Emig: Best to wish Hen­son luck

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to join Jimbo Fisher's staff at Texas A&M. I imag­ine it didn't sit well with many of you, since you fig­ured Hen­son (Cow­boys of­fen­sive line Class of 1997, team cap­tain, All-Big 12) had come home for good. Or longer than two years at any rate.

Maybe you re­called Mark Cooper's pre-Lib­erty Bowl piece on Hen­son in the World, how Hen­son had his line­men over for bar­be­cue fre­quently and hosted a hol­i­day gifts ex­change, how for­mer OSU cen­ter Brad Lund­blade told Cooper: “A big thing for me was that he played at Ok­la­homa State and he loved Ok­la­homa State more than any coach I ever had, be­sides Gundy, prob­a­bly.”

Maybe you re­called Mike Gundy telling Les Miles on Miles' pod­cast in 2017 that Hen­son coached just like Miles used to.

Gundy said: “Some time you've gotta get up here and watch Hen­son coach O-line,” and while you couldn't see it for cer­tain, you had to know he was grin­ning.

Now we would have to go to Col­lege Sta­tion to see Hen­son as Miles' coach­ing dop­pel­ganger. That kind of stinks.

A cou­ple things, though. Hen­son is hu­man. He wants to be com­pen­sated for his work and Texas A&M has the re­sources to out-com­pen­sate OSU. That is a fact of life Gundy can't change.

“It is sig­nif­i­cantly more money,” Hen­son (paid $420,000 last sea­son) told Robert Allen of GoPokes. com last Fri­day.

That be­ing the case, col­lege foot­ball be­ing more busi­ness than per­sonal, maybe the thing to do here is con­grat­u­late Hen­son. Maybe wish him well for what he is about to do and thank him for what he did the past two years.

Some­thing else you should re­call Gundy say­ing, from his sign­ing day press con­fer­ence last De­cem­ber: “We were in a re­cov­ery stage at that time (re­fer­ring to the pe­riod when Hen­son took over for OSU pre­de­ces­sor Greg Ad­kins). We went through a num­ber of years here where if we were to play back this press con­fer­ence… I said we were at a dif­fi­cult sit­u­a­tion. We're play­ing catch-up. We're caught up now.”

That's be­cause the Cow­boys signed five high school of­fen­sive line­men in 2018 and four more last De­cem­ber. They have a com­mit­ment from Ard­more Plain­view O-line­man Eli Russ for 2020.

Char­lie Dickey, the for­mer Kansas State of­fen­sive line coach who Gundy hired to re­place Hen­son, has a lot to work with. He can thank Hen­son for that.

You should thank Hen­son for that and wish him luck in Ag­gieland.

This made me cry

South­ern Miss head foot­ball coach Jay Hop­son tried to hire Art Briles last week, South­ern Miss pres­i­dent Dr. Rod­ney Ben­nett in­ter­vened and put a stop to it, then Hop­son re­leased a state­ment that ref­er­enced “for­give­ness” and how Briles “deserves a sec­ond chance.”

One of sev­eral law­suits filed against Bay­lor in the af­ter­math of that univer­sity's sex­ual as­sault scan­dal al­leged 31 of Briles' play­ers com­mit­ted 52 rapes, in­clud­ing five gang rapes, over a four-year pe­riod. Bay­lor re­gents have ac­knowl­edged 17 women re­ported sex­ual or do­mes­tic as­sault episodes in­volv­ing 19 play­ers over a six-year pe­riod.

The next time a foot­ball coach gets it in his head that Briles is wor­thy of “for­give­ness” or “deserves a sec­ond chance,” he might first ask some of those women, those vic­tims, for their opin­ion.

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