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  1. Buddy of mine at the firm I work at sent me an email when were having some downtime and he knew that I am a Tech fan/Mike Leach fan and he told me to compare numbers. Tech Under Leach- 85-43 overall. 47-33 Big 12 Record (Third Best Behind Texas and Oklahoma during that stretch) 10 Years, 10 Winning Seasons, 10 Bowl Berths. One 11 Win Season, Four 9 Win Seasons 1 Big 12 South Title 6 Bowl Wins Ranked at some point in the season from 2002-2009 Finished the season ranked 5 times. 4 Heisman Trophy Candidates (Kinsgbury, Symons, Harrell, Crabtree) 3 Sammy Baugh Trophy Winners (Kinsbury, Symons, Harrell) 1 two time Belitnekoff Winner (Crabtree) Defense bottomed out in 2003 and then improved every season. Dominated Texas A&M (7-3) Record Never Lost to Baylor (10-0) Winning Records against Oklahoma State, Kansas State, Kansas, TAMU, Iowa State, and Nebraska. 3-2 Record against Oklahoma his last 5 seasons. 5 NCAA Leading Passers (Kingsbury, Symons, Cumbie, Hodges, Harrell) 53-11 record at Jones AT&T Stadium. 19-11 record against Big 12 Texas Schools Tech Since Leach-2010-2018 56-57 overall 28-52 in Big 12 Play 4 Winning seasons, 5 losing seasons 5 Bowl appearances, 3 Wins, 2 Losses 4 Non Bowl Eligible Seasons. Best Season finish 7-6 No Heisman candiates or finalists 1 Passer who led NCAA (Patrick Mahomes) No final ranking in the top 25. 1-8 against Oklahoma 1-8 against Okie State Beat two weak Texas Teams Lost to Iowa State 3 times 3-6 against BAYLOR. FREAKIN BAYLOR 27-26 record at Jones AT&T Stadium Defense finished at or near dead last 3 seasons.
  2. Only thing is Greenville nor Commerce are truly East Texas.
  3. Pulling for JT in this one. I HATE Highland Park. Having been raised in East Texas but having spent the past decade in Dallas (including managing a Bank in University Park) I hold my nose every time I go through that part of town. They are proof that Money DOES NOT buy class. Never in my life have I seen such a pretentious and entitled group of people. Dated a girl who was born and raised there and she showed me EVERY reason not to ever do that again. CUJO, go out there and stuff it down their throats. I live near the Star, so I will be there rooting you guys on.
  4. Staff Article Nacogdoches-SFA Athletic Director Ryan Ivey has announced the hire of Colby Carthel, the former coach at Division II Texas A&M-Commerce, as the Lumberjacks new Football coach. Carthel replaces interim head coach Jeff Byrd, who replaced Clint Conque at the beginning of the season, who had been suspended by the university for violation of undisclosed policies. Carthel just finished his 6th season in the Northeast Texas town of Commerce, as he took a storied Lions program that had grown anemic in the early 2000's and then bottomed out from 2010-2012, going 5-27 during that stretch. Carthel was hired in 2013 and the Lions saw an immediate turnaround. The Lions went 7-5 in 2013, their best record since 2001, and was invited to the LiveUnited Texarkana Bowl, their first postseason appearance since the 1995 NCAA Division II Playoffs. The 2014 Lions led the nation in passing offense, scoring offense, and total offense enroute to winning the Lone Star Conference championship outright for the first time since 1990 and winning the C.H.A.M.P.S Heart of Texas Bowl. The 2015 Lions won the LSC title outright again and returned the NCAA Division II Playoffs, followed by a 2016 season that saw the Lions go 11-2 with another LSC title and qualify for the second round of the Division II playoffs, then, the 2017 Lions made history by going 14-1, winning the NCAA Division II National Championship for the first time in school history, and their second title overall, as the then East Texas State Lions won the NAIA Division I title in 1972. Carthel and Ivey both have a history, as Ivey was hired as TAMUC Athletic Director in 2013 and remained there until late 2015. Ivey hired Carthel away from Lone Star Conference rival West Texas A&M, where he had served as defensive coordinator under his Father, Don Carthel. The Father/Son duo were very successful at West Texas A&M winning multiple LSC titles and multiple Bowls and Division II playoff appearances. Carthel was 58-18 overall, led the Lions to the post season in all 6 of his seasons, posted a 8-4 postseason record, and was named LSC Conference Coach of The Year in 2018.
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    Grand Saline vs Newton

    So, please tell me in what ways are the citizens of Newton superior to those of Grand Saline?
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    Grand Saline vs Newton

    Oh man. This looks really bad. Back in the 2005 Playoffs GS was handed their worst loss in school history 64-0 against Paul Pewitt. (3rd Worst Loss in School History) Then in 2014, the weakest GS team in recent memory lost to Malakoff 77-0. (worst Loss in School history) -That GS team was 0-10 and playing all sops and juniors. Then in the 2015 playoffs, Gunter beat GS 66-0. (2nd worst loss in school history, Gunter was VERY Good that year) Those are the 3 worst losses in program history, and I have a feeling Newton is going to rewrite that record book. I sure hope not.
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    Grand Saline vs Newton

    What is that supposed to mean?
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    Congrats to Grand Saline....

    Congrats to the Indians, who won their first playoff game since 2003 with a 23-0 win over Blue Ridge. It was also their second season over .500 since 2003. Their 7-3-1 record is something that HC Ridge and the staff has a lot to be proud of. They are headed to the Area Round. More than likely, GS's season ends next week as they play Newton, but keeping in touch with a lot of my High School friends and teammates who have cousins, nephews, and younger brothers on the team and friends that are coaches and teachers, they feel good and have a lot of pride in their school and community and I am happy to see my High School doing so well and the community getting their mojo back.
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    District 10-3A (D-II)

    Wow, you have to wonder if GS has turned the corner. They are going to the playoffs in a pretty competitive district, and have secured their first season above .500 since 2003. Congrats to Coach Ridge and his staff.
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    District 10-3A (D-II)

    District Standings- School- Overall District Next Up Harmony 6-1 4-0 At Arp Grand Saline 5-1-1 3-1 VS. Winona Troup 5-2 3-1 VS. Alba-Golden Winona 5-2 3-1 At Grand Saline Alba-Golden 3-3 1-3 At Troup Arp 2-5 2-2 VS. Harmony Quitman 1-5 0-4 At Frankston Frankston 0-7 0-4 VS. Quitman Who does everyone have this week?
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    District 10-3A (D-II)

    The Grand Saline team you are seeing is much more similar to the glory days. True, they run out of the spread but GS is a running team and very similar to how they used to run the ball down people's throats in the 80's, 90's and early 2000's. They have 2-3 explosive playmakers, a big offensive line that is big, and a hard hitting defense. Nothing flashy, just blue collar football. That being said, Alba and GS will be a battle of who controls clock and runs the ball better and who plays smash mouth, but with GS having Taylor and Martin who are both explosive playmakers, I go with GS, they seem to be a little bit more athletic.
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    District 10-3A (D-II)

    What has happened in Frankston the past couple of years has been totally unfair to those kids and I feel so bad for them. Their community members need to do whatever it takes to take that school back and get them back to being competitive.
  13. From Staff and Wire Reports- Denton TX-While most of the State of Texas was wrapped up in the Red River Rivalry game, a very odd and very important game was being played 170 miles to the Northwest in the town of Wichita Falls that saw back and forth scoring, two ranked teams slugging it out for Lone Star Conference supremacy, a 17 hour half time, and two stadiums hosting two halves of the same Football game. Division II ranked # 9 Texas A&M-Commerce, the defending national champions in Division II, squared off with the only team that beat them last year, 4th ranked Midwestern State. The game was literally seconds away from kicking off before a lightening delay moved the kickoff roughly 35 minutes after the original start time. The Lions struck first on a Kristov Martinez 20 yard field goal, but MSU struck back with an 8 yard Layton Rabb run to take the lead. A&M-Commerce came right back, driving the field 50 yards on 6 plays capped of with a 24 yard touchdown strike from Kane Wilson to Ryan Stokes to take the lead back. MSU countered with a 10 play, 42 yard drive that ended in a Jaron Imbriani 21 yard field goal to knot the score at 10 just before the half. Then, mother nature came to ruin the fun. Right as the Midwestern State Band took the field for their halftime march, another lightening delay was called, and a strong line of severe thunderstorms and flash flooding moved it's way through West Texas. School officials for both squads worked throughout the night to find an arrangement as the initial plan to finish the game on Sunday at 2 PM in Wichita Falls had to be scrapped as the Lion Football team could not find any hotel rooms within an hour drive of Wichita Falls and bad weather still in the forecast for Sunday. Initially, the game was set to be cancelled, until The University of North Texas was contacted. UNT's athletic administration was contacted and put events in motion to be able to host the second half at 2 PM in Denton, about 90 miles southeast of Wichita Falls and 60 miles west of Commerce, Texas. "We are so appreciative to UNT Vice President/Director of Athletics Wren Baker, Associate Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Jared Mosley, Coach Seth Littrell and their staffs for graciously allowing us to complete our game under such unique circumstances," stated A&M-Commerce Director of Athletics Tim McMurray. The game picked back up in front of a couple thousand fans in Denton. Midwestern started the scoring on a Vincent Johnson 9 yard run to take the lead back to 17-10 and then Commerce responded with a Martinez 26 yard field goal to pull within 3. After stopping the Mustangs on their next possession, the Lions started their game winning 98 yard touchdown drive that saw Lion QB Kane Wilson 4 yard run to put the Lions up 20-17 with 11 minutes to go. With 8:53 left in the game and Commerce punting, a bad snap sailed over Lion punter Tristen Perry's head and through the back of the end zone, pulling the Mustangs within 1. The Mustangs drove the ball down to the Commerce 30, but had a 46 yard kick blocked, giving the ball back to the Lions, who bled the game clock down to 90 seconds and forcing MSU to use all their timeouts. After a Commerce punt, the Mustangs drove down to the Lion 13 yard line and attempted the game winning field goal, but Mustang kicker Jaron Imbriani's kick was rushed and hooked right as time expired. The 9th ranked Lions are now in the driver's seat in the Lone Star Conference with a 5-1 overall record and a 3-0 LSC Record, while Midwestern drops to 5-1 overall and 3-1 in conference play. Midwestern State faces Texas A&M-Kingsville on the road next Saturday, while A&M-Commerce hosts arch rival Tarleton State, another undefeated LSC team, in the annual Texas A&M University System President's Cup game on Saturday.
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    District 10-3A (D-II)

    Grand Saline racks up 46 on our rivals. 46-16 final over Quitman. GS is now 3-1
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    Should more be done?

    If I am the parent of the kid who was choked and given a concussion I do the following: 1. I address the statement that the coach from University High made and tell everyone that his attitude is EVERYTHING that is wrong with the world and that coaches like that should not leading young men. 2. Unless the UIL punishes this kid to my satisfaction, like a minimum 5 game suspension and a public apology, I will file charges, both criminal and civil. I will find the nastiest attorney in my area who will be a total junkyard dog on this and I will put pressure on my District attorney to convene a grand jury and I would get it because the assault happened in my DA's jurisdiction. 3. The Medical bills, which this kids family has to pay (according to his Mom, he has been to the Concussion Specialist Doc 3 times), will be paid by Waco ISD. If not, I go after them in civil action for the bills AND punitive damages/legal fees. The Days of "Boys will be boys" are OVER. That is an open ended justification for violence that does not belong on any field, gym, or athletic venue.