College Football: Khalil Is The Real Deal!

Star Arizona QB sent out a very powerful tweet that resonated with the whole University creating the opportunity for Kevin Sumlin. Khalil Tate’s tweet, “I didn’t come to Arizona to run the triple option,” had a major impact on the University’s coaching vacancy decision. At the time, the Wildcats were rumored to be strongly considering Navy Head Coach for the vacancy. Ken Niumatalolo was the front-runner who ran a triple option at Navy. Much to the dismay of Heisman hopeful Tate. Once Tate’s tweet went viral the Athletic Director Dave Heeke quickly looked for other coaching options. Eventually leading to the hiring of Kevin Sumlin, who Tate signed off on. Unfortunately, a lot of the nation doesn’t get to watch Khalil Tate play because the PAC 12 network isn’t aired on Direct TV. Khalil Tate has jumped up to the top of every college football conversation this offseason.

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Tate’s a rare mix of speed and strength with a strong throwing arm. To play QB at the next level, which he wants to do, he’ll need to focus more on his accuracy. Right now, NFL scouts list him as a wide receiver at the next level. This is a huge year for Tate to prove to NFL organizations that he can control a huddle and make all the throws on the field. Tate spent some time at Peyton Mannings QB camp this offseason to work out some mechanics in his delivery.

Washington State v Arizona

To start the 2017 season, former coach Rich Rodriguez started the season with Brandon Dawkins and Khalil Tate starting as the backup. Tate didn’t even start till week 6 against the UCLA Bruins. Imagine what Tate’s final season numbers would have looked like if he started games against NAU, UTEP, Houston, and Utah. Probably wouldn’t have had enough to beat out Baker Mayfield for the Heisman because of the conference and amount of wins. If we’re looking at eye-popping numbers, however, Tate would have run away with it. Khalil Tate’s statement game came against the University of Colorado. He ran the ball 14 times for 327 yards rushing and 4 TD’s. He also tossed it 13/14 for 154 yards and 1 TD. Tate rushed for 840 yards in October. Most insane thing ever, most ever rushing yards in a month in D1 history. So how does Rich Rod feel after this performance from Tate? After starting the season with Tate as the backup. Maybe this is why Rich Rod is currently on the job market.

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The hype that is surrounding Tate is very real. Earning him a Sports Illustrated cover, something UofA hasn’t had since Desert Swarm, with Teddy Bruschi in the early 90’s. Kevin Sumlin is no stranger to the spotlight. If things get dicey for the star Tate, Sumlin should be able to jump in to take the focus off of Tate. Something a head coach should do for his star player. I mean, Sumlin coached Johnny Manziel, can’t get much more challenging than that. Tate has a chance to do something no player from Arizona has ever done, a Rose Bowl and Heisman. Both are doable goals. Kevin Sumlin is an offensive innovator and he has the best athlete in College football. We’re about to see an extra spark on Saturday’s in Tucson during the 2018 football season.

College Football: The Trojan War, The Pete Carroll Version

Didn’t take long for Pete Carroll to settle into the bright lights of Hollywood. His smile was contagious, same with his love for being on the football field, acting like a kid. Most of the time you can see Carroll throwing the ball with his quarterback getting warmed up and pumped up banging on player’s shoulder pads, it’s a pre-game ritual. The glamour of LA, the bright lights, the red carpet were all useful tools for Carroll and recruiting. What 18-year-old would not want to come play in LA. Also doesn’t hurt that Snoop Dogg was a frequent visitor of the football program, also stars like Will Ferrell, P. Diddy, and many more would frequent the facilities.

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Many boosters, alumni, and SC fans were upset about the Carroll hire because he wasn’t a home run candidate, he was an unknown, generally speaking. Carroll laid out goals during his first coaches meeting, that was to beat ND and UCLA, win the Rose Bowl, then win the National Championship. Before taking his talents to the Pacific Northwest, Carroll accomplished all 4 goals he set out for. Winning 2 National Titles, one of them was the Rose Bowl and going 16-2 against ND/UCLA. Carroll’s attitude and ability to communicate with the younger generation separated him from anyone else in the country. He also had NFL experience so he was able to handle the spotlight having coached in New York. If you’ve coached in New York, you can coach anywhere. One reason Hall of Fame Safety Ronnie Lott left the Raiders to player for Carroll with the New York Jets. He has high praise for Carroll, for the same reasons any player had high praise for him.

One of the reasons I wanted to play with the Jets is I wanted to play for Pete… I wanted to learn more about the game of football and I thought he was a great teacher. So for me — he was the defensive coordinator one year and head coach the following year — it was great.”- Ronnie Lott on his 2 years with the Jets

The Trojans were the biggest ticket in town. Pete Carroll was lucky to inherit Carson Palmer as the QB and Mike Williams at wide receiver. Made it an easier transition back to coaching college and he took off from there. With LA not having an NFL franchise, the Dodgers struggling, Wayne Gretzky was traded, and the marriage between Shaq and Kobe had recently ended. The city of LA was up for Grabs and Pete Carroll had the perfect cast to grab LA, Reggie Bush, Lendale White, and Matt Leinart were players that weren’t afraid of the spotlight and the big city and pressure of Hollywood. I’ll take that ’04 and ’05 team against any college team since 2000.

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Reggie Bush, Lendale White, and Matt Leinart were Carroll’s major chess pieces. All 3 were made for LA, thriving in the spotlight. They had a swag you really haven’t seen since Jimmy Johnson was coaching the Miami Hurricanes, The U, as they were referred to. The ground attack and Matt Lionheart were fearless. They brought USC back to Championship level.

USC- White BushWhite and Bush were better known as thunder and lightning. Bush was lighting because he was so shifty and he was a nightmare in the open field. Lendale White was a ‘savage’ just blowing up tacklers and embracing contact. White was known as Thunder because of his bruising style of running. That bruising style of run caused Lendale a series of hurt post football, saying he had about 20-30 concussions during his college and NFL career. They were constantly challenging one another to outdo the other. White had an insane 52 TD runs in 3 years at USC, and he was the second best RB, according to ‘experts.’ While Bush had 4,470 total Yards and 38 TD’s. Combining for 7,960 total yards and 95 TD’s in a 3 year-span. That is insane to think about. Not any coach would be able to handle two stars like that in the same backfield, Pete Carroll embraced the challenge. Managing their play was a major challenge for Carroll, but he used them to perfection. Leinart threw for just under 11,000 yards with 99 TD’s and 25 INT in 3 years as well.

USC Vince

Vince Young trampling in for a an 8 yard TD to beat SC in the National Championship game was just the beginning. Trojan fans wish that was the worst part. Unfortunately, that was the start of a very tumultuous time in Southern California. In April of 2006 the NCAA opened up an investigation into USC football, mainly the possible benefits given to Bush’s family. Finally, the NCAA came out and crushed USC. They issued one of the harshest penalties given to a university short of the “Death Penalty.”

They were placed on probation for 4 years and lost 30 scholarships over a 3 year span. They were given a postseason ban for 2 years, had to vacate 14 wins from Bush’s games in 2004 and 2005, including the national championship game in 2004 and the appearance in the title game in 2005. Bush gave up his Heisman voluntarily before the NCAA could strip him of it. Bottom line you can’t blame an 18-20 year old kid to say no when he is given the world. His family came from hard times and a few big names funded housing and paid out benefits. All Reggie Bush did was played football. This had a major effect on USC football and basketball because OJ Mayo was also found guilty of accepting benefits. It looks like USC is on their way back to contention but they need to beat up on teams outside of the West Coast to get that respect they once had. Young breaking the hearts of all Southern Cal fans was just the start of the Trojan War.