21 hours ago
Sunday, November 15, 2009
All-Big XII Controversy Brewing
Norman, OK--Something that was initially viewed as a rather large error on the All-Big XII football team has now turned in to an outright controversy. The issue at hand is not the whole team, no, not at all. Rather, it's about the selection of the first-team tight end, Mike McNeill, from Nebraska, over Oklahoma TE Ethan Reese. You see, McNeill had a great season and was part of the Big XII Champions Nebraska Cornhuskers. He was a starter for them all season and put up nice stats. The issue appears to be in the fact that Reese, in his first season with the Sooners after playing junior college football as a freshman, set the league on fire with his outstanding performances. Reese caught 100 passes this season for 1095 yards and 6 touchdowns while McNeill "only" pulled in 59 catches for 897 yards and 7 TD's. For the non-math majors out there, that's a difference of 41 catches and 198 yards and 1 TD in favor of McNeill. The feeling among Sooner fans is that McNeill didn't deserve the nod over Reese and they feel like he was named first team due to his team winning the Big XII Championship. The sports radio talk shows around Norman and Oklahoma City have been buzzing with fans calling in to voice their displeasure in the perceived snub.