Brian Johnson Leaving 3rd Ward
Lots of offensive coordinator news in the past few days, let's start with Houston OC Brian Johnson moving east to join his former employer Dan Mullen in Gainesville. Johnson spent one season in Houston on Major Applewhite's staff and was in the running for the opening at Louisiana Lafayette; now he'll run the Florida offense in the revamped SEC East.
On short notice, Applewhite will call plays for the Cougars bowl game against Fresno State and name Johnson's replacement later.
A&M Hires Darrell Dickey
The Aggies turned to former North Texas head coach and current Memphis OC Darrell Dickey to run their offense. This won't be Dickey's first stop in College Station for the well-traveled Dickey, Jackie Sherrill hired Dickey as a GA way back in 1985. Other Lone Star stops include leading North Texas from 1998 to 2006, working at OC at UTEP from '94 to '96, running SMU's offense in 1997 and acting as Associate Head Coach at Texas state in 2011.
Dickey's undergone a bit of a renaissance under Memphis coaches (and offensive gurus) Justin Fuente and Mike Norvell, leading one of the top offenses in the FBS in past few seasons.
Mike Canales heads to UTEP
Dana Dimel turned to veteran offensive coordinator Mike Canales to run his offense in El Paso. Mean Green fans will remember Canales for his stints in Denton, including running the show on an interim basis on two occasions. Most recently he's been at Tennessee as part of Butch Jones' failed rebuild.
UIL Playoffs enter Semifinal Weekend
It's a big week for our local prep football players as they battle to see who heads to JerryWorld and Championship Weekend.
Again, if you aren't already planning to, think about heading up to title game weekend in Arlington. $15 bucks get you in for at least three games, and AT&T Stadium is a great place to spend an afternoon.