Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Dugan Arnett’s Big 12 football notebook


Out of the mouths of babes

Mike Sherman, the second-year coach of the Texas A&M; football team, was sitting at home late last season, still sulking after his team’s season-ending 49-9 loss to Texas the previous week, when his 9-year-old daughter, Selena, walked into the room, crawled onto her dad’s lap and said, “Daddy?”

“What’s up?” Sherman said, figuring his youngest child was stopping by to tell her dad she loved him.

“Daddy,” she said, “Get over it.”

And therein lies the theme of the 2009 Texas A&M; Aggies.

After a 4-8 season in which they finished just 2-6 in the Big 12 and were outscored by an average of nearly two touchdowns per game, the Aggies enter their Sept. 5 season-opener with New Mexico focusing on this: Fuhgetaboutit.

Monday, during the first day of the Big 12 Media Days near Dallas, the team’s players spoke of their problems a season ago, the lack of chemistry and cohesion among players and the growing pains that came with playing for a first-year coach.

“You can blame it on the transition of the coaches, but it starts with the players,” offensive lineman Lucas Patterson said. “The coaches can’t play the games for you.”

OSU welcomes Young

When it was announced last winter that Bill Young would be taking over as the defensive coordinator at Oklahoma State, at least one Cowboys player knew what kind of a coach the program had secured: the one who had tried, unsuccessfully, to operate an offense against him.

“The track record that he has and the defenses that he’s coached — even when he was at Kansas and we played against them,” said OSU quarterback Zac Robinson, who played against Young’s Kansas defense in a 2007 loss to the Jayhawks. “They weren’t the most talented group, but they were the most fundamentally sound defense we played all season.”

Despite a recent history that indicates a bit of “happy feet” syndrome — the OSU job will mark his third school in the past three seasons — Cowboys coach Mike Gundy believes Young is in Stillwater for the long haul.

“We were looking for a defensive coordinator that could give us some sort of commitment to years,” Gundy said. “… I was trying to avoid bringing a guy in that I thought maybe in a couple of years, if we had success, would bolt and become a head coach.”

KU started ISU slide

Austen Arnaud knows precisely the moment things went irreversibly bad for his Iowa State Cyclones last season.

“That Kansas game,” Arnaud said of the Cyclones’ 35-33 loss to the Jayhawks despite carrying a 20-0 lead into halftime. “After we lost that game, you looked around the locker room and guys were just crushed.”

The loss kicked off an 0-8 season in the Big 12 for the Cyclones, who finished 2-10 overall and concluded on a 10-game losing streak.


Dyrk Dugan 10 years, 5 months ago

i couldn't believe we won that ISU game....the 1st half was terrible...and the 2nd half couldn't have been much better. Jake Sharp came of age as the main man RB in that game....and now we're reaping the benefits.

FlaHawk 10 years, 5 months ago

What happeed to Bill Young at Miami? Strange at his age to be bouncing around Top 25 programs, if you call UM a Top 25 program anymore at 61+ years of age?.

Anyone have the back story?

Jonathan Allison 10 years, 5 months ago

Oklahoma State is his Alma Mater. OSU pulled him away from Miami, it had nothing to do with Miami wanting him out.

Rivethead 10 years, 5 months ago

Yeah, he got an opportunity to go home - and essentially finish his coaching career at his alma mater.

Jaminrawk 10 years, 5 months ago

I think he also realized that this ins't your older brother's Miami. Honestly, I think 4-5 Big XII teams will be better thn Miami this year, in spite of the fact they still recruit well.

Rick Arnoldy 10 years, 5 months ago

I remember reading just a few days ago that there were personality clashes among the coaches at Miami. The OSU job just came along at the right time.

Jeff Kilgore 10 years, 5 months ago

Football aside, could the busty lady in the ad be wear any more makeup?

Jeff Kilgore 10 years, 5 months ago

Football aside, could the busty lady in the ad wear any more makeup?

Ben Kane 10 years, 5 months ago

plastic, that is incorrect. Shannon (HC @ UM) was basically forced to get rid of Young in order to keep his own job. UM desperately wants back to it's former level of prestige and they are nowhere close. Yet they continuously only look for short term fixes. I believe Miami is going the way of the dodo bird in college football, it's basically been downhill for them since joining the Big East and facing a very competitive VT team (coincidentally, this also sparked the rise of VT football). Two years ago the UM defense was just horrendous and they brought in young based on his success at KU. Last year there defense was much improved (though not great). Over and over they would hold teams to third and long only to give it up on a long QB scramble. Coupled with an inept offense and mounting political pressure, Shannon had no choice but to bring in new assistants.

Interestingly the last big 3 independents i can think of (Miami, Penn State, and Notre Dame) have all strugled in the current conference world of the BCS and nothing ticks me off more then the special treatment ND still gets despite stinking.

eugene2 10 years, 5 months ago

Miami is not in the Big East, they are in the ACC.

Ben Kane 10 years, 5 months ago

cough cough...check your history, they went from being an independent to the Big East and then to the ACC

Kyle Crenshaw 10 years, 5 months ago

ummm.... miami won 9 of the first 13 big east championships and 2 national titles since joining the big east... not exactly struggling. now they havnt been exactly great since joining the acc but that is mostly internal problems rather than acc competition.

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