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Tuesday, January 9, 2007
By Dr. Steven Taylor

I have some thoughts (especially in light of Florida’s performance last night) on Saban’s Future at Deportes.

Update: While we are on the topic of college football, I also have some thoughts on Troy Smith/Vince Young comparisons.

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Tuesday, December 12, 2006
By Dr. Steven Taylor

From Mark Hasty’s TEN RANDOM THOUGHTS #12

Are we all missing the obvious? Shouldn’t Allen Iverson be the next head coach at Bama?

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Friday, December 8, 2006
By Dr. Steven Taylor

One of the things that has been said about the coaching job at the University of Alabama in the national sports press during the job search is that one of that things that makes the job less desirable than it might otherwise be is the nature of some segments of the Tide’s fan base. Among those criticisms was that the coach and his family are not afforded sufficient privacy and that the fans can be overly personal in criticizing the coach.

So, Rich Rodriguez decides not to take the job and the callers to the Paul Finebaum radio show (a regional program that originates out of Birmingham), as well as Finebaum himself, start resorting to making fun of Rodriguez’s wife (including her hair) because they presume that she dissuaded her husband in terms of taking the job. That is simply uncalled for and hardly shows any class.

Further, it is not irrational for Rodriguez to decide that with a raise that staying put is a good move. Not only in WV home, but moving is a gigantic pain. Further, West Virgina is ranked 13th in the BCS, and Alabama isn’t ranked. Logically, which program has the better short-to-medium term prospects?

The ongoing assumption that the Alabama job is the job in college football continues to permeate Bamanation, despite the fact that it simply isn’t what it once was, and probably won’t be again, given the way college ball works these days. Yes, it is a place where it is possible to win a National Title, not to mention a storied program in a BCS conference, but college football has changed in the last decade and it is now possible to compete for the title (such as schools like West Virginia), as well as really good bowl berths from any number of schools (Rutgers and Boise State comes to mind).

Indeed, in some ways it makes more sense to stay with a good team in an easier conference than to take over a dysfunctional program in the hardest conference-especially if one is getting a raise to stay.

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Monday, December 4, 2006
By Dr. Steven Taylor

“Gramatica made me look good,” -Bill Parcells

Indeed.

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Friday, November 24, 2006
By Dr. Steven Taylor

Thankfully, according to the Austin American-Statesman it was only a severe pinched nerve in neck.

That’s good news, as it could have been far worse.

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By Dr. Steven Taylor

Well, Texas’ season is now in the tank-and it may have all started with Colt McCoy’s injury in the K-State game (and loss) as McCoy missed the bulk of that game and hasn’t been up to speed in this one. He has thrown 3 INTs in this game after throwing all of 4 during the rest of the season. In that last drive with less than a minute to play it was clear that Colt did not have the arm strength that he normally has.

And now the young man had to be taken off the field immobilized on a backboard, which something you never want to see. He was moving, or so it seemed, so hopefully everything will be ok.

Losing to K-State meant that Texas was out of the national title hunt, but at least they still had a shot at winning the Big XII and therefore getting a solid BCS bid. There is no shame in not repeating as National Champs, especially when losing a player like Vince Young. But, gee whiz, to go on to be unable to compete for the league championship is a disappointment.

Unless Oklahoma State beats OU tomorrow, Texas will be relegated to a second-tier bowl game.

c’est la vie.

And while it is clear that Texas was outplayed today-especially in terms of our D’s inability to stop A&M’s run, I will say that Texas got jobbed on the pass interference call that negated a TD and led to an INT on the next play and on the review of the pass over the middle for a third down conversion that was reviewed and called an incompletion despite the fact that is was clear on the replay that the receiver’s hands were under the ball.

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Thursday, November 23, 2006
By Dr. Steven Taylor

I’d say these are pretty good numbers:

22/29 (75.9%) for 306 and 5 TDs and no picks

And there were several of those passes which were dropped.

The Cowboys now have a 3 game winning streak behind them and 10 days to rest and prepare for the Giants and the chance to take control of the division (and the second seed in the NFC).

Kewl.

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Wednesday, November 22, 2006
By Dr. Steven Taylor

Via Bloomberg you can find the answer: NFL, Cable Dispute May Limit Audience for Network’s First Game.  Basically there’s a price dispute between the NFL and the three largest cable companies:  Cablevision, Charter (my provider) and Time Warner.

The issue:

The NFL Network wants to be included in basic cable packages with channels such as ESPN or CNN, where it can reach the broadest possible audience. Basic-package channels charge a fee for each subscriber. Wider distribution also brings higher advertising rates.

[…]

“This is a dance and it’s only about the sub fee,'’ Frank told a SportsBusiness Journal seminar on Nov. 15. “The NFL Network is asking 80 cents a sub. They’re prepared to offer about 25 cents a sub and eventually they’ll end up at 40-45 cents a sub.'’

I suspect that at some point that this issue will be resolved-as they both need one another.  The part that I find remarkable is that the NFL didn’t find a way to reach a compromise given the huge Thanksgiving Day audience that they are going to miss out on.

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By Dr. Steven Taylor

Via MSNBC: QB McCoy cleared to play against Texas A&M

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Sunday, November 19, 2006
By Dr. Steven Taylor

It sure is nice to have a real QB after all these years without one.

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