TWIS is Up - 9-11-12
Hire Texas ex-offensive coordinator.
Didn't you wonder how Texas spent all those years with the best talent in the nation by leaps and bounds and still only put up 20 some offensive PPG? Now, take that O-Coordinator and give him Iowa's collection of 2-stars and cornfed farmboys. Yeah... not so much.
It's funny because everyone knew it was coming, and this was exactly what everyone said about our GERG hire in 2010. Oops.
Greg Davis was the OC at Texas from 1998-2010. The team never won fewer than 9 games until his final season there. From 2000-09 they never finished lower than 13th in the final polls. They won a national title, 3 BCS bowls, and played in another national title game with him as the OC.
They had one shitty season because they signed Garrett Gilbert to play QB and he isn't as good as guys like Vince Young and Colt McCoy. The next season they hired Boise State's OC and promptly went 8-5 with "the best talent in the nation by leaps and bounds".
Iowa's offense sucks because they lost Marvin McNutt and can't keep a running back healthy/alive under any circumstances.
Your first paragraph is evidence is favor of Mack Brown. Brown is responsible for the entire team. Whether it's evidence in favor of Davis is debatable. That the team was successful while he was there does not necessarily mean that he was the driving force.
Michigan went 52-11 in Mike DeBord's two stints as OC (1997-99, 2006-07), winning a national title and appearing in three BCS bowls, but no one's knocking on his door asking him to coordinate their offense anymore (and it's not because of his age; he's 56). Same can be said for Jim Herrmann. Michigan fans don't seem to be pining for either guy.
"Didn't you wonder how Texas spent all those years with the best talent in the nation by leaps and bounds and still only put up 20 some offensive PPG?"
That statement is complete horseshit. Texas spent all those years being awesome at football, they had one bad season and everyone decided the same guy who won the Broyles Award when Vince Young was his QB and called plays for a national title game team the year before with Colt McCoy was suddenly a drooling retard.
Whether Davis was the "driving force" or not, he had a ton of success and certainly doesn't screw things up for an otherwise quality squad just because a bunch of UT fans got butthurt when their team had their first shitty season in 15 or so years.
Pretty much everything you're saying about Greg Davis can also be said about Greg Robinson, albeit with a smaller sample size as far as Texas goes. Anecdotal-evidence-wise, my mother is a Texas grad who spends zero time on the Internet outside of eBay (so therefore had zero prejudicial contact with Internet Texas fans) and her favorite observation about Texas football lately was "AGH WHY DO THEY KEEP RUNNING THESE STUPID LITTLE SHORT PASS PLAYS THAT NEVER WORK."
UT went 25-2 in 2008-09. They won a BCS bowl and lost in the national title game when their starting QB got hurt (the other loss was the last second Michael Crabtree TD game). Then they had one shitty season and Davis got fired.
Whatever "stupid little short pass plays" were being called worked really well when Colt McCoy was running the offense. Any complaints from last year or early this season have nothing to do with Greg Davis since he wasn't there. My guess is your mother, like most people, doesn't know much about college football and how it actually works.
You are taking this pretty seriously. Are you related to Greg Davis?
Regarding Garrett Gilbert, it always amazes me when people try to say that recruiting doesn't matter, or think that one player can't make or break a team.
I mean generally it's not the case, but think about this, Texas passed on RG3 and Andrew Luck because they had a commitment from Gilbert. Can you imagine the results if either one of those guys chooses UT over Baylor/Stanford? We'd be talking about Texas as the greatest team of the decade, and Mack Brown as legendary head coach
Texas bloggers are less than grateful:
Either the Husker nation took the loss better than I thought, or Brian felt two Big Ten teams was enough for one TWIS? I find the former hard to believe considering how bad their defense was.
the B10 is a cornucopia of pain.
"Our line could not move Aunt B off the line of scrimmage so there are no holes for my All-American RB, speaking of Aunt B.." - from BadgerNation
To be fair, although Frances Bavier did not have the 6-5, 315 lb. frame of Peter Konz, her reported combativeness on the set of "The Andy Griffith Show" probably would have been more successful in moving the Beaver defense off the LOS on Saturday. This guy might very well be closer to the truth than he realizes, which like so many things, does not say much about the Big Ten this year.
Anyone know what the ASL said?
I'm going to drink after the game or something?
Brian - "So it was bad. How bad was it? Here's a thread from August in which a poster complaints about his idiot sister-in-law getting married September 15th at 2 PM. That's Alabama. That's…"
That performance should be a serious contender for Scott Tenorman of the Year. I expect to see this one again when the nominations come out.
New rule about hiring coordinators:
Unless they've coached Ray Lewis, NEVER EVER EVER hire a man named Greg.
I thought the mood would be much worse here in Madison. However, aside from one of my calc 2 students looking at me like he wanted to kill me when I asked how everyone's weekend was, people are pretty cheerful. Probably because cheese curds are still the greatest thing known to mankind, and we have them.
That look could just be becuase you are his calc 2 teacher.
cheese curds at that place in the Madison union on the lake that sells the awesome Ag school ice cream. Every time I'm at UW I make sure to get that ice cream, if they sold cheese curds there too i'd be in dairy heaven. (Sorry for going OT)
Back on topic - a few UW friends of mine immediately took down their UW stuff from their facebook profile photos or timeline photos after the loss, but aside from that they're taking it better than I thought they would, not as much griping as I expected.