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All of A&M's upperclassmen receivers had left early, sat out the season, or were hurt. With a bunch of underclassmen, the coaches pivoted to a different game plan focusing on (one reliable) tight end, a sophomore running back, and a backup hybrid back/receiver. They had a speedy 3rd string back that they believed in for the late-game breakaway threat. Their plans for upperclassmen outside receiver threats were gone. They couldn't even go to their planned 2-tight end sets consistently. So, Mond was throwing to young guys learning on the job. AND Mond had the class to not throw them under the bus by saying that publicly. And he still drove the bus to a #4 national ranking. I can't believe the low respect shown to this guy. Good for the Vikings for picking him.
It's against the law. It's against the university's rules about breaking the law. It's against the Athletic Department's rules. It's against the football program's rules. What is so hard to understand? The saying is that Aggies don't lie, cheat or steal, or tolerate those who do. So, how about y'all stop excusing/enabling this teenager's bad behavior?
When A&M lost to Bama by the same score, at least it was at the beginning of the season without much of a summer or fall camps to get ready. By the time they got to the Orange Bowl, they were playing mainly underclassmen at most of the skill positions.
Ol' Sarge, who would Mond have been throwing it deep to this year, after the Florida game?
North Carolina is a good team aND they played a great bowl game. In Aggie-speak, it's "bad bull" to rub their fans' noses in it.
If A&M had all of the players that they started with in the Spring before injuries and opt-outs, A&M might have been in the top 4. A&M heavily relied on underclassmen this season. The MVP of the entire Orange Bowl game was an Aggie freshman.
Turner is the real deal. A&M fans were very disappointed to see him leave. UT would be smart to hire him immediately.
Joey Galloway is a good guy. But he did play for Ohio State.
This would have been even better if it had happened against FSU.
Texas is definitely greedy and always bullied the rest of the conference to its own benefit. But those big metro TV markets had Houston, Rice, TCU and SMU which (in addition to Baylor in Waco) didn't fill the seats in their own stadiums except for when the bigger schools' teams were in town. (There are lots of longhorns and Aggies fans in the big metro markets, for sure.) Baylor threatened to sue A&M when the Aggies left for the SEC because they needed the money when more Aggies would pay for seats than Baylor fans in their own stadium.
In each country throughout Texas, there are local families who, for whatever reasons, think that they're better than everyone else around them. They send their kids to the University of Texas. Those students, their graduates and fans have a petulant sense of entitlement like nowhere else. Their hubris and patronizing condescension is obnoxious. Watching them have a meltdown in the midst of their beloved longhorns' mediocrity is such fun.
Despondent and ESPN are part of the politically correct culture that rejects facts and demands adherence to Lefty progressive group think and the collectivism of identity politics. No sympathy here for Desmond. They helped build this Lefty monstrosity.
firemuschamp - - I have never been a Muschamp fan. I do think he's a good DC, though. Can you imagine how the current Arkansas coaching staff would be doing at South Carolina?
bayou tiger, my thoughts exactly. We'll see.
I get the sense that, if Muschamp ever lost his job at SC, and if Coach Elko left A&M for a head coaching job, I could see Fisher hiring Muschamp as his DC. And that might be hard for a lot of us older Ags who remember Muschamp at Texas, rabid-frothing and spit-flying on the sidelines.
The Arkansas coaching staff, led by that man, are really impressive. This brief article speaks volumes about what kind of a coach, and man, that Coach Pittman is.
The Arkansas coaches and players are doing a really great job this year. The win-loss record may not showing it yet, but y'all have a good team. Good luck for the rest of the season.
Arkansas played a good game. We're pulling for y'all for the rest of the season.
A&M was not hitting Trask late. Trask is from Texas, grew up as an A&M fan, and wanted to play there. A&M players know that. You can see after the end of the game that Trask stayed out on the field congratulating some of his old friends and catching up. Mullen is making excuses, and he should be punished for his behavior.
In this kind of situation, coaches should be seen doing only one thing: Stopping their players from fighting. That's not what Mullen did. If the conference doesn't punish him, then the SEC loses its credibility. Fans are used to the blue blood teams always getting the breaks by the officials. They fine coaches of other schools for telling the truth. If Florida gets away with this, then the conference can't say anything about other coaches doing the same thing.
Jax Dawg, you are of course correct. I was stunned by Coach Mullen's behavior, but not surprised by some fans defending it. Mullen capitalized on it to whip up his team and fans. He still hasn't gotten over the A&M loss.
No doubt, the Missouri player had a late hit on Trask. But this has totally changed my view of Coach Mullen. He used it to whip up his team and fans.
Connor, this is a well-written analysis. I think that a lot of other SEC teams' fans are secretly worried about what kind of teams Leach will have in the future once he installs his system and recruits big time players for his program. The coaches hired at MSU, Ole Miss, Arkansas and A&M (and of course, the innovative hires consistently made at Bama) are making the SEC a more fun conference to watch, I think. Unless everyone is missing those exciting 9-7 and 10-6 scores. This season didn't have the regular spring and summer practices, and OOC warm up games.
A&M fans generally have a lot of respect for the Arkansas team, the university and their fans. It's kinda like a contest among cousins. I have unpleasant memories of watching the Aggies lose to the Razorbacks in the SWC. In fact, it was an especially painful last second loss to Arkansas at Kyle Field, in about 1986 or '87, that forced me to stop being such a sore loser, and be more sportsmanlike. (I walked out of Kyle Field saying, that does it, I can't let how my team performs dictate how I'm going to feel for the whole week.)
Texas is the obnoxious frat daddy who thinks that everyone is at the party because of him, who obnoxiously insults everyone there, and then the confident, self respecting people leave the party. The only ones left behind are the lap-dog sycophants who are content with the crumbs and stale beer left behind, and don't mind cleaning up the trashed house the next morning.
How is a walk-on any different than any other needy student? Are you saying that a student-athlete who didn't get a full athletic scholarship is blocked from getting the normal type of financial aid that other needy students receive? The bottom line is that the student gets accepted into the college, is enrolled, gets a package of financial assistance to be a student, and then walks on to the team. So, what's the difference from getting a full scholarship the first year or two? You would be surprised at how creative and sneaky coaches and school administrators can be.