Sorry for the late post, but my phone got wet from yesterday’s practice, and now it shuts down every 15 minutes. Which is how I ended up at Kahala Mall, where I was approached by a UH fan who asked: What happened?
I started to talk about the rain and my phone … oh, wait, I guess he meant UH at Colorado. To which I told him what I tell everybody: UH lost.
Of all of the UH losses in the McMackin era — to Utah State in 2008, to Notre Dame in the Hawaii Bowl, to UNLV in 2009 — for some reason, this one has generated the most vocal reaction.
Part of it has to do with the UH leaving all of those points on the field, which is a way of thinking: If UH scored at every opportunity, it would have won. And most of it has to do with UH practicing in Vegas.
To which I tell everybody: Hey, UH lost.
I mean, sometimes the other team is just better. Colorado dominated the two areas it needed to dominate: The running game and kickoff coverage. Those areas dealt with time and place. The team that controls the clock and field position is the team in control.
Would it have helped to have practiced somewhere else, like Denver or Jackson Hole, Wyo.? You don’t have to see my transcripts to know I don’t have a clue about science. All I know is if you won, it would be practicing in Las Vegas for road games against Utah State, New Mexico State, Boise State …
The bottom line is: It doesn’t matter. UH was never going to a BSC game, and I still think it should win nine games. So look at the pre-conference games as a chance to develop chemistry and experiment with different schemes. I mean, what else can you do?
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A scout from the New England Patriots attended today’s practice. That’s probably why the Patriots are so successful. If you want to evaluate a player, watch how he practices.
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There are a lot of differences between Division I-A and I-AA teams. In setting up a telephone interview, a Charleston Southern official told me to call the head coach last night. We spoke for about 40 minutes — about football, family, faith, recruiting, etc. I apologized for taking up so much of his time. He said: No problem, I’m at home and wasn’t doing anything.
Can you imagine saying to Lane Kiffin: “Hey, I know Grey’s Anatomy is about to come on, but can you spare, oh, 40 minutes for an interview?”