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January 27, 2011

NO ONE BETTER THAN BROTHER

Oh to be Jaxon Shipley and have your big brother be your biggest fan, coach, personal trainer, dietician and counselor.

Jaxon graduated early but won't be enrolling at UT like most incoming freshman who shake the high school off their boots in December. A move that would be unheard of for anyone else...but not for Jaxon.

According to several publications (including our very own ARN), Shipley will spend the spring training with and learning from the greatest (statistically anyway) wide receiver in Texas High School football history, one of the greatest receivers in Texas Longhorn history, and an NFL sophomore who has a tremendous upside...Jordan Shipley.

You may have heard of him.

I got my father-in-law an autographed picture of him for Christmas.

He's kind of a big deal.

I ran in to the duo in the ACU weight room a few weeks ago (they were working out...I was doing something that probably didn't register as "work" to them).

They are both impressive athletes up close and extremely well-spoken and intelligent.

I told Jaxon that I wanted to get my father-in-law an autographed picture of him in a few years. I don't think he's going to let me down.

His head is on straight and he has great mentors and supporters all around him. His family would rival any other football family in Texas when grading skill, class, character and all around "goodness."

And who knows, if Case McCoy has a big spring and fall, we could have another McCoy to Shipley connection dominating national headlines for the next two or three years. Wouldn't THAT be something the media would just devour...???

  • mark rogers
  • January 27, 2011 3:23 PM

GATES HAVING TOUGH TIME AT SENIOR BOWL

ACU NFL-prospect Edmond Gates is suffering from the most frustrating hamstring injury of his life...maybe not the most painful, but definitly the most frustrating.

He missed his second straight practice at the Senior Bowl in Mobile, AL yesterday, being replaced by West Virginia's Jock Sanders in both practices.

Gates is one of just three NCAA Division II athletes invited to play in the senior bowl, and this is a huge opportunity to show his stuff against the top incoming talent.

Frustrating, but by no means the end of his professional career. I think he'll be just fine. You can't coach speed and he's got plenty of it.

The game is on Saturday. Not sure if he was able to practice today...

  • mark rogers
  • January 27, 2011 3:11 PM

January 19, 2011

LONGHORNS CAPITALIZE ON TIME SAVED FROM NO BOWL

Another way to put that is...the Texas Longhorns absolutely had to respond in a big way after their first losing season since 1997 and not playing in a bowl game.

Such a task might have seemed insurmountable to most of the country, but let's not forget - this is Texas, the cash cow of all college football, the program that single handedly determines the conference fates of schools in every state, the team that is about to announce a 300 million dollar TV deal with ESPN for a 24-hour network.

Anyway, that insurmountable response was achieved and surpassed by what (who) the Longhorns were able to add to the coaching staff.

We know UT is going to have a top 5 recruiting class...that's given. But check out the new coaches...

Bryan Harsin - Boise State's offensive coordinator the last five years, he played QB for BSU and spent 10 years as a GA and assistant there. He'll be the co-offensive coordinator in Austin along with Major Applewhite. Harsin will coach QBs and call the plays. Huge.

Manny DIaz - Mississippi State's DC last year (and only last year). He's an up-and-comer with tons of upside. He was UT's first choice to replace Will Muschamp.

Bo Davis - defensive line coach at Alabama will be the defensive tackles coach at UT. Another young, energetic addition.

Jerry Gray - comes over the Seattle Seahawks. He was a great player at Texas and will be the new defensive backs coach taking over for Duane Akina who left for Arizona.

Darrell Wyatt - was the co-offensive coordinator at Kansas but also spent four years coaching receivers at OU. He'll be the receivers coach and be a major recruiter. He's a big reason you saw so many great Texas players on the Jayhawks roster.

Benny Wiley - Don't even know where to begin on this one. You could tell me that Benny was from Greenland and had never played football in his life. But one look at the guy in action and I'd pay him to do whatever the heck he told me to pay him to do. Google him. He's an absolute monster and will be the strength and conditioning coach. I've also known his brother-in-law since I was 11.

HUGE moves from Texas to go along with the #2 recruiting class in the country. I'd be shocked if Texas didn't win 10 games next year.

Signing day is right around the corner!

  • mark rogers
  • January 19, 2011 11:01 AM

RECRUITING CLASS LOOKING GOOD FOR TECH

Tommy Tuberville's recruiting skill is beginning to take shape in Lubbock.

No, actually, it's taken shape and the shape looks to be something along the lines of Arnold Schwarzenegger in Predator...big, lots of guns, bulging muscles, plenty of anger, and the ability to kill an evil murderous alien.

Yesterday, Tech landed what is probably its biggest recruit since Michael Crabtree in DB Marcus Roberson from Fort Lauderdale, FL. His high school (Aquinas) beat Plant (the team that Abilene High beat on national TV) in the Florida state title last year.

Some have him listed as the top DB in the country, some have him second...nobody has him lower than fifth.

He was recruited by Auburn, Florida, Georgia, Miami, and just about everybody else. The fact that Tech was able to get a verbal is absolutely huge in what could be the best recruiting class in Tech's history.

What's the connection?

Roberson's uncle is Otis Mounds who is a GA at Tech right now and played for Auburn. He'll be exptected to start next year and make a big impact.

Another interesting note: 8 out of Tech's 25 verbal commitments right now are from out of state.

It's a huge class on paper, let's just hope that they can turn the "Schwarzenegger perception" into reality on the field.

And I didn't even have to look up how to spell Schwarzenegger.

 

  • mark rogers
  • January 19, 2011 10:19 AM

January 10, 2011

OREGON // AUBURN PREDICTION

Pretty easy right?

Two teams averaging about 45 points per game.

Oregon held under 42 points just twice all year.

Auburn scoring 49+ in seven games.

Oregon running nearly 80 plays per game....80!

Auburn close to 70 plays per game.

Oregon averaging three punts per game.

Auburn less than three.

Cam Newtom. LaMichael James. Michael Dyer. Darron Thomas.

This is going to be a "track meet". The highest scoring football game ever played. The scoreboards won't be able to show the final score because there's no third digit!!!! And on and on and on...

Well what if someone came along and predicted a grind-it-out, smash mouth, low-scoring game?

You'd call him crazy. You'd ask what he's on. You'd think you were in the presence of a lunatic.

Well, guess what?

That's exactly what I'm predicting.

Why? Because no one ever proved anything just because something has happened before.

For 1,000 days the turkey gets fed and lives in peace. The turkey wakes up on the 1,001st day fully expecting to get fed and live in peace.

But you know what happens on the 1,001st day? He gets killed and eaten.

Don't be the turkey who thinks something is going to happen just because that's the way it's always happened.

My prediction is that the Auburn coaches have studied that Cal game extensively (Bears allowed Oregon just 15 points) and that the Oregon coaches have watched the LSU, Alabama, Kentucky, Clemson, 1st South Carolina game, and Mississippi State films (all games AU could have easily lost) and that the solid defenses of both schools show up and steal the show.

My guess?

Auburn 28

Oregon 17

Throw it all out the window. Previous scores and tendencies will matter tonight as much as what Cam Newton had for breakfast on his 13th birthday (which was probably a large amount of meat and some nails).

Nick Fairley is my hero and will have a huge game.

That Oregon D that shut out Portland State will be ready to play.

Call me crazy. But I'm going against the grain and calling for low-scoring football.

The pundits after the game will be saying, "who could have every predicted this outcome! Amazing."

And I'll say, "I did. Because I'm not a turkey." On that 1,001st day I'm getting the heck out of dodge.

  • mark rogers
  • January 10, 2011 3:48 PM

PHILLIPS' INEPTITUDE IS A PERCEPTION?

At least that's what he'd like you to think. He was quoted on Monday as saying that he would probably never be a head coach again because of "the perception" that he's not a good coach.

Wait a second...the perception??

Did I read that right? Wade thinks that taking the keys, getting his rear end situated in the driver's seat of a brand new Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren (paid for by Jerry Jones), then proceeding to drive that Benz through a nursing home, over an endagered baby Panda, into a life-sized portrait of Tim Tebow, and over a cliff is a perception?

Um....no.

Bill Parcells is the antithesis of Wade Phillips so I'll use a famous Bill Parcells-ism here: You are what your record says you are.

Yeah, the Cowboys probably should have gone 7-1 or 6-2 in the last half under Jason Garrett, but they didn't. They went 5-3, which is exactly what they were in the second half of the season. They were a 6-10 team that went 6-10.

Phillips has won 82 games...quite a few. But he's 1-5 in the post-season. That's not a perception. There's no smoke and mirrors casting an illusion on reality.

Phillips is not head coaching material. And he almost publicly admitted that. It's totally fine to not be head coaching material. I'm not head coaching material. 99% of the population isn't head coaching material.

Phillips is a good defensive coordinator...a good assistant. And he almost admitted it...

If he just hadn't said that thing about the perception.

I'm sure Wade Phillips is a great man. He seems to be very lovable and cuddly. That's great. I used to not be able to fall asleep without something lovable and cuddly wrapped underneath my arm.

But I just don't want that coaching the Dallas Cowboys.

  • mark rogers
  • January 10, 2011 3:30 PM