Archive for December, 2009

Urban Meyer steps down at Florida. [Update: Taking a leave of absence.]

December 26, 2009

Five years and two National Championships for Urban Meyer in Gainesville and he has stepped down from one of the strongest programs in college football due to reported health concerns.

The health concerns are not immediate, but Meyer did acknowledge his health has been neglected during his tenure at Florida. Meyer was admitted to a hospital for dehydration after the SEC Championship game, one in which the Gators lost to Alabama, and he has apparently been weighing his decisions since that incident.

Meyer was cited as a possible replacement for Charlie Weis at Notre Dame earlier this month, but said he would stay at Florida as long as they would have him. It now seems Florida will need to work on finding their own replacement for Meyer.

Meyer will coach the Gators in the Sugar Bowl vs Cincinnati on New Years Day.

We here at The Nine Commandments wish Meyer the best in the future as he battles whatever ails him.

[Update 12/28/09: Meyer has decided simply to take a leave of absence. Offensive coordinator Steve Addazio will be taking over the head coaching next season.]

Merry Christmas from The Nine Commandments.

December 25, 2009

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you and yours.

Turner Gill takes over at kU: How am I supposed to hate his guy?

December 14, 2009

Turner Gill was announced as the head coach of Kansas football yesterday and honestly… how in the hell am I supposed to root against this guy? Gill has been a stand-up guy for the Buffalo program for the few years he has coached there, leading them to their first bowl game in decades. A standout in high school in Fort Worth and a great player at Nebraska, Gill deserves this chance as head coach of a BCS conference team. It’s just a damn shame it has to be at Kansas. No more fat jokes for Mangino, I don’t know how to hate Gill. He’s a great guy that has been nothing short of upstanding. Good for him and I can’t wait to face him in the Border War.

Congrats Gill, you deserve this chance.

Breakdown: All-Big 12 Team.

December 1, 2009

The regular season is over and the Big 12 conference championship between Texas (12-0) and Nebraska (9-3) is on Saturday. You know what that means?

All-Big 12 team announcements. YAY!

Ndamukong Suh and Colt McCoy were the only unamimous selections to the first team. Here’s the list with comments:

Coach of the Year: Mack Brown, Texas
I think this was a good call and although there had been a lot of talk about giving the award to Bill Snyder at Kansas State or Mike Gundy at Oklahoma State, this made more sense. Yes, I know Texas was picked as one of the big three teams to go to the National Championship and it would have been too easy to pick him, but the man went undefeated. Never stumbled, never let his team get outplayed and with a win on Saturday, he will lead his team to the Rose Bowl as the last game in January. Bill Snyder did not make a bowl game and Mike Gundy couldn’t quite live up to expectations for the second year in a row.


Offensive Lineman of the Year: Russell Okung, Oklahoma State

Defensive Lineman of the Year: Ndamukong Suh, Nebraska
I had a chance to see Suh play on a rainy Thursday at Missouri and I must say: this guy is the real deal. Definitely a top 5 pick with incredible awareness and speed.

Offensive Freshman of the Year: Christine Michael, Texas A&M

Defensive Freshman of the Year: Aldon Smith, Missouri
Freak of nature. That is all.

Special Teams Player of the Year: Brandon Banks, Kansas State
Was one of the main reasons the Wildcats were able to get to six wins (although played two FCS teams and not bowl eligible). Hit gaps on returns and gave K-State favorable field position regularly. Four touchdowns and 1127 kickoff return yards.

Defensive Newcomer of the Year: David Sims, Iowa State

Offensive Newcomer of the Year: Daniel Thomas, Kansas State

Defensive Player of the Year: Ndamukong Suh, Nebraska
See above. Amazing player.

Offensive Player of the Year: Colt McCoy, Texas
3328 yards passing with 27 touchdowns and only nine interceptions. Didn’t run as much (368 yards) but also didn’t need to. This was a no-brainier.

OFFENSE:
QB: Colt McCoy, Texas
RB: Daniel Thomas, Kansas State
RB: Keith Toston, Oklahoma State
FB: Bryant Ward, Oklahoma State
WR: Dezmon Briscoe, Kansas
WR: Jordan Shipley, Texas
WR: Danario Alexander, Missouri
TE: Jeron Mastrud, Kansas State
OL: Russell Okung, Oklahoma State
OL: Trent Williams, Oklahoma
OL: Nick Stringer, Kansas State
OL: Brandon Carter, Texas Tech
OL: Nate Solder, Colorado
K: Grant Ressel, Missouri
KR/PR: Brandon Banks, Kansas State

DEFENSE
DL: Ndamukong Suh, Nebraska
DL: Gerald McCoy, Oklahoma
DL: Von Miller, Texas A&M
DL: Brandon Sharpe, Texas Tech
DL: Jared Crick, Nebraska
LB: Sean Weatherspoon, Missouri
LB: Jesse Smith, Iowa State
LB: Travis Lewis, Oklahoma
DB: Earl Thomas, Texas
DB: Perrish Cox, Oklahoma State
DB: Larry Asante, Nebraska
DB: Prince Amukamara, Nebraska
P: Derek Epperson, Baylor