I’m BackDecember 12th, 2011 at 10:59 pm by Roger Wallace under Sports
Its been a while since my last post, in fact it was so long ago that I was writing about how the Pac 16 would put together a football schedule, thats right a long time.
It’s been an interesting year covering these Longhorns. Sunday through Friday for KXAN and then on Saturday’s alongside Craig Way for the Longhorn Radio Network. It was kind of a strange regular season. You could argue it unfolded about exactly as everyone expected through 8 games. Texas was 6-2 with losses to OU and OSU, but teams ranked in the top ten at the time. The swing games came on the back end starting with the loss to Missouri and ending with the loss at Baylor and in between a the K-State game and A&M thriller. Now its the bowl game, but doesn’t it really feel like the season is over. The trip to Pasadena was special for one reason, the Rose Bowl. If you have never been and have a chance, do it. A spectacular setting even if the stadium was a quarter empty.
Now its back to Southern California for the Holiday Bowl. We hear so much about the “bowl experience and how it should be preserved when the mention of a playoff comes up. For the players, a trip to San Diego is a nice trip and they’ll come away with some nice gifts, but I’m not sure there’s much buzz about this game with fans as is the case with a lot of bowls. Look at Baylor, they are rewarded for their amazing season with Heisman winner RGIII with a trip to San Antonio, dream come true? Even the championship game is a rematch that figures to be a lot tougher on LSU than Alabama. How can LSU do more than go into Tuscaloosa and beat the Crimson Tide on their home field, now they have to do it again. What Alabama is trying to do is not unprecedented, in 1996 Florida won its first national title by beating Florida State after losing to the Seminoles in the regular season.
Back to the booth. What an experience it was moving into the analyst role. The most challenging part is to make sure you’re watching a lot more than just a football. Sounds easier said than done, but when is the last time you watched a game and didn’t watch the ball? The chance to spend a few minutes with Co-offensive coordinator Bryan Harsin each week was invaluable. Getting a feel for what the UT offense is trying to accomplish as well as his thoughts on opposing defenses is always interesting. Amazing how a complicated game can be broken down into such simple terms. His never ending theme was “taking care of the ball” when Texas did it, they were pretty successful, when they didn’t OU and Baylor happened. Same goes for defensive coordinator Manny Diaz who should be a hot name when head coaching openings, especially if Dan Mullen were to leave Mississippi State, where he could be a candidate at Penn State.