Author Archives: Paul Wadlington

Post-Cal Thoughts: Moving Forward on Defense

Malik Jefferson. (Justin Wells/IT)

Texas fans turned out for the Cal game in force. It was a nice reminder of how good Texas fans are and can be. The streets of Berkeley were decked in burnt orange and white and I heard several Cal fans remark that it felt like a Texas home game. Walking to the stadium through Cal’s sun-dappled, tree-lined campus in flawless 70 degree weather, it was hard to disagree.

UTEP Game Review: Offense Post-Mortem

Shane Buechele. (Will Gallagher/IT)

SpurHorns head coach Charlie Popovich rested every Longhorn offensive starter with a boo-boo. We got to fear for the safety of our day-walking vampire QB, and then watch a competitive game turn into a predictable route with a couple of second half adjustments that led to immediate 3rd quarter scores.

Scipio’s Authoritative Big 12 Power Rankings

Malcolm Roach (Will Gallagher/IT)

Nothing can go wrong when you draw sweeping conclusions from tiny data sets in sports or financial markets. My rankings are sound science like astrology and alchemy. Also, the Big 12 is a giant flaming garbage barge. If only someone could have predicted that the P5 league with the worst natural recruiting base, minor program success built on excellent individual coaches, early adoption of the spread, and terrible television exposure would see a performance decline over time.

UTEP Miners Football Preview

Caleb Bluiett. (Will Gallagher/IT)

Head coach Sean Kugler’s UTEP Miners had a promising start to the 2016 season, whipping New Mexico State 38-22 in their season opener on the strength of Aaron Jones’ 249 yard rushing performance (he added another 43 yards receiving). Fresno State transfer QB Zack Greenlee overcame a slow start to go 15 of 27 for 229 yards and throw 3 touchdowns with no interceptions. UTEP led 24-3 at half and then blunted a brief second half rally to coast to a more dominating win than the final score suggests.

Texas-Notre Dame Defensive Post-Mortem

Chris Nelson. (Will Gallagher/IT)

Alarmed. Encouraged. Notre Dame presents schematic problems that we won’t see again until we play Oklahoma and it’s hard to fault our effort level. Some issues should be cleaned up with game experience and teaching. Others will be cleaned up by graduation, recruiting, another offseason of development and finding a defensive identity that fits our defensive personnel at all three levels.

When Scheme Discovers Talent

Brandon Hodges. (Will Gallagher/IT)

The reason so many of us were excited about the Gilbert offense is that its simplicity and versatility puts athletes into good situations and lets them play with instinct, aggression and from muscle memory instead of injecting indecision, paralysis and hesitation. Clarity and a clear role playing to your strengths are the key to athletic success. Instead of sniping players for what they aren’t, real coaches find work for what the players are.

Things I’ll be watching for versus ND

Malik Jefferson. (Will Gallagher/IT)

Like all of you, I’ll evaluate our quarterbacks for gutty moxie, derring-do and the intangible qualities of leadership best codified by L Ron Hubbard. I’ll seek empirical evidence for non ping-pong based team chemistry. I’ll ascertain the pleat depth of Sterlin Gilbert’s Dockers Loose Fits. I’ll muse whether Grambling or the Colorado School of Mines is the better fit for the Big 12 expansion.