Well, we're back. It didn't quite take us a month to get back to podcasting after the Cotton Bowl, thank goodness. Truthfully, schedule conflicts ended up being the issue more than the "hangover" from the Cotton Bowl. But we're back now, and we're ready to bring some joy back to your ear holes.
Cotton Bowl Aftermath
Before you turn off the podcast, were NOT doing a full recap of the game. We're not going to be Debbie Downers. We're actually talking about some of our favorite moments. You shouldn't be afraid to listen to this part. If the loss still stings, take a listen. We're surprisingly upbeat about what happened in the game. Kendal Briles is going to be a great OC and fantastic play caller. K.D. Cannon had an otherworldly game against a fantastic defensive back. Jay Lee throwing a fantastic WR pass for a touchdown. Bryce Petty having an absolute gem of a game and setting a Cotton Bowl Record. There was plenty of really fun stuff that happened in that game, despite the outcome, and it's worth celebrating. This is out of order, but it's so good that it has to go last in this paragraph, and two words will sum it up. LaQuan McGowan. That is all.
Plus, the aftermath hasn't produced the narratives about how far off we are that we expected after that loss. That's very good news, and should be cause for optimism. There hasn't been a Preseason poll released where Baylor's not at least Top 7 at this point. While most consider the "way-too-early" preseason polls as meaningless (and for what to expect from a team, they generally are), they do tell you how your program is viewed, and Baylor is rising in the estimation of most folks. That's very exciting.
Cris Dishman Hire & Coaching Changes
We're also talking about the hire of Cris Dishman as the Safeties Coach who will replace Brian Norwood. We're all very excited about the hire... He's got NFL chops, which is something new for our defensive staff, and we're all looking forward to seeing what he can do. If you haven't been paying attention the past few days, it appears that they're already putting him out on the recruiting trail and is making an immediate impact in that arena. It's very exciting to see.
We also talk a bit about Kendal Briles' move to OC and play caller, and the fact that we were so wrong about trick plays in the Cotton Bowl. We're happy to be wrong there, because that was fun.
Aside: Thank God that Chris Callahan is still alive.
We're in the home stretch of the 2015 Recruiting Class Season with National Signing Day, so we're looking into what's left to pursue, plus we're looking at some of recruits that have committed to Baylor in the past couple of weeks. Buckle up, folks, it's going to be a very wild ride. Specifically, we're spending some time on Eric Ogor, his ability, and why it appears that he's been lightly recruited. If he adapts to the collegiate level, the Bears could have a real gem there. And he's got one of the best names in recent memory.
Yeah, we go back into the 3-star vs. 4/5-star debate.
There's more talk here, and Pras asks the most speculative question you've ever heard on the podcast.
We sorta trip over ourselves into some basketball talk. I will say this. We. Love. Scott Drew. There's more basketball coming on the podcast! Very exciting!