Saturday, March 31, 2007
Friday, March 30, 2007
Billy-G has FINALLY accepted the new contract, which is worth $1.75 million/year through 2015. The contract will make him one of "the Top 10 coaches in terms of income." Also noted in the in the press conference was that "All six Aggie seniors will have their degrees by this August." Considering where we were when Billy got here, that is great news.
Thursday, March 29, 2007
[Update] What does not make sense to me is that the plan all along was for the Board of Regents to vote on Billy G's new contract on Friday, so why would there be an announcement today? I am pretty sure Brent Z (SA-Express beat reporter) made this "keep open his options"-crap up. After all, this is the same d-bag that took Billy's lack of comment as an indication that he wanted to coach Arkansas. How did that analysis work out for you Brent?
[Update] Brent Z has expanded his story from last night by cleverly adding "for now" to the original "Gillispie balks at A&M deal" headline. The unabridged version also claims that "Byrne insisted that Gillispie decide one way or another whether he wanted to accept the contract — or begin discussions with Arkansas." So with Arkansas window shut and no official acceptance Billy, must want the Kentucky job. I am getting this right Brent?
Acie was named a finalist for the Wooden Award. Billy G is set to bet the "highest-paid men's basketball coach in the Big 12 Conference". Both Acie and Billy have "lived up to Aggie tradition and broken all our hearts" (Sweet-16 loss). Texas blanked us in softball, 0-5. That is our 3rd scoreless game of the year. To say the baseball "soundly defeated" TCU is a bit of an understatement (13-2).
Wednesday, March 28, 2007
Looks like Billy will get "neighborhood of $2 million" through 2012 and assurances that construction on the new A&M basketball facility will begin on Monday. Billy has indicated that "he will not accept an offer from the University of Arkansas to replace fired coach Stan Heath, nor will he pursue any other available job openings".
I have not seen this anywhere else yet. Great scoop.
[Update] I should really read the news before I post. Looks like SA-Express picked up the story. This whole thing is very
a plane linked to Arkansas booster & Broyles adviser, Reynie Rutledge, lands in College Station, but is only on the ground for about 35 minutes before heading back to Searcy, ARIs Rutledge the "other channel"? There was a sighting of Billy later that day, so we know he did not get on the plane, but it is possible that Rutledge delivered Arkansas's deal to Billy at the airport, or one of Billy's associates (maybe his agent) got on that plane. Soon after Brad reported this, the Arkansas Board of Trustees removed their flight records from public viewing. Tracking their movements is now much more difficult and all of this even more shady.
Tuesday, March 27, 2007
Until now, all news you have read on here has been a regurgitation of other news sources. Ladies and gentleman, welcome to the Aggie Sports Blog's 1st piece of insider information. Two sources, one in the Texas governor's office (FYI, Texas Governor Rick Perry is an Aggie) and a major university donor (building-named-in-honor-of major) have indicated that Billy G will accept the contract to be approved by the Board of Regents later this week and remain the head coach of the Texas A&M men's basketball team. Okay that was not that big of a scoop, but cut me some slack.
Q: Your former assistant, Texas A&M coach Billy Gillispie, is rumored to be among the top candidates at Arkansas. What’s your response to the rumors that he was in discussions with Razorback officials before Stan Heath was fired Monday?
A: “I know Billy pretty good. I can’t imagine that. I can’t imagine that he’d talk to someone while (Heath) had the job. Billy tells me he’s really happy where he’s at.”
- Dollar Bill Byrne is not commenting.
- Billy G is not commenting, even when cased by reporters. Don't be to scared by this, he did not comment on the IU and NC State jobs last year.
- Billy G and Acie are headed to Atlanta to watch the Final Four. Acie participating in the 3-point contest and is up for some awards.
- DeAndre Jordan is not paying "much attention" to the rumors.
- The Board of Regents is approving "additional enhancements to Gillispie's contract Thursday"
Monday, March 26, 2007
- "[Billy] could be introuded as soon as Monday"
- "[Billy] could be introuded as soon as Tuesday"
- "one Aggie recruit who spoke to Gillispie on Monday indicated differently.
"He said that everything out there was false, that if he ever left he'd let us all know first, and not to pay any attention to it," said Texas A&M signee B.J. Holmes. "The first time I spoke to him about it was when there was speculation he was going to Kentucky, and I just talked to him again not even 10 minutes ago.
It is too bad lead-off homers aren't worth 2. The bonus-run would have given us the series, but instead OU took it in extra innings, 7-8. This is our longest loosing streak of the year (2).
Friday, March 23, 2007
Let's assume Billy's previous quote that he is "honest with [his] players" is true. Then assume that Acie believes Billy G is the epicenter of TAMU basketball success. Now consider Acie's post game quote that "The future is very, very bright for this program. It's headed in the right direction. The sky is the limit for these guys." Based on those two assumptions and that it is not likely that Acie would be so positive about our future if he thought Billy would leave. Therefore Billy G is not leaving.
I am not sure how much more of this I can handle.
"I already talked to coach about that and he's an honest person - he gave me a straight up answer. I like the answer he gave me. You know I'm not really worried about that."I guess I can sleep at night.
Wednesday, March 21, 2007
What is with our baseball team and marathon games? I like the win over Rice, but our pitcher are going to be mush by the time Big-12 play starts.
Tuesday, March 20, 2007
The baseball team was able to make a late comeback mean something this time. 3 runs in the 8th tied it and 1 in the 9th gave us the W in the final game of the Kansas series. Kyle Nicholson, who lives "for that type of game", pitched the last five innings and allowed only 1 un-earned run. His weekend effort (4 hits and 1 unearned run in 10 innings) was enough to earn him his 2nd Big-12 pitcher of the week honor. As good as he his, Childress knows we can't "continue to do this week-in and week-out with Kyle Nicholson".
Spring drills have started. With "17 starters back, counting the punter and kicker" Fran has his eyes set on the Big-12 championship in SA. If it spring drills seem to be startring a little late it is because they are. Fran waited 2 weeks to kick things off due to the combo of injuries and a new strength/conditioning coach. He thinks the wait "paid dividends. We broke 14 records in the weight room." Looking at the BCS formula, I am a little lost as to which factor depends on weight room records.
Monday, March 19, 2007
As much as it pains us to say this … before Chris Douglass-Roberts went down, Memphis actually had that Final Four look. Not sure what’s up with his ankle, but hopefully, Acie Law and vastly underrated Dominique Kirk beat the annoying arrogant Tigers
What would you think if I said the score of the A&M/Kanas game was 17-13? Um...1st half of the national championship? No. The correct answer is the final of a marathon 4.5 hour game. At least we have found our bats.
Sunday, March 18, 2007
The dust and my outrageous bar tabs have settled and we are in the sweet 16. Holy crap! Through all the games, one guy stood out to me. Dom-Kirk, the kid from Bryan Adams that "nobody wanted" (in the interest of full-disclosure, he stood out to ever beat writer in American, the difference his that he has been my favorite player since Josh R. was telling me there is no way he should be starting his freshman year, there was no way he would start his sophomore year, and he was beat out of his starting position by Sloan in his junior year, suck it Josh). He arrived on Thursday averaging 6.5 a game. Then he decided to "just let it ride" and doubled it in the Penn game (16) and tripled it in the Louisville game (21). 2 of those 21 came off free throws set up by one of his two steals. Acie put it perfectly, Kirks does not "normally get all of the attention... [but] stepped up and made huge plays for us."
Wednesday, March 14, 2007
Annoyingly enough, OSU is on and done in the NIT. Oh wait, I was happy we lost. Forget I said anything.
A&M is exactly the type of team that can beat the Buckeyes: A good defensive team with a smart coach (Billy Gillespie), an experienced crunch-time guard (my man Acie Law IV), two great 3-point shooters (Law and Josh Carter) and one of those crafty foreign centers who could lure Oden away from the basket (Antanas Kavaliauskas). OSU's biggest strength is Oden's defense -- he destroys any team that's accustomed to getting points in the paint. Against a team like UNC, he'd wreak havoc. Against the Aggies? No way. They could break 70 points without ever venturing within 10 feet of the basket. Regardless, this match-up could be a classic.But then I remind myself this guy knows nothing about college basketball, I am pretty sure he doesn't even like it.
Tuesday, March 13, 2007
Monday, March 12, 2007
I am not sure why a 6th seed gets such a short commute. The good news is that if we can get past those 2 we will end up in San Antonio. Which is about as far from College Station as Lexington is from Louisville.
I am pretty sure we cannot play the "no respect" card anymore, well Acie can't:
1. Did we get hosed?
No. I think the loss gave Memphis the 2 seed over us. Wisconsin has always been ranked above us and lost in the Big 10 title game to Ohio State. Georgetown stared off a little slow, but won a bunch of games against ranked teams and won the Big East. UCLA was knocked out of the Pac-10 tournament earlier than expected, and they has a similar record as us. So, since they beat us it is hard to argue that they should be seeded higher than us. The iffy one is Memphis. They play in the pretty crappy Conference-USA. Even so they were perfect in conference and it is hard for them to do any better than that.
2. Did we hose ourselves?
Yes, and no. I think the 3 and not 2 is because of our early exit. But considering I convinced myself that loosing was good for team focus and fitness, and I think we are in the easiest bracket, we may have done ourselves a pretty big favor.
Sunday, March 11, 2007
Saturday, March 10, 2007
- After all "league tournaments are for the benefit of bottom lines and bottom feeders".
- Who wants to win the Big-12 anyways? The title didn't do Kansas much good last year.
- Over 75% of league tournament winners "lose to lower-seeded teams during the NCAA tournament".
- Billy now has more practice time to get the team to do what they could not do on Friday, "finish".
Friday, March 9, 2007
- Baylor thumps Mizzou (called it)
- Tech beat Colorado (called it)
- OSU gets revenge, beats Nebraska (called it)
- OU doesn't quite blow a huge lead, beats Iowa State (missed it)
- OU and Kansas
- Tech and K-State
- Baylor and Texas
- OSU and Texas A&M
The women's team bounced out of the Big-12 tourney a little sooner than I expected.
Thursday, March 8, 2007
Wednesday, March 7, 2007
In case you can't tell, that is Acie's jersey in the top left corner....
The women stomped Colorado 62-45, "1 seed isn't too bad". Whip an 8 seed, up next is a 5 seed. Lookin good.
Tuesday, March 6, 2007
As you can see (try clicking), the place of our games has stayed pretty constant, and both our offensive efficiency and defensive efficiency have gone up (up is good for offensive and bad for defensive), with defense at a slightly steeper slope. So one way to interpret this is that our offense is making up for our defense. Thoughts?
Before the start of the final game of the Domino’s Pizza Aggie Baseball Classic , both teams (Texas A&M and Oregon State) agreed not to start an inning after 5:40 due to Oregon State travel plans. That kindness turned against us. We rallied back, scoring 4 in the 8th, to come within 1 of tying the defending national champions. But then, OOPS! it is after 5:40, so we did not play the last inning. I guess that is why they make the game go 9. Our win streak is stopped at 14 with the 8-9 loss. However the we own the tie breaker so we won the classic, and I am guessing a bunch of crappy pizza.
Monday, March 5, 2007
Sunday, March 4, 2007
The way Rick Barnes butchers this team on a game-to-game basis is unconscionable... Do they have plays in their playbook called "Durant stands frozen 25 feet from the basket while other guys dribble aimlessly" and "half-assed pick-and-roll that leads to nothing" and "Durant posts up while the point guards stare him down, then reverse the ball the other way?" They're going to get bounced from the NCAA Tournament this month solely because Barnes has no idea how to get Durant the ball.Simmons is also a pretty big fan of Acie (but seriously who isn't?)...
If Acie Law IV isn't one of the top 10 picks in this year's draft, I give up. He's like a cross between Damon Stoudamire (back when he still had his fastball) and Sam Cassell (in the testicles department), and if you didn't get goosebumps during the replay of him screaming "That's what I do! That's what I do!" at his teammates after draining one of his life-saver threes in Austin, I don't know what to tell you. You could go to war in the playoffs with this guy for the next decade.
When $Bill brought Billy G in three years ago "Law was stubborn, Pompey soft." But he still made the "lofty prophecy" of making the Final Four. With Law a possible Big-12 player of the year and Pompey our best defender, this team might just go that far. Hell, Acie things we will " win a national championship"
Saturday, March 3, 2007
Thursday, March 1, 2007
As much as I hate losing to these guys, I must admit this was a great game. It feels great to not be the whipping boy in the rivalry.