Life in the Cheap Seats: Johnny Manziel in Perfect Position as Backup

The Cleveland Browns announced this week that Brian Hoyer will be their starting quarterback for week one of the NFL season. Media magnet Johnny Manziel will be on the bench, but he should have no reason to be alarmed. Read more

High School Football previews being posted now …

It’s still a slow process, but we’ve managed to finally get our first set of 2014 KREW High School Football Previews online. Currently, we have the pages up for Abernathy and New Deal, and are about to work on the Plainview Bulldogs’ page.

Each will contain pertinent info, including the team schedule (and scores as they play the games), an outlook, rankings and other important vital information. In addition, as the season goes along, any coach or player interviews can also be found on the team pages.

We will be updating this page throughout the week and weekend … so check back to see when your team’s preview hits the website.

Pioneer LB Poe named to CFA Starting Lineup

Poe, Jon-LucasWayland Baptist linebacker Jon-Lucas Poe has been named to the College Football America NAIA Starting Lineup. The honor is CFA’s version of an All-American team.

Poe, a 6-foot, 205-pound junior linebacker from Midland Lee High School, earned All-Central States Football League First Team honors last year when he led the league in tackles with 114 (50 solo, 64 assisted), an average of 11.4 per game, which ranked seventh in the NAIA. Poe also forced two fumbles and recovered one, and he was named to the CSFL’s Champions of Character Team.

College Football America 2014 Yearbook Encyclopedia features 926 college football teams from the United States and Canada. That includes every team from the NCAA (FBS, FCS, Division II and Division III), NAIA, NJCAA and CCCAA along with all 27 of the Canada Interuniversity Sport (CIS) programs. It also includes updates on club football, one-year postgraduate prep/sports academies and Mexican college football along with dozens of action shots and stadium photos.

Life in the Cheap Seats: Still Awaiting Irsay’s Punishment from the NFL

Ray Rice’s measly two game suspension was announced a few weeks ago and the reasoning and subsequent public relations campaign by the NFL was indefensible.

At least Rice was punished. Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay was arrested for OWI back in March with $29,000 in cash in his car and bottles of prescription drug pills. Now with the start of the NFL season three weeks away, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has yet to hand down any form of reprimand to Irsay. Read more

KKYN to host Plainview Coaches Show on Tuesdays

Kickin’ Kountry at 106.9 FM will host the Plainview Bulldog Coach’s Show, with head football coach Ryan Rhoades, beginning Tuesday, August 26 at 11:30 a.m., at the West Texas Woodfire Grill, at I-27 North and 10th street in Plainview.

Rhoades and other coaches will join host Ben Catley for the half-hour show, talking about the Bulldog football program at all levels. The main focus will be on the varsity program, but the JV and 9th-grade squads will also be discussed.

The show will also re-air on Thursdays at Noon on 1400 the KREW.

UIL: 3A Boys Basketball State titles forfeited

The University Interscholastic League (UIL) has announced that the Dallas ISD has forfeited the last two Class 3A Boys Basketball State Championships, won by Dallas Madison.

According to a press release from the UIL, the school used an ineligible player during each of those two seasons. Runner-up Houston Yates will now be recognized as the state champions in those seasons. Read more

Life in the Cheap Seats: Indiana Pacers should play for the lottery this year

Paul George’s horrific injury Friday night quickly changed the dynamic of the Indiana Pacers from NBA title contender to a question mark for the upcoming NBA season.

After undergoing surgery and beginning what will be a recovery that physically will keep him out for the year, George will also have to overcome the psychological effects that may hold him back upon his return. The best news is that bones heal themselves, and one of the best young talents in the league will be able to play basketball again. Read more

Tulia HFC Donnie Gray on first practice of 2014

Two area teams started football practice just after midnight on Monday, with one of them being the Tulia Hornets for the second straight season. We had a chance to speak to Hornets head coach Donnie Gray during the first official water break of the 2014 season in Tulia.

Hale Center also opened football practice early Monday – starting at 12:01 am, according to a handful of sources. We hope to catch up with Owls head coach Adam Cummings this week.

Life in the Cheap Seats: Could Mudiay’s Decision Cut into NCAA’s Talent Pool?

Emmanuel Mudiay, one of the top college basketball recruits of the 2014 class, recently announced he would not enroll at SMU and instead signed a contract to play a year overseas in China before entering the NBA Draft.

Mudiay wants to provide for his family, but other rumors persist as to why he really signed that $1.2 million contract in China. The school he attended, Deion Sanders’ beleaguered Prime Prep Academy has been in trouble with Texas state educators for a while, and questions on whether Mudiay would be eligible for SMU came up as well. Read more

Former Pioneer Cooper new AD at WBU

Cooper_Rick_MugWayland Baptist University has named former Pioneer player and coach Rick Cooper as its new Athletic Director. Cooper, who played and coached basketball at Wayland before an extended coaching career at nearby West Texas A&M University, replaces Dr. Greg Feris, who recently resigned after 24 years as director of athletics.

A native of Bridgeport, W.Va., Cooper played basketball at Wayland from 1977-81. He served as an assistant coach at WBU for five years and head coach for six, from 1987-93. He earned both Bachelor of Science and Master of Education degrees from WBU. Cooper went on to West Texas A&M in Canyon where he spent 20 years as head men’s basketball coach. In 26 years as a head coach at Wayland and WT, Cooper never had a sub-.500 season. Cooper received the third-ever Harley Redin Coach’s Award in 2002 and was inducted into the Wayland Athletics Hall of Honor in 2012.

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