Another kicking blunder sinks Texas to second gut-wrenching loss

This time the colossal special teams blunder wasn’t an automatic extra point that went awry, but a routine snap that slipped through the hands of punter Michael Dickson.

The unthinkable struck again, dooming Texas to a 30-27 loss to No. 24 Oklahoma State on Saturday, a second consecutive gut-wrenching defeat.

A week ago, Texas coach Charlie Strong consoled kicker Nick Rose in the locker room until 1 a.m. after Rose botched a game-tying extra point with about a minute to go that allowed Cal to hold on to a 45-44 victory following a frantic Texas comeback.
This time Texas held the lead over Oklahoma State, 27-24, before giving up a game-tying field goal with 1:33 to go, a scoring drive that was aided by a 15-yard penalty on Strong for arguing with the official.

When the Longhorns failed to convert a first down on their ensuing possession, they were forced to punt from their own 18-yard line. The snap was a strike, but Dickson, a freshman punter from Australia, mishandled it. He picked it up off the turf, tried to salvage the error by getting off a running kick, but he shanked it out of bounds, putting the Cowboys in instant field-goal position.

With six seconds to go, Oklahoma State’s Ben Grogan converted a 41-yard field goal for the victory in front of another stunned Texas home crowd.


Meet Jesse Robinson, the Next Big Football Star

NFL general managers and scouts are always looking for the next “big name” player to get a hold on. Well they may want to keep an eye on Jesse Robinson. Robinson is a Wisconsin native who is currently a member of the Dodge City Law, a team in the (CPIFL) Champions Professional Indoor Football League.
Robinson is 23 years old and is from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. I asked him who his favorite NFL team is and no surprise, it was the hometown Green Bay Packers. He said playing football has been “his dream” since he was about six years old.

Robinson is now a member of the Dodge City Law, an indoor football team based in Dodge City, Kansas. The Law are the newest team in the young league that is the CPIFL. Robinson explained to me that he was added to the team by coach Demetrius Ross.

I dug a litter deeper into the football aspect of Mr. Robinson.

Jesse explained to me that he can play “both zone and man defense,” but he prefers to go one on one with opposing receivers. Robinson is not only a corner, but he has played running back in the past as well. Before joining the Law, Robinson played for Rock Valley College, in Illinois. I asked him what he thought is the most important attribute for a cornerback and he told me “back peddling and being smooth.” Robinson went on to say that he is 5 feet 9 inches tall and 215 pounds. Despite not being the tallest player on the field, he explained that he is “very fast and physical, with great strength.”

After talking about his young football career I got his opinion on a few football topics.

Mr. Robinson told me that he prefers the NFL over College Football in part because of the playoff system. I went on to ask him about the now famous Richard Sherman rant and got his opinion on it. Robinson said “it was no big deal, people just blew it out of proportion. Sherman is a great corner that shuts down his opponents.” Robinson did not believe that Sherman should have been fined.

As a huge Packers fan, he said that Aaron Rodgers is his favorite quarterback, however he acknowledged that Peyton Manning is currently the best QB in the league. Robinson told me that Marshawn Lynch, Calvin Johnson, and Adrian Peterson are his three favorite NFL players, with Peterson at the top. Despite playing the defensive back position, he explained that Barry Sanders is his favorite all time player, which is interesting because he played against the rival Packers twice a year. Of course I had to ask him who he thought is the best corner in the NFL. Robinson told me “All time, I would have to say Deion Sanders, but my generation, Champ Bailey.”

Mark Stoops Named Kentucky’s Football Coach: A Fan’s Reaction


Stoops is coming to the Big Blue Nation.

Although the 2012 regular season of football is complete for the University of Kentucky, Wildcats fans are much abuzz about the Nov. 27 announcement that the newest head football coach is Mark Stoops.

Stoops was the former defensive coordinator for the Florida State University and the University of Arizona football teams, and was selected by Kentucky’s Director of Athletics Mitch Barnhart as Joker Phillips’ replacement after Phillips was fired in early November.

“I am thrilled to be named the head football coach at the University of Kentucky,” Stoops said in the UK Athletics news release. “My family and I are excited and looking forward to becoming a part of the Big Blue Nation … I want to thank (University of Kentucky) President Capilouto and Mitch Barnhart for this opportunity. I promise the faithful of the Big Blue Nation I will be focused and driven to create a positive, winning atmosphere for the program and an environment that all of Kentucky can be proud of.”

What is most surprising to me is the speed with which the decision was made. Former coach Phillips was still coaching on a stand-in basis through the Wildcats’ last two regular season games on Nov. 17 and Nov. 24, all while a committee actively sought out the next coach. The formal announcement of Stoops came less than a week after the season’s end.

I can’t wait to see Stoops in Kentucky blue and test his chops at the helm of the Kentucky team. It will be interesting to watch a coach who is more defensive-minded and who knows what it’s like to have winning season after winning season (the Florida State Seminoles were 10-4, 9-4 and 10-2 in the seasons that Stoops was on staff). Stoops’ experience shows that he knows what it takes to build football programs, and it’s exciting to think how much Kentucky football may turn around as a result.

Congratulations, Kentucky fans, on the naming of the newest football coach. And congratulations, Stoops, on choosing to become a part of one of the greatest college athletics programs around.