Emig: Best to wish Henson luck
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.