Friday, December 21, 2007

Uncle Hooty's Holiday Grab Bag

Holiday Greetings, Cougies!

The McBoob children were happy to see Santa Butch last week on the CdA lights cruise. May your holiday be filled with cheer and good will; and may your kids be cute as mine.

It's Day 4 of Invasion of the In-Laws '07 at the McBoob residence. The bad news is that I gave up my mattress pad for the guest bed and my back is killing me. The good news is that Auntie Doris is taking me to the casino tomorrow. Karma, guys - it's a beautiful thing.

I am happy to let you know that Jason McEndoo has in fact, accepted the position of O-Line coach at WSU. This, according to a source close to the program. Why the announcement is being delayed is anyone's guess but these two things are certain: 1-Yes, we have a source (and it is even somewhat credible.) 2-This is a good hire for Coach Wulff.

Not only is Coach Mac an accomplished artist (remember these t-shirts?), he can also coach a little bit. Jason just wrapped up his 4th season as O-Line coach of Montana State, where he is credited with putting together one of the best lines in the program's history. Among his pupils was Jeff Bolton, the 2005 Rimington Award winner for 1-AA. Bolton, who played only 6 games as a center in college "gives credit to his versatility as a lineman to his offensive line coach Jason McEndoo, who came to MSU at the start of Bolton's sophomore year. "He was an amazing coach. He taught me almost everything I know about playing offensive line," Bolton said. "All my technique and everything I owe to him." (Idaho Mountain Express, 2/28/05)

When a coaching change occurs, there's a lot of adjustment and learning that happens for both the players and the coaches. When McEndoo arrived at MSU in 2003, he inherited a group that included Brent Swaggert, who would go on to earn first-team Big Sky honors that year and has since bounced around the NFL. The coach recognized that in his situation as "the new guy," he could learn from his players as much as they could learn from him, saying of Swaggert "The most important thing about Brent is his leadership, and his ability to talk to the young guys and help them through situations. That really helps me." (msubobcats.com)

So what are we getting in McEndoo? First and foremost, a Coug. But also a young coach with enthusiasm; knowledge of the game (MSU employed a zone blocking scheme, similar to the Denver Broncos); the ability to coach-up young players and the versatility to help them achieve award status; AND a guy who is not afraid to delegate some of the responsibilities for the unit to his upper-classmen. With our mix of experience and youth on the line in 'o8, I'm pretty pleased with this hire - and it helped to find out that over the last few years McEndoo has paid a few visits to Coach Yarno for some pointers.

Mike Belotti to UCLA?? I imagine that "The Phil" will have his hand in this one way or another but our resident newshound, Hawk found this interesting tidbit this morning about the very possibility. Don't worry, Mike. Wherever you go, we'll still hate you.

I was out last night and only got to listen to the second half of the basketball game on the radio as I made my way home. I hadn't listened to a game in a long time but it lead to a few observations...

Bud Nameck has really improved his play-by-play but you can tell the difference between a really good play-by-play guy and one who's a little less experienced by how they handle time-outs and breaks in play. A seasoned vet continues to break down the game, and provide other insight that may have been quickly skipped-over during the rapid pace of the game. Nameck, on the other hand, was giving play-by-play of every on-court promo that took place - in great detail. I don't care that some schmo just won an X-Box for hitting a half-court shot; I want to know how many elbows Aron Baynes has thrown .

I placed a call to my little gay friend, Poo during the game and he was sitting with the Mayor of Mt Vernon (2012) courtside, right behind Kevin Durant. Did anyone (who knows him) see him?

It must have been nice for Durant to be back in front of a big crowd. Over 12K in attendance! I wonder how many will be there for the NC A&T game on the 28th? At least two - me and my Father-in-Law. (I see more good karma in my future...)

At the end of the game, Bud was all excited and emphatically proclaimed "... the undeafeated, 6th-ranked Cougs head to Pocatello, Idaho!" Did anyone else hear this? I'm as excited as the next guy about the status of our basketball team but Pocatello, Idaho doesn't have quite the same credibility as Durham, North Carolina, does it? I hope this soft non-conference schedule doesn't come back to bite us.

QUESTION:

Playing in front of what kind of crowd, will better prepare your team for Pac10 League play: A or B?


A












B

One last thought from last night's game. Being new to this whole "We're a Basketball School" thing you'll need to bear with me... With a 30-point lead in the second half, against a team of 5 Freshmen, is it still cool for the crowd to chant "You Got Swatted!"; or like a booger in your grandma's nose, do you just politely pretend not to see it? We need to know these things.

Merry Christmas, Cougs!

13 comments:

hotpantsbobcat said...

THRILLED FOR COACH MAC! He is a great coach and I am happy to hear he's headed to his alma mater. You came up with some good background stuff and there is a lot to him, so thanks. And keep up the great work around here.

kaddy said...

I spoke to the Mayor of Mt. Vernon (2012) last night during the game, and he also said he and Poo were sitting right behind K Durant.

Sedihawk said...

Bellotti stays after all.

http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/news/story?id=3164751

Let's get real - Oregon is the better job when you weigh everything. I was watching "fields of glory" on HD last week, and they did a special on Autzen stadium. Amazing facilities. But their locker room? Now I understand all the hype. UNREAL.

The other thing to consider is the cost of living factor. LA is what, probably twice as costly as Eugene? Bellotti's 1+million in Oregon would have to be well over 2 in LA to make the numbers work. Then you have to hire a coaching staff, and UCLA always pays their assistants more based on cost-of-living.

I bet they end up with Neuheisel. Would add some spice back to UCLA, that's for sure.

longball said...

I want UCLA to hire Neuheisal sooooo bad, just for the pure spectacle that the USC/Carrol vs UCLA/Slick Rick rivalry would become. If anyone can shine bright enough to escape Carrol's shadow in LA, its Neuheisal. It could realistically erupt into something not unlike the Bo vs Woody 10 year war.

Hooty McBoob said...

To quote the sage Jules Winfield (My Man in Inglewood), "That's an interesting point."

longball said...

I usually wouldnt give a rat's ass if i offended a Buckeye or Wolverine fan, BUT, i want to clarify something from my comment above... Slick Rick vs Carrol would be, at best, a "finesse" version of the 10 Year War. It could be epic, but i admit, much less bloody. Of course, it would also be much higher scoring and Snoop Dog would always be in attendance.

Hooty McBoob said...

Word. I like the way you think, Longball.

Sedihawk said...

I want FUCLA to hire Neuheisel so we can throw bottles at him again and he can flip us off as he runs off the field!

Ok, not really. Actually he scares me with what he might do down there. I can't stand him but he's hungry after his experiences, and the man can recruit. With LA-LA land as his base to draw to, and the extra passion he'll feel for UCLA, it could be bad for us. But we'll see, he's actually got to land the gig first.

Kaddy, how was Wulff's speech? They showed basically nothing with the f-squad doing the game on TV (I dvr'd it and watched some of it today).

Cleveland Brown said...

Hooty is GFL.

Gay For Longball! BURN!

Hooty McBoob said...

Word. I like the way you think too, sexy.

longball said...

Great new pic at the top of the page. I heard that giant Coug banner was stolen. Too bad, cause it looked awesome. We should get that bad boy back up as soon as we can.

Poo said...

Oh, so I'm gay now? WHATEVER!

Hooty McBoob said...

Yeah, Poo. Just now you became gay. Not when you blew that guy for a bottle of Boone's at the end of your 5th year... Now.