Thursday, December 13, 2012
Behind The Scoreboard
Heisman Trophy to coaching carousel
Crazy world is this sport of football, but exciting at any level.
This past weekend provided some really interesting highlights, some of which could be termed amusing, perplexing and even astounding. Someone once wrote that sometimes “astounding” subs nicely for the word “stupid.” For the sake of not solidifying these within one particular context, yours truly will not point out any pertinent references.
While some collegiate conferences were still settling their differences in their specific areas, the hottest sports news was being announced in the Big Apple. Already being tagged as “Mr. Football” and just barely out of his freshman knickers, Johnny Manziel was voted in as the player who would pick up the coveted Heisman on Saturday night. Throughout the current season he was constantly referred to as “Johnny Football.”
Manziel evolved as the front-runner, way ahead of Manti Te’o of the Irish and Collin Klein of Kansas State. Te’o had been hoping that he would become the first purely defensive player to win the poised statuette.
There can be many reasons for Johnny Football winning the honor when all the votes were cast – breaking Cam Newton’s 2010 record with a hefty total of 4,600 yards, first freshman and first SEC player to throw for 3,000 yards and run for 1,000 more in a single season, and remember, all as a freshman.
Personally, I think it was the fact that he and his SEC freshman team halted the Tide when no one could.
What with most of the teams aware of where they will be going bowling, some of the teams don’t really know where their next coach is coming from.
The Vols were snubbed thrice in their search before they snared a Bearcat. Butch Jones disregarded a text from Peyton Manning (yes, that Peyton Manning!), urging him to move to Colorado, and became a Volunteer. Brimming over a lucrative contract, Jones labeled the Vols’ football program “the best collegiate football program in America,” hmm.
Anyway, one coach, who has always proven himself to be an opportunist as well as a winner, notified the Texas Tech hierarchy just 24 hours after the Jones’ signing that he was no longer a Red Raider.
He was from henceforth a Bearcat. Old “Double ‘T’ (Tommy Tuberville) doesn’t waste any time in jumping on and off the old coaching carousel.
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