Frogs vs. Ponies on the Hilltop Tonight

Posted on December 7th, by Stephen Hunt in All, Basketball, Big 12, college basketball, NCAA, SMU, TCU. No Comments

DALLAS—The TCU and SMU men’s basketball teams don’t play for the Iron Skillet like the Horned Frog and Mustang football teams do, but Wednesday’s cross-town rivalry game at Moody Coliseum still holds plenty of intrigue. For one, the Frogs enter this contest a perfect 8-0 following a 77-54 win over Arkansas State on Saturday at Schollmaier Arena in Fort Worth. Junior forward Vladimir Brodziansky led the Frogs with 18 points and five blocked shots.

TCU, who is in year one under new head coach Jamie Dixon, is now receiving votes in both polls, but Dixon is adamant that despite their unblemished record, the Frogs remain a work-in-progress. “Getting better, we’re improving. I can get excited about what we can become,” Dixon said during his postgame press conference on Saturday.

The Frogs field a starting five consisting mostly of upperclassmen. Besides Brodziansky, that … Read More »

Baylor Can Only Hope to Be on SMU’s Level

Posted on August 8th, by Tom Fireoved in All, Baylor Bears, College Football, SMU. No Comments

Last week yet another disturbing story emerged from Waco, TX. This time it centered around Rami Hammad, the latest in what sadly continues to be a still-growing list of Baylor football players accused of sexual crimes. On Monday, Hammad was arrested on a stalking charge of a female Baylor student, accused of sexually assaulting another Baylor coed and violating a university-issued no-contact order. According to documents reviewed by Outside the Lines, the sexual assault was reported to Baylor’s Title IX office last fall, yet Hammad played in all 13 games last season, and was listed as a starter on the 2016 post-spring depth chart for the upcoming season. Wow.

To say that I’m disgusted with (as I’m sure millions of others are as well) the way Baylor has continually tried to protect itself and their football program at the expense of … Read More »

Mustangs Fall as Local Kids Star for Tulsa

Posted on February 12th, by Stephen Hunt in All, Basketball, college basketball, SMU. No Comments

DALLAS—The Tulsa Golden Hurricane did something on Wednesday night against SMU that hadn’t happened all season to a visiting team, they beat the Mustangs at Moody Coliseum. And two Plano natives, junior transfer Pat Birt and senior Rashad Smith, started for Tulsa in that 82-77 win.

The win was especially sweet for Birt, a Plano Senior High product who finished with 17 points and five rebounds, the bulk of which came in the second half.

“Well, I was thinking about it earlier. I was at this game same time last year for the conference championship and one of my goals this year was to beat them at SMU, so it’ll always feel great,” Birt said in a postgame press conference. “But it’s just another win. It’s a good win but we got to keep it going, try to get first place.”

Birt had … Read More »

College Hoops Tough to Beat

Posted on February 3rd, by Chuck Cooperstein in All, Big 12, college basketball, Oklahoma Sooners, SEC, SMU, Texas A&M, University of Texas. No Comments

Some of you may know that before I started doing Mavericks games on radio, I spent my time (a lot of time) around college basketball. There is no doubt in my mind that the NBA game is a better game (please don’t tell me NBA players don’t play hard), but the college atmosphere is far superior to the NBA. In the NBA, everybody has a 20,000 seat arena. Everyone has a screaming public address announcer (except for the Lakers Lawrence Tanter) and everyone shoots T-shirts into the stands. But in college, a place like Allen Field House is so different from Cameron Indoor Stadium, which is so different from Assembly Hall, which is so different from Moody Coliseum. You get the picture. Unique is a word that comes to mind.

Naysayers of the college game will say that it’s only about … Read More »

Moore and SMU Hoops Still a Show Worth Catching

Posted on November 20th, by Stephen Hunt in All, Basketball, college basketball, SMU. No Comments

SMU basketball being ineligible to play in the 2016 NCAA Tournament due to rules violations has been well documented. And current Mustang head coach Larry Brown, who is serving a nine-game ban to start the season as part of the punishment handed down by the NCAA, said before the season that any of his players could transfer if they wished.

Of course, no one, including redshirt senior Nic Moore, the reigning American Athletic Conference Player of the Year, opted to leave. As a junior, Moore averaged 14.5 points and 5.1 assists for the 27-7 Mustangs, who won both the AAC regular-season and tournament titles last season and played in the NCAA Tournament, where they lost to UCLA on a controversial goaltending call.

Not surprisingly, SMU (2-0) is picked to repeat as the league champ and Moore is expected to again bring home … Read More »

Friday Quick Hits

Posted on October 2nd, by Tom Fireoved in All, Baseball, Dallas Cowboys, MLB, NFL, SMU, Texas Rangers. No Comments

It’s a great time of year for sports. Both pro and college football are in full swing. The MLB playoffs are quickly approaching, preseason hockey is underway, and basketball is just around the corner. Fall is officially upon us and I couldn’t be happier. And on that note, since I have sports to watch and nice weather to enjoy, I’ll make this quick….

What Can Brown Do For You?
Count me as one of those not surprised that SMU head basketball coach Larry Brown has run afoul of the NCAA again. This time it’s on the Hilltop of course, where the newly levied sanctions will keep the Mustangs from postseason participation this coming spring. They’ll also have to forfeit nine scholarships over the next three years and live with probation during that same time frame. Brown, for his part, will serve a … Read More »

College Football Thoughts

Posted on December 5th, by Chuck Cooperstein in All, Baylor Bears, BCS, Big 12, College Football, College Football PLayoff, NCAA, SMU, TCU. No Comments

And so we come down to the Final weekend of this college football season that has seen so many twists and turns. Some thoughts.

On Sunday we’ll know who has qualified for the first College Football Playoff. But as we have come to realize, this really is nothing more than a four-team BCS, where the teams are chosen by humans, rather than a two-team BCS chosen, in part, by computers. It has made the shrillness of the argument surrounding TCU and Baylor a huge annoyance, and has proven beyond any reasonable doubt that this needs to be at least an eight-team playoff with the Conference champions of the Power-5 leagues, along with three at-large teams, or better yet, a Full 16-team playoff that allows everyone in FBS the opportunity to play for a national championship.

If we had the expanded playoff, neither … Read More »

SMU Deserves a Solid Chance

Posted on September 26th, by Rob Scichili in All, SMU. 1 Comment

Maybe Eric Dickerson is right. Maybe SMU should simply close down its football program. Or is it time to really go out there and find the right man for the job?

Whatever the case may be, it’s hard to believe the SMU program has never been this noncompetitive. Ever. Not even fresh off the death penalty in 1989 has this football program looked so lifeless.

SMU is dead-last among the 125 schools in Division-1 in yards, points scored, and points allowed. Last I heard, that’s not a good combination.

June Jones got out while the getting was good, abruptly resigning after SMU’s loss at North Texas two weeks ago. The problem – he’s the one responsible for this dumpster fire left behind, and that’s a damn shame.

SMU finds itself in a tough spot. Hire the right coach and it could transform the … Read More »

Jones Out – Who’s Next in Line on the Hilltop?

Posted on September 10th, by Chuck Cooperstein in All, College Football, SMU. No Comments

If you had June Jones as the first college football coach to lose/vacate his job this year, maybe I need to take you with me to Las Vegas. Despite losing the final two games of last season to end SMU’s bowl streak at four straight years (the first four bowls attended by the Mustangs since the Death Penalty), and knowing that there was a lot of youth and uncertainty (especially at QB), no one could have foreseen what has taken place the first two weeks of this season.

Maybe Jones could have predicted it would be a rough night in Waco, with Baylor being a top ten team and wanting to prove itself amidst all the hoopla of the opening of McLane Stadium. Still 45-0 and managing just 67 total yards was embarrassing. But it only set the stage for what … Read More »

Ponies Fall Short in Finals

Posted on April 4th, by Tom Fireoved in All, SMU. No Comments

The SMU Mustangs’ thrill-ride of a season came to a close last night with a 65-63 loss in the finals of the NIT at Madison Square Garden. It certainly wasn’t the outcome the Ponies were looking for but to say the future looks bright for Larry Brown’s crew would be an understatement. The Mustangs finished their turnaround season with a 27-10 record, but came up just short against the Golden Gophers (25-13) and their head coach Richard Pitino (son of Louisville coach Rick Pitino who was sitting behind the Minnesota bench throughout).

SMU led by seven with 5:52 left after a 9-1 spurt capped by Markus Kennedy’s dunk off a nice feed from point guard Nic Moore. Minnesota coach Richard Pitino called a timeout, though, and his players quickly responded. DeAndre Mathieu had a three-point play, a steal and an assist … Read More »