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Conference Call
Ivan Maisel
November 03, 1997
The loss of Syracuse would hurt an already staggering Big East, BU bows out, Longhorns on the short end
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November 03, 1997

Conference Call

The loss of Syracuse would hurt an already staggering Big East, BU bows out, Longhorns on the short end

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The dance of the dead career appears to have started at Texas, where athletic director DeLoss Dodds spent Monday denying a Dallas Morning News report that quoted unnamed sources as saying coach John Mackovic would be fired at the end of the season. "What they're saying is not true," said Dodds in the wake of a 47-30 loss to Colorado that left the defending Big 12 champion Longhorns 3-4. "It's in John's contract that at the end of the season, the president and I will review the season with him. That's the way it's going to be, period.

"It's times like these you need your family being around in a supportive role," he added. "In college athletics it doesn't happen that way anymore. When people are used to winning, they jump off very quickly."

The Texas Exes, as the alumni are known, remained strangely quiet during Saturday's loss. No planes carried messages above Memorial Stadium demanding Mackovic's head on a nacho platter. That was the most unsettling development in this ongoing saga: The fans sat there and accepted the Longhorns' mediocre play.

Texas tailback Ricky Williams rushed for 201 yards, his third consecutive 200-yard game and fourth of the season. However, senior quarterback James Brown, in 15 attempts, threw four completions and four interceptions, three on the first three possessions of the second half. "I tried to play my best football," Brown said. "It seemed as if I played my worst football." After the game, Mackovic said that Brown and backup Richard Walton would compete to start this week at Baylor. Though the Bears (1-6) are the kind of team that can cure most ills, they won't bring Mackovic much relief. No one is sure who will.

Extra Points

In the last two weeks Arizona, Boston College and Oklahoma State all have lost in overtime after failing on a two-point conversion attempt when a successful one-pointer would have forced another over-time. Seems they've given up on the maxim that defense wins games....

The Cincinnati—Miami of Ohio rivalry is again as tough as it was in the 1950s, when a young Miami coach, Ara Parseghian, matched wits with Sid Gillman at Cincinnati. In their 102nd meeting, just as in last year's 101st, the Bearcats won in overtime, this time 34-31....

Texas Tech still owns Texas A&M when the two teams play in Lubbock. After beating the Aggies 16-13, the Red Raiders now have won four of their last six games against the Aggies at Jones Stadium, dating back to 1987. Over that same span Texas A&M hasn't lost more than twice in any other road venue....

Mississippi State's chance of getting the sixth win it needs to qualify for a bowl has improved now that senior defensive end Greg Favors, the Bulldogs' alltime sack leader, has returned to the lineup. He missed most of the last two games with a sprained knee but played what amounted to strong safety in the scheme that defensive coordinator Joe Lee Dunn cooked up to beat Central Florida 35-28 last Saturday. Mississippi State (5-2) plays its next three games on the road, at Auburn, Alabama and Arkansas, before finishing at home against Ole Miss. That sixth win may be tough to nail down.

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