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    3/19/2018 - 3-19-18 Kennedy Quiets The Haters
    As I wrote last month, there are still a few Aggie "fans" disappointed at this run to the Sweet 16. These are the "fans" who wanted Billy Kennedy fired. Now, they are silent. Kennedy quieted the haters with an all time performance yesterday in Charlotte in a 21 point beat down of Roy Williams and the Tar Heels. He becomes the winningest tournament coach in A&M hoops history. Granted, it's not much of a history but two sweet 16 appearances in 3 years qualifies him for the title. Kennedy's steady hand and quiet leadership has earned him praise from his own players, the national media and opposing coaches. I'm sure that's not enough for the dump Billy contingent. But for now the haters have to hate in silence.

    2/12/2018 - 2-12-18 Aggie Hoop "Fans" Have Bad Week
    It was the best of times, it was the worst of times for unhappy A&M followers. The late, great Shelby Metcalf said it, "The only happy Aggie is an unhappy Aggie." So when the basketball team began SEC play 0-5 after being ranked as high as 5th in the nation, all the subway and social media crowd delighted in calling for Billy Kennedy's head on a platter. This is the group that delights in calling for all A&M coaches to be fired if they don't win enough.
    I've never been quite sure what "enough" means. It just means when the "fans" aren't happy. So after clawing back to .500 by beating 8th ranked Auburn and #24 Kentucky, there are a lot of unhappy "fans." Imagine their disdain hearing John Calipari rave about Kennedy's character and coaching ability after a beatdown by the Ags Saturday night. It's enough to make a real "fan" puke.

    4/11/2017 - 4-11-17 Spike
    Haven't written anything in a while. Life gets busy...things happen and frankly, after almost 40 years of covering sports, it takes a lot to get my attention. But I felt compelled to add my voice to the many who are telling stories about the man everyone knew as Spike.
    Coach Dykes was unlike any major college coach I've ever been around. He didn't get into coaching for the money. For most of his career there wasn't any. And even at his peek with the Red Raiders he certainly wasn't in the millionaires club. But Spike was wealthy. He understood life was about relationships, not wins at all cost. R.C. Slocum said he can't remember anyone without enemies, except Spike. Spike loved everyone and everyone loved him back. Slocum says he doesn't think Spike made an effort to be funny. He just was. He treated everyone the same, whether it was the head of a corporation or a lowly, young reporter. There aren't any coaches in major college football like Spike. Come to think of it, there never were.

    1/10/2017 - 1-10-17 Upon Further Review
    Last night's National Championship game was one for the ages-the best title game since the Vince Young-USC game in 2006. And Deshaun Watson was the bomb. But first let's stop this story for a replay review brought to you by the idiots who are ruining a great sport.
    The game lasted just over four hours and ended just shy of 12:30 AM EDT. Overtime, a distinct possibility until the touchdown pass with one second left would have added another 30 minutes. Replays have totally gotten out of hand and replay officials are taking FOREVER to render a decision that to most of us seems obvious within 30 seconds. I can't imagine coaches are happy having to stop every two plays to review whether a ball carrier's knee was down at the 2 or the one and a half yard line, or whether the receiver who was wide open over the middle juggled the ball and didn't "possess it all the way to the ground." Replay seemed like such a good idea at the time. I don't like the NFL, but college football needs to adapt it's replay rules and system and the league's ability to fit almost every game it plays into a three hour window. Millions of people missed the end of a terrific game last night because, well they had to go to work this morning. There's nothing quite like college football, but without a few minor changes the sport is in danger of losing its magic.

    11/21/2016 - 11-21-16 Firing Charlie
    I keep seeing all the talking heads and writers pontificate about the terrible way Charlie Strong is being treated. Wasn't it their stories that put him in this spot? The University of Texas administration has given one message throughout the latter half of the season-Strong's job status would be evaluated and determined after the final game. Strong has made it difficult because of his attitude, demeanor and class and the support of his players. They all talk about him as a father figure and someone who was concerned about life after football. All admirable qualities for sure. But if his players loved him as much as they say, why did they play so poorly against Kansas? The last time Texas went three straight years without a winning record? 1936-38. Strong will have to scrape by on the 10 million plus buyout. There is no easy way to fire a coach. But spare me the sermons about how this firing was butchered.

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