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Whew!

What a ball game. Wow. Look at us. Going into week 12 a year removed from graduating 75 JUCO mercenaries (if Tech fans are to be believed), we are staring at a real shot at repeating as CUSA West champions and playing for the 'ship.

This is our letdown year, remember?

The year we were picked to finish fourth in the division, might not win 6 games, and have our betters avenge our unfair advantages (according to them) over the last two years. The year it all came crashing down.

Heh, bless their hearts.

Senior Day. Rained all morning, then turned chilly. Tailgating was a swamp. Didn't matter. A word on these seniors. A couple of them were in the room when Ray the Apostate committed his act of treachery, transferred out, and came home when mama called.

Several of them signed up to play football at a school not playing football. They are (without looking it up) the most successful senior class in UAB history (with only 3 years on the books). This is a special group of guys. The best part? There are only 14 of them! That makes the prospects for 2020 very exciting. We're a pretty damn young team in '19, sitting at 8-3 and still in the hunt going into week 12.

Anywho, on to the observations.

Sacred Cows

If you didn't get to the Blazertalk tailgate yesterday and missed out on one of the Mad Genius' steaks, brothers and sisters, you missed out on a sublime treat. A word on that, while I'm thinking about it. Blazerwkr has been the plow horse for our tailgate for as long as I've been participating. He's very quietly been a weekly hero for a long time. We should have toasted you last night, sir. On that note, we are discussing transitioning to the Gameday tailgate next year in anticipation of the new stadium, to both see what it's like and be "on the list" for '21. I'll let him start his own thread with the details, but if you've enjoyed eating and fellowshipping with us, consider chipping in and helping make this happen.

Tech gonna Tech

They have to be the biggest bunch of crybabies I've ever encountered. USM fans warned us and they were right. Something they've never learned in Ruston, despite plenty of lessons; taking defeat like a man.

Moll. Rhymes with "maul".

9 more tackles yesterday. Dude is a tackling machine. Speaking of, linebacker play, along with wide receiver, has been one of the most pleasant surprises this year. We are so fast. Sideline to sideline. In a conference full of pinball football, we are winning in the Clark era by running the ball and playing defense. Like Vince Lombardi once said, "Football is blocking and tackling. Everything else is mythology." Speaking of receivers...

Myron Mitchell. Rhymes with, "Holy s***! Did he just catch that?"

He might just end up a truly special player at UAB. 4 catches for 81 yards. He and Watkins (3 for 75) had a very nice day, which had a lot to do with...

Dylan Hopkins. Rhymes with "Our freshman backup QB > your freshman backup quarterback"

220 total yards, one TD and one pick. Good enough to win, the way our D was playing. Got more comfortable as the game progressed. We were not going to win without a decent game out of him, and we got it. Kid's now 2-1 as a starter and has gotten better every week. I don't know TJ3's status, but all is not lost if he can't go. A big reason for his success was due to...

Big Uglies

Inexperienced and much maligned unit had a great game yesterday. Tech simply did not get to Hopkins. Did not get near him. The pocket did not break down. Period. All his runs were called. We also ran for 167. Not phenomenal, but not bad, again because of how the defense played.

There's a D in Blazers

We held Tech to 270 yards and 14 points. Yeah, J'Mar didn't play, nor did their receiver, blah blah blah. Who's fault is that? J'Mar didn't look like the second coming of Tim Rattay in Ruston last year, I know that. But that's beside the point. We've been playing great D all year. David Reaves is very quietly one of the best DCs in the country, and we are lucky to have him.

#CUAB

Penalties:
Tech 8 for 70 yards.
UAB 8 for 70 yards.

The Good

Folks, after all we've been through, walking through that mob of football players, families, friends, and fans brings my heart joy. Everyone is happy, laughing, hugging, high-fiving, mugging for selfies. We have been through the desert. Enjoy.

The Bad

Why the hell were all the gates locked at the end of the game? I had a great time, but I was ready to go! On a related note, you had a pretty good day when that's all you've got to ***** about.

The Ugly

Steer clear of Tech's message board. Seriously. They're not taking it well.

So, what does this mean, Barbara?

It means we're going into week 12 with meaningful football still to play. Major goals still ahead of us. I like this. Way better than the other kind. Senior Day in Denton next week. Let's crash the party. It also means the twitterverse is awash with "(Fill in name of underachieving Privileged 5 school here) should get Bill Clark from UAB" again this year. Beats the hell out of having coaches they DON'T say that about.

That's all I got. For now. I think.
11-24-2019 09:12 AM
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With Smaug's $0.02 finally posted, we can say the Fat lady has officially sung
11-24-2019 09:25 AM
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I really look forward to reading his 0.02 posts. Win or lose it always brings a smile. Thank you for for them.
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Speaking of which, Dennis Dodd has a gut feeling Clark would crawl to Fayetteville for the Arkansas job. Now that is hilarious!!!

https://www.cbssports.com/college-footba...ad-morris/

I'll say this, this is the type of job I could see Clark being interested in. Not sure if he would want to live in Fayetteville or where he is at with being vested under Alabama Retirement System.
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(11-24-2019 10:54 AM)HiddenDragon Wrote:  Speaking of which, Dennis Dodd has a gut feeling Clark would crawl to Fayetteville for the Arkansas job. Now that is hilarious!!!

https://www.cbssports.com/college-footba...ad-morris/

I'll say this, this is the type of job I could see Clark being interested in. Not sure if he would want to live in Fayetteville or where he is at with being vested under Alabama Retirement System.

he is vested
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(11-24-2019 11:05 AM)UAB Schnauzer Wrote:  
(11-24-2019 10:54 AM)HiddenDragon Wrote:  Speaking of which, Dennis Dodd has a gut feeling Clark would crawl to Fayetteville for the Arkansas job. Now that is hilarious!!!

https://www.cbssports.com/college-footba...ad-morris/

I'll say this, this is the type of job I could see Clark being interested in. Not sure if he would want to live in Fayetteville or where he is at with being vested under Alabama Retirement System.

he is vested

Alrighty then!
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(11-24-2019 11:07 AM)HiddenDragon Wrote:  
(11-24-2019 11:05 AM)UAB Schnauzer Wrote:  
(11-24-2019 10:54 AM)HiddenDragon Wrote:  Speaking of which, Dennis Dodd has a gut feeling Clark would crawl to Fayetteville for the Arkansas job. Now that is hilarious!!!

https://www.cbssports.com/college-footba...ad-morris/

I'll say this, this is the type of job I could see Clark being interested in. Not sure if he would want to live in Fayetteville or where he is at with being vested under Alabama Retirement System.

he is vested

Alrighty then!

iirc it happened during the shutdown or the first year back
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I'm pretty sanguine about the whole "Clark to (insert underachieving Privileged 5 team here)" talk. It's inevitable if you're any good.

Like I said, beats the hell out of having coaches nobody wanted.

Of course I hope he stays a good, long time, but given what he's already done for us, if he left tomorrow I'd still want to erect a statue of him outside the FOB. That, and we are not the dumpster fire we were when he got here. We are as an attractive gig as most non-cartel schools. And we have him to thank for that, too.
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I am extremely disappointed with our students. Looked like, other than the band, there were maybe 50 there.
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November home games since The Return:

11/4/17 Rice (52-21) 21,224
11/25/17 UTEP (28-7) 14,505
11/3/18 UTSA (52-3) 17,605
11/10/18 USM (26-23) 25,618
11/16/19 UTEP (37-10) 19,875
11/23/19 La Tech (20-14) 18,346

Hard to understand the dip from UTEP to LT this year. I guess students went home and lots of folks headed out of town
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(11-24-2019 02:14 PM)BlazerGreen Wrote:  November home games since The Return:

11/4/17 Rice (52-21) 21,224
11/25/17 UTEP (28-7) 14,505
11/3/18 UTSA (52-3) 17,605
11/10/18 USM (26-23) 25,618
11/16/19 UTEP (37-10) 19,875
11/23/19 La Tech (20-14) 18,346

Hard to understand the dip from UTEP to LT this year. I guess students went home and lots of folks headed out of town

I'd take the dip as UTEP game last yr was our crowds coming to see us on first championship run & LaT like most of our conference mates don't travel. As said above lots didn't come, like students, for one reason or another - shame they missed out on something they can't get back.
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Some decided that there was nothing left else to play for this season I suppose.
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I sure am glad we won.

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No more classes until Dec 2. Most students went home for extended Thanksgiving break...
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We seem to have this conversation around this time every year.

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As usual the best part of the postgame is this thread. I think you nailed the biggest improvement over the course of the year-the OLine. At the start of the year they could pass block, but couldn’t move bad teams in the run game. They still aren’t all the way there, but they are winning when it counts

As for Clark to Arkansas, better to be mentioned, but please not there. There are better jobs that will open soon
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(11-24-2019 05:25 PM)linus Wrote:  As usual the best part of the postgame is this thread. I think you nailed the biggest improvement over the course of the year-the OLine. At the start of the year they could pass block, but couldn’t move bad teams in the run game. They still aren’t all the way there, but they are winning when it counts

As for Clark to Arkansas, better to be mentioned, but please not there. There are better jobs that will open soon

Playing a 6th OL at the TE position has added another level of physicality. HCBC mentioned it in an interview...
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Yeah, Clark is about as good as anybody at identifying a weakness and finding interesting ways to mitigate it.
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(11-24-2019 05:20 PM)WesternBlazer Wrote:  No more classes until Dec 2. Most students went home for extended Thanksgiving break...

At least half of the student body is from the Birmingham metro area, so "going home" means they're still in town.
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So, I just watched the replay, and Tech's second "touchdown" was laughably not a touchdown.

Good ole CUAB.
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