Friday, September 29, 2006

Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year Award Spotlight - Mack Brown

Liberty Mutual's team of experts have created a new award called the Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year Award. It's a little like the AP Coach of the Year, except with a TV series and collectible trophy.
Fans are encouraged to vote for their favorite coach and the results will help determine which coaches will make it to the final two episodes.
Criteria include:
  • High level of professional competence both on and off the field
  • Commitment to the well-being and development of athletes
  • High ethical standards
  • Civic and charitable stewardship
You can vote for University of Texas coach, Mack Brown online and voters are eligible for a free trip to the 2007 Rose Bowl.
Vince Young will not be there.

The first episode of the TV series aired before the Texas-Ohio State game and featured both Mack Brown and Jim Tressel. This clip is the entire interview with coach Brown.

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Texas Longhorns Football 2006 Game 4 Highlights - Iowa State

Iowa State came to Austin looking for the upset but didn't do much to actually slow Texas down. Good thing they brought the weather machine. After three quarters of play, capped off by a cool Jermichael Finley touchdown snatch, the Cyclones (defined as a violent rotating windstorm made up of red birds) needed a thunderstorm (an actual rain storm) to stop the 7th ranked Longhorns.
The started up again after a short delay (ABC didn't) but neither team scored again. I guess the storm kinda took the wind out of their sails.

Or maybe it was the injuries. Selvin Young, Jamaal Charles, Michael Griffin, Brian Robison and Matt Melton all left the game. They all escaped any serious injury, but Brian Robison's knee seemed especially grievous at the time. An emotional Robison fired up his team, pounding his chest and ordering his defense to fight as he was carted off the field.
They responded.

Iowa State - 14
Texas - 37

2006 Game Highlights:

Thursday, September 21, 2006

Texas Commit Matt Nader Ends His Football Career but Keeps His Scholarship - Interview Footage

Austin Westlake's four-star offensive tackle and Longhorn commit Matt Nader collapsed on the sidelines during last week's game in College Station. His heart had stopped beating. If it weren't for a portable defibrillator and the quick action of several people on the scene (turns out that every Westlake player has at least one parent with a medical degree) Nader might not have made it back to Austin.
But he's up and around again with a new internal defibrillator in his chest and a nifty scar to boot. And even though Matt has announced that his football career is now over, Mack Brown and the Longhorns still intend to honor his scholarship.
It's the kind of thing that makes you proud to be a Longhorn.

This clip is a collection of news reports about the incident along with a relevant moment from the broadcast of last week's game between the Longhorns and the Rice Owls.

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Texas Longhorns Football 2006 Game 3 Highlights - Rice Owls

As a team, the Longhorns made real strides following the Ohio State letdown. The defense held Rice to -12 yards rushing and just 168 total yards. Tim Crowder alone had five tackles for losses totaling -20 yards. Selvin Young and Jamaal Charles each ran for over 100 yards. Colt McCoy was solid, Sergio Kindle hit the field and Jordan Shipley had a career game.
There was plenty to be happy about.

But then there's the matter of all those flags. Texas set a school record with 19 penalties. It didn't affect the outcome of the game but in addition to the 148 yards lost to penalties, the team also lost three touchdowns and a few highlight reel plays.

Texas - 52
Rice - 7

2006 Game Highlights:

Hey Rookie: Welcome to the NFL - Vince Young Version

Vince Young was featured on the ESPN reality show, Hey Rookie: Welcome to the NFL along with four other high-profile rookies. But let's be honest, who cares about those other guys?

So here's an all-Vince version for those of you without Tivos.

Sunday, September 10, 2006

Texas Longhorns Football 2006 Game 2 Highlights - Ohio State

Nobody around here can remember a bigger game ever coming to town. When Troy Smith, Ted Ginn and the Ohio State Buckeyes rolled in, it was the first time the two top-ranked college football teams had ever met in Austin. Unfortunately Anthony Gonzales and James Laurinaitis also made the trip. Together, they handed the Longhorn their first defeat after 21 consecutive victories, avenging last year's 25-22 defeat at the hands of Vince Young and the National Champion team.

Texas played well overall. Even with a glaring mistake or two, the short-handed defense held a much stronger Ohio State offense to just about as many points as last year (when Texas boasted one of the most ferocious defensive teams in the nation.)
On offense, the Longhorns showed off a stout O-line and a strong running game, but it turns out that Colt McCoy is a freshman after all. But... a freshman with a big game under his belt, plenty of good play to build on, and a strong team that will just continue to gel.
The season has just begun.

Ohio State - 24
Texas - 7

2006 Game Highlights:

Saturday, September 09, 2006

Texas v Ohio State Media Circus / Preview Video & Earl Campbell's Legacy

Everything that can be discussed about tonight's game has already been discussed. Over and over, really.
#1 vs #2, Buckeyes invading Austin, covering Ted Ginn, the Texas defense, the Ohio State offense, Tressel wasn't lying, and of course Tarrell Brown, Tyrell Gatewood and their attorney, Skunk Baxter.
You can watch College Gameday (live from Austin) this morning to hear it all again.

Or, if you only have six minutes to spare, you can watch this collection of clips. Don't miss the end where Earl Campbell talks about how he'd like to be remembered.

Thursday, September 07, 2006

Texas Longhorns Football 2006 Game 1 Highlights - North Texas

Nobody thought the Mean Green of North Texas could actually beat the defending champion Texas Longhorns, and they were right. If you gave UNT a touchdown for every first down they made, Texas still covers the spread.
Fans were happy to see Colt McCoy turn in a solid debut but really, it was the defense that dazzled.

UNT was held to just 8 yards rushing and only 95 total yards. 95. That's not even one whole football field.
Six Longhorn players each finished with more rushing yards than the entire North Texas team.

Colt McCoy seemed poised from the beginning with a 60-yard TD pass to Limas Sweed on just his third career snap. He completed 12 of 19 passes for 178 yards and three touchdowns while rushing for 38 yards and another touchdown.

Maybe everything will be okay after all.

North Texas - 7
Texas - 56

Friday, September 01, 2006

The Wait is Over & Life Begins Again - Pregame News Profiles

On Saturday morning the preseason chatter will be done.
Soon, the overanalysis will begin and the Ohio State chatter will overwhelm us all.

So please enjoy this one last spoonful of preseason anticipation. These news clips are packed with interviews and practice footage. There are profiles of the defensive line, the running game, the Griffin twins and of course, the quarterbacks.

Happy Game 1 Day!