Ah, those pesky network cameras and their need for sideline shots of coaches during a game.
Early in the fourth quarter of Saturday’s Big 12 game at Texas Tech, West Virginia had just scored to pad its lead to 34-10. The director of the FS1 telecast called for a shot of Mountaineers coach Dana Holgorsen. At the time the camera found him, he was chugging a Red Bull energy drink.
Holgorsen, like his former boss, Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy, has a penchant for the energy drink. It would seem a perfect promotional deal for Red Bull to sign up Holgorsen for an endorsement.
Not so fast, caffeine breath.
“I’m really happy with Coca Cola. They do a great job and is [a] great sponsor of WVU athletics,” Holgorsen said Monday when asked if he had ever been approached about an endorsement deal.
If that sounds like a company line, it is. In 2012, West Virginia and Coca Cola agreed to a five-year deal for exclusive availability for Coca-Cola products across all WVU’s campuses and athletic facilities.
Red Bull is not a Coca Cola product.
“They caught me in a weak moment,” Holgorsen said to explain his sideline refreshment. “I like variety. I slammed one of those and then got back to drinking Coca Cola and Dasani water.”
Dasani is a Coca Cola product, so nice audible there, coach.
Jefferson speaks out
The Texas legislature passed a law that went into effect Aug. 1 that allows students to carry firearms on campus. It has created a stir at the University of Texas; private schools in Texas like Big 12 member TCU have the ability to ban firearms, which it has.
Longhorns sophomore linebacker Malik Jefferson was on ESPN’s Outside the Lines on Sunday morning to talk about the law.
“I just don’t want that issue in my life,” Jefferson said when asked if he owned a gun. “It’s something that people can use to create bad situations and make them worse.”
Texas coach Charlie Strong was asked about his players speaking out on issues that don’t have anything to do with sports.
“I tell my players that if they’re going to speak on an issue, do your research yourself and have all the information before you speak out,” Strong said. “I don’t mind them voicing their opinions. It’s freedom of speech I always want them to understand they have rights.
“Don’t be afraid to use your voice. We have a platform, some of you have a big platform. Just make sure to use it the right way.”
Mahomes managing pain
Texas Tech junior quarterback Patrick Mahomes still leads the Big 12 in passing, but he and the Red Raiders are coming off their worst offensive game last Saturday against West Virginia.
Mahomes suffered a sprain right (throwing) shoulder in the third quarter of Texas Tech’s last victory, a 55-19 triumph over Kansas. He returned to start 10 days later at Kansas State.
“He wasn’t 100 percent; I won’t get into specifics,” Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury said of Saturday’s performance against West Virginia. “I think the lack of practice during the week caught up to him. That wasn’t what I’ve seen on most Saturdays. He was just out of rhythm and comfort there.
“His shoulder, it’s basically about pain management and tolerance. It might be a few weeks until he’s totally over it. Talking with him this week, he’s made some strides and hopefully he can practice this week.”
When is the parade?
Few things are sillier than college football programs claiming national championships after the fact. Last week, while Oklahoma State had a bye week, the Cowboys won a national championship. The 1945 Oklahoma A&M Aggies went 9-0 and capped the season with a 33-13 Sugar Bowl victory over St. Mary’s.
The American Football Coaches Association awarded the trophy to the school last week. The AFCA formed a Blue Ribbon Commission to select Coaches’ Trophy winners from 1922 through 1949. The AFCA was founded in 1922 and it started awarding national championship trophies in 1949, the first year it conducted a poll.
Army, Alabama and Oklahoma A&M all finished undefeated in 1945. Army defeated No. 2 Navy in its final game of the season. The Cadets were a unanimous No. 1 in the final Associated Press poll.
- Oklahoma junior quarterback Baker Mayfield has played 19 games for the Sooners and he’s the only player in school history to compile 5,000 yards passing and 500 yards rushing.
- Through six games, TCU has 21 quarterback sacks. There have been six seasons under coach Gary Patterson with the Frogs totaling 40 or more sacks – 2014, 2008, 2007, 2005, 2003 and 2002. Defensive end Josh Carraway leads the team with 4½ sacks.
- In Big 12 play, Texas has a 1-5 record in games played at Kansas State. The Longhorns have been outscored 211-104 in those six games.
- The Joe Moore Award goes to the best offensive line in college football and is selected by the Foundation for Teamwork. The award announced its top midseason line units: Air Force, Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, LSU, Miami, Michigan, Nebraska, Ohio State, Pittsburgh, Texas A&M, USC, Virginia Tech, Washington, Washington State, Western Michigan and Wisconsin. No teams from the Big 12 is a solid indictment of the conference this season.
- Oklahoma State junior quarterback Mason Rudolph has 29 touchdown passes and just four interceptions in 12 home games the last two seasons. In seven road games, he has five touchdowns and seven interceptions.