Thursday’s Den: Doing some thinking out loud…….

13) Houston Texans hired 65-year old David Culley as their new head coach; he spent the last two years in Baltimore, working with Lamar Jackson, which probably enhanced his hopes of getting this job. Will be interesting to hear how Deshauin Watson reacts to the news.

— Not many guys get their first head coaching job at age 65
— Culley has been an NFL assistant coach for 27 years, but he has never even been an offensive coordinator at the NFL level.
— He was mostly a WR’s coach (lot of years with Andy Reid) until he became a QB coach for Buffalo in 2017.
— Because Culley is a minority, Baltimore gets a 3rd-round draft pick, both this year and next.

12) CBS has to be sick that Auburn is ineligible for the NCAA Tournament this year; freshman guard Sharife Cooper is one of the best players in country, must-see TV. Auburn has scored 86.8 ppg in the six games Cooper has played since becoming eligible.

11) Reader named Andy sent in this info:

Over the last 11 years, NFL referees enforced an average of 297 more offensive penalties per season than defensive penalties. This year, though, they called 52 more defensive penalties than offensive penalties, which is a big reason why scoring was up this season.

10) Tennessee Vols hired former Oklahoma QB Josh Heupel as their new football coach.

Heupel went 28-8 (19-5 in AAC games) at Central Florida, where the AD was Danny White, same guy who is Tennessee’s AD now. 

9) Danny White’s father Kevin has been an AD at six different schools, the last three being Arizona State, Notre Dame, Duke. They were telling a story on TV the other night how every time the White family moved to a new city, they had a new house built, using the exact same floor plan every time, so they were mostly living in the same house, albeit in a different city. 

8) Tennessee recently fired coach Jeremy Pruitt; he quickly re-surfaces as a defensive assistant with the New Jersey Giants.

7) Northwestern gave their football coach Pat Fitzgerald a 10-year contract extension; he is 106-81 as the Northwestern coach. Back when I was a college kid, Northwestern was a terrible team, and it was Fitzgerald who was part of the team that led the Wildcats to the Rose Bowl in 1995, one of the great rebuilding jobs ever done in college football, by coach Gary Barnett.

6) SEC announced their football schedule Wednesday; hopefully, things will have progressed enough that fans will be going to those games. Here are some of the highlights:

Sept 4— LSU @ UCLA
Sept 11— Texas @ Arkansas
Sept 18— Alabama @ Florida
October 16— Ole Miss @ Tennessee

5) Drake Bulldogs are 15-0 this season, 6-0 in MVC play; they’re one of a handful of unbeaten teams left in the country. Bulldogs have played schedule #244- -they haven’t played a top 100 team yet, and they were down 41-24 at Missouri State Tuesday, before rallying to a 68-61 win.

Drake beat Missouri State 78-73 again last night, despite being outscored 28-10 on foul line. Bulldogs are making 41.5% of their 3’s (#5), are having one hell of a season.

4) Virginia Tech indefinitely suspended starting G Tyrece Radford; he is a key player for the Hokies and will be sorely missed. 

3) Creighton 85, Seton Hall 81:
— Bluejays trailed 68-52 with 10:53 left in the game.
— Creighton made 17-35 3-point shots.
— Seton Hall starts 3 seniors, 2 juniors; bad loss for them. 

2) Colorado State 78, Boise State 56:
— Loss snaps Boise’s 13-game winning streak
— Broncos still lead Utah St/Colorado St by game in Mountain West. 

1) Highlight of Saturday’s college basketball card will be the SEC/Big X crossover games, which will get lot of national coverage.

Kansas-Tennessee, Florida-West Virginia, Auburn-Baylor highlight the late of games.

Author: Armadillo Sports

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