Sports Blog: SMU Looks For Conference Championship Over UCF

December 4, 2010 by · Comments Off 

Posted by Kellis Cunningham

Last night, I had the chance to go to the ESPN 30 for 30 early premier of Pony Excess, the newest edition to the television series that was based on the story of the Death Penalty.

Being a former player who had the chance to be apart of the team that brought the first bowl back to SMU, I knew the film would show people who were unfamiliar with our school the reason why the last twenty five years have been so rough. A period of time that nearly killed a program…nearly.

The film was brilliant and tells all sides of the story, but I don’t want to give much away and I don’t want to take away from the real reason why I am writing this blog. Tomorrow the Mustangs will be in Orlando, Florida battling against the University of Central Florida for the Conference USA Championship.

Head Coach June Jones will lead his Mustangs into Knight country where they will be facing a fast and physical team in UCF. Clearly both teams are in this position for a reason, but the actual question needing to be asked is which teams will show up Saturday.

When you put both teams next to each other, the guess on who would actually win may come down to who is used to being in this position, that team being UCF. But is there more to this game than experience? Are the Mustangs capable of going into Orlando and overcoming a hostile UCF crowd to capture the first CUSA Conference Championship ever?

UCF has the defense. SMU has the offense. So I would say that the x-factor in this game will be special teams. Who will show the passion in that extra play to create a moment that can grab momentum and hang on to it for four quarters? The game begins tomorrow at 11 a.m., so have your television set ready to see CUSA football at its finest.

SPORTS BLOG: SMU Football Prepares For Rice Rivalry

September 29, 2010 by · Comments Off 

By Kellis Cunningham

On Sept. 29 at 6 p.m., at the 1st and 10 restaurant, coaches from the SMU Mustangs Football staff will talk about the the status of the team so far into the season, leading into this weekends rivalry game with Rice.

Last weekend the SMU Mustangs lost to the TCU Horned Frogs at home 41-24. The running game remained strong with sophmore running back Zach Line having a career best picking up 139 yards and one 29-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter.

From the outside looking in, it seems like youth is playing a role in some of the miscues taking place on all faces of the game. This past weekend against TCU, special teams and offense issues with miscommunication. From blown routes mixed with not sure passes, it appeared that this was a team that had the talent to win.

Where the team is lacking, I do not know. But what I can tell you is that tomorrow at the discussion, which might involve Head Coach June Jones and Wide Receivers Coach Jeff Reinbold, we should have a better idea of the progression taking place through film and practices.