Dana Bible is still coaching!?

by Travis Normand
Originally posted on December 28, 2012
Updated December 31, 2012 

Update:  [1] Since making this post, I was able to reach someone in the football department at NC State (via @PackFootball on Twitter.com).  They told me that Coach Bible is of no relation to Coach Dana X. Bible, but that he gets asked that question a lot.  [2] While watching the Music City Bowl I was reminded of a tiny connection that I have with Dana Bible.  Bible is coaching the bowl game from the booth and he is being assisted by wide receivers coach Troy Walters on the sideline.  Walters was part of Tom O’Brien’s staff at NC State and apparently will not be at NC State next season (neither will Bible).  I am mentioning this because I went to high school with Troy and we were in the same graduating class.  Small world. 

Okay, so “that” Dana Bible isn’t really still coaching but the other Dana Bible is.

A couple of years ago I was watching a college football game when I heard the TV announcer say something that really caught my attention.  The announcer was talking about Tom O’Brien’s coaching staff at Boston College when he mentioned that the offensive coordinator was Dana Bible.

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2012 Alamo Bowl – “Clothed” Streaker!

by Travis Normand

I completely missed this guy (and his streak) while watching the Alamo Bowl on TV last night.  The TV networks are usually pretty good about not putting these people on camera, as doing so might incentivize more streaking than is necessary (and yes, I am implying that a certain amount is “necessary”).

However, if I hadn’t seen this YouTube.com clip, I would have never known this happened.

I am not sure if sprinting the length of the football field, fully clothed, qualifies as a legitimate “streak.”  However, the runner does strike a nice Heisman pose in the far end zone and then appears to flee the scene without anyone ever trying to stop him.

I really love college football.  Well done sir….well done!

500 Likes on OPS!

by Travis Normand

I know, not a big deal.  500 likes is a rather pedestrian day for a lot blogs out there, however, for me its a pretty big land mark.  I actually got the 500th-like about a month ago, but I am just now posting it.

I also got my first anniversary medal this past month.  It told me that I had registered on WP 3 years ago but I really only started blogging seriously/regularly during the spring/summer of 2012.    That is when this site (OnePointSafety.com) was finally launched.

Anyway, thanks to everyone for the “likes.”  I am currently sitting at 691 and I look forward to topping the 1,000 mark in the near future.

The Longhorn’s have a culture problem

ESPN LHN by Travis Normand

There are two great article about the current culture surrounding the University of Texas football program over at BarkingCarnival.com.  I highly recommend checking them out.

Quote from the first article: [emphasis added]

What is clear to me is that Bryan Harsin was brought to Austin to install an offense. He realized quickly that what Texas really needed was to install a different culture. And that his offense could never be optimized without it. The best way to create a football culture is to be in charge of it. So he left for the first job where he could do just that.
Read the entire article HERE

[1] BarkingCarnival.com – Bryan Harsin & Arkansas State: Rising Through The Ranks Or Fleeing a Culture?, by Scipio Tex, December 12, 2012.

[2] BarkingCarnival.com – What Does “We Are The Joneses” Actually Mean?, by Scipio Tex, November 15, 2012.

It’s time for Major Applewhite

by Travis Normand

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Major Applewhite

Major Applewhite has to be one of the most loyal and dedicated former players turned coach.  Applewhite either has a passion for the game that is amplified by coaching at the University of Texas, or he has seen the writing on the wall since his return in 2008 and is hoping for a shot at the big-job.

It has to be one or the other (or a combination of the two), right?  How else would you explain Applewhite being able to put up with the abuse he has been getting from Mack Brown since day one?

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Baylor makes school history

Baylor - 12Kby Travis Normand

The 2012 Holiday Bowl is Baylor’s third straight bowl game.  While this is not something that is typically worth mentioning, in Baylor’s case it is.  Why?  Because this is the first time in school history that Baylor has made it to three consecutive bowl games.

[1] Baylor’s run of bowl success started on December 29, 2010 when the Bears faced Illinois in the Texas Bowl.  The Bears lost this game to Illinois, 14-38.  This was Baylor’s first bowl game since the 1994 Alamo Bowl.

[2] One year later on December 29, 2011, the Bears faced the Washington Huskies in the Alamo Bowl.  The Bears won the shoot-out by a score of 67-56.

[3] Finally, on December 27, 2012, the Bears faced UCLA in the Holiday Bowl and won by a score of 49-26.

As you can tell, the Bears are pretty stout in terms of offense as they scored 130 total points in the three bowl games listed above.  However, Baylor’s defense is still a work-in-progress as the Bears gave up a grand total of 120 points in these three games.

Click HERE to see Baylor’s bowl game history on Wikipedia