Hope the bye week helped, schedule's about to get rough
Oh boy, the next few weeks don't look like much fun in Lawrence, Kansas.
This week Kansas has Texas Tech coming to town, then they travel to Stillwater to play Oklahoma State, then they return home to face Oklahoma and then Kansas State...and then have to go to Austin.
And here's the bad news...Kansas' defense is currently 120th in the nation in total defense allowing an average of 8.5 yards per play (10.3 against the two FBS opponents they have played Northern Illinois and Georgia Tech).
For comparison sake, last season East Carolina finished 120th in total defense and they allowed an average of 6.5 yards per play.
Although this seems so counter-intuitive given the offenses they are going to be facing, one has to think that the 10.3 yards per play they are allowing has to come down over the next few weeks. It just has to.
The Jayhawks are currently 2-1 and had this past weekend off. They will need that defense to tighten up if they want to be at or above .500 come the end of that 5 game streak.
Special locker room talk
After their come from behind win Saturday at Texas A&M, Mike Gundy gave his team a special talk in the locker room.
The first 2 or 3 minutes of the video are fairly bland (game ends, players on the field, players and coaches walking into the locker room, etc...). At the 3:30 mark Gundy has one of those "I hope the cameras weren't rolling on that part" moments which you really should see.
But, the really special part comes in the last two minutes of the video as Coach Gundy commends his players and coaches on how the fought back and won in a difficult environment and then later when he shares a moment with Coach Spencer who lost his wife one week ago and uses that as a teaching moment for the team.
UMass announces it's 2012 FBS non-conf. schedule
UMass is moving up next season to FBS. Today they announced their 2012 non-conference schedule.
Note that in 2012 they will play a full MAC schedule and will be eligible for the MAC championship game and bowls beginning with the 2013 season.
In both 2012 and 2013 UMass will play it's home games at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough.
Indiana (September 8th) will be the lone non-conference home game for UMass in the 2012 season.
On the road, they will face UConn (August 30th), Michigan (September 15th) and Vanderbilt (October 27th).
Art Kehoe at the mic (they should charge for this)
Art Kehoe loves what he does.
Find a couple of minutes and watch how he responds to the questions from the reporters after practice this morning.
On a side note, watching Kehoe stand there in the rain and never miss a beat while the reporters all take cover under their umbrellas had us envisioning him as a Major in the Army giving a field report after a hard fought battle. Our country needs more men like Kehoe.
A&M coaches have some advice for Big 12 coaches
No, this has nothing to do with the SEC (although we did hear that the pep rally A&M had last night welcoming itself into the SEC was rather odd).
This is about the speed with which Oklahoma State plays.
A&M had Oklahoma State down 20-3 at halftime Saturday night; but then came the third quarter. In the third quarter alone, Oklahoma State scored 21 points, had the ball for nearly 11 minutes and ran 37 offensive plays (and they would have had a 4th touchdown if Justin Blackmon had held onto the ball...see video below).
During that third quarter Aggie defenders experienced a number of cramps. Mike Sherman said, "I can't say we hydrated properly in hindsight, but we didn't anticipate 37 snaps (on defense) in the third quarter. You're going to cramp on a 95-degree day when you play that much....Our guys were looking to the sideline and then trying to get lined up, and OSU was already throwing the screen to the other side of the field. You can't run those kinds of screens in the NFL because the receivers will just get blown up. But (OSU) did a good job. They nickel-and-dimed us with that and changed the tempo."
Defensive coordinator Tim DeRuyter added that they have already implemented some changes since the game, "We now have a better and simpler system for communicating to the players. It's difficult to defend when players are looking for a call, and a pass is to the other side."
Message - Prepare your defense to play against an offense that likes to move at a quick tempo...and you better hydrate because you might be seeing a lot of plays coming at you. Editor's note> We're not sure this is news to anyone; but once you experience the speed yourself it's hard not to talk about it.
Video of Blackmon inexplicably dropping the ball while walking in for a touchdown...video of the coaches in booth at the very end.
New Mexico AD explains his thinking re: Locksley
Video from the press conference is below.
If you jump to the 5:30 mark you'll hear athletic director Paul Krebs explain exactly how he remembers this playing out. Phone call by phone call, meeting by meeting.
DC catching a punt tears his quad
Jacksonville Jaguars defensive coordinator Mel Tucker tore his quad while attempting to catch a punt after practice recently.
We hear the injury occurred after Jack Del Rio encouraged Tucker and offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter to try to catch a punt shot out of a Jugs machine at the end of practice.
Tucker is expected to have surgery later this week.
1st win in 29 tries, 1st home win since 2004
FootballScoop would like to pass along our congratulations to coach Elvin James, his staff and the team at D-II Livingstone College. On Saturday, the Blue Bears got a double OT win over Virginia University of Lynchburg breaking a 28 game losing streak.
The 28 game streak was the third longest active losing streak (D-II Lock Haven 35 games, and D-III Olivet 30 games).
Further, the win was Livingstone's first at home since 2004.
We wish we had video to bring you because the win didn't come easy. Livingstone had a field goal opportunity to win the game in regulation; but missed. Then in the first overtime, Lynchburg was driving; but the Blue Bears intercepted a pass in the end zone. Then, facing a 3rd down, James called a quarterback sneak to get the ball positioned for a game winning field goal...but they fumbled and Lynchburg picked it up and raced towards the end zone...only to be dragged down from behind around the 20. Finally, in the 2nd OT, Livingstone makes it's field goal and Lynchburg misses their attempt and the Blue Bears got the much needed breakthrough victory.
This was coach James' first victory as head coach (he was hired before the 2010 season).
Congratulations to the full staff:
Elvin James - Head Coach
John Thomas - Offensive coordinator / Quarterbacks
Malcolm Nelson - Running Backs
Reginal Smith - Wide Receivers
Greg Richardson - Defensive Coordinator
Gilbert Wiggins - Linebackers
Rodney Hughey - Defensive Backs