In this edition of quick hits, we look at Art Briles character, Oklahoma winning at all costs, FSU standing for Free Scooter University and the scoreboard that Johnny Football built.
Briles Reaches Out
Baylor Bears head coach Art Briles is one of the most well respected head coaches in college football, as he is an offensive genius. Although Briles helped cultivate a Heisman Trophy winner and a Big 12 Championship in the last two seasons, he wants to be more than just a X’s and O’s mastermind.
“People ask me about my legacy,” the Baylor coach said on Sirius/XM NFL Radio. “My legacy is the guys that have been through our program go out and be good husbands, fathers and citizens that really make an impact in the world. That’s how I spell success, just seeing people that may not have had an opportunity, have that opportunity and take advantage of it and then give others one.”
One of his former players, Josh Gordon is one of the most talented wide receivers in the NFL and is a threat every time he’s on the field. Unfortunately, Gordon hasn’t been on the field nearly enough and it’s likely that he’ll miss the entire 2014 season after failing a drug test and getting arrested this past week for Suspicion of DUI.
Gordon’s former head coach recently spoke with him.
“Everybody’s different in the world. That’s what makes it so unique. Everybody’s got special talents and gifts. Josh certainly has a tremendous amount of physical talent and intellectual gifts. We all just hope and pray he’ll be able to get through everything and reach his full potential.”
Our take: Briles former players speak the world of him and it appears that Josh Gordon can use a great role model like Art Briles right now.
A Bad Look for Oklahoma
Earlier this week, it was announced by several sources that the former top high school recruit in the nation, Dorial Green-Beckham was transferring from Missouri to Oklahoma.
“We are pleased to welcome Dorial to the University of Oklahoma, where he is excited to continue his education and resume his playing career,” Sooners head coach Bob Stoops said. “Dorial understands the privilege and responsibilities of representing the Oklahoma football program. He is a talented young man who is eager to get to work with the rest of our team in the classroom and on the field.”
Green-Beckham was asked to leave the Missouri football team back in April after being suspended indefinitely for an incident involving a woman in which the former top high school prospect allegedly shoved her “down at least four stairs” when attempting to force his way into an apartment. It is important to note that Green-Beckham was never charged by police for the incident, however he ran afoul with the law after multiple marijuana arrests.
Our take: We know that winning is the name of the game and any other sports cliche you’d like to use. Oklahoma is already a very solid team that’s a national title contender. What sort of message does it say when you lobby for and then bring in a guy who allegedly shoved a 19-year old woman down steps? It just doesn’t look good.
Free Scooter University?
Although going undefeated en route to a National Championship will make everyone in the Florida State football department puff their chests out, they have to be a little tired of the action from the police blotter.
According to a Florida Times-Union report, wide receiver Jesus Wilson was arrested with a third-degree grand theft auto charge for allegedly stealing a moped. Wilson has been arguing about ownership of the moped and the keys were reportedly in the vehicle making for an easy getaway. Unfortunately for Wilson, his driving skills leave something to be desired as he crashed the vehicle and caused damages in the amount of $882.13.
Our take: Really? A moped? Really? Although Wilson was a solid recruit and could be a starter this year, this gives head coach Jimbo Fisher an opportunity to make a statement about abiding by the law without losing a key player.
The Texas A & M Aggies are clearly the premiere football program in Texas right now. When you’re on top, you get toys. The Aggies and their fans will enjoy the largest scoreboard in college football, according to the Austin American-Statesman.
The scoreboard will measure 47 feet high and 163 feet wide, eclipsing that of former rival Texas (whose scoreboard is merely 55 feet high by 134 feet wide.
Our take: Clearly everything is bigger in Texas, but let’s at least give some credit to the man who made all of this possible, Johnny F*#&in# Football! I know Johnny was a student-athlete who benefited greatly by the publicity and satellite education that the Texas A & M football program afforded him but there needs to be some formal mention of the Heisman Trophy winner or at the very least a picture of his face on the scoreboard at all times. It’s not as if it’s not big enough.
Charlie is a national columnist for CampusSports.net. He has covered the NFL, NCAA Football and Basketball for numerous outlets including Fox Sports and has been published in Sports Illustrated and MSN. He has hosted a Drive-Time radio show on ESPN and NBC. He was been featured on the NFL Network and Sirius/XM NFL Radio. In his spare time he eats barbeque, is an unselfish lover and is amused by people-watching.