns_bullet_medium  Mike Leach wants this job and Donald Trump will give him a reference.

 

Horns_bullet_mediumKansas almost went to the Big East

At the height of conference realignment talks last year, there was real concern that Texas (and most of the other Big XII South schools) would flee the conference for -- pardon the pun -- greener pastures, leaving the schools up north wondering what their next move would be.

Fortunately, as Kansas basketball coach Bill Self told listeners on his weekly radio show yesterday, his Jayhawks' AQ status was never in doubt -- and nor was that of Missouri, KSU, and ISU. When asked about TCU and its move to the Big East, Self said that if the Big 12 folded, those schools would have been offered a spot in the Big East.

 

Horns_bullet_medium Some team did not impress Bill Byrne.

A&M athletic director Bill Byrne offered this of A&M’s 24-17 victory a week ago over rival Texas in Austin in his weekly online address:

“I thought the game was played the way football was meant to be played, without the cheap shots or late hits we’d experienced a few weeks earlier.”

Two weeks before the UT game, the Aggies pulled out a hotly contested 42-30 victory at Baylor that had questionable calls (and no-calls) on both sides by the officials. Byrne did not specify to which game he was referring.

 

Horns_bullet_medium It is Big 12-2 basketball season.

Texas Tech basketball coach Pat Knight absolutely, positively did not call Scott Drew a cheat and a liar. He was just talking in a hypothetical sense.

Knight became characteristically animated on Tuesday when a reporter asked about his relationship with Oral Roberts coach Scott Sutton. Sutton and Knight have known each other since childhood, and Knight wanted to convey that what really stinks about scheduling a game against a good friend is that someone has to lose.

He said he’d much rather beat a coach who lies and cheats than one who he respects. He never named names.

Nebraska won a basketball game. It is true. I swear.

The Nebraska junior guard hadn't made one of those since before the Huskers' three-game swing in Puerto Rico.

And wouldn't you know it? He sank another one the next time down the court.

Those consecutive three-pointers were part of a 16-0 run that broke open a close game in Nebraska's 76-57 victory against Jackson State at the Devaney Sports Center.

Don't ever tell KU forward Thomas Robinson he can't shoot.

Early on during No. 4 Kansas’ victory against Arizona last weekend, one of the Wildcats’ coaches had a message for KU forward Thomas Robinson. The coach yelled at Robinson, telling him that he can’t shoot.

Robinson proceeded to knock down two mid-range jumpers on the way to a 14-point night off the bench.

“I changed his mind real quick,” Robinson said after the game. “They got last year’s scouting report, that’s all.

Too bad. The Sooners lost.

 

Horns_bullet_medium BDR likes versatile, smart women. This is my feel good story of the day.

 

 

Horns_bullet_medium It is Land Thieves week here at BDR...Checking in on the Sooners

The Cornhuskers have a plan.

"I've always believed this: You have to tweak yourself to manage wins. We've been able to do that. Sometimes it hasn't been romantic or pretty, but we've found a way to do it."

And sometimes finding a way means having two sets of plans. So it is this week as Nebraska prepares to meet Oklahoma on Saturday.

Don't underestimate the Cornhusker defense.

Ranked fifth nationally in total defense, a unit best known by its nickname, the Blackshirts must play well against Oklahoma's high-powered offense if the Cornhuskers are to post an upset Saturday night in the Big 12 title game.

“They play with a lot of confidence and swagger, but they also play with a lot of knowledge,” said OU offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson. “If they get worked on any play, the next time you come back to that, they make an adjustment and get it fixed.”

Nebraska got their trophy, in case anyone actually cares.

And y'all think I have issues with the Cornhuskers? This woman has me beat by a mile.

I actually need a favor from y'all. Beat Nebraska. Actually do not just beat them; beat them handily, because the thought of the Cornhuskers winning the championship of the conference they tried to destroy makes me throw up a little in my mouth. And the thought of Cornhuskers coach Bo Pelini winning anything ramps a little up to a lot.

So earn this BcS-ranking-provided berth. And beat Nebraska.

The eyes of Texas are with you.

Hook 'em. Sic 'em. Gig 'em. Get your guns up for 'em.

However, whatever, just beat them. Send Nebraska to the Big Ten, or whatever name E. Gordon Gee decides to slap upon that league, with a big fat reminder that their Big 12 legacy was never all that impressive and they will barely be missed at all.

I should take her to lunch.

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