Tuesday Thoughts: Predicting the future of NCAA Football 2014

Let me look into the crystal ball and forecast the future of NCAA football in the year 2014!

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Trending Upward:  UCLA

Jim Mora has done an excellent job as head coach of the Bruins in his first two seasons. He finished 9-5 in year one and 10-3 this past season. The year before he took over the Bruins finished 6-8….yes you read that correctly…6-8. He is 2-0 in the battle for the victory bell over rival USC. The year before he arrived on campus the Bruins lost to the Trojans by the score of 50 to zero.

The Bruins defense put Virginia Tech on lock down in the Sun Bowl. Junior quarterback Brett Hundley will return and already has the attention of NFL scouts. I look for UCLA to win the Pacific-12 next season and be in the four team national championship playoff.

 

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Trending downward: Louisville

Louisville loses both, Junior Teddy Bridgewater to the NFL and coach Charlie Strong to Texas. I was not surprised to hear of Bridgewater leaving as his numbers were sure to be far less in the ACC next season as compared to playing in the “fake big east” this season. However, I was surprised that Strong left for Austin. Louisville is a great college athletic program and a great city. With the program moving to a tougher conference in which the Cards can eventually compete in and thus make a legitimate case for the national title playoffs, I thought Strong would stay in The Ville. If Louisville finishes 6-6 next season I would consider it a good season.

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On the Hot Seat…..

With the “resigning” of Mack Brown from Texas this season and the “resigning” of Bobby Bowden from Florida State after two national titles, the landscape of NCAA football coaches shows no regard for tenure and accomplishments. The same holds true for newer coaches such as Auburn’s former head coach Gene Chizik, who has fired 2 seasons after leading the Tigers to the national championship. In other words, no coach is safe.

Even though he is the winningest coach currently in college football, as well as, the longest tenured coach, Frank Beamer at Virginia Tech will be on the hot seat next season.

In 2012 the Hokies were 7-6 and finished 8-5 in 2013. Television commentators have made comments about the lack of talent on the sideline in Blacksburg. People are noticing the decline to top recruiting prospects signing with the Hokies.  A third season of not living up to the standard Beamer created with 7 conference championships, 13 ten plus win seasons, and 8 BCS caliber bowl appearances may cost him his job.

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And the Heisman goes to…..

Trevor Knight of Oklahoma smoked the Alabama secondary in the Sugar Bowl. Most critics said Oklahoma would not win due to Nick Saban having time to prepare the Tide. That did not affect Knight who tossed 4 touchdowns passes. He has experience as a starter in a stellar conference, so I look for 2014 to be the year of the Crimson and Cream Knight!!


Monday Morning Quarterback for November 25th

Welcome to this week’s Monday Morning Quarterback.

History in Williamsburg.

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A Big Steve Black Show “Shout Out” to Coach Jerry Herron and the Williamsburg Yellow Jackets for capturing the school’s first ever football regional championship with a nice 21-7 victory over a tough Hazard team last Friday night.  This was Jerry Herron’s first win over Hazard in five tries.  This also marked the third time in three years that these teams battled for the regional crown.  Williamsburg is just one win away from a trip to Bowling Green and a chance at a State Title.  They first must get past another tough team in Raceland, who defeated high scoring Pikeville 14-3.  Williamsburg will host this final four match up this Friday at 7:30pm.

History in Williamsburg II.

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Another Big Steve Black Show “Shout Out” to Coach John Bland and the University of the Cumberlands Patriots on their victory over St. Ambrose this past Saturday 56-28.  The victory gives the Patriots an 11-0 record, the best in school history.  Patriots stay at home again this weekend as they take on 6th ranked Saint Francis University.  Game time is at 12 noon.  #HometilRome!!

History in Manhattan, Kansas.

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With their 41-31 victory over Kansas St., University of Oklahoma Football Coach Bob Stoops claims victory number 158 as Sooner Coach, passing Barry Switzer for the most wins all-time in OU history.  Stoops is one of four coaches at Oklahoma with at least 100 wins as head coach.  Others include Barry Switzer (157), Bud Wilkinson (145) and Bennie Owen (122).  Oklahoma is the only school with four 100 win Coaches.

So there you have it.  A history filled weekend!!  No show for this week in honor of Thanksgiving, but we will be back on Thursday, December 5th with more of the Steve Black Show!!  Enjoying your Thanksgiving!!

Oklahoma Sooners = National Champions!!!

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When it was all said and done, the equation reads:  Oklahoma Sooners = National Champions!!  As a life long Oklahoma Sooner fan, I wanted to send out a Steve Black Show CONGRATS to the Oklahoma Sooner Softball Team on their National Championship victory over Tennessee this week in Oklahoma City.  As you know, it has been a very tough last few weeks in the State of Oklahoma due to the recent tornadoes in the central part of the state, but the citizens of Oklahoma have rallied around each other for support, and this included the Softball team.  This doesn’t bring back those who lost their lives, but it helps in the healing process.  Continue to pray for Oklahoma….

Enjoy your championship Ladies.  Well deserved.  BOOMER SOONER!!!!

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THERE’S ONLY ONE OKLAHOMA!!!!!!


Debate: Should College Athletes get PAID???

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Should college athletes get paid for what they do on the field and on the court for their schools?  Well on Wednesday, April 10, 2013, the age old topic of paying collegiate players surfaced again in an article on The Sporting News’ website.  In the article, University of Oklahoma’s football coach Bob Stoops had made comments in regards to players getting more than what they already receive in scholarships (Stoop later clarified those comments).

Coach Stoops, whether you agree with his comments or not, does make valid points on what players currently receive in scholarships.  I want to hear from you.  What are your comments on the topic of giving college athletes stipends as part of their scholarship?  Read the articles and feel free to leave your comments here

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