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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.]

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

Back from the break: What a great day to be a Tiger.

November 29, 2009

by Orlin Wagner – AP via Rock M Nation

Ah, back to Columbia after the Mizzou-Kansas game in Kansas City and it’s a good day to be a Tiger. Amazing game that puts me back in blogging mode. Posts may be limited in the next few weeks though as finals week approaches. I’ll still work to get you all some decent content though.

Thanks Spoon.

November 21, 2009

Emotional day at Faurot. See more pictures from Tiger Extra.

ISU HC Paul Rhodes Understands The Greatness That Is Danario Alexander.

November 21, 2009

DaNario Alexander pulled in 11 catches for 173 yards as Mizzou pulled out the 34-24 victory over Iowa State. Add those numbers to the previous two games for Alexander and you’ll see a total of 34 catches for 578 yards and 5 touchdowns and a ringing endorsement from Kansas State HC Bill Snyder and now Paul Rhodes of ISU. Via Rock M Nation:

“Phenomenal. He’s phenomenal. He’s everything that he presents himself to be, everything he seems to be on film. He’s got a little Jim Brown to him. You look at him on the field and you think he’s done and not going to be able to play very fast, and then he comes out of the box like the Olympic guy from Jamaica.”

Comparisons to Jim Brown and Usain Bolt is quite the ringing endorsement. And this guy isn’t a Biletnikoff (Best WR) candidate. Something’s wrong with the system if a guy that broke Jeremy Maclins school records of most yards in a season and career isn’t even considered. Absolutely ridiculous.

Whoever is able to draft Alexander in next years’ draft are going to be thrilled with the finesse and athleticism he brings every week.

Nike Combat Unis All In One Place.

November 11, 2009

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New Nike Combat Unis leaked: Final Word.

November 11, 2009

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Nike is rolling out a new line of uniforms for 10 schools in college football. The jerseys are 25% lighter than the current ones and Nike claims that not only do they not hold moisture, but they are actually lighter when wet than the current model when dry. They also have a built-in flack jacket which is cool and provides some extra padding (I guess).

I’m a sucker for unis, love to read Uni-Watch and am one of the only people that actually like Oregon’s jerseys year in and year out. Just the sheer number of combination to choose from (2,456!) gets me all hyped up. That’s why I’m so into this kind of new release of jerseys.

They are also issuing new gloves which are actually extremely awesome. Note the Mizzou team slogan “Beast Mode” in the wrist straps.

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Mizzou Combat Gloves

Overall, the new Combat Unis are bad-ass with one major exception: Missouri. Why the hell would Nike design a uniform that doesn’t include the dominant color of the school? The helmets are also new and hopefully they threw in some gold on the “M” but how can we really know until the team comes out on the field vs Kansas at Arrowhead on the 28th? They couldn’t be worse than the hideous gold uniforms used last year.

A few of the teams jerseys are just way to plain with the white on white but keep the basic team colors in mind. Now onto my favorites and least favorites. Damn, I feel like a loser for critiquing what just turn out to be clothes. Whatever.

Best: TCU Horned Frogs

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I’ve always liked TCU’s jerseys and these are no exception. They’re absolutely badass (as if I haven’t used that word enough in this post) and are all-around better than the others. Check out the helmet at the official website here.

Battle for the state of Florida uni-style:
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Have to give this to UF just because their team colors are overall better. I don’t know why they didn’t incorporate the coloring on the Miami numbers into all of the new Combat Uni’s. It looks a lot better and they could have at least done this for the Mizzou jerseys. The FSU color on the jersey and pants just looks retarded and I’m pretty sure the guy has a boner.

All the rest are pretty in-sync with the regular jerseys apart from the “technology” upgrades. Here are the rest.

[H/T to Rock M Nation and The Seventh Floor]

Jerrell Jackson makes his case for catch of the year.

November 2, 2009

I’ve been waiting to post this catch by Mizzou’s Jerrell Jackson, but just now came across a higher definition video. Jackson makes an absolutely insane catch across the middle in the Tigers 36-17 win at Colorado. Everything about this catch is astounding. On the run, across the middle, full reach back in good coverage. Phenomenal.

The only downside to this catch is that it’s only a six-yard gain but that doesn’t matter for a catch of the year candidate.

Tim Griffin likes to keep people happy, chooses Kansas and Missouri to beat eachother.

October 21, 2009

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Tim Griffin is the ESPN’s beat writer for the Big 12 and if you read him often, his biases are blatantly obvious and he tends to flip-flop on his predictions between the beginning and end of every season. This week, all of the conference beat reporters are turning in their predictions for the rest of the season and surprise, surprise: Tim Griffin proves again how much of a douche he is.

The predictions I find incredibly odd are those of the Missouri Tigers and Kansas Jayhawks.

Griffin has major biases against North Division teams (admittedly, they do suck) but Griffin predicts two completely different outcomes in the Big 12 North for these rivals. Let’s look at the outlook for Missouri first:

My prediction: Low-level bowl trip. The Tigers will beat the teams they should down the stretch and also get some revenge from Kansas in their annual end-of-season battle. It will give them a 7-5 record. It might not be what Gary Pinkel wanted, but still an accomplishment considering the massive turnover from last season’s team.

Doesn’t really seem right considering the rest of the Tigers schedule is as follows: Texas, at Colorado, Baylor, at Kansas State, Iowa State, Kansas (at Kansas City). The final record is not what this post is about though. It’s more about what’s in bold in that blockquote.

Now let’s take a look at Griffin’s prediction for the Jayhawks:

My prediction: Mid-level bowl. The Jayhawks will win two of their six remaining games, beating Kansas State and Missouri. It will be enough to get them to a bowl game, but that wasn’t what Mangino was expecting after his team’s 5-0 start.

Hmm, that’s odd. I though Mr. Griffin already said Missouri would be getting revenge on Kansas for last year’s defeat. Maybe he is trying not to upset either fan base by making such a bold prediction as to who would win the Border War Showdown.

Try making bolder predictions next time like actually choosing winners of games that are consistent throughout all of your articles.