The Coaching Hullabaloo

The Coaching Hullabaloo

It was quite the week to be a head coach in college football.
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When many people think Thanksgiving, they think turkey and food comas. When I think Thanksgiving my mind often turns to the football games tuned in after the bird has been cooked. Thanksgiving weekend in college football is rivalry week, and never fails to disappoint. This past weekend was no exception.

For the third year in a row, The LSU Tigers and The Texas A&M Aggies played Thursday night. The Tigers defeated the Aggies 54-39. Texas A&M quarterback, Trevor Knight returned to the field against the Tigers only to leave the game with a worrisome hit to the knee. Derrius Guice broke LSU's single-season rushing yard record, already broken once this year by Leonard Fournette, with 285 rushing yards and four touchdowns. But, the biggest LSU headline of the week might have been the hiring of a new head coach. The Tigers parted way with head coach Les Miles in September after a disappointing loss to Auburn. Offensive coordinator Ed Ogeron stepped up as the interim coach, creating a 5-2 record for himself. Going into the week, there were rumors spreading regarding the Tiger's interest in University of Houston's Tom Herman and Florida State's Jimbo Fisher. But, the morning after the win over the Aggies, the Tigers announced that they would be offering the position to Ogeron, giving the Louisiana born and raised football player and coach a chance to get results on the biggest stage of college football: the SEC.

The University of Houston's football team played American Athletic Conference rival, Memphis on Saturday. Despite their #20 ranking, the Cougars fell to the Tigers 44-48, leaving them in third place in their division. The hype around the Cougars this week followed closely the movements of coach, Tom Herman. Both LSU and Texas expressed their interest in the up-and-coming coach after sub-par performances this season. When asked by press the morning of the Memphis game, Herman denied any rumors of his movement. Sunday, Texas announced that they would be welcoming Herman to their program as a replacement for Charlie Strong who had been let go Friday.

LSU had also been courting Herman towards the end of the week: it is unclear whether the decision was made by the university or Herman to not select him as the Tiger's new coach. But, in the end the Tigers chose a man who has been working to become the coach at LSU for much of his career. Having dabbled in SEC play at Mississippi State, along with holding positions at powerhouses such as USC and Miami, Ogeron's resume speaks for itself, and will hopefully reflect in the next few years of Tiger football.

In my opinion, Herman is a risky hire for Texas. He is a young coach who has created a name for himself in a small window of time at a school that no one would have considered the powerhouse that it now is five years ago. But, his team has struggled this year. Walking away 5-3 in a struggling American conference, with a loss to SMU (who is not even bowl eligible this year,) some may begin to wonder: if Herman cannot keep his team cool in the American, how will he survive in the Big 12? Only time will tell: maybe Herman will be the secret to bringing Texas back to its former glory or maybe in two years he will be another Charlie Strong.

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8 Reasons Why My Dad Is the Most Important Man In My Life

Forever my number one guy.
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Growing up, there's been one consistent man I can always count on, my father. In any aspect of my life, my dad has always been there, showing me unconditional love and respect every day. No matter what, I know that my dad will always be the most important man in my life for many reasons.

1. He has always been there.

Literally. From the day I was born until today, I have never not been able to count on my dad to be there for me, uplift me and be the best dad he can be.

2. He learned to adapt and suffer through girly trends to make me happy.

I'm sure when my dad was younger and pictured his future, he didn't think about the Barbie pretend pageants, dressing up as a princess, perfecting my pigtails and enduring other countless girly events. My dad never turned me down when I wanted to play a game, no matter what and was always willing to help me pick out cute outfits and do my hair before preschool.

3. He sends the cutest texts.

Random text messages since I have gotten my own cell phone have always come my way from my dad. Those randoms "I love you so much" and "I am so proud of you" never fail to make me smile, and I can always count on my dad for an adorable text message when I'm feeling down.

4. He taught me how to be brave.

When I needed to learn how to swim, he threw me in the pool. When I needed to learn how to ride a bike, he went alongside me and made sure I didn't fall too badly. When I needed to learn how to drive, he was there next to me, making sure I didn't crash.

5. He encourages me to best the best I can be.

My dad sees the best in me, no matter how much I fail. He's always there to support me and turn my failures into successes. He can sit on the phone with me for hours, talking future career stuff and listening to me lay out my future plans and goals. He wants the absolute best for me, and no is never an option, he is always willing to do whatever it takes to get me where I need to be.

6. He gets sentimental way too often, but it's cute.

Whether you're sitting down at the kitchen table, reminiscing about your childhood, or that one song comes on that your dad insists you will dance to together on your wedding day, your dad's emotions often come out in the cutest possible way, forever reminding you how loved you are.


7. He supports you, emotionally and financially.

Need to vent about a guy in your life that isn't treating you well? My dad is there. Need some extra cash to help fund spring break? He's there for that, too.

8. He shows me how I should be treated.

Yes, my dad treats me like a princess, and I don't expect every guy I meet to wait on me hand and foot, but I do expect respect, and that's exactly what my dad showed I deserve. From the way he loves, admires, and respects me, he shows me that there are guys out there who will one day come along and treat me like that. My dad always advises me to not put up with less than I deserve and assures me that the right guy will come along one day.

For these reasons and more, my dad will forever be my No. 1 man. I love you!

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The NEW New York Jets Will Change Sports Culture And How Other Fans View The Team

I do think as a collective group, us Jets fans finally believe it is our time, our opportunity to finally win something.

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December 30th, 4:00 p.m. eastern time, another year has just completed for the New York Jets. A year in which finished quite similar to all the rest, a lot of losing and a blowout loss in week 17 to the future Super Bowl champion New England Patriots.

However, there was one difference with the end of the 2018 season, and that was Sam Darnold, the Quarterback.

As a Jets fan, for the last eight-plus years, there has been little to no hope after the season ended because they did not have that franchise changing QB every team covets. But this year, this offseason everything seems different, and everything is different.

Entering the 2019 NFL offseason, the New York Jets boasted the second most cap space in the NFL, and the buzz across the league was that they were going to spend all of that cash in order to build the proper foundation around young star QB Sam Darnold. One week into free-agency it is safe to say they are doing just that, and they are not just spending their boatloads of money just to spend it, they are spending it smartly.

Although extremely early in the process it seems this new Jets regime seems to have it figured out, where others, (as us Jets fans sadly know) simply did not. I have heard many fans of the NFL tell me that the Jets are overspending, they are giving players money that doesn't deserve it, i.e. Leveon Bell. However, there is no justification for not giving a star player a little extra cash to ensure he will not join another team. That point is especially true when you have a young franchise QB like the Jets currently have... DAMN, that sounds good to say... but I digress, The last time the Jets won a super was... well, actually let's have some fun with this... clearly I was not born, my parents were not born, gas was $0.35 a gallon, and we had yet to land on the moon.

If that does not put in perspective for you then well I guess I am trying to say to you is ITS BEEN A LONG FREAKIN' TIME. 52 years exactly. Why emphasize instead of just telling you the number of years? Well because I wanted to, and if you are not a Jets fan, you needed to know just how astonishing, painful and LONG it has been.

However, I do think as a collective group, us Jets fans finally believe it is our time, our opportunity to finally win something. We are not a greedy fanbase and you would be surprised on how much even a home playoff game would mean after sharing a division for 18 years with Tom Brady, Bill Bilichek and the Patriots. Although with all hope their needs to be some type of grounding reality, some pessimism, because we are and will always be the "Same old Jets"... So until we win something that motto cannot be changed and will not be changed(not even with new uniforms)... but hey Jets fans, at least we're not currently Giant fans? Right? Buckle up, this may be the year.

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