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Texas A&M graduate, and innovator of the run and shoot offense in Houston as passed away, at the age of 76. Coach Pardee had been fighting gall bladder cancer, which spread to other organs in his body.
Coach Pardee was a member of the famed Bear Bryant “Junction Boys”, the 1954 Aggies football team that traveled to Junction Texas for a grueling pre season camp that was even made into an ESPN movie. Only 35 Aggies didn’t quit, Coach Pardee was one of them.
Coach Pardee is best remembered as a Houston Texas legend, coaching the USFL Houston Gamblers, the Houston Cougars then the Houston Oilers. In the USFL Pardee invented the Run and Shoot offense, a precursor to today’s spread offenses. The offense worked so well, once the USFL disbanded Pardee was asked to coach the University of Houston, where his Run and Shoot produced the 1st ever black QB to win a Heisman Trophy, Andre Ware. In 1990 coach Pardee was asked to resurrect the Houston Oilers, and with Warren Moon the run and shoot scored all over the NFL for many years.
You can see coach Pardee’s brand of football played all across Texas, with so many high school and college teams using the spread offense. Texas A&M lost a great Aggie, and the city of Houston lost perhaps their greatest football icon. Jack Pardee was married for over 50 years to Phyllis Pardee, and has 5 children and 12 grandchildren.
Texas Tech will be announcing in a press conference Tuesday that Tubby Smith will be the new Head Basketball coach in Lubbock, taking over for interim coach Chris Walker. Tech has been quite the roller coaster job since Bob Knight retired, and it hit a low point with the 1 year tenure of Billy Gillispie.
Tubby Smith brings a national title from Kentucky, and some recent success with Minnesota, including an upset win against UCLA in this year’s tourney.
Waco Texas high school senior, and Baylor defensive Tackle commit Andrew Billings is known as a strong individual. Billings strengths in the trenches was his upper body strength, so much so that before committing to Baylor he held offers to UT and TCU as well. Billings shocked most people is wanting to stay in Waco and play with the often defensively challenged Baylor Bears. But if Billings is asked to carry the Bears defense on his shoulders, he’s strong enough to do just that.
Andrew Billings blew away the competition in the state power lifting meet, but he not only won he also set a new record. Usually state power lifting doesn’t make the news, but its who held the previous record that has thrust this into the news. The previous record was held by WWE superstar, and former Olympic weight lifter Mark Henry, from Silsbee Texas. Henry also won several strong man competitions, and is known in the WWE as “the world’s strongest man.” Now Billings can claim to be the strongest Texan of all time, so someone might want to notify the WWE.
The Lady Bears are landed a second straight #1 seed, and hope it leads to a second straight national title. Baylor opens the tournament against fellow Texas school Prairie View, in Waco. The Texas Tech lady Raiders landed a 7 seed, but perhaps more importantly landed in Lubbock Texas for their 1st round game. If they advance, they will probably get an unfair home court advantage against #2 seed CAL. Texas A&M is the fourth Texas school in the women’s bracket, and also will host the 1st two rounds in College Station.
So while the Texas men’s hoop teams decided to sit this dance out in 2013, the lady Texans are ready to make a splash, with Baylor armed and ready to defend their title. Boys, take notes.