Category Archives: Big 12 Football

I cried because my team had no pass defense, until I met a blogger whose team had no play caller.

You upset about how the Missouri game played out?  That’s nothing compared to what a pissed off Brian Cook directs at Al Borges’ playcalling in Michigan’s loss at Penn State.

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If at first you don’t succeed…

screw up, screw up again.

And Mack Brown irately complaining about this call goes down in the Annals of Chutzpah.

It’s pretty pathetic that the only thing guaranteed to come out of that mess is that Paul Rhoads will be reprimanded by the conference.  Can’t hurt those officials’ fee-fees.


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Ladies and gentlemen, the proof is right before your very eyes!

The next time somebody tells me I’m using too small a sample size to make a statistical point, I’m going to outsource the response to Big Game Bob.


Filed under Big 12 Football, SEC Football

Sunday morning buffet

Wakey, wakey, football fans.


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Warning: contains vulgar language.

A junior Sports Media-Multimedia Journalism major at Oklahoma State University manages to come up with something that, if true, is way more damaging to the OSU program than anything Sports Illustrated has managed to piece together so far.  (And far more colorful, language-wise.)


Filed under Big 12 Football, The Body Is A Temple

I’m shocked, shocked to learn that drug use is going on here.

The third chapter of SI‘s Oklahoma State exposé doesn’t exactly tell us anything we didn’t already know goes on at almost every big campus in America.

But, hey, we’re about to learn tomorrow that football players have sex just like the rest of us do.


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Sex and drugs and OSU

When Sports Illustrated is about to release a bombshell of a story alleging “…academic improprieties; inconsistent monitoring of drug use; payments to players by coaches and payment by boosters for work not performed; and a hostess program providing recruits with sex” and the best you can do in response is apologize to other programs and supporters, you’re admitting you’re pretty much screwed, at least in the court of public opinion.

And how about this tepid response from Mike Gundy, who supposedly is personally involved in some of the claims?

“ … I’m going to guess that once we get all the information and we see what’s out there, then our administration and the people inside will look at it and we’ll see where we made mistakes and we’ll try to make ourselves better and we’ll correct it and then we’ll move forward. And I would hope that there will be some of it that we look at and say I’m not sure one way or the other based on what’s out there.”

That’s not exactly “I’m a man!” type bluster there.

Where this goes from here is hard to say.  Luckily for the school, most of the story centers around things that happened far enough back in time to escape NCAA sanctions.  The interesting thing to keep an eye on is if there are any ramifications for Gundy personally… and Les Miles.


UPDATE:  “I’m a man!”, indeed.

One of the signature moments of Gundy’s nine seasons as coach came in September 2007, when he staunchly defended quarterback Bobby Reid at a postgame press conference. A columnist for The Oklahoman had questioned Reid’s maturity, and Gundy responded by shouting at the writer, “He’s not a professional athlete, and he doesn’t deserve to be kicked when he’s down.”

Johnson (Reid’s onetime roommate), Mickens, Shaw and wide receiver Artrell Woods say Reid was a professional athlete, though. They say that Reid had received money earlier in his career, when he was the starting quarterback. (Now an offensive administrative assistant at Oklahoma State, Reid denies receiving money while a player.) By the time of Gundy’s rant in 2007, Reid was no longer a starter, and Woods says Reid’s bonus money had dried up. Says Woods, “They cut his ass off.”


Filed under Big 12 Football, The NCAA

Is there a middle ground on pace?

As I mentioned the other day, Mark Richt seems to think so.

“I understand the need for speed, so to speak,” Richt said. “I think everybody needs to be in place, in a good football position, ready to go, within reason. If teams are not substituting fast enough because they’re not organized, that’s their fault. But if you’re highly organized, you’re running your guys on the field and they’re not even set when the ball is snapped, I think that’s the thing that might need to slow down just a tad.”

He fleshed that out a little more when he was on the ESPN set earlier this week, as you can hear in this clip.  His concern was with inconsistent officiating.  Interestingly, both Miles and Sumlin agreed with Richt on the matter.

And now you can add Ellis Johnson to the mix.

“If both teams are not lined up, then you’ll find out who got there fastest, I guess,” Auburn’s defensive coordinator said Tuesday. “In some cases, it’s not football. But I think that when the referees are consistent, then the defenses have no disadvantage. I think in the early years with the speed-up offenses, the officials — especially in the SEC, because they didn’t see it very much — they weren’t as good with the consistency of the mechanics. And I think that they’ve gotten better, and probably we’ve gotten a little bit more accustomed to it on defense.”

Johnson sees no problem with an offense trying to run as many plays as it can — in fact, he said he likes it. What he could do without, however, is offenses snapping the ball before the defense has had time to set up.

“I’ve seen it snapped so fast the offense isn’t lined up,” he said. “So I don’t know what you’re trying to prove there. But the pace to me is part of the game, and I think it is good when you challenge somebody else from a conditioning and toughness standpoint. That’s part of the game.”

Johnson’s solution is to regulate the time between snaps:

“I’d want a minimum of five seconds, three seconds, whatever,” he said. “When that ball is put on the ground, you will not snap it for five seconds. If you can’t get lined up by then, then tough.”

Another possibility, suggested by the Big 12′s Bill Snyder, would be to add another official who would be tasked with monitoring substitutions.

“With the fast-pace offenses, one thing that’s been happening is offenses are running wide receivers 200 miles an hour 85 yards down the field,” Snyder said. “Then four new guys come on and are ready to go right now, and your defensive backs are 85 yards away from the line of scrimmage trying to get back — and they’re snapping the football.”

According to the rules, defenses are given time to substitute when offenses substitute first. But as officials scrambled to get in position before the next snap, Anderson said they often would miss those offensive subs and fail to give the defense the opportunity to sub, too.

“That was my recommendation, that the eighth official would be somebody who could pay attention to that,” Snyder said.

The conference has adopted Snyder’s recommendation for the extra official, but not for the same purpose exactly.

Instead, the eighth official will be charged with spotting the ball as quickly as possible after each play.

“Relative to the pace, I hope the presence of the eighth official will allow us to allow the game pace to be dictated by the teams on the field, to where we’ve removed officiating from it,” Big 12 officials coordinator Walt Anderson said. “We don’t want to artificially speed the game up or slow the game down. Within what the rules are, we just want to be sure they’re fairly being administered.”

Should make for an interesting experiment, one that I’m sure other conferences will be watching closely.  I bet Steve Shaw and Mike Slive are going to be subjected to further intense lobbying from the coaches after this season on this issue.


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“If I was Bob, I would say the same thing.”

Boom, who’s coached in both conferences, had this to say about the recent spate of Big 12 braggadocio about the SEC:

But Muschamp, who led the Gators to an 11-2 record last season, made it clear that he sees a fundamental difference between the pass-happy Big 12 and the more physical nature of the SEC, the league that has produced the last seven BCS national champions. That difference, said Muschamp, makes it difficult for finesse teams to match up against SEC foes that feature a downhill, two-back running game.

In the SEC, that is the majority of the title contenders.

“The thing about our league that I think is a little different is you have to prepare for the two-back set. You can’t do that in a week,” Muschamp said. “That’s a physical style of play. You’ve got to understand how to fit the power, the counter, the direct runs, the north and south runs, which are an issue if you haven’t done it and your guys aren’t used to it. I think you saw us wear some people down last year because of our physical style of play.”

In the Big 12, where the majority of teams rely on one-back spread offenses, the power running game is less prevalent. Wide-open passing games keep “constant pressure on the defense” and create plenty of headaches, Muschamp said. But they make for an easier weekly defensive adjustment than a power running game, in Muschamp’s estimation, if that is not a team’s base offense.

I do think we’re at a point now where there is more offensive diversity in the SEC than there is in the Big 12.  Some of that, ironically, is due to the SEC being a bigger conference.  (It’s ironic because Stoops’ argument that his conference is better balanced than the SEC gets its strength from the fact that it has four fewer teams.)  There’s also some irony in that two SEC teams – Kentucky and Texas A&M – are running spread attack offenses straight out of the Big 12 from where their coaches came.

I don’t know if that alone makes the SEC the better conference, but I do agree that it poses a bigger challenge for SEC defensive coordinators over the length of a season.  Of course, that’s not exactly an entirely new observation.


Filed under Big 12 Football, SEC Football, Strategery And Mechanics

Tuesday morning buffet

Mmm, mmm good…


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