Happy Tuesday, friends and fans!
Life for the Oklahoma Sooners has been relatively comfortable and highly successful compared to most other college football programs over the last five years. The same, of course, cannot be said for the Texas Longhorns. After dropping the hammer on a couple of assistant coaches earlier this week, UT is searching for new blood to step in and make the Burnt Orange relevant again.
So... who will be the next offensive and defensive coordinators at the University of Texas? POSSIBLY YOU!
Let’s take a look at some of the actual conditions and requirements listed in the application:
- “Professional demeanor.”
I suppose this requirement only extends to the coordinators, because off the top of my head I can think of a number of moments of questionable professionalism when it comes to the current head coach. It isn’t stated on the form, but I’m quite positive it goes without saying that you shouldn’t mock your opponent on the sideline, headbutt your own players, nor should you kiss them. Each one seems a bit over the line in a supposed professional environment, but maybe that’s just me.
- “May work in extreme temperatures.”
This is true, because at Texas that seat has been scorching hot for the better part of this decade. Applicants must be able to withstand toasted buns.
- “Climbing of stairs. Climbing of ladders.”
I really don’t know why a college football coach would ever have to climb a ladder for his job, but hey, Hook ‘em Horns. While they’re at it, might as well add ‘Climbing of conference standings’ as a requirement, but that’s probably just asking for too much.
- “Lifting and moving.”
Do you even lift, bro? Okay, so in my brief search I couldn’t find an exact weight, but judging from pictures, the Texas Bowl trophy looks like it weighs about 15, maybe 20 pounds. So yes, this is an understandable requirement for all Longhorn coaches. The Camping World Bowl trophy is probably even heavier. I’m thinking somewhere in that 25-to-30-pound range.
- “Creating and calling effective and successful strategies and plays.”
I mean sure, that’s the name of the game. Asking for it in this way just means you don’t already have it, and even though that’s not a shock to anyone who’s been paying attention over the last few years, it’s not often you see a program openly admit something like this. Things are clearly not so great deep in the heart of the Forty Acres.
Now on to today’s Hot Links! CeeDee Lamb and Kenneth Murray could both be headed to Jacksonville (in a mock draft), Trae Young is fun and filthy, Matt Campbell signs an extension with ISU and more!
- Redshirt freshman Michael Thompson announced his intent to enter the NCAA Transfer Portal on Tuesday morning. After beginning his Sooner career on the defensive line, he was moved to the offensive side of the trenches, but wasn’t able to make an impact there either coming off a season-ending injury in 2018. Sooner Nation wishes you the best of luck, Michael!
I would like to say thanks to @LincolnRiley and the rest of the Oklahoma coaching staff for giving me a opportunity to do what I love and pursue my dreams but after taking some time and thinking I will be entering the transfer portal— Michael Thompson Jr (@mthompson201) December 3, 2019
- Jalen Hurts checks in at No. 4 in ESPN’s final Heisman Watch going into conference championship weekend. He’ll most likely receive an invite to New York next week, but it looks like LSU’s Joe Burrow has all but locked up the trophy.
- CBS Sports’ Ryan Wilson shared his updated mock 2020 NFL Draft, and he currently projects both CeeDee Lamb and Kenneth Murray to be selected with the No. 8 and No. 20 overall picks, respectively. Using the league’s standings through Week 13, both of those picks belong to the Jacksonville Jaguars. Seeing them team up with former Sooner Dede Westbrook would be kind of cool.
- Lincoln Riley and his Oklahoma Sooners once again appear to be the Big 12’s best hope for reaching a top four ranking following conference championship weekend, but the position isn’t a totally comfortable one, writes the Norman Transcript’s Tyler Palmateer.
- Speaking of which, Baylor Bears coach Matt Rhule and his team are keeping their focus on playing Oklahoma this weekend for the Big 12 Championship instead of worrying about a potential berth into the College Football Playoff. It’s uncharted territory for BU, but Rhule has proven himself capable as a quality coach in this league.
- Trae Young is one of the most entertaining players to watch in the NBA. He’s making grown men look silly on a nightly basis. His Atlanta Hawks beat the Golden State Warriors on Monday night, 104-79.
Around the Sports World
- The Iowa State Cyclones and head coach Matt Campbell have agreed to a contract extension through 2025. The Big 12 has been a lot stronger as a conference since ISU hired Campbell in 2016.
- In a shocking development, Washington Huskies coach Chris Petersen stepped down from the job on Monday. Defensive coordinator and rising star Jimmy Lake is set to take his place as the next man in charge at UW. Honestly, this is a pretty nice transition, as Lake is a rising star in the profession. Additionally, it’s not too difficult to grasp Petersen’s decision, as the college coaching profession is incredibly demanding, and his quality of life is about to improve. Bob Stoops can attest to this.
- The Chicago Cubs declined to extend an offer to SS Addison Russell on Monday, making him a free agent this offseason.
- The Jacksonville Dolphins — part of the Pioneer Football League in the FCS — has announced that it is discontinuing its football program in order to establish and sustain a more profitable athletic department.
- Sam Ward, a British field hockey player, was preparing for the 2020 Summer Olympics in Malaysia when he was struck in the head with a ball. He sustained one of the most gruesome injuries I’ve ever seen an athlete suffer in the run of play. You can check out the aftermath here, but don’t say I didn’t warn you.
Stick to Sports!
- The first installment of the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Phase Four has released an official teaser trailer. Scarlett Johansson returns to reprise her role as ‘Black Widow’. The film also stars Academy Award winner Rachel Weisz and David Harbour (Hopper from Stranger Things). Directed by Cate Shortland, this blockbuster is set for nationwide release May 1, 2020. Considering what happens with the Widow character in ‘Avengers: Endgame’, it’ll be interesting to see which direction this story goes as it kicks off the next saga of the MCU.
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