Hello Cougar Nation and mighty Cougla Khan army. Hope your new year is off to a great start.
As for me, well, its been interesting.
Early in the week I was awoken by Sutra who informed me that our new defensive coordinator was none other than Bobby Jack Wright. But today, I am here to tell you that I am very excited about who our REAL Defensive Coordinator is going to be.
So, to read all about that and more, read on.
Nation, before we get to the meat of this mostly vegetarian post, I wanted to bring up a few points from yesterday. First of all, I was pretty surprised that none of you commented on Sutra's report that Nick Holt had been hired at Clemson.
You see, yesterday morning, Sutra awoke to two Tweets which talked about Nick Holt's hire at the school. But since Sutra is as dumb as a bag of rocks, he didn't realize that those two Tweets (including one by Nick "Don't call me Tom" Daschel) were jokes by people who had similar senses of humor (Of course, Sutra doesn't have one). So, Nick Holt is NOT the coach at Clemson as erroneously reported here yesterday. Again, if ANY of you take Sutra seriously, you need help of the professional variety.
Now, onto our Defensive Coordinator search:
Nation, I can't tell a lie. When I heard the rumor about Bobby Jack Wright becoming our Defensive Coordinator, I literally broke every window in the shed I live in outside of Sutra's compound. But yesterday, my sources informed me that our coaching search has taken a very exciting twist. And that twist is as follows.
Yep, I'm here to tell you today that our new Defensive Coordinator is Brian Stewart, former Defensive Coordinator of the Houston Cougars and prior to that, Defensive Coordinator for the Dallas Cowboys.
Personally, I couldn't be more excited about this hire. Not only is Stewart African American--which I think is important for a number of reasons--but the man brings an established record of success in developing young talent.
What's more, Stewart runs the coveted 3-4 defense that I have coveted for pretty much the history of EVER. This is a TERRIFIC, TERRIFIC hire folks; assuming that it comes to fruition. In fact, I would suggest that this is the type of splash hire that absolutely CRUSHES the Christian Caple's hire of Justin Wilcox.
Speaking of Christian Caple, I am here to tell you that the new Spokesman beat writer was tearing up the Twitter feed yesterday with updates on the Cougar Hoops game. Mind you, one game or week does not a reporter make, but it sure seems like Caple is hell bent on trying to atone for his previous assault on Pullman, Washington State, and Middle America in a complete love-fest for his alma mater.
In fact, Caple's work was so voluminous last night, Sutra told me that Caple had actually passed his sniff test. And let me tell you folks, that is something, because Sutra smells really, really, really, REALLY bad.
While Caple seems capable--at least for now--of eschewing the repugnant, I am not sure that any of us can say the same about Cougar Hoops. In case you missed it, the Cougs lost a classic featherweight battle against the Utah Utes, a team that not only ranked in the 300's in every important statistical category, they are also team that lost by 40 (and scored 33) against Colorado last week. In fact, the loss was so bad, that my RPI slipped 150 spaces just by following the game on GameTracker.
Following the loss, Bone told the media that his team was "too nice" and might lack the competitive fire needed to win consistently.
Ya, right, Ken. Is anyone else out there getting a little tired of lower tier finishes during a time in which the conference makes "TERRIBLE" an understatement?
I sure know I am.
Finally, a word or three about the Football Schedule that was just released this week. First of all, THE 2012 HELMET SCHEDULE IS HERE! Hooray HELMET SCHEDULE! Great work by our own SelahCoug, who stepped up and got this sucker done as soon as the 2012 schedule was announced. Check it out:
Note - for a higher resolution version (read: a version you can actually see - click HERE). We will also add this soon to our sidebar, so, enjoy (and thanks again to SELAH!).
I want you all to know that I will have a post about the Oregon and Seattle games in the next week or so. However, between now and then, I want to agree with Sutra that the schedule is favorable for a major step forward this year. Couple of notes:
Note #1. The swing games of the year for me are BYU and Oregon State. Win both of those games and the Cougs are headed for an upper tier bowl (e.g. Holiday or Better). Win one of those two games and the Cougs are headed toward a mid-range bowl (Sun, Vegas, or Kraft). Win none and this team will struggle to gain bowl eligibility.
Note #2. After thinking long and hard about it, I'm setting the floor and ceiling on the season as follows: The floor on the season is four wins (Eastern, UNLV, UCLA/UW, and Colorado). The ceiling on the season is ten wins.
Where will we finish? Well, if you stick around for the next 8 or 9 months you'll get a firm prediction. But, as of now, I'm thinking that we'll double our win total from last year if Stewart is in fact our Defensive Coordinator as reported above.
Okay, that's all for today. Enjoy the NFL playoffs this weekend, especially you Bungals fans out there.
Longball will be back Monday.
All for now. Go Cougs!