Usually I use this space the morning after a UT win or loss to discuss the many thoughts running through my head after getting out of bed (usually still tired with that "just covered a game on an excruciating deadline" hangover). Today, I have countless thoughts running through my head after last night's crazy 63-60 shootout at the Glass Bowl, but really only one seems cogent to discuss.
Here's my two cents on UT coach Tim Beckman's decision not to call timeouts on NIU's final scoring drive.
- It's something that people who have followed the Rockets closely since Beckman was hired in December 2008 already know, but Beckman is a very stubborn guy. You'll never win an argument with him because he's always right. Now, that's not an unusual trait among college football head coaches. They're always the boss, they're usually full of bravado and self-belief, and they'll almost never concede they were wrong.
- So, it should not come as a shock that Beckman didn't regret leaving the field with two timeouts in his back pocket last night.
- You have to remember, Beckman is a defensive coach to his core. If he's going to put his trust in his offense, defense or special teams to win the game, he's going to pick the defense 10 times out of 10. So, even after the Rockets' D had been sliced and diced and beaten to a pulp, Beckman still put his faith in that unit to make a stand and he wasn't going to be detered from that.
- Was it the wrong choice? Of course, because the Huskies bled the clock down to 19 seconds and still scored the go-ahead touchdown. Everybody in the stadium knew it was coming, except apparently Beckman.
- At the end of the day, you take the good with the bad with him. He's shown that he's a tremendous recruiter and has a horde of assistants who are also great recruiters. But when the light shines brightest, that's usually when the Rockets falter. And Beckman's decision-making is sometimes very suspect. Right now, Rocket Nation is up in arms about Beckman's shortcomings. But if he and the Rockets can get the ship righted and win out, he'll be loved again soon enough.
- Just don't expect him to always make the right decisions in crunch time or be remorseful when things don't go Toledo's way.