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  1. The source is TMZ, hence the sensationalist headline. Ex-Baylor Football Player Attacks Woman ... Goes Berserk on Cops An ex-Baylor football player was arrested in Vegas this morning after cops say he roughed up a woman and then went CRAZY on police ... kicking out the back window of a squad car. The man facing the allegations is 22-year-old Tre'Von Armstead -- who was infamously linked to the Baylor University football cover up scandal. FYI, Armstead was named in a rape investigation in 2013 ... but Baylor reportedly failed to take action for roughly 2 years. Armstead was eventually dismissed from the team in 2015 for a "violation of team rules." [More at link above]
  2. For the record, Senator Sasse's wife is from Alabama and is a UAT Grad.
  3. Posted in Politics, because while the topic is sports, the author is a United States Senator: WHEN YOUR KID LOSES... I’ve been chewing on this photo for days – it’s amazing.** Check it out. Like the old lead-in voice to ABC sports broadcasts, it captures both “the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat.” There is so much joy in that center-court dog-pile – the last-second shot that propelled Ponca High to overtime victory in the district championship and thus a life-changing trip to the state tournament. Wow. But the image I can’t get out of my mind is the kid trying to pull her jersey over her face. That’s the leading scorer from Oakland-Craig High School – her season now over. Part of why I can’t look away from her tears is because I know the family – and they’re incredible. I haven’t spoken to the parents since they lost, but I am certain of two things: 1) This game surely still hurts; and 2) Merritt and Dannika (the dad and mom) will know how to use this moment to help their daughter grow. As the son of a Nebraska football and wrestling coach, my heart still pounds every Thursday and Friday morning in February and March as new championship weekends kick off. I love the drama. Our championships in swimming and diving, wrestling, and girls’ basketball have just wrapped up. Boys’ hoops tips off today. It’s a special weekend--teams across our state, from big schools in Omaha and from schools with tiny home gyms straight out of the movie Hoosiers, have all earned the right to come play dramatic games in Lincoln. It all comes down to this. One and done. Win or go home. By late Saturday night, all but of a few of those teams will have lost, and a whole lot of kids will head home with their dreams dashed. It hurts. There will be a bunch of heartbreaking photos of kids who left it all out there. This is the tough side of sports. ...But what a huge opportunity you have, moms and dads, with your little “losers.” Don’t miss it this weekend. Melissa (my wife) and I have been talking about this photo -- and how probably the most important thing we ever learned from sports was the gift of losing, horrible though it felt. We often -- and rightly! -- spend a ton of time pursuing victory and celebrating winners. But Melissa and I have been comparing notes on the opportunities on the other side of the coin, when our kids experience the heartbreak. As parents, what we say to our kids in those moments will have far greater impact than anything they would have learned from a dog-pile at center court. There’s more character-building opportunity in the scar tissue of the loss than there ever will be in the jubilation of the win. So to the moms and dads driving to Lincoln this morning, here are four quick thoughts on the parenting challenge that awaits if your kid loses tonight or tomorrow or Saturday. 1. Don’t deflect the blame. So often, the sweaty uniform hasn’t hit the laundry basket yet, and we’re scrambling to ease the pain of defeat by letting them blame other factors—“my teammate missed a free throw, coach called the wrong play, the third leg of the relay fell behind, the other guys played dirty, the ref blew a key call.” Instead, encourage your kid to show gratitude to the coaches for a great season (and even thank those pesky folks in the black and white stripes). Extend a hand to a teammate who also feels crushed, pull him up off the floor or mat, pull her out of the pool. This is how we teach our kids to care for the hearts of others, even when their own hearts are breaking. This may be the first time in life that your child has ever been required to do this -- but sadly, in this vale of tears, we parents know it won’t be the last. 2. Help your kid admit that, for today, the other player was better. My dad was my wrestling coach, and I was fortunate to win a whole lot more than I lost. But today, those losses seem so much, much more important. My dad’s words still ring in my ears thirty years later that one of the things that makes this sport unique is there is absolutely nowhere to hide. The ball can’t bounce the wrong way; no one else can take the shot; there aren’t many gray-area judgment calls like interior line holding in football. You battle one-on-one, and when it’s over, you shake your opponent’s hand. You stand next to him as the referee raises his arm high in victory – over your head, in front of the whole gym. You gotta look him in the eye, and give him his due. For the 90% of you who won't have a kid cutting down nets or raising up hardware Saturday, your gift to him is to encourage him to hold his head up and offer the other guys a “good game” with the sincerity of a man, not the begrudging of a boy. 3. Give them a minute to lick their own wounds; don’t immediately try to make them feel better about tomorrow. I spoke with a mom from Blair last weekend who asked me to share words of comfort with her son. He’d just lost his shot at state with an unexpected disqualification on the final day. She wanted me to let him know that it’s not always going to hurt this much, and I did. She was surely right -- it won’t hurt like this forever, and our kids need to know that. But thinking about it later, maybe this never-before-known ache in his gut shouldn’t be too quickly mended. She said it was the worst thing they’d ever experienced. There’s opportunity in that. Perhaps when we let our kids experience this pain, that’s when change happens. This is where the learning occurs, when character development becomes more important than winning or losing. If this seems heartless, think of it this way: While it tears you up to watch your child reach for a dream and fall short, know that soon, scar tissue will begin to cover these fresh wounds. This is GOOD scar tissue. The growth happening underneath these scars is precious, and will serve your son or daughter well. From this experience, your child will be able to acknowledge the success of others, even at personal cost. Your child will know what it means to work on a team to the benefit of others before self, what it means to take direction, to accept responsibilities, and to put forth their very best, leaving it all on the field/court/mat. And your kids will know how to respond when even their best isn't enough. All this happens to our kids so the next day, they pick up the ball, and head back to the gym. Working hard, getting better with that dream still alive. Kids who can get knocked down like that and get back up are ready for all that life will throw at them. And isn’t that really the point of all this? To get our kids ready for real adversity? 4. Oh, and hug them like crazy. Know that none of what you say to your child in those first moments matters as much as what you do. In those very first moments, when the agony of defeat is washing all over them, just grab your kids and hold on tight. Tell them you love them. Tell them the love is unconditional. Tell ‘em you’re proud. This is your job. And you’ll never have a more important calling. Enjoy the games everyone. ____ **Congrats to photographer Curt Hineline (of the Oakland Independent) on this epic shot.
  4. Aaaaaand its bust.
  5. If this passes, put the Princes on Special Teams as defensive guards. With their height and reach, maybe they can block some FG attempts.
  6. He is very lucky the hospital worker was a male. If he had shown the potential to be abusive towards females, he would have instantly become a hot potato with the NFL. Now here is the question. Are we to assume Foster was an angel for the last four years, never getting into any confrontations, and now, suddenly is a hot head with an inflated sense of entitlement? Regarding the sense of entitlement, I think that is something that UAT fosters (pun not intended) with its starters. I think they crush it out of incoming recruits, then stoke it once they are in the playing rotation. My guess is that sense of entitlement is stoked, but it is also made clear to not cop that attitude with "coach". But to think such behavior would not manifest itself with a professor or someone outside the athletic department would be naive. Looking back at Foster, he always seemed to have a cloud around him. He transfer of high schools was odd. He was kicked out of his official visit to Auburn. Also, don't forget Foster was at Dr. D's Lounge in Auburn when the triple murder happened, and one of those killed was local Auburn resident, 43 year old Recco Cobb, who had a criminal record, who was a very close friend of the 22 year old Foster. It seems a little odd to drive 3 hours on a Friday night during the school year to hang out in a bar with someone 20 years your senior only to have it end in a shooting spree. That stuff happens when you hang out with the wrong crowd in the wrong bars.
  7. The huge difference this year if White is names the starter is the fact we will have a solid backup in Stidham. We had no reliable BU QB in 2016, and with White's injuries, it hurt us.
  8. Braden Smith to opposing Defensive Ends:
  9. Agree. Originally the Wildcat formation was based on a 21 personnel group and did not require substitution if your jet sweep WR and Wildcat RB were already on the field. That made it compatible with HUNH offenses.
  10. Funny. A couple of years ago I forecast Cowart would initially play at Strong-Side DE and eventually move to the 3-Tech DT position and I was nearly run off this board by those who insisted he was recruited for the Buck and would stay there his whole career.
  11. Wut? I wonder if this means he is moving to Buck.
  12. John Brice of ESPN is reporting: I think Bama's staff is full for On The Field coaches. I don't know if Saban plans to move an on-the-field person off the field to open up an on the field role for Weinke, or plans to only use Weinke as an analyst. Given prior comments that Bama may have played loose with the off-the-field distinction with Sarkisian before he moved to the OC role, who knows?
  13. Braden Smith on shifting out to right tackle:
  14. Agree with this 100%. You need versatile athletes like Ricardo Louis (dual WR and Jet Sweep threat), C.J. Uzomah (dual TE and possession WR threat), along with a solid blocking and receiving H-Back like Jay Prosch and and a true dual-threat QB like Nick Marshall all on the field all at the same time to make the HUNH work well. Those players gave us an "any-down" set of personnel. Regarding the HULO, I used to find that annoying for the same reasons, but I find it far superior to substituting, because it keeps the defensive personnel locked in. To me, this has an advantage when we have a mismatch, such as 1st and 10 facing a dime package, or 3rd and long facing a standard defense. While it would be great to line up and run the play, the second best option is to line up and then signal in a play or package. Third best is to substitute.
  15. I think Tua Tagovailoa was rated so high in part due to the fact the raters missed Marcus Mariota, in part because the raters don't put any effort into Hawaii, so they felt they needed to pay attention to Hawaii prospects. The raters get more grief for missing a prospect than overrating one.