Coaches Corner – 1/1/14

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by Yankee Todd,

Goodbye 2013 and hello 2014! Wow – remember Y2K? Now, 14 years later we have Miley Cyrus and the Arsenial Hall show is back. What’s next? A reunion of Get a Life?

I wanted to write about the things of 2013 that I will miss. But as I reflected on the year in sports for all my teams – I couldn’t come up with any.

The Yankees broke down in front of our eyes and looked pitiful. The Giants looked like the Jets and the Knicks might not have a better record than the Nets this year.

The University of Texas forced out a legend in Mack Brown. I heard Coach Brown speak when I was a middle school coach. Afterwards, he took time to shake hands with all he coaches and pose for pictures. He asked me let him know of he had any athletes that could one day play for him. The way he said it made me a fan instantly. I told him to keep an eye out for my son. He said he would. He called me by name and I knew that Coach Brown was a class act.

If the University of Texas offense wasn’t so depressing, they might have made the Alamo Bowl more competitive. It’s sad that Case McCoy was the best option that the school could put on the field. Remember the name Jerrod Heard. The soon to be freshman at Texas will compete for time as QB as a true freshman.

Remember the name Jace Amaro. He’s the tight end for the Texas Tech Red Raiders that declared for the NFL draft after they upset Arizona State. Amaro, from San Antonio, Texas is big and fast. He led college football in receptions for tight ends this year. Amaro is a first round talent.

While watching the Duke v Texas A&M game, I was very impressed with Duke. I hadn’t  seen them much this year and thought they would get totally blown off the field. I was totally wrong. Then a thought creeped into my head — just how good is Florida State?

Just a year ago, Kevin Sumlin was the hottest coach in college football. The coach for the Texas A&M Aggies had just moved to the SEC and they did so with a vengeance. Sumlin signed an extension and it looked like the balance of power in the state of Texas was going to shift to Aggie land. Even I could look like a decent coach with Johnny Football and next year the Aggies are going to have their work cut out for them. Johnny Football and big time receiver Mike Evans will enter the draft. The Aggie defense will need to toughen up or offenses in the SEC will shred them to pieces.

Mack Brown said that eight wins were not good enough. How soon will that not be good enough for Aggie fans?

The University of Texas at San Antonio finished their third season of college football by going 7-5. They lost games to Arizona, Oklahoma State, Rice, Marshall and Houston, all bowl eligible teams. The Larry Coker coached team finished 5-2 in Conference USA.

Remember the name Dimitri Flowers. The 6’2 Oklahoma Sooner recruit from San Antonio is enrolling early and will hopes to see time as an athlete/H-back in Norman. Flowers father, Erik, played in the NFL and his son looks to continue his family tradition in the Big 12.

Tim Duncan continues to drink from the fountain of youth. While the Spurs are giving up far too many points this year, I would not count out the Spurs.

Syracuse basketball continues to reload each year. The names change but the results stay the same. Coach Boehiem does an incredible job of recruiting the athletes that he needs  to be successful. This year, the team is led by CJ Fair but freshman Tyler Ennis just might be the most valuable player for the Orange. As the ‘Cuse continues to rack up the wins, they also continue us to land big time recruits. One of the top shooting guards in the nation, 6’5 Malachi Richardson pledged to join the Orange.

Syracuse football also took another step forward this year. While they will never be in the class of Florida State, the Orange football team had an impressive victory over Minnesota. The offense will be led by quarterback Terrel Hunt, the soon to be junior signal caller.  I still think if Syracuse locked up the recruits in the state of New York, the team can be competitive.

Here are my wishes for 2014 –

Derek Jeter returns healthy this year.
The Giants return to a level of play that resembles the Giants.
The Knicks … Well you can’t have everything.

Happy New Year.

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