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Tom Herman was on the staff for significant Texas Football recruiting classes in 1999 and 2000.
Tom Herman was merely a graduate assistant in 1999 when he took part in his first National Signing Day at the University of Texas.

Herman watched and studied as head coach Mack Brown went for big-time recruits like Chris Simms and Cory Redding. Brown, who was only in his second year as Texas Football head coach, made a big splash when he signed Simms out of New Jersey.

Now, Herman is about to experience his first NSD as the Longhorns coach. Will he be able to make the same kind of waves that Brown did in 1999 that will shift the national perception of Texas Football?

1999 Texas Football Recruiting Class Delivered Mixed Results
The 1999 Texas Football recruiting class never quite reached its potential. Chris Simms spent the majority of his career battling Major Applewhite for the starting QB spot. And, other top recruits did not pan out.

But, a player like Cory Redding helped pave the way for the 2002 Texas Football class, which was led by National Championship winner Vince Young.

There were other significant players in the 1999 Texas Football recruiting class. Roderick Babers, Derrick Dockery, and Marcus Tubbs had great careers under Mack Brown.

Tom Herman was also a GA during the 2000 Texas Football recruiting period. That class included the Triple Threat WRs of Roy Williams, B.J. Johnson, and Sloan Thomas. Also, stud DB Nathan Vasher headlined the defensive recruits.

As for 2017, Tom Herman has some big-time recruits in his first year as Texas football head coach. But, is there a splash player like Chris Simms or Roy Williams who is still out there?

Will Texas Football Get National Attention?
The current 2017 class is looking for that one big headliner to make waves nationally, like Malik Jefferson did two years ago. Texas has prized recruits Sam Ehlinger and Toneil Carter already on-campus. But, will Tom Herman nail down a recruit who is making his announcement nationally on ESPNU?

That would be significant for the Longhorns as Herman tries to shift the perception of Texas Football. The Longhorns have been nationally irrelevant for too many years since the 2009/2010 season.

If Herman can make a big splash on his first National Signing Day at Texas, it would have the type of impact that Mack Brown created in 1999 and 2000. It took Brown several years the reap the rewards of those first classes, but Brown started something by signing Chris Simms.

NEXT: The #1 Reason Why Texas Fired Strong & Hired Herman
Texas wants to be a big player again in college football. And, Tom Herman watched Brown set the groundwork nearly 20 years ago. Now, it’s Herman’s turn to do the same with Texas Football recruiting.

Ron Wetzel Jersey Sale

OTTAWA COUNTY, Ohio — The algae bloom in Lake Erie has grown large enough that it’s visible from space.

An image taken by a NASA satellite on July 30 shows where the bloom was most dense in the lake’s western basin. A NASA Earth Observatory employee said an image taken Aug. 15 was obstructed by clouds.

Since the end of July, though, the toxic algae bloom has continued its spread from the western basin, moving east toward Port Clinton, Sandusky and the Lake Erie Islands.

At water treatment plants around the region, the algae bloom is costing water treatment plants a lot of money and time. In Ottawa County, plant superintendent Ron Wetzel said a sample the plant submitted to the city of Oregon for analysis showed the highest concentration of microcystins detected this year, at more than 22 parts per billion or micrograms per liter.

“That’s reading the toxin, not just the algae,” Wetzel said. “The toxins that are in the water.”

Wetzel said the plant has been closely monitoring the algae bloom in the last ten days or so, as it spread toward Ottawa County. He noted an increase in pH last week and said the bloom had remained in the area for close to a week due to good weather conditions and lack of wind.

He showed News 5 two beakers of green water with a high concentration of algae, collected from the lake with a plankton net.

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Dave Colabine
PHOTO: These beakers contain algae that’s about twice as concentrated as what’s in the lake off Port Clinton.
“This would be a little more concentrated than if you went and looked at the lake,” Wetzel said. “It would probably be about 50 %, 40 to 50 % of that.”

Wetzel described the bloom as the worst the plant had seen in about seven years, despite the money spent to learn about algae and the process of treating it to remove toxins.

“The troubling thing for me is the fact that we’re still here, and it’s actually worse this year than last year for us,” Wetzel said. “We spend tens of thousands of dollars on more chemical costs, more carbon, and then this stuff as it carries over from our clarifiers gets into our filters, and our backwashes are much more frequent, which is more money.”

Those costs, Wetzel said, are spread out to Ottawa County’s water customers.

“They’re paying for it, because they have to pay the cost for us to remove all of this. That’s a huge cost for everybody,” Wetzel said.

Kelly Frey, the plant’s sanitary engineer, said the plant has a “stringent protocol” from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Ohio EPA that dictates how often the raw water coming into the plant must be tested, as well as tests that must be run on the treated water to ensure it meets standards.

“Over 100 tests per week on the water to make sure that the water is meeting their standards and make sure it’s safe to drink, and we feel very confident it is safe to drink,” Frey said.

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Dave Colabine
PHOTO: Once the water is treated, it is safe to drink, according to Ottawa County.
In addition to testing and treating the water, Frey said Ottawa County is keeping in close contact with other entities, from university labs to people out on the lake to county officials and other water treatment plants from Toledo to Lorain and Avon Lake.

Frey noted that after Toledo experienced a water crisis due to toxic algae, standards were developed to determine when water is safe to drink and when it’s safe to swim or go in the water for recreation.

Anything above 0.3 parts per billion (ppb) or micrograms per liter can be a concern for children younger than school age, Frey said, while 1.6 ppb is a concern for drinking water for everyone else.

“We have no detection, no microcystins in our water” once it’s processed, Frey said.

Levels of 6 ppb or greater indicate when there should be a recreation advisory for people or animals using the water, while anything higher than 20 ppb, “you should not be in the water or have any exposure at all. That’s a no-touch,” Frey said.

All of this monitoring and treatment has a big impact on treatment plants like Ottawa County’s, from extra cost to additional chemicals needed for treatment to stress on workers.

While plant leaders said they are handling the problem as best they can, the future of the lake and its algae bloom is uncertain. For now, though, what happens with the algae bloom and its location is largely dependent on wind and weather.

“The lake really hasn’t improved in terms of nutrients,” Frey said, referring to the nutrients in the water that contribute to the toxic algae bloom. He and Wetzel said they hoped more would be done to reduce the microcystins and algae in the lake.

Frey said that without changes to reduce the nutrients in the water that contribute to algae, the plant would be faced with making major capital improvements in order to treat the water.

A study by Key-Log Economics , commissioned by the cities of Toledo and Oregon and by Lucas County, noted that the 31 U.S. water treatment plants sourcing water from Lake Erie “incur total annual incremental operating costs of $1.7 million from algae-related impacts.”

Dee Mackey Jersey Sale

Stanford has an effective passing game and not much else.

Injuries have pretty much deprived the Cardinal of their running game and much of their defensive production. Even the air attack, as potent as it was last week, has a surprising director.

Regarded as a Pac-12 title contender at the season’s beginning, Stanford (4-6, 3-5 Pac-12) now is unlikely to qualify for a bowl game. Going into Saturday’s Big Game the Cards (they hate being called that) need to win out, not only beating the Bears but national power Notre Dame on Nov. 30.

The odds are against that.

As Cal head coach Justin Wilcox has pointed out, Stanford’s injuries have been most significant. much like the Bears’. In another similarity, Cardinal quarterbacks are among the casualties.

Big things were predicted for senior K.J. Costello, who led the conference in passing efficiency rating last year. But he has been in and out of the lineup with injuries and even backup Davis Mills (15, above) would go down temporarily. Stanford, like Cal, had to go with a third QB.

But when Costello was unable to play Saturday at Washington State, Mills responded with a record-setting day in a losing cause, He was 32-for-49 for a school-record 494 yards and three touchdowns.

The 6-4 redshirt sophomore was a prolific high school QB in Georgia. He has the size and arm strength of a classic passer.

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David Shaw
“You see the potential, you see the ability,” head coach David Shaw said. “This kid has a chance to be very special.

That’s a good thing for Stanford because Costello has been declared out of the Big Game.

Stanford’s receivers might be a cut below the USC group that terrorized the Bears last week, but they are still pretty good. Connor Weddington (48 catches, 490 yards), Michael Wilson (37, 479) and Otis St. Brown (19. 208) are talented and reliable. Wilson is particularly adept at moving and dancing after the catch.

The most intriguing might be Simi Fehoko. He has just 13 catches, but six are for touchdowns including a pair at WSU. “This has been coming since the first time we saw him his sophomore year in Utah in high school,” Shaw said. “The young man is tall. He’s long. He’s got a sneaky stride. You don’t think he’s running as fast as he is, but he ran 4.3 for us in the spring.

“ For a guy who is 6-3½ or 6-4, if you play underneath, he’s going to get over the top. If you’re up on him, he’s got a big-time vertical.”

Stanford has had a long line of quality tight ends and the latest is junior Colby Parkinson, who has NFL written all over him. He is a semifinalist for the Dee Mackey Award as the country’s top tight end.

Under Jim Harbaugh and Shaw, the Cardinal developed a culture of rugged offensive linemen who opened holes doe top-notch running backs. They still could throw the ball and throw it well. But the running game became their identity.

The last two years the ground game ground to a near halt. The Cardinal running game, which was abandoned against WSU when the Stanford fell behind by multiple scores, ranks 123rd in the country and 11th in the Pac-12 at 108.7 yards per game.

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Cameron Scarlett
The problems aren’t due to lack of quality backs, Cameron Scarlett for one, is a fine runner, especially between the tackles. Injuries to the offensive line have made opening holes for runners extremely difficult. Cal can relate to that. Four different true freshmen have started on Stanford’s O-line and different combinations have kept the group out of synch.

Honors candidate left tackle Walker Little was lost for the season in the first game and the injuries just didn’t stop. Center Drew Dalman is the only offensive lineman to start all ten games.

Shaw has been forced to get creative. Defensive end Dylan Boles and tight end Tucker Fisk have been taking reps with the offensive line and discus thrower Jake Koffman was recruited to help out.

On defense, the story is much the same. The front three of Jovan Swann, Michael Williams and Thomas Booker is solid and healthy and there is sufficient front-line depth. But beyond that the Cardinal are thin.

Linebackers Jordan Fox, Jacob Mangum-Farrar and Ricky Miezan, expected to be major players in Stanford’s 3-4 scheme, have all been lost with injuries. Veteran inside backer Curtis Robinson even missed a game. He and senior Casey Tohill have been holding the fort. Both the latter two are long and active and most effective when rushing the passer.

The secondary injury situation is also bad. Junior cornerback Paulson Adebo, and senior captain and free safety Malik Antoine both missed the WSU game with injuries and are likely to be out again. Senior corners Obi Eboh and Treyjohn Butler were both unable to finish the game. Both are reportedly expected back although Butler is not listed on the depth chart.

If Cal can protect the quarterback — whoever it is — the Bears receivers should be able to find openings in the Cardinal secondary. WSU sure did, and Anthony Gordon, admittedly a superior thrower to anyone Cal has, totaled 520 yards.

Placekicker Jet Toner was injured three games ago and punter Ryan Sanborn has been handling the placements since. He is 4-for-6 with a long of 40 yards in the thin air of Colorado.


Stanford leads the series 64-46-11 and has won the last nine straight.
Cal’s last victory was in 2009, and was sealed by Mike Muhammad’s late interception.
Seven true freshmen, including Sanborn, have started a game for Stanford this year. That total is the fourth-highest in the country.
Stanford has blocked three kicks this year, a punt, and extra point and a field goal
Shaw is one of seven active coaches in the country who is the winningest head coach at his current school. He is 86-32 in nine years.

Marvin Terrell Jersey Sale

OXFORD, MS (WMC) – Ole Miss has lost a football legend with the passing of Marvin Terrell, 80, who passed away Saturday, Dec. 1, at St. Dominic-Jackson Memorial Hospital, in Jackson, Mississippi.

Terrell, one of the finest offensive linemen in Ole Miss history, was a three-year letterwinner for the Rebels from 1957-59. A first-team All-American in 1959, Terrell helped Ole Miss compile a 25-4-1 record, including appearances in two Sugar Bowls and one Gator Bowl.

As a senior in 1959, Terrell helped lead Ole Miss to a 10-1 record and the Rebels were crowned national champions by multiple publications. He was named a consensus all-SEC selection in 1959, as well as the SEC’s Lineman of the Year by the Atlanta Constitution. The Rebels outscored their opponents 329-21 during Terrell’s senior season.

After his career at Ole Miss, Terrell was a first round draft pick by the Dallas Texans of the AFL in 1960. He would play for the Texans, who later became the Kansas City Chiefs, until 1964. Terrell, a member of Ole Miss’ Team of the Century, was inducted into the Ole Miss Athletics Hall of Fame in 1988 and into the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame in 2001.

Terrell, the son of Marvin and Mary Fraiser Terrell, was born on June 10, 1938, in West Memphis, Arkansas and attended Indianola High School in Indianola, Mississippi.

Terrell is survived by his wife of 58 years, Lettie G. Terrell of Yazoo City; daughter, Julie Trammell (Tim) of Madison; daughter, Jana Bardwell (Andy) of Yazoo City; sister, Paula Prysock (Bobby) of Indianola; brother, Johnnie Terrell (Mia) of Hot Springs Village, Arkansas; grandsons, Ty Trammell, Will Trammell, Hayes Bardwell, Tyler Bardwell, and granddaughter, Allye Trammell; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Services are scheduled for Monday, Dec. 3, with visitation from noon until 2 p.m. at First United Methodist Church and burial to follow at Glenwood Cemetery in Yazoo City, Mississippi.

Memorial gifts can be made to First United Methodist Church of Yazoo City, Ole Miss M-Club and the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame.