Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Revolution

Looks like the Frogs have a new video coming out Friday.

In GP is awesome news, Sports Illustrated has ranked him the top coach in the nation.

Ndamukong Suh Hates You

...if you're a quarterback from the state of Texas. Two years after he bashed Colt McCoy's brains in for three hours on national television, he attempted to decapitate Andy Dalton in a preseason game this past weekend.

If he though Roger Goodell wasn't watching, well, then I guess we know how he ended up at a Big 8 school. The commissioner slapped Suh with a $20,000 fine for the hit, which illicted this response from the ridiculously scary defensive linemen on his twitter feed (verbatim):


"$20,000REALLY???!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!#NFL#BIGFAIL"




Top Moments of the GP Era: #8

After taking the first meeting with BYU as a member of the Mountain West, the Frogs stubbed their toe against the Cougars in both 2006 and 2007. Before the 2008 season, BYU declared the season as their "Quest for Perfection", as they were dubbed as the main candidate to crash the BCS- ahead of TCU. By the time they came to Fort Worth for a Thursday night game on October 16, 2008, the Cougars had started the season 6-0, including a road win over Washington and an eye-opening 59-0 win over UCLA in Provo, and climbed to #8 in the polls. They also owned the nation's longest winning streak at 16 games. TCU was 6-1 and ranked #24 themselves, but a lopsided loss at Oklahoma had many people thinking their own BCS hopes were shot.

On BYU's fourth play from scrimmage, Cougar QB Max Hall threw a gift-wrapped interception right into the arms of Daryl Washington...who dropped what would've been an easy six points. The near-sellout crowd gasped at the lost opportunity, but two plays later Jerry Hughes sacked Hall, whose ensuing fumble was recovered by Matt Panfil. Two plays after that, Andy Dalton found Jimmy Young for a 25-yard touchdown for an early 7-0 lead.

BYU's next possession ended with TJ Johnson laying a crushing hit on Harvey Unga, stopping the Cougars short on 4th & 1. That's when TCU unleashed the Wild Frog, confusing the defense by having Jeremy Kerley alternate snaps at quarterback with Dalton. It worked, with Kerley's three carries going for 43 yards including a 16-yard touchdown run to make it 14-0 with not even 9 full minutes off the clock.

From there, the rout was on. Dalton found Walter Bryant for a 12-yard scoring pass in the second quarter, which coupled with a 21-yard field goal by Ross Evans to give the Frogs a 23-0 halftime lead. TCU sacked Max Hall six times (including 4 from Hughes in a breakout performance) and picked him off twice, holding the Cougars scoreless until late in the third quarter. Their first score was quickly answered with a touchdown by the Frogs, pushing the score to its eventual final of 32-7 just before the end of the third quarter. Patterson called off the dogs after that, and the crowd (or at least my section) taunted the Cougars throughout the final frame.

In the aftermath of this insanely-entertaining blowout win, the Frogs jumped from #24 up to #15, and at 7-1 suddenly found themselves back in the BCS conversation and in the thick of the MWC title race. It also helped them break the soul-crushing Thursday night losing streak, which spanned 5 games dating back to 2006. It was also prettyyy, prettyyyy, prettyyyyy entertaining to watch those smug, holier-than-thou BYU fans leave the stadium with slumped shoulders and newly-redundant "Quest for Perfection" towels.


Casey, the Creator Injury Update.



By now I'm sure we're all fully aware that QB Casey Pachall has what is being described as "shoulder soreness" and will undergo an MRI at some point today. The team is currently in the middle of the scrimmage, but an interview with GP is expected to immediately follow, so if you're like me you have Stefan Stevenson's Twitter Feed on rapid fire alert. Of course SpitBlood will be among the first to update you when any news does filter out.

While most of us - and I'm guilty as well - likely hit the panic button and have visions of a 6-6 season dancing in our heads (otherwise known as a "Baylor Dream Season"), I think we all need to pull back on the reins a bit and take this into perspective. No, you never like to see "MRI" and "Starting QB" in the same sentence; tossing shoulder soreness into the mix only amplifies matters. At this point all we know is that Pachall sat out practice yesterday, but he WAS suited up, which you have to take as a somewhat decent sign. For all we know it could simply be a matter of his shoulder being worn out due to the increased work load of being a starter for the first time since he was in high school. I'm no athlete, but a lazy afternoon throwing a frisbee would likely send me running to Dr. James Andrews after about 15 minutes, so it's entirely possible he just needs to cut it back a little bit between now and Baylor and things will be fine. I think we all have to assume he hasn't been taking any contact in practice, so the chances that his shoulder was separated after being driven into the turf by Braylon Broughton are probably slim. Besides, we have no idea if it is even his throwing shoulder we're talking about. BRIGHT SIDE!!

But, and I genuinely do not believe this to be the case, let's say Pachall does have to sit out the first few games on the season. What then? A lot of folks have expressed concern re: Matt Brown as our backup, including our very own head coach, Gary Patterson. Even more concerning is the fact that a true freshman who has no spring experience is running neck and neck, although that could just be because Boykin is genuinely a gamer and (ignores spring game performance) not a reflection on Brown's lack of ability. But let's do say one of them has to start in Waco. Well, we have a pretty clear cut comparison here, because the last time we opened the season in Waco a backup had to lead us to victory after the starter was hurt, that being Marcus Jackson. It certainly wasn't pretty, but it got the job done. And last time we started a RS freshman QB? Also against Baylor, when Andy Dalton gave them the business to the tune of 27-0. In other words, we've done it before. Besides that, our running game has always been the engine that drives the train, so it's not like starting an inexperienced QB would take a potential 10-2 or 11-1 season to 4-8. I know we aren't supposed to mention race on the site, but I think those parallels are kind of appropriate here when finding optimism in similarity.

I think we all just need to take a deep breath and wait until we get official news before freaking out. My theory? Probably a case of too much ink putting stress on the shoulder. Let that be a lesson to you kids looking at adding a fresh sleeve to your epidermal repertoire.

**UPDATE** lyle mentioned it in the comments, but here's the official take, via the Star-Telegram's College Confidental blog, paraphrased: Patterson doesn't expect anything revelatory to come out of Casey's MRI. Casey says he was hit in practice and that is why his shoulder is sore, although the coaching staff does not recall seeing him hit, so this is certainly curious. Regardless, he has been held out as a precautionary measure and it doesn't sound like he will miss any significant time.

You may all unclench your buttholes.

Marinatto on the offensive?

With the winds of conference realignment beginning to blow all through the college football world once again, it appears that Big East commissioner John Marinatto is prepared to do what Conference USA boss Britton Banowsky and Mountain West commish Craig Thompson didn't do in recent times like this: SOMETHING.

Marinatto has reached out to Big 12 commissioner Dan Beebe, ACC top dog John Swofford and NCAA president Mark Emmert. He wants to set up face-to-face meetings with them, as was reported by Brett McMurphy of CBS Sports.

What is the purpose of these meetings and what will be on the agenda? I think we'd all love to know the answers to those questions, but just look at the current conference landscape. Three conferences (SEC, Big "Ten" and Pac 12) currently have far more cache in terms of revenue streams and stability than the three other BCS leagues. If the SEC does ever end up inviting aggy (and a 14th team) to join their conference, you could see the college football food chain rear it's ugly head, putting one (or more) of the conferences on Marinatto's invite list and perhaps dozens of schools in jeopardy of being left high & dry.

The pessimistic way to look at this would be that Marinatto, whose league has generally been seen as the weakest of the BCS conferences, is trying to play nice with the bullies before they have their way with him. After all, it is usually the most desperate that make the most noise during conference realignment drama.

Then again, maybe he knows something the rest of us don't. With Texas and Oklahoma playing their cards close to their vest in the event of an aggy exit, the potential leverage he has in negotiating the Big East's new TV contract and the uncertainy over how the NCAA will deal with one of the ACC's flagship football programs...maybe Marinatto is in a position to call a few shots?

The U is The ScrU'd



This has nothing to do with TCU, and I'm sure by now most of you have already read this. If you haven't, though, I highly recommend taking a few minutes to read both of the stories put out by Yahoo! Sports about Nevin Shapiro, the convicted felon and former Miami booster that is bringing to light some NCAA rules violations that are like nothing we've seen since SMU got the death penalty:






I can't say what exactly the NCAA will do to Miami based on this, but when you consider that USC got massive scholarship reductions and a two-year bowl ban for transgressions that pale in comparison to what has allegedly happened at Miami...it would appear that the Hurricanes have a long road back to being "The U" again...if ever. If I had to venture a guess, I'd say the NCAA will do everything short of shutting this program down...although I bet that option is on the table.


The moral of the story is to, as much as you might love the Frogs and want to support the program in any way possible, not be an idiot like this guy. Being friendly and giving drunken high-fives to players at bars is one thing, but believing they are actually your friends because you toss money at them is quite another.

Morning Dump

TCU's Pachall misses practice with sore shoulder Star-Telegram