Longhorn Radio Network
September 4, 2011 by staff
Longhorn Radio Network, Welcome, friends, for the first time of scandal-free annual college football preview. We heard a lot of rule breaking and bad behavior that have defined the sordid sport out of season: Ohio State memories of trading players for cash and tattoos, a dozen shower booster Miami Hurricane players with money cash and benefits (including the strip club outings and prostitutes), Oregon and LSU pay an explorer of the school, apparently for access to the players he mentored a pair of LSU players suspended indefinitely after being charged second degree in connection with a fight in a bar. Thank goodness. After all that, we decided to give it a rest.
From this point on, the scandal of the word does not appear. And no, that does not mean we will have to dissect small things (a manual on the Akron-Kent State rivalry!). In fact, some of the biggest story lines of this college football season, they have to do with the unspoken word. Here are five of them:
1. The large conference Shuffle
If you’re tired of cheating, here’s something that cheer you up: a restructuring conference! Nebraska, for example, will play in the Big Ten for the first time this season. (The classic rivalry Nebraska and Oklahoma have been extinct. Fans will have to get mad Cornhusker November 25 game against Nebraska resident of Iowa, who also plays in a state of ethanol-friendly) The Big Ten, of course, has with 12 teams this year. The Big 12, who lost in Nebraska and Colorado, has only 10. Meanwhile, landlocked Utah and Colorado will become the newest members of what is now the Pac-12.
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This season marks just the beginning of the reorganization of major conference. Just look at what is happening in Texas: Texas Christian University (TCU) will join the great season of the Middle East, a move that has no geographical sense. Texas AM & – concerned that the new Longhorn backed ESPN network dedicated to all things University of Texas, the Aggies will disadvantage of mass recruitment – August 31 announced its intention to leave the Big 12. It would leave the conference exhausted just nine teams. Find others to flee as well.
Commissioners Conference aggressive looking to expand their “footprints” in new markets, so they can offer more eyes, and television contracts more profitable for their schools. This conference takes the money, continue to be destroyed regional rivalries, with decades of tradition and further consolidate the power base of the sport a few megaconferences. The existence of the Network of Longhorn is absurd. ESPN, an entity that is supposed to cover all college sports, is paying 300 million Texas A $ to start a network dedicated to a single computer. How is that not tilting the playing field?
2. The fate of Cardinal
OK, enough, we said to stay away from the ugly problems off the field. As for the modern game, is worth starting with quarterback Andrew Luck Stanford. If the 2010 Heisman Trophy runner-up had left school after last season, could have been the first overall pick in the NFL. Instead, he gave up guaranteed millions to play his senior year of college ball and take another year of classes. The fate is taking a big risk. An injury in college could shorten his career, to be fruitful – in some circles, is considered best quarterback prospect Peyton Manning.
(Read about the scandal of Miami football.)
Hopefully, in the center of Stanford, who finished 12-1 last year, is a serious title contender. (. The school is ranked seventh in preseason poll Associated Press) Stanford lost coach in January: Jim Harbaugh has moved a few miles from the bay to become the head coach of the 49ers in San Francisco. But the new coach, David Shaw, was the offensive coordinator of luck last year. The transition should be transparent, and hopefully, the decision of luck to stay worthwhile.
3. Can the Broncos buck the odds?
This could be the year that a team outside the six major conferences called gets into the game Bowl Championship Series, Title (BCS). (We also promise not to talk about something else tired, the stupidity of the BCS and the absence of a second phase of college football from now.) Boise State, ranked fifth in the preseason polls, is a threat as usual. While their offense led by quarterback Kellen Moore – who has thrown 99 touchdown passes and only 19 interceptions in the last three years – gets the most attention is the defense also deserves support. The Broncos were ranked seventh nationally against the run last season.
Boise State will update its conference affiliation this season, from the Western Athletic Conference to the Mountain West. A more difficult schedule – for example, the Broncos are to face TCU, ranked 14, November 12 – Boise State could keep the team ranking. Teams like the Broncos to remain undefeated to have a chance at the title game, and Boise State faces its first big test immediately: the Broncos will play Georgia, the great Conference, Southeastern bad Saturday night in Atlanta.
4. Renowned Comebacks
Many big names of the programs have had problems recently, and his followers are desperate for revival. In Michigan, the new coach Brady Hoke takes over after the Wolverines ended their worst three years of release in the history of the school. Quarterback Denard Robinson is the threat of double classic college – last season, threw for 2.570 yards. And ran for another 1702. Florida has its first five loss season since 2004, and new coach Muschamp has recruited a big name to cause offense: Charlie Weis, former Notre Dame coach and architect of the New England Patriots offense, which gained three Super Bowls, is his offensive coordinator.
Last year, the University of Texas suffered its first losing season since 1997. (At least Longhorn Network will be there to document any comeback.) Notre Dame has not been a BCS game since the 2006 season. The wrestling star linebacker of Ireland, Manti Te’o was the same school as Barack Obama (Punahou School in Honolulu). If Notre Dame Te’o returned to glory, Irish fans should be ready to elect him president.
5. An inspiration
To move off the field again for a minute, the recovery of Eric LeGrand, defensive tackle at Rutgers University, who was paralyzed from the neck down on a kickoff return last October, is worth following this season. The initial diagnosis said that not only LeGrand never walk again, but that had never left the ventilator. Five weeks later, LeGrand was breathing on his own, and he has been making amazing progress since then. In his Twitter page, LeGrand said he had moved his arms “slowly” and began to feel her whole body spasms. In June, Twitter a picture of him standing with the aid of a machine. He presented ananlysis of radio for dissemination of Rutgers 48-0 victory over North Carolina Central on Thursday night.
Yes, there was much to hate college football over the past eight months. Fortunately, people like LeGrand us many reasons to celebrate.
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