Friday, January 8, 2010

Friday News and Notes

Alabama wins their 13th National Championship
BCS National Championship - Alabama v Texas

The Texas Longhorns were dealt a devastating blow in the opening minutes of the BCS National Championship game. After their defense held Alabama to a three and out, the mighty Texas offense took the field behind their general Colt McCoy. McCoy had the Longhorns driving. But McCoy was hit awkwardly in the opening drive and suffered a pinched nerve causing him to lose sensation in his throwing arm. In walked true freshman Garrett Gilbert, and out walked Texas’ Championship hopes. Gilbert struggled in the first half completing more passes to the Crimson Tide than his own team. When Alabama added to their lead in the first half making it 17-6 Mack Brown decided that he was going to take a shot to try to get some points. With 15 seconds left Brown called a shovel pass that was intercepted and returned for a touchdown. Alabama was up 24-6 at the half. Gilbert rebounded a little from his dismal first half connecting with Jordan Shipley for two touchdowns, Texas held Alabama to just three yards of offense in the third quarter. But Alabama would force a fumble on their three yard line, and intercept Gilbert two more times to ice the game and win 34-24 over the Longhorns.
It’s a shame that Colt McCoy could not cap off his illustrious college career with an appearance in the BCS Championship game. Texas put up a good fight but I think most people knew that Gilbert was just not ready to lead Texas on the biggest stage in college football.

Xavier beats La Salle

The Xavier Musketeers basketball team won their first A-10 game Thursday night knocking off La Salle 68-62. Jordan Crawford scored 22 points in the effort to add to his A-10 leading scoring mark. Xavier prevailed in the end but made the game close when they could have run away with it. X was up 54-34 with 13:00 to play but allowed La Salle to go on a 20-2 run to pull within two. La Salle was unable to take the lead in the fourth quarter and Terrell Holloway iced the game with two free throws. Xavier will play at George Washington on Sunday at noon.

Brian Kelly snatches two UC Coaches
Notre Dame Introduces New Head Coach Brian Kelly

Brian Kelly has hired two of his former assistants from Cincinnati to join him in South Bend. Bob Diaco, Cincinnati’s defensive coordinator, will hold the same position for Brian Kelly and the Irish. Is this a big loss for the Bearcats? Diaco was only with Cincinnati for one season and the Bearcats finished 67th in total defense.
Kelly has also hired Charley Molnar, Cincinnati’s wide receivers coach, to be his offensive coordinator at Notre Dame. As most know Jeff Quinn the offensive coordinator for Cincinnati has accepted the head coach position at Buffalo. Typically college head coaches wants the guys that they know and trust with them in key positions such as your offensive and defensive coordinator. So this is not a huge shock to me.

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