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SarCoog: Recently, former Cougar pitchers like Donnie Joseph and Wes Musick have made their professional debuts. But let’s not forget that there are guys on the current roster who will be back next year that are seeing summer action.

On the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox, Blake Kelso is still the every day starter at 2nd base and is batting .304 (3rd on team) with 6 RBI and team-highs in walks (9) and stolen bases (8). This past week Kelso had 2 hits against Orleans (6/26) and Falmouth (6/28 game 2), while driving in 2 runs with a triple against Brewster (6/27). Jared Ray leads all Y-D starting pitchers with his 1.20 ERA in 3 appearances (3 starts) and 15.0 innings pitched (2nd on team). Most recently Ray threw 6.0 innings against Orleans (6/26) in which he gave up no earned runs (1 unearned) and struck out 5. On the season Ray has struck out 14, only walked 5 and has thrown no wild pitches (a big issue for Cougar pitchers in ’08). Michael Goodnight made his 2nd appearance last Wednesday, coming in during the 1st inning and giving Y-D 5.1 innings of 1-run ball, in which he surrendered only 2 hits but walked 4. So far Goodnight has thrown 11.1 innings total, while walking 8 and striking out 9 in that time.

kelso at capeKelso squares away for the Y-D Red Sox (courtesy of Aaron Burns)

After a brutal start playing for the Bourne Braves, Chris Wallace has put his 1 for 10 slump in the rear view mirror. In the past week Wallace has gone a combined 9 for 16 and pulled his average up to .231 for the year. He also hit his first home run of the season: a 2-run bomb against Harwich (6/28), to help put Bourne on top in a 6-3 win.  One of the other highlights from the past week was a game-tying RBI single against Cotuit (6/29) in what would end up being a 2-1 Bourne win. Hopefully ‘Wally’ has put the slump of the previous couple weeks behind him for good.

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SarCoog: If you were expecting from the title that this would be a dedication to the comic stylings of Andrew Dice Clay (yeah, I know that reference is incredibly dated)…. well you’re in the wrong place. But if you’re looking for some college football offense talk, gleaned from around the world wide web, then you’re in luck.

floridajorts fans“yeeeeaaaahhhh footbaawwl talk… TEBOW IS MAH GAWD”

With the renaissance of the spread offense, there have been a dizzying number of variations put on the scheme by some of the brightest minds in college football. Lately I’ve been reading about some of the spread offenses that populate the collegiate football landscape and it’s helped to take my mind off the 2+ months I have to wait for the start of the season. Even for those of you who aren’t 100% comfortable with the X’s and O’s of college football, it’s relatively easy to pick up. For you college football-crazy S&H readers here’s some of the Summer reading:

  • “Georgia/Georgia Tech and don’t call Paul Johnson’s offense the Wishbone”– The best Navy football blogger out there (The Birddog) does a good job of contrasting the “spread” run by Georgia Tech head coach Paul Johnson and the traditional Wishbone offense (think Nebraska and Oklahoma in the 1970s and 80s).  He uses film from the ’08 Georgia/Georgia Tech game to demonstrate how Johnson’s offense can make even a talented defense look foolish at time. There are also clips from past years of the Navy offense when Johnson was running the show there. It’s an excellent read for those curious about how the Navy and now Georgia Tech offenses have been so dominant.
  • “Gus Malzahn Works On the Auburn Running Game”– Lost the ridiculous passing totals in the last two seasons of Tulsa offense under current Auburn OC Guz Malzahn, was the fact that Tulsa finished top 10 statistically in rushing offense both of those years. The Smart Football Blog does an excellent and thorough job of evaluating the creative ways Malzahn ran the ball during the Tigers’ spring game and compares it with old Tulsa film. There are also some parallels drawn to the way Urban Meyer has gotten his offensive playmakers the ball at Florida (especially Percy Harvin) in his version of the spread. Overall it’s an interesting read about one of the most creative minds in college football. I expect this spread offense will look better than Tony Franklin‘s abortive attempt to bring the spread to Auburn during the first half of the ’08 season. (Bonus Reading: Malzahn has his own book called The Hurry Up, No-Huddle: An Offensive Philosophy which you can get via Amazon).
  • “The Texas Tech Run Game: Simple, yet potentially deadly”– I’m going back to The Smart Football Blog for a look at how Mike Leach has incorporated the running game  into his “Airraid” offense that has been more widely know for its gaudy passing numbers. But with the emergence of talented young backs like Baron Batch and Aaron Crawford, expect Leach to continue going to the running game in the coming seasons. The video of the Texas Tech Spring Game has been removed from this entry, but the X’s and O’s explanation is still pretty good. Due to the similarity of schemes, I would also think University of Houston fans would be interested in this one too.
  • “The Florida Gator/Urban Meyer Offense”– Admittedly this isn’t a really recent article (dated December 2008), but it’s the best article I’ve read up to this point on how Urban Meyer runs the spread offense with Tim Tebow and current Minnesota Viking Percy Harvin. It’s really interesting that Meyer can have so much success with simple concepts like the counter, option and trap… it certainly doesn’t hurt to have an athletic freak like Tebow lined up in the shotgun. Oh and this one also comes to us via the amazingness of The Smart Football Blog.

Well, hopefully that’s enough football goodness to keep you happy for the next 60-something days.

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SarCoog: So there’s something to be said about the whole hypothesis of celebrities and public figures dying in groups…

Last week Ed McMahon, Farah Fawcett and mostly notably Michael Jackson all died within a day of each other and that wasn’t even the end of the deaths. Famous American informercial pitchman and beard-wearer Billy Mays died yesterday in his Tampa area home. The cause of death has not yet been determined, but it’s strongly suspected that it had something to do with a head injury suffered in the previous evening. Mays was on a flight that suffered a rough landing and he was struck by falling debris, but insisted in a post-flight interview that he felt fine. Later that evening as he went to bed, Mays did tell his wife that he was not feeling well.

In any case, this was such a shock because just this past Saturday my fellow S&H blogger Bobb-O was showing me a bunch of hilarious YouTube videos related to Mays. Unlike the three aforementioned celebrity deaths there was no history or recent indications of illness… so the whole thing was a huge shock. As an aspiring salesman myself, I admire Mays’ boistrous and genuine style as he peddled products like OxiClean, Orange Glo, Kaboom and Zorbeez. One of my favorite Mays stories is that he did a sales pitch at his own wedding and all the wedding guests received Orange Glo and other products he endorsed.

Without further ado here’s a remix of Mays doing what he loved the most:

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SarCoog: As we’ve said ad-nauseum in the this blog, now former UH pitcher Donnie Joseph is one of our favorite UH athletes and since getting drafted in the 3rd round by the Cincinnati Reds, we vowed to keep up with his minor league career. On Thursday night Joseph made his debut for the Reds’ Rookie league club: the Billings Mustangs.

Well, Joseph made quite a first impression by not allowing a single runner to reach base in 2.0 innings and striking out 5 in a Billings loss.

There’s also video of Joseph talking about his debut, along with some high praise from his manager.

GO, DJ.

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SarCoog: It’s really hard to believe that I haven’t pimped this harder and earlier… but here it goes.

What: Bobb-O and SarCoog will be appearing on “Cougars Tonight” with host Kevin G. Joseph on 1560 AM (KGOW- “The Game”) here in Houston.

Where: Nick’s Place on the corner of Rockyridge and Westheimer Avenue.

When: 7-8 pm

Why: To promote Scott & Holman, talk Houston Cougar athletics and profess our allegiance to the best sports radio station in Houston: 1560 the Game.

One more time: 7 pm, Bobb-O & SarCoog, 1560 the Game, Nick’s Place, Cougars Tonight, be there or at least listen live on the 1560 website

You won’t be sorry.

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ElViento: First of all, I’m going to be out of town until July 4, but I’ll leave y’all in the capable hands of Bobb-o and SarCoog.

As the title of this blog entry would suggest, I have five modest, relatively cheap proposals which I feel would increase the overall quality of the UH men’s basketball program. (And no, none of them are “Fire Penders!”. If you want to go there, that’s an entirely different ball of wax. I lose everybody already? Alright, let’s move on.) I don’t claim that all or any of these are practical, but I think they’re all good ideas. Without further ado,

1. The Houston Roundball Classic…We play a bunch of lousy SWAC teams every year for guarantee wins. Instead of playing those as regular old home games that nobody pays attention to (UH students, UH alums, casual Houston fans all included), why not institute a 4-team, 2-day tournament? Replace Alcorn State and Mississippi Valley State on the schedule with a tourney, which, on one half of the bracket, features UH vs. Rice, on the other, Houston Baptist vs. Texas Southern. (To ensure at least one day’s worth of semi-close contests.) Winners and losers each face off the next day. You could rotate all semi-worthy Houston basketball venues; Hofheinz, Tudor, etc. It wouldn’t sell out Toyota Center or anything, but it’ll do more to attract local attention than the above-mentioned SWAC opponents do. If you wanna get really crazy, see if the NCAA will let you hold the tournament at a nice, outdoor court. SportsCenter would at least show the highlights.

2. Schedule tougher…The RPI ramifications of this are obvious, but it’s time to schedule some “name” teams. Even if you have to give up the occasional two-for-one, get some home games with teams people know. Keep playing Arizona every year. If we can consistently get a home-and-home with them (assuming that whole face-stepping thing didn’t end that relationship), we can get some other name teams. Call up Coach Cal, set up a home-and-home with Kentucky. While I like having the majority of the non-conference schedule at home, because it means I get to see a lot of games for free, the average UH student and casual Houston fan will respond much better to six non-conf. home games, when four of them are teams they’ve heard of, than they will to ten non-conf home games, when maybe one of them is a team they’ve heard of.

3. T-Shirts for Students…Students love free stuff, especially T-shirts. (Which is funny, because most UH students already have a bajillion free T-shirts.) Anyway, having run around the UH campus in the past, telling people, “There’s a basketball game tonight!”, you’d be shocked how many students immediately ask, “Are they giving away anything?” or “Are there going to be free shirts?” Give away shirts, raffle off an iPod or something. Students love free stuff, and right now, we’re doing very little to attract them to basketball games. You know, other than the whole “it’s free division 1 basketball” thing.

4. Improve concessions quality…I realize that we probably have some absurd contract with Aramark that we can’t get out of, but it would do wonders to institute any sort of better, cheaper method of concessions. Even doing “dollar hot dog nights” for students, or something similar, would bring out fans. If people are bigger football fans than basketball, at least attract them with something football doesn’t have: affordable concessions.

SarCoog: They did dollar hot dog night last season, but you had to buy a $5 soda with it… defeating the fucking purpose of the promotion in the first place. But I’ve interrupted too much already, back to EV.

5. Midnight Madness…If I could pick one thing off the list for UH to actually do, it would be #2. But if I could pick two things, this would be the second. It’s absurd that Houston doesn’t put on one of these, like most big-time programs do. It’s a simple concept: on the stroke of midnight, the first day that your program is allowed to practice during the school year, you open up the basketball arena to the fans, for free. You raffle off some prizes, have some music, have a basic scrimmage, have your best athletes thrown down in a mini-drunk contest, etc. Advertise that all over school for a couple weeks in advance, give out some sweet black-with-red-lettering “Cougar Midnight Madness” shirts, and tell me that the students wouldn’t come out. (Okay, it’s entirely possible that they wouldn’t. But you’ve gotta at least try, right?)

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Before we start our next three previews, we’d like to draw attention to the newest section of the S&H blog. In his infinite brilliance, ElViento has created an index of all the “Getting to Know” previews. So take a gander at the brand spankin’ new “Getting to Know” Index

uab logo96.) UAB (written by SarCoog)

’08 Record: 4-8 (3-5 CUSA)

Overview: It’s patently clear that the UAB athletic administration made the right move by bringing in a disciplinarian like coach Neil Callaway. Upon their arrival, Callaway and staff cleaned house, while placing a higher emphasis on taking care of business off the field. One only needs about five minutes of talking with UAB fans to realize that the previous coaching staff had the Blazer football program mired in mediocrity and all too often in the police blotter. Blazer senior QB Joe Webb (2,367 yards passing, 10, TD, 16 INT, 1,021 yards rushing, 11 rushing TD) is arguably the best all-around athlete in all of Conference USA . Now the onus is on Webb to improve as a passer and for Blazer OC Kim Helton (forgettably the HC at Houston from 1993-99) to find creative ways to take advantage of Webb’s strengths. Senior RB Rashaud Slaughter (514 rushing yards, 4.5 yards/carry, 4 TD) was the top back last season, although he’s a bit undersized (listed at 5’9″ 185) and there are still questions as to whether the Blazers have a back they can go to. But there will be a very experienced receiving corps for Webb to throw to, including All-CUSA junior WR Frantrell Forest (42 receptions, 536 yards, 2 TD), junior TE Jeffery Anderson (23 receptions, 368 yards, 3 TD) and junior WR Mario Wright (20 receptions, 243 yards, 1 TD). In addition, practically every offensive lineman who saw significant action last year is back, along with sophomore LT Matt McCants who started 7 games in ’07 as a true frosh and missed last year due to academic ineligibility. One thing I seriously doubt the Blazer coaching staff can replace, is the production of now graduated kicker/punter Swayze Waters who’s now on the Detroit Lions.

There are a few questions on the offensive side of the ball, but I’d be quite surprised if the Blazer offense isn’t improved and consistently productive this coming season… but the defense? The DC Eric Schumann has come under serious fire for poor ’08 performances like: Houston (42 points surrendered in 2nd half), Southern Miss (70 points surrendered) and Florida Atlantic (49 points, 554 yards surrendered) among others. But the Blazer defense improved by the end of the year and recorded their first ever shutout in CUSA play against UCF (15-0) to finish off the season. Sophomore FS Chase Daniel (47 tackles, 3.5 TFL, 1 sack, 2 INT) got a lot of valuable experience as a true freshman last fall and is now the Blazers’ leading returning tackler. Last year’s starters on the defensive line, including All-CUSA junior DE Bryant Turner (20 tackles, 3 TFL, 4 sacks), all return and this could make up for a poor 15 team sacks in ’08. The biggest departures from last year are LB Joe Henderson and FS Will Dunbar, who finished #1 and #2 respectively on the team in tackles. Still I’d be surprised if the Blazer defense hasn’t improved, at least incrementally.

I would expect some of the Blazers’ junior college signees to step in and make an immediate impact, especially on the defensive side of the ball.

Reasons for Optimism: At last there’s strong leadership at the top of the Blazer football, which is what a lot of fans were looking for… even if Callaway wasn’t their first choice. I can’t emphasize enough what an outstanding athlete Joe Webb is to all those who haven’t heard of him. During his sophomore year (2007) Webb played receiver for the first time in his career and still managed to have the 2nd most receiving yards on the team. A more experienced receiving corps and offensive line will lead to a vastly more productive Blazer offense. The defense is still a question mark, but looked much better in their final 3 games and have 7 starters returning. Finally, Callaway’s teams have gotten better every year and I expect the trend to continue with 18 starters back.

Reasons for Pessimism: The best performances by the Blazer defense in ’08 were against admittedly lackluster offensive attacks like UCF, Marshall and Division 1-FCS Alabama State (still, progress is progress). While Webb is unbelievably athletic, his passing was sub-standard and it’s going to take a huge leap for him to even be considered an above-average passer. It may be asking too much of any player to get that much better in a year’s time. Also, excuse me if I’m not super psyched about a defense that still finished the ’08 season 106th in total defense, while losing it’s top two tacklers. There’s still a long way to go on defense and that’s what going to decide whether or not the Blazers are bowl eligible.

Season Prediction: I want to predict a bowl appearance for the Blazers because I like Callaway and the job he’s done turning around a very tough situation. But looking at the schedule, I just can’t see them winning more than 4-5 games in the coming year. They have a good number of winnable games that they have to go on the road for (Marshall, UTEP, Memphis) and that’ll hurt their hopes for bowl eligibility. The non-conference slate (Texas A&M, Ole Miss, Florida Atlantic, Troy) doesn’t have a sure win for the Blazers. Bowl eligibility is not an impossible feat, but I believe a 4-5 win total is much more likely and the Blazers will be a much more competitive team (i.e. no more 2nd half blowouts like the Tulsa and Houston games).

Top Web Destination: Blazer Talk

akron zips95.) Akron (written by ElViento)

’08 Record: 5-7 (3-5 MAC)

Overview: Akron became the first program ever to move up from Division 1-AA to 1-A in 1987, eventually joining the MAC in 1992. It’s been mostly a forgettable history since then, with the Zips never winning more than 7 games in a season. Akron has produced a number of NFL players, including Jason Taylor.

J.D. Brookhart became the third man to helm the program at the 1-A level in 2004, and Akron has been better off under his leadership. They have won at least five games in four of his five seasons, including the team’s first conference championship and bowl appearance in 2005.

The 2008 season showed great promise for Akron, as they got off to a 5-4 start, including a 3-2 mark in MAC play, an overtime, comeback win over rival Kent State, and a near upset of eventual Big East champs Cincinnati. However, Akron then dropped a heart-breaking, four-overtime thriller to eventual MAC East champs Buffalo, lost by 7 to Ohio on a last-minute touchdown, and saw Temple run away with the season finale in the fourth quarter.

In 2009, what was a very balanced Akron offensive attack figures to move back towards a more pass-happy strategy. Third-year starting senior QB Chris Jacquemain (2,748 yards passing, 20 TD, 14 INT) is back for his senior season, as are his top three receiving threats of a year ago. Stud RB Dennis Kennedy is also gone, giving Akron another reason to go to the air. Furthermore, Akron adds two former Division 1 head coaches as assistants, in offensive coordinator Shane Montgomery (architect of an excellent passing game at Miami, OH) and passing game coordinator/QBs coach Walt Harris (previously the HC at Pittsburgh and Stanford).

Reasons for Optimism: This figures to be one of the top offenses in the MAC East, with all of the talented players in the passing game, four returning starters on the O-line, and a stable of worthy candidates to replace Kennedy as the RB, including senior Alex Allen (152 yards rushing, 4.8 yards/carry, 3 TD) and Ohio State transfer freshman (Bell Biv) DeVoe Torrence.*

Akron also has a brand-spankin’ new stadium to play in this year, InfoCision Stadium, which replaces the Rubber Bowl as the Zips’ home field. Akron fans would also like to make it abundantly clear that former Akron, and current UH Athletics Director Mack Rhoades doesn’t deserve all of the credit for getting the stadium funded and built. Got it?

Akron’s 3-3-5 defense is anchored up front by a pair of potential D-line studs in junior DE Almondo Sewell (62 tackles, 4 TFL, 2 sacks) and senior NT Ryan Bain, a former Iowa transfer who Akron needs to get over his history of injuries and play healthy. The leading returning tackler: junior Mike Thomas (81 tackles, 6 TFL, 2.5 sacks) plays the linebacker/safety hybrid Bandit position in the 3-3-5 defensive alignment.

Reasons for Pessimism: The Akron defense managed a woeful 11 sacks and 9 interceptions all last year, allowed opponents to average 4.5 yards per carry for the second straight year, and allowed a 63.5% completion percentage. The result was 31.3 points per game allowed, Akron’s worst mark since 2004. Unless the defense improves greatly, it’ll still be a step behind other MAC East contenders like Buffalo, Ohio and Temple.

It would certainly help Akron win some close games if junior Igor Iveljic plays like the 2007 (15-18 FG) version of himself, rather than the 2008 version (18-28, four misses inside 30 yards).

Season Prediction: Akron has a very interesting non-conference slate. After the guarantee game (at Penn State) and the 1-AA game (Morgan State), Akron plays two very beatable BCS-conference teams in Indiana (at home) and Syracuse (road). The Indiana game will be Akron’s first home game against a Big Ten school. Akron’s conference slate begins with a pair of tough games against Phil Steele’s picks to win both MAC conferences, (at) Central Michigan and Ohio (Akron’s homecoming game). Another game to watch out for is Akron’s home date against Temple. The Owls look to have one of the MAC’s top defenses, and will have eight days rest for that game, while Akron will have just six. I see the Zips beating Kent State in the Wagon Wheel game for the 11th time in 13 years, winning 7-8 games, and contending for the MAC East title.

Top Web Destination: ZipsNation

*If this is not yet Torrence’s nickname, it needs to be.

ucf logo94.) UCF (written by SarCoog)

’08 Record: 4-8 (3-5 CUSA)

Overview: The Knights football program is one of the hardest to predict of all the teams on this level. Coach George O’Leary lost the first 13 games of his tenure at UCF, and yet he has led the Knights to 2 CUSA title games and a conference championship in 2007. In odd numbered years under O’Leary (2005, ’07) they have an 18-9 combined record and an 8-27 record in the other three years. The ’08 Knights suffered most from the loss of record-setting RB Kevin Smith whose 2,567 yards and 29 TD were hard to replace. But the big issue last year was quarterback play and none of the Knight signal callers could complete even 50% of their passes. While it appears the Knights settled on sophomore QB Rob Calabrese (664 yards passing, 7 TD, 5 INT) during spring practice, he struggled mightily in his first season of college football. It helps that UCF brought in Charlie Taafe as OC to improve upon the nation’s worst offense  and tutor Calabrese. There isn’t a Smith-type running back on the current roster, but they have a trio of sophomores they can go to: Brynn Harvey (519 rushing yards, 4.2 yards/carry, 1 TD) Ronnie Weaver (348 rushing yards, 3.4 yards/carry, 2 TD)and Latavius Murray (132 rushing yards, 2.9 yards/carry, 3 TD). There’s also a bevy of experienced receivers including junior TE Kamar Aiken (20 receptions, 244 yards, 1 TD) and senior WR Rocky Ross who received a medical redshirt after missing most of the ’08 season with a broken collarbone. The only loss on offense is LT Patrick Brown who was a two-time All CUSA selection and a four-year starter. There’s a lot more experience coming back (9 starters) this fall, but there are still question marks galore.

On the defensive side of the ball, it’s a shame that former Knight CB Joe Burnett and his jaw-dropping senior season came in such tough circumstances. In addition to his 44 tackles and 4 INTs, Burnett returned 2 kickoffs for TDs while averaging 28.7 yards on kick returns and 14.5 yards on punt returns. The Knight secondary graduated 4 seniors who accounted for 15 of the team’s 18 interceptions in the ’08 season. So, needless to say it will be a very young group in the defensive backfield this coming fall. Although junior Derrick Hallman (57 tackles, 7 TFL, 1 sacks, 1 INT) moved from LB to safety during spring drills, giving that unit a bit of veteran experience. The front line however will be much more experienced, and two-time All CUSA selection junior DE Bruce Miller (52 tackles, 17 TFL, 7 sacks, 1 INT) highlights that group. Also in the linebacking corps: junior Lawerence Young (72 tackles, 10.5 TFL, 1.5 sacks, 1 INT) and senior Chance Henderson (57 tackles, 8.5 TFL, 3.5 sacks) were both All-CUSA selections last season. Even with the aforementioned losses, I don’t see the Knights defense regressing too far from last year’s production.

I give big credit to O’Leary and his staff for bringing in arguably the best recruiting class in CUSA in the midst of so much controversy surrounding the program (Ereck Plancher‘s death and constant negative press with the Orlando Sentinel). There’s pressue on the current coaching staff to improve and the ’09 season will be the biggest test of the even/odd year phenomenon at UCF.

Reasons for Optimism: Well, as I just said the Knights have an odd tendency to have good seasons in odd-numbered years… and we are in the year 2009. The addition of Charlie Taafe will also be a good one and he consistently put good offenses on the field at the University of Maryland. Nobody is doubting the talent of Calabrese and a teacher like Taafe could unleash said talent. Even with the departure of Joe Burnett, I expect an experienced and talented front seven will take the pressure off of a young secondary. Finally, the East division of Conference USA is always wide open and it wouldn’t be a huge shock if the Knights come out of nowhere to compete for the title.

Reasons for Pessimism: The offense wasn’t simply bad last year… it was statistically the worst in all of the Division 1-FBS. As I said earlier in the preview, there’s no Kevin Smith-type among the current backs that has proven he can carry the load and have a breakout year. That may happen by 2010… but I’d be shocked if any Knight back ends up rushing for 1,000+ yards (of course that could also be because there’s so many guys splitting carries). The Knights are going to face some high-octane teams (Houston, Southern Miss, Texas) and I don’t think Taafe can work miracles in year one as the OC. If Rob Calabrese can even be serviceable in ’09, then it’s progress. Finally, guys like Joe Burnett don’t come around all the time… regardless of how well this staff has recruited.

Season Prediction: I’ve really struggled with how to predict the Knights this coming year. I wouldn’t be overly surprised if they won 7-8 games and competed in the CUSA East once again. At the same time, the logical college footbal fan in me looks at the returning talent on the Knight defense and how poorly the offense faired last year. They have to play ‘toss-up’ games against Rice and UAB on the road, plus they have to make tough roadtrips to East Carolina, Southern Miss, with the scorching offense of Houston at home. I see the Knights going 5-7 with an improved offense, but slightly worse defense. O’Leary should keep his job… but the seat will get extremely toasty heading into 2010.

Top Web Destination: UCFSports.com

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