Whoa Nelly…

Whoa Nelly was the signature call of Keith Jackson, the Saturday football play by play guy back in the day…It appears that we can use this term for today’s Big 12 expansion parade as well.

David Boren’s on again, off again take on this mess appears to be off again. I saw David Boren at a recent conference and he looked every bit his 75 years.  I suspect he is losing sleep trying to figure how to save this crumbling conference.

The conference that entered this season trying to find its way, was 11-19 during its non-conference season. Take away the wins over D-II/high school teams and you have a won-loss record one game above .500 of 12-11.  That is pitiful…

One must ask why any legitimate Power Conference team would want to jump on this sinking ship. The Big 12’s answer to returning to respectability appears to be to add two or four teams and a championship game.  Good luck with that….

Here are the latest contenders or as one could say, pretenders…

These teams made the last cut; they are Houston, Cincinnati, USF, UCF, BYU, Rice, Air Force, UConn, SMU, Tulane and Colorado State.  It  is important to keep in mind that a team must get 8 of ten votes from conference schools to get in.

First let’s scratch off Air Force, Rice, SMU, and Tulane.  These guys are only around for academic window dressing.  They don’t have a snowball’s chance.

Call me crazy, but I see BYU with enough internal negatives that at least three presidents will veto their move into the conference.

That leaves six schools that are seriously in the running…Houston, Cincinnati, USF, UCF, UConn, and Colorado State.

In spite of Texas campaigning for Houston to get an invite, I just don’t see it happening…OSU and T. Boone will never let that happen. The Cowboys depend on the Houston area for its recruiting life-blood.  The Pick will call in his TCU marker for picking the Frogs over Louisiville the last time around.  Baylor is in dire need of a friend these days so expect the Bears to side with OSU and TCU.

Next, we have low budget schools like Kansas State, Texas Tech and Iowa State that are just barely keeping their heads above water. These schools cannot afford another gas-guzzler like West Virginia to join the league so UConn is out.

Finally, how do you take one Florida school and not both so these guys are both out.

That leaves…Cincinnati and Colorado State…

That’s right the league that’s sinking faster than a rock will ask Cincinnati and Colorado State to grab the attention of the nation’s football pundits to make us great again.

Okay, now it has dawned on me why David Boren looks like he’s not had a good night sleep in a while. His nightmare is OU in the Big 12 Conference with no apparent hope in sight.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Ugly football…

That was one ugly demonstration of OU football that we witnessed last night…From the two-hour rain delay that should have lasted thirty minutes to the missed field goal, to Groundhog Day touchdowns in the corner of the end zone day to the mass exodus of OU fans to Campus Corner, that was just about as ugly as it gets…The good news is that it can’t get any worse than that…or then again, can it…

This OU team is looking down the barrel of a possible 1-4 start, something we have not seen in Norman since the John Blake days.

As might be expected, the OU message boards were lit up  before the final gun with fans wanted heads to roll…My question when this happens is to ask whose head and how exactly do they expect this to happen.

Granted, sending Mike Stoops to Stillwater would be a nice move, but if you think that Bob is going to fire his brother, you have been smoking some seriously strong stuff. Then. some will say we should get rid of Bob Stoops, but if you believe that David Boren would get rid of his man-crush, you are smoking some even stronger stuff.

Basically, OU is between a rock and a hard place. Getting rid of Bob Stoops is not the answer as only an Ohio State or Alabama can replace a head coach with an Urban Meyer or Nick Sabin.  OU officials would insist on staying within the OU family and hiring one of numb-nuts on the current staff.  This is just what OU does.

At this point we are stuck with circling the wagons and finding a way to beat TCU and Texas…While this will not be a small task, I do have some good news…For the rest of the regular season, we will be playing teams who have what we have; Big 12 athletes.

Finally, we will be playing on a level playing field.   Now, instead of playing a Clemson or an Ohio State with 5 star studs, we will be playing teams with three star players…You think recruiting does not matter, watch a replay of those two games.

I know I should hammer Baker who had his worst game as a Sooner or the defensive backs who couldn’t cover squat or Austin Seibert who can’t make a critical field goal to save his life or even God for creating a two-hour rain delay. Instead I believe I will blame OU’s leadership.

That’s right, I blame David Boren for choosing to stay pat in the Big 12 Conference when the rest of the football world was improving their situations. Louisville, A&M, Nebraska and Arkansas are each 3-0 while we stand at 1-2.

I also blame Joe Castiglione for scheduling Ohio State.  Asking our high school-type players to compete with a bunch of NFL-type athletes should be illegal.   Urban Meyer simply reloads every year.  Last year he sent 16 players to the NFL.  This year’s bunch will do the same.  We need to find a way to buy out the contract to play in Columbus next year.  We can site the cruel and unusual punishment clause.  Anyone who saw that blood-letting last night would buy that one.

Finally, the Boren and Castiglione solution to the talent dearth in Norman is to stick with their current hand in the weakest league in America.   If my current expansion fears come true, the Big 12 masterminds will add a Colorado State and Cincinnati to the conference for next year.  Wow, don’t those names knock your socks off.  Blue chip players simply will not play for teams in inferior conferences…

The bottom line is this…we have seen what standing pat has done for us…It allows us to compete for Big 12 championships and get pillaged by the SEC runner up in the Sugar Bowl. Or, we can try something different, a move that might possibly allow us to recruit 5 star recruits again.

Bob Stoops will never win another National Championship with the players he has been bringing to Norman recently…He must simply surround himself with a talent pool that will overcome his coaching liabilities.

We will not compete in today’s big-boy football with Big 12-type players…We need to take a bold step that will allow us to attract SEC-type player, whatever that takes…

Boomer Sooner…

 

I bet T. Boone is pissed…

Back in the day T. Boone Pickens made his first billion putting families out of work.  As a corporate raider he would fly into town, buy out a plant with its aging workforce, shut it down and then open it up a month later as a non-union shop.

The workers many of whom had dedicated their lives to the plant were told on Monday they would be out of work on Friday. Once T. Boone set his sights on a takeover, he would let nothing stand in his way. Hell hath no fury like a T. Boone in quest of an ego-driven goal.

A few years back as an aging billionaire, he realized that it would take him several lifetimes to spend all his money so he decided to buy a sports franchise to satisfy his greed. The Dallas Cowboys were not on the market so he went north of the border to pick up the OSU Cowboys.  Three quarters of a billion dollars later he is in complete control of OSU and its football program.

I can only imagine the disgust the Booner must have felt on Saturday. While OSU has little chance to appeal the loss, you can be assured that someone will pay.

First off, I suspect he will go after the officiating crew who allowed an extra play that led to the Hail Mary touchdown. Unfortunately, college officials are not like the guys in the pros so security staffs do not go with the job.  Additionally, college officials work as part time officials with day jobs during the week which makes them even more vulnerable.

If I were these guys I would be watching my back.………. I do suspect that the Booner will be more subtle in his payback choosing to fall back on his time-proven corporate raider skills.   I can see the ego-maniac buying out the places of employment for these guys.   He will then lay off the entire staff, ensuring that the referees in question gets the axe. Yes, it may take five takeovers to get the job done, but the more the merrier for the Booner.

Next, if I were Mike Gundy, I would be dusting off that resume again. After all he serves at the mercy of T. Boone.  As the university’s Owner and CEO, T. Boone hired him, pays his $4-million-dollar yearly salary and he can give Mike the boot at any time.  T. Boone knows that while the officiating crew may have been ill-prepared so were the Cowboys.

The truth of the matter is that OSU was beaten in every phase of the game by a middle of the pack mid-major team. You and I could have rushed for more yards against the Chippewas  than OSU did.  I am not sure that this OSU team can make a rushing first down against a very good Pittsburgh defense.

If things don’t improve in a hurry, I could see this Stillwater bunch losing the next three games, two of which will be home. If that happens, expect a lot more OSU fans to show up disguised as empty seats.

As I know from personal history, T. Boone is not accustomed to being denied his ego-driven mission.   A couple more of these stink bombs and heads will roll in Agwater.

Stay tuned…

  

Play back…

Here’s my take on last week’s highlights or in some cases, lowlights…

OU…lost to a very good Houston team on the road…In the span of three minutes OU went from being potentially one point up to 16 points down.   By the way Jarvis Baxter did not fumble in the replay either.  That’s okay, beat top ten teams Ohio State and Texas and we will be back in the hunt…

OSu…beat the living snot out of a high school team from Louisiana.  Why not schedule UCO and keep that money in state…They will get theirs when they play Baylor and Texas on back to back weekends…

Notre Dame…the Irish caught a bad case of that “arrogant fever’ that has been going around lately…As I said earlier, never play a good team on the road in your season opener; even if you are Notre Dame…

Texas…is back…As we have said before, it takes three years for a coach to put his stamp on a program, especially one as soft as a Mack Brown program.  This happening was a no-brainer with Texas high school players to fall back on.  Last year it was Lincoln Riley, this year it will be Sterlin Gilbert.

Baylor…Baylor is pissed off and on a mission.  Baylor and OSu will be undefeated when they meet at McLain Stadium on the 24th.  The winner of that game will have a great season and the loser not so much.

Colorado did not look like the same team…I have the Buffaloes as one of my most improved teams of the year.   CU may have the last laugh on Al Eschbach after all.

Colorado State chose a bad time to lay an egg against CU.   I have Colorado State and BYU vying for the 4th and final Big 12 expansion spot so the Rams have no room for error.

Stanford with Christian McCaffery as the 21st century version of Barry Sanders is really good.   K-State with Bill Snyder did their usual job of gumming up the works and keeping the game close.  This is a good year for OU to catch the Wildcats at home.

USC – The USC athletic director broke a cardinal sin by bowing to player pressure and hiring the wrong guy.  USC had its pick of the litter and then went with this guy…Couldn’t happen to a better team.  I hate the Trojans.

 

 

 

The ultimate trap game…

Was I surprised that the Sooner defense did not show up on Saturday, yes…Was I shocked that the Sooners lost to Houston, no…

The last time Houston had played a game was their butt-kicking of Florida State. The last time OU had hit the field was its butt-kicking by Clemson.  Same two teams with two major exceptions.  OU lost it’s go-to wide receiver, Sterling Shepherd and Houston had added its NFL-prototype defensive tackle Ed Oliver.

Add this to what has to be described as the perfect trap game scenario and you have what we saw transpire on Saturday.

How to build a trap game…

1…Take out Shepherd on one side and add Oliver on the other…

2…Play a team on the road that wants to play with the big boys in a big boy league.

3…Play that game in front of 70,000 maniacal fans…

4…Play that game against a team comprised of Texas high school talent.

5…Play that game against one of the most respected young coaches in America.

6…Make the game your season opener…There is a reason that traditional power-house programs play cupcakes in their openers…Sometimes our arrogance gets the best of us…

7…Put OU on your jersey for the game which is akin to putting a target on your back for all opposing teams.

8…For good measure create a ten-point same play turnaround in the middle of the 3rd quarter of a tight game.

There you have it…you have built yourself the perfect trap game.

Okay, OU fans, here’s the good news…

  • College football plays a 12 game schedule…Plenty of time to get back in the national championship race.
  • Houston is a very good team that will not lose in 2016. That fact should not be lost on OU fans. As they rise in the polls, so will OU.
  • The Pac 12 apparently is intent once again on taking themselves out of the final-four race. This will leave room for a one loss Big 12 team.
  • The best news is that we play Ohio State in two weeks. This team will improve exponentially between now and then.  A win over Ohio State will put us back in the championship series picture and help us erase he memories of yesterday’s perfect trap game.

Boomer Sooner…