As dueling reports echo throughout the Twittersphere about whether or not Mack Brown is resigning -- Orangebloods.com says he is while the Texas 247 site says he's recruiting in Florida and has no plans to step down, it's probably worth considering what the coaching hot board for Texas might look like.
But first, be careful what you wish for, Texas fans.
Mack Brown is 158-47 in sixteen seasons at Texas.
Phil Fulmer was 152-52 in sixteen seasons when Tennessee fired him at the other UT.
Since that time the Vols are 23-27 and are now on their third different coach. (Fulmer was 29-21 in his final 50 games while Mack Brown is 30-20. Really, the similarities between these two guys are insane).
Most fans believe that things can only get better when a new coach is hired. That's because all fans are innately optimistic. But, be careful, things can also get much worse.
That's why the new hire is absolutely critical.
Two days before Texas A&M kicks off the 2012 campaign and officially becomes a football member of the SEC, it's clear that the SEC is already having a substantial impact for Aggie athletics.
Yes, tickets have sold better than ever before, A&M billboards have sprouted up across the state marking the area as SEC territory, donations have rolled in, and recruiting has been amazingly successful. But perhaps the best sign of A&M's success is this, the University of Texas is waging a campaign to convince the rest of the country that it's an SEC team as well. That's despite the fact that Texas was actually too scared to join the SEC when it had the chance.
Instead of actually joining the SEC, Texas is trying to become a shadow SEC team -- the Longhorns are waging a campaign of disinformation -- they want to play SEC style football without playing against SEC teams.
Which is what cowards want to do, beat up on the weak while claiming to be strong.
Oh, Texas coaches, fans, and players won't admit it because it pains them more than barbwire raked across bare skin, but there's no doubt: Texas is jealous as hell of A&M's move to the SEC.
It's hard not to like Vandy quarterback Jordan Rodgers. Last month I noticed his Twitter picture and had some fun with it as an awkward quarterback photo. In a first in the awkward photo oeuvre, Rodgers retweeted the article to his followers. That's probably what I would do as well. And it's what a lot of you with better senses of humor would do if you were featured in the awkward fan photo collection. So it's hard not to like a guy with a sense of humor about himself. Jordan has a chance to start two bowl games in his Vandy career. If that happens maybe dressing up as a cheerleader should become a new Vandy quatertbacking tradition.
We're six days away from one of the biggest Vanderbilt football games in school history -- a Thursday night kickoff to the entire season against a top ten South Carolina team.
Earlier this week we had James Franklin on 3HL and asked him what player he needed to play extraordinarily well for his team to have a shot at an upset. His answer?
The same Jordan Rodgers who recently dressed up as a Vanderbilt cheerleader.
Written by Jackson Martin
So The Harvard College Sports Analysis Collective is at it again, trying to destroy my entire childhood. You might remember them as the guys who did an incredible job of compiling the box score from Space Jam (my favorite movie of all time) or as the college blog that is way smarter than just about everyone else writing about sports right now.
This time they're projecting Pablo Sanchez's career numbers (and probability of using steroids) by his Backyard Baseball statistics. It's worth a read, but I'll save you a little bit of time; he'd be really, really good.
College football is eight days away and you've probably noticed some changes to the site.
First, we've set up online videos to play on the right side of the screen. This is an experiment that I think is going to get better and better. The idea is simple -- OKTC needs video content as well as written content. I'm continuing to experiment with ensuring that everything we give you is completely free, but that means we have to continue to evolve. Next week we'll have tailgate videos and maybe some additional content from our weekend on the road in college football. As the season progresses we'll constantly update new videos on the site, at least four videos a week of a 3-4 minute duration.
Second, we're launching a gambling portion of the site that will be headed up by Todd Fuhrman formerly an odds maker at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas. The idea is simple, we're going to have Todd serve as a Vegas beat writer for OKTC. He'll be reporting what the lines are, where the smart money is going, and keeping us updated on any surprising shifts in the line as a result of injury or otherwise. No other site on the Internet has anyone as qualified as Todd to be keeping us as updated on what's going on in Vegas.
We'll also have a lot of new content in the area from Vegas content providers that Todd and I have vetted to be the most trustworthy in the business.
All of these additions -- in conjunction with the recent launch of the Bullpen which has already led to several great articles -- are a sign of OKTC's growing strength as we enter our second year as one of the largest independent sites in the country. There's no longer any question about whether OKTC is a strong and viable business, now the only question is, how much bigger and better can we get?
I think the answer is a lot bigger and a lot better.
Eight days away from kickoff means it's time to check in with our friend Paul Bessire at PredictionMachine.com.
Who answers the question, what happens if you run the 2012 SEC season 50,000 times on your computer simulation?