Hello, everyone. Hope you are having a good day. Let's get to some questions.
Your thoughts on the Tuberville hire?
I think it's a good hire if he embraces the spread offense. I was concerned at first if he was a "fit," but the reality is if the Troy offensive coordinator can handle the offense, Tuberville can deal with the defense and run the team. Tuberville was a CEO-type coach at Auburn. I would assume he'd be that way at Tech. Should be interesting to see how it all works out.
Rich, loved your work on KTCU back in the day. Should the Stars just pack it in for the rest of the year and shoot for a high draft pick? Is there anyone in the draft that would be worth tanking the rest of the year?
I don't ever believe in the "tanking" theory. It just leaves you with more of a mess to clean up in the offseason. There are some good picks and the Stars are likely to get one of those. This team needs more than picks. They need help on the blue line and they have to make a decision on goal. At this point, I can't see Marty Turco returning. But there's still nearly half a season left. The trade deadline could get interesting if the Stars choose to be sellers.
The only reason Mo did not make the US team is because he does not have that in your face personality.........Whjo in the owrld thinks Jamie L is a better Hockey player than Mikie Mo......what a joke
I feel your pain on Modano. I was surprised Drury made the the team. I thought Modano would get there. It will be strange to watch the US team without him on it.
What are the rangers back up plan at first base if Chris Davis struggles like he did last year?
That would be Justin Smoak. Davis comes in as the starter and the club believes he's going to be fine. I do too, for what that's worth. But they do have a top draft pick in Smoak waiting in the wings. He's a switch hitter, but is still learning the game. Another year in the minors sure wouldn't hurt. The club certainly wants Davis to seize the job.
what is your prediction for the upcoming game?
I'm going to take the Cowboys. I took them last week, reluctantly, and I'm doing the same this week. Minnesota is a good team and I never buy into theory about winning the last game before the playoffs or any of that. Brett Favre will be ready and they haven't lost at home. But the Cowboys are really clicking right now. They are winning convincingly and doing it in every facet. I'll go with the Cowboys in a close one.
What is your take on the Texas Rangers ownership situation and their chances to make the post season this year?
Today is the "deadline" for exclusive negotiation rights between Hicks Sports Group and the Greenberg/Ryan group. I put deadline in quotes because MLB sets the deadline and I've got to think that if the sides are close (and all indications are they have made a done of progress), MLB wouldn't give them a few more days if they need it. It sounds like it's up to Hicks. If this falls through, the process could start over and Jim Crane could get back in the mix. We'll see.
IF wade phillips gets fired, do you think a possible successor will be Bill Cowher or do you think its still going to be Jason Garrett?
First, I don't think Wade gets fired. He won a playoff game and the Cowboys made a late-season run in large part because of his defense. I'm sure Jerry Jones will extend the contract. Bill Cowher would be great, but I don't know if he'd take this particular job. It's hard to say if Garrett is still the possible successor, but I doubt it. But I really do think Wade has earned the job for at least another season -- win or lose in Minnesota.
Could the Rangers conceivably get Sheets if his workout goes well? Or are there too many other folks with bigger wallets involved?
I think there are probably too many other clubs with larger wallets, but you never know. The Rangers have some advantages. First, Sheets has a good relationship with pitching coach Mike Maddux. Second, he had a deal in place with the Rangers last offseason before it fell through when he failed the physical and discovered he needed surgery. Third, he's worked out and rehabbed in Arlington all season. All of that should help. But if it comes down to only dollars, you can't bet on the Rangers at this point, can you?
How might the Oliver/Wilson rotation/setup look?
I think it would look fine. If Wilson isn't a starter -- and I still think he'll end up in the bullpen -- the club does not want him to be a situational lefty. That's not who he is. He's a late-inning pitcher and that's what he'll be. Oliver can set up as well and help get the game to the eighth and ninth. I actually like how this team is shaping up.
Is there a big name player (pitching or batting) still on the Rangers' wish list via trade or FA.
I don't think there's a big name, except maybe Ben Sheets. They need a veteran catcher, but aren't in any rush. They are always looking for starting pitching.
So what's your take, will Hicks and Greenberg complete their negotiations today?
I still think they'll complete them, but I bet it takes another day or two. I just can't think MLB wants this thing to drag on or to restart the process all over again. Greenberg/Ryan have come this far, why not finish it? Hicks would still have a huge stake in the team and would be involved.
how is tcu football looking for next year?
Carson, I talked with Gary Patterson yesterday and we'll have that Q&A and a video up in the next few days. Be sure to check it out. I think they are looking good. They return all but 6 starters and have the motivation of a Fiesta Bowl loss to drive them. They must replace Jerry Hughes and Daryl Washington, which won't be easy. But good programs find a way to do that. I expect TCU to once again be fighting to go undefeated and be in the national title game discussion. I'm not sure they'll get there, but they should be a power team.
With Muschamp staying in Texas, what does that mean for the future of the Longhorns?
It means what it's meant the last few years: Muschamp remains the coach in waiting. But I wonder how long he's willing to wait? What's the motivation for Mack Brown to hang it up any time soon. He's making $5 million a year and is running a program that is annually fighting for Big 12 titles. Sounds like a good job to me. And if Muschamp leaves, it doesn't mean he still can't return to Texas and take over for Brown. If he goes somewhere else and is good, you know he'd be high on Texas' list. But for now, Muschamp is staying and remains the head coach in waiting.
What in the world is going on with the Stars? Why now are we seeing the road woes when they started the season off so strong on the road?
Lack of depth on the blue line, for starters. Inconsistent goaltending. And injuries haven't helped. This team just doesn't have all the pieces and it seems most glaring on the defensive end. I know goals haven't exactly come in bunches, either, but even in Crawford's aggressive offensive system, you have to lock down defensively. They haven't done that.
What sort of coach can UGA fans look forward to with Todd Grantham as the new DC?
He has to get some credit for Ratlif's play, doesn't he? I know he's highly thought of by folks around the NFL. And a few guys that cover the NFL regularly have told me they think he's a good coach. That's all I know. I do know Georgia needs some defensive improvement. I think Grantham will do a good job.
Why does it seem that me and Barchy (when he gets to play) are the only two players on this team that seem to have passion on a nightly basis?
I'm not sure I buy that. You two do have passion, though. I think others do too. It just seems to me the team has a lack of confidence at times, from the goalie on out. I'm not sure how that gets fixed. A win or two would certainly help. This team has never been able to get a streak going. That's what they need.
Is there anymore word out there on Sheets coming to the Rangers? I know he was scheduled to throw this week for teams, any feedback?
He throws on Tuesday in Louisiana and the Rangers will have a representative. We'll see how that goes.
What kind of an impact do you see Hurdle making? Will he drill it into the minds of Kinsler and Cruz that a flyout is not a productive out?
I think he's going to work out well. Rudy Jaramillo was a great hitting coach and Hurdle isn't trying to be Rudy. He's stressing productive outs and hitting to the scoreboard. If you have a green light to swing away, go swing away. But if there are runners on base, move them over. Don't try to do too much. Hurdle will talk about that. It's still up to the hitters, though.
Have you attended any winter caravan signings?? Just curious how much of a hastle it is to actually get an autograph from them.
I have. It's not difficult to get an autograph, but you have to be patient. There was a long line to get Josh Hamilton's autograph last night and fans got wristbands beforehand to make the process easier. He started signing at 6:30 and ended just after 8. Not bad, if you ask me. It's actually a good time. General manager Jon Daniels was there last night and answered questions from fans. I would encourage you to try it.
Muschamp isn't leaving because winning and recruiting in the Big 12 is MUCH easier than it is in the SEC.
There's some truth to that. Also, if Texas is willing to hand over the keys, he doesn't have to go out and prove himself in a head coaching job. So if he leaves, it would have to be the perfect job.
Do you see any chance of the Stars putting a package together with one of their younger forwards, a defenseman and Turco for a top notch blueliner and an okay forward?
I think anything is possible. And I'd consider it if I were the Stars. I still think Marty Turco can be a solid goalie, but they need so much help at different areas, that maybe now is the time to take some risks and deal him.
Do you think with TCU's success this season they will have better recruiting classes in the future?
Sure. I think they've done a nice job since Franchione and then Patterson have been there, but you would think a BCS appearance and ESPN College Gameday coming to campus has to help. More poeple found out about TCU this year. That can't hurt in recruiting.
Thanks, everyone. I'll see you next week.