Sunday, March 23, 2008

Bruins Skate; Ags Robbed

Storyline reads "Shipp blocks Sloan to preserve win." Shipp himself said he got "all ball." Guess what Bruins, pics say otherwise:

I get the part where the officials say they were just letting the kids decide the game, but this following a serious of laughable calls that went the Bruins way down the stretch.

Sorry Ags, that's just the way it goes when you play a Number One Seed from the Number One TV market in the land.

Sunday, March 2, 2008

Men Tank in Norman, Lady Ags Roll No. 8 Baylor

I figured we could win 2 out of 3 over the last three games in conference play. Well, yesterday the team served up a rotten performance of historic proportions in Norman against the Sooners. 10 points at the half!!!??? WTF??!!

Temporing my disgust was another outstanding performance by the Lady Ags, who followed up their win against OK State with a smoke of the No. 8 Baylor Bears at home.
Gary Blair has his team playing well at the time of year when it matters, in March. The Lady Ags are currently ranked 20 and moving up on a bullet.
Coach Turgeon, inconsistency is a gross understatement. You're looking at having to get into the NCAA with, the way I see it, an 8-8 record, at best. Incidently, no Big XII team has made it in with a record worse than 9-7. Good luck Mark, way to take a talented and experienced team and underachieve.
Hopefully things will turn around.

Wednesday, January 2, 2008

ESPN Points to Jordan at Number Five in Upcoming Draft

Watch him while you can Ags, this kid is going PRO. Quickly. Chad Ford currently has him number 5 on his top 100 behind kids like Michael Beasley, Derrick Rose and O.J. Mayo. He is a legit seven footer and is averaging close to a double-double with only twenty minutes of playing time per game.

He is shooting a ridiculous 80% from the field. 80%. Seriously. Of course, if you've seen him you'll quickly realize that he gets all his action from dishes and putbacks. Right now his game lacks the polish of his higher-ranked fellow freshman, but big man usually take longer to develop anyway.

DeAndre is still working to find his own patented post moves. He'll need one or two if he is ever to become a legitimate threat and offensive option during upcoming conference play. So far he hasn't needed one. He just jumps over everyone to grab rebounds and rattles the backboard.

Saturday, he'll match up against the LSU Tigers. These aren't the Glenn "Big Baby" Davis Tigers of last couple years, but they're still a talented, athletic team. Look for DeAndre and the Ags to give them a warm welcome in Reed Arena and improve on their 10th place national ranking.

If you don't know him, you will.

Football hires approaching

Even during a disappointing but typical collapse during the Alamo Bowl against Penn State, all the online discussing on Aggie forums remain focused on Mike Sherman's pending hires for Offensive and Defensive Coordinators. Two names surfaced in recent days, Reggie Herring, former interim and defensive coordinator of the Arkansas Razorbacks (I say former because the season is over and that staff is out) and a former way-back buddy in the form of Nolan Cromwell.

Cromwell is a former option quarterback-turned-pro safety from Kansas. In the way-back, he paired with former Ag All-American Dave Elmendorf to form a formidable Seattle secondary. These days he's the wide receivers coach with the same team. Rumor has it that he carries the stamp of approval from Mike Holmgren.

It would go with current thought that Sherman will retain the majority of control over whoever is the OC. To me, that's cool, the Texas have proven an offensive juggernaut over the second half of the NFL season.

Rumors still persist that Sherman is trying to shoehorn Major Applewhite, current Crimson Tide OC, into his staff as the QB positon coach and co-offensive coordinator. Since this is a demotion from his current position I'm going to write this one off as unlikely, but hey, Gene Chizik took the Iowa State job so why not? Major's current boss Nick Saban is a notorious epic dickhead toward subordinates so that may play a factor.

The Reggie Herring hire is the big question mark. He doesn't have the vast NFL experience most Ags would like to see, however he is known for running the aggressive, blitzing defenses that Ags long to witness at Kyle Field. However, Missouri TORCHES Herring Razorbacks that last week at the Cotton Bowl, cooling a few folks on his potential against the numerous spread offenses populating the Big XII.

As for the remainder of the position coaching hires? Who knows. All we currently have is Van Malone and we all saw how his boys got TORCHED by Penn State.

As Drudge says, developing...

Monday, December 31, 2007

Aggies Ranked No. 22 in Collegiate Baseball Preseason Poll

Aggies Ranked No. 22 in Collegiate Baseball Preseason Poll
Dec 22- Defending Big 12 champion Texas A&M earned a No. 22 ranking in Collegiate Baseball newspaper’s Fabulous 40 pre-season NCAA Division I poll, the publication released Friday. The Aggies, who finished the 2007 season ranked No. 14 by Collegiate Baseball, are boasting their highest preseason ranking since 2005. Arizona was rated No. 1, followed by South Carolina, Arizona State, Ole Miss and North Carolina, with Rice, San Diego, Texas, Wichita State and Michigan rounding out the top 10.

Turgeon Meets Media at Weekly Luncheon
Dec 17- Head basketball coach Mark Turgeon met with the press on Monday at his weekly media luncheon in College Station. Click the link to the right to listen..

Texas A&M 64, UAPB 37
Dec 16- Josh Carter scored 16 points and Texas A&M used stifling defense for a 64-37 win over Arkansas-Pine Bluff on Sunday. The Aggies (9-1) held Arkansas-Pine Bluff scoreless for nearly 10 minutes to start the game, then the Golden Lions went without a basket for an 8 1/2-minute span in the second half. The win improves the Aggies' home record to 7-0 and breaks a three-game winning streak for Arkansas-Pine Bluff.

Sunday, December 30, 2007

Stouffer, Anders Named to Wallace Award Watch List

Stouffer, Anders Named to Wallace Award Watch List
Dec 12- Texas A&M infielders Blake Stouffer and Luke Anders were named to the 2008 Brooks Wallace Award preseason watch list, the Collegiate Baseball Foundation announced. The award is presented annually to the national collegiate baseball player of the year. The CBF will trim the list to 20 quarterfinalists in late May and to 10 semifinalists following NCAA regional play. Three finalists will be named in mid-June.

Turgeon Meets Media at Weekly Luncheon
Dec 11- Head basketball coach Mark Turgeon met with the press on Tuesday at his weekly media luncheon in College Station. Click the link to the right to listen..

Texas A&M 88, UC Irvine 66
Dec 22- Donald Sloan had 14 points, five rebounds and five assists and Texas A&M (No. 11 ESPN/USA Today, No. 14 AP) pulled away from UC Irvine in the second half for an 88-66 victory on Saturday. Dominique Kirk added 14 points and DeAndre Jordan had 12 points and five rebounds for the Aggies (11-1), who have won 32 of their last 33 games at noisy Reed Arena. Texas A&M has won 43 consecutive regular-season nonconference home games.

Coaches Meet Press at Alamo Bowl Press Conference
Dec 28- Texas A&M's Gary Darnell and Penn State's Joe Paterno met the press on Friday morning at the Valero Alamo Bowl head coaches press conference at the Alamodome. A transcript is posted below. Audio of the press conference is available through the link to the right. Valero Alamo BowlHead Coaches Press Conference TranscriptDecember 27, 2007 - Alamodome - San Antonio COACH PATERNO: "Well, obviously, we're excited to be here.

Texas A&M 109, Texas State 73
Dec 8- DeAndre Jordan and Donald Sloan scored 18 points each and Texas A&M (No. 14 ESPN/USA Today, No. 16 AP) bounced back from its first loss with an easy 109-73 victory over Texas State on Saturday night. Joseph Jones had 12 points and seven rebounds and Josh Carter added 12 points and five boards for the Aggies (8-1), who've won 40 consecutive nonconference home games and 29 of their last 30 home games overall.

Texas A&M Accepts Valero Alamo Bowl Bid
Dec 2- Texas A&M University (7-5) has accepted an invitation today to be the Big 12 representative in the 2007 Valero Alamo Bowl on Saturday, December 29 at 7:00 p.m. CST in San Antonio’s 65,000-seat Alamodome. “We look forward to welcoming the history and tradition of the Texas A&M Aggies to San Antonio to play the Penn State Nittany Lions,” said John Yantis, Valero Alamo Bowl Chairman. “The 1999 Alamo Bowl match-up between Texas A&M and Penn State filled the Alamodome with a record crowd and over 6 million viewers in ESPN.

Half-Price Holiday Hoops Tickets Available
Dec 7- For the fourth consecutive year, the Texas A&M athletic department is pleased to offer Half-Price Holiday Hoops for five men’s basketball and five women’s basketball games this holiday season at Reed Arena. The special holiday hoops ticket offer starts on Sunday, Dec. 9 for the women’s game against New Orleans and continues through the Stephen F. Austin women’s game on Thursday, Jan.

Fall World Series Opens Friday

Fall World Series Opens Friday
Oct 11- The defending Big 12 Champion Texas A&M baseball team will conclude fall workouts this weekend with the annual Fall World Series at Olsen Field. The "Roughnecks" and the "Plowboys" will be battling it out in a best-of-three series for the title. Game times are 6 p.m. on Friday, 11 a.m. on Saturday, and if a third game is necessary, it will be played at 6 p.m. Monday. All games are nine innings, admission is free and fans are encouraged to attend.

Mike Sherman Press Conference Transcript
Nov 26- A transcript of Monday's press conference introducing Mike Sherman as the new head football coach at Texas A&M (audio file available to the right)... Mike Sherman Introductory Press Conference November 26, 2007 Texas A&M University Interim President Dr. Eddie J. Davis: "It is a special privilege for me to be here this morning to introduce Bill Byrne who will then introduce our new head football coach.

Cassidy Returns to A&M as Assoc. AD for Football
Nov 30- Tim Cassidy has been hired as the associate athletic director for football at Texas A&M, Aggie head football coach Mike Sherman and Director of Athletics Bill Byrne announced today. “I am very pleased to announce that Tim Cassidy will return to Aggieland to serve as an associate athletic director for football,” Sherman said. “Tim is widely respected across the country as one of the top football administrators.

Aggies/Longhorns Square Off in Second Round Action
Nov 16- The second-ranked Texas A&M soccer team will play host to Big 12 rival No. 10 Texas in NCAA Tournament second round action on Saturday. Kickoff is set for 5:30 p.m. at the Aggie Soccer Stadium. “This is a big game between two highly ranked teams who know each other very well, so we’re expecting another classic Aggie-Longhorn battle,” A&M head coach G Guerrieri said. “I am confident that our players will be ready for the match and that the 12th Man will be there in full force to again make the Aggie Soccer Stadium the greatest game-day environment in the nation.

Aggie Baseball Announces Team Award Winners
Jun 10- The No. 6 Texas A&M baseball team announced its 2007 team award winners, as voted on by the members of the team Sunday. “We have a whole team full of players who deserve awards,” A&M head coach Rob Childress said. “This team was totally committed from the time last season ended and it showed in the results they had. It was a team with great leadership and character and a team I will always remember as one of my favorites.