Horns finally defeat Kansas State, still have a ways to go

I didn’t write about Ole Miss, so here it is in one sentence:  We had a decent gameplan in the first half, but Ole Miss adjusted to Case McCoy, killed our offense, and then coolly hung 27 points in the second half.  Not much surprise there.

2003.  That’s the last year we defeated Kansas State.  Vince Young was a redshirt freshman and we also had Chance Mock at QB.  I was in high school.  For some reason, we’ve always had problems with K-State.  That’s partially because they avoided playing us in 2004, 2005, 2008, and 2009, due to the divisions in the Big 12, and therefore they ducked all of our BCS teams.  However, we also never seem to get a break against them.  Colt got injured in the opening drive in 2006, and that injury and that loss knocked us out of national title contention and contributed to us losing the Big 12.  In 2007, we didn’t have a great team and they ran us over at home.  This is when freaking Ron Prince was their head coach.

Then we played them in 2010 and 2011, with Bill Snyder back as their coach.  Predictably, they smashed our horrid 2010 team and whipped our bad defense in 2012, but in 2011, that game should have been ours.  An absolutely horrible kick-catch interference call against us negated a muffed punt that we recovered and allowed KSU to score and stake a lead.  We killed their offense but our offense couldn’t get much going, and so we lost a close one.  That game was quite exasperating.

With that history in mind, it was nice finally getting a win over Kansas State.  However, make no mistake, this was not a good Wildcat football team.

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First Thoughts on Attending a Catholic University

I’ve just started school at the University of Dallas, where I am pursuing a master of arts in philosophy.  It is a small Catholic university in Irving, TX, and they do not try to hide the fact that they’re Catholic.  Not much has happened so far, but it’s been interesting, and I’ll enumerate some thoughts below.

-UD’s philosophy program falls under the very generic label of “continental philosophy,” as opposed to “analytic” philosophy taught by most schools.  That doesn’t mean they’re not analytic but that they prefer to look back on old texts than necessarily tackle contemporary issues and logic chop them.  Analytic philosophy is what I’m used to, so it’s a little different.  That is, however, one reason I found the school intriguing.  I could have went to the University of Houston, where the training would be more in-line with what I’m familiar with and in a program that has more national prestige, but due to a variety of factors (ministry being a big one), I wanted to stay in the DFW area.  At UD, I think I’ll be stretched in different ways, which I’m hoping is a good thing.  It’s already challenging; the first day of one class, we poured over the professor’s translation of Aristotle’s The Categories, and he translated it for accuracy of the original text and not for easy readability.  It was late (it’s a three hour class and I had two before it) and I was really hungry, and it was tough sometimes trying to follow the reading and discussion.  I’m hoping that this is good for me and even helpful when it comes to reading Scripture more carefully.

-I wouldn’t say that all the professors are conservatively Catholic, but they like being called Catholic, generally.

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Manny Diaz out, a revision of predictions

I should create another sports blog again, but in the meantime, I’ll use this space.

So Manny Diaz got fired yesterday (or rather, “reassigned”), the first time Mack Brown has ever ousted a coordinator during the season.  And it had to happen.  The defense last Saturday was so bad that it would even be unbelievable for an FCS team, much less than University of Texas.  I don’t hate Diaz or anything and I actually think he’s smart.  However, being smart with X’s and O’s is not the same thing as coaching, and it seemed pretty clear that he was very deficient in teaching his players how to play fundamentally and within his system, nor did he inspire the other position coaches to work towards one cohesive goal.  Ex-Longhorn Keenan Robinson defended Diaz on Twitter, stating how the 2011 defense was pretty dang good.  And it was, with guys like Robinson, Emmanuel Acho, Blake Gideon, and other smart players who knew where to be.  The system can work.  But Diaz apparently stunk at developing players to run it, so now he’s out.

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I’m done: Time to go, Mack

I normally write about sports in an old Xanga blog, but since Xanga got an overhaul, I’ll write this here.

I’m a big believer in patience and thinking without too much emotion.  I think it’s important not to knee-jerk react to individual games, and I like giving people chances to prove themselves.  Even after the terrible 2010 season and two straight thrashings at the hands of OU, I tried to hold on to some optimism for Mack despite serious misgivings.  I had this feeling that he was fighting a losing battle, but I still wanted to hope that he had at least one last great season in him.  After all, he had done so much to resurrect the program, I felt that he deserved a chance to try to rebound and go out on his own terms.

No more.  I don’t want Mack Brown to be our coach anymore.  And I certainly don’t want any part of Manny Diaz coaching our defense.  I’m not mad, nor was I mad during the game.  I was just resigned.  This is it.  It will not get significantly better as long as Mack Brown remains our coach.  I wish him no ill-will, but it’s time to move on.  If Bellmont refuses to, they merely expose themselves lazy administrators afraid of change.

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Ideas Matter: The Irresponsible Focus on the “Practical” by Churches, Parents, and Students

Last night I was bored, so I spent some time reading through the Supreme Court’s ruling on the Defense of Marriage Act.  Justice Antonin Scalia excoriated the majority for both overstepping its jurisdiction as well as framing the debate in such a way to make it almost impossible for dissenters to defend traditional marriage in the future (basically painting proponents of traditional marriage as mere haters who have no rational reason to oppose gay marriage).  Whatever mistakes or inconsistencies Scalia may have in other cases, he was pretty spot on in his analysis here, but predictably, because he did not side with popular sentiment, his dissenting opinion was ridiculed by most of the media.  Few articles actually engaged his arguments, instead choosing to portray him as someone who was merely raging with select quotes.

So I was reminded how much ideas matter.  This trek towards homosexual marriage didn’t come from nowhere.  It’s the fruit of philosophical shifts of the university and culture, shifts away from universal morals based on God and towards man-made moralities.  In the church, it reflects the move towards theological liberalism by many of the mainline denominations as opposed to the Scripture-based theology of the Church’s forebearers.  Homosexual marriage is simply one of many symptoms of these philosophical and theological ideas.  Indeed, in the name of “progress,” many liberals ironically champion the Supreme Court as an arm that basically makes laws, something our forefathers expressly tried to avoid.  If you aren’t in step with the so-called social elite, you are ignorant and bigoted, and you should just listen to the elite because they automatically know what’s better.

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