The tradition of the groom’s cake shaped like a football stadium is nothing new, but one bride-to-be had a little more fun with her groom’s cake planning than others we have seen through the years.
The groom’s cake for an LSU fan is a nice replica of LSU’s Tiger Stadium (for a cake, of course), but this Texas A&M bride made sure to include Aggie representation in a visiting fan’s section. But that’s not all. A closer look at the scoreboard even reveals the score to be in favor of Texas A&M, 42-28. I had to zoom the image pretty far just to confirm myself, but I was able to make out the 42 under the Texas A&M side of the scoreboard. I’ll trust ESPN’s Darren Rovell on the other half of the score.
Of course, this may be the only way the bride can get the upper hand in this football series. LSU has won seven straight meetings in the series dating back to the 2011 Cotton Bowl just before Texas A&M joined the SEC in 2012. Also, the last time Texas A&M scored over 40 points on LSU was in a 45-7 victory in College Station in 1991.
I just want to know if former Les Miles got a chance to taste test the field portion of the cake.
With summer camp looming closer and closer on the horizon, Justin Fuente has officially filled the lone hole on his Virginia Tech coaching staff.
Following up on reports that surfaced Wednesday, Tech confirmed Thursday that Tyrone Nix has been added as Fuente’s 10th assistant. Specifically, Nix will serve as the Hokies’ safeties coach.
It will mark the first time Nix has overseen anything in that position group since he was the defensive backs coach at Southern Miss in 2000.
“[Defensive coordinator] Bud [Foster] and I both knew we wanted an experienced defensive coach and proven recruiter to fill this position on our staff,” Fuente said in a statement. “We will get that and much more with Tyrone Nix. We’re excited about his proven track record as a coach who can evaluate and develop talent. Just as importantly, we are always looking for individuals who can bring new ideas and concepts to our staff as we continually strive to evolve.
“We are looking forward to Tyrone and his family joining us in Blacksburg. I’m confident that our student-athletes will be challenged by him, while he seeks to develop their full potential on a daily basis. Tyrone is a well-rounded, veteran football coach who will help make us better.”
Nix replaces Galen Scott, who resigned as safeties coach/co-defensive coordinator in April as the result of an extramarital affair.
During a coaching career that stretches back to 1995, Nix has spent time as a defensive coordinator at Middle Tennessee State (2015-16), Ole Miss (2008-11) and his alma mater Southern Miss (2001-04), and served as co-defensive coordinator at South Carolina (2005-07) and MTSU (2012-14). This past season, he was a defensive analyst at Texas A&M.
It’s not often you have to hire an assistant coach in the middle of June but as far as going through that rather difficult process the past few weeks, it’s hard to argue that Justin Fuente didn’t knock his surprising staff vacancy out of the park with the hire of Tyrone Nix.
Per ESPN’s Adam Rittenberg:
Nix joined Texas A&M as an off-the-field analyst role back in 2017 but has years of experience as a defensive coordinator and linebackers coach at MTSU, Ole Miss South Carolina and his alma mater of Southern Miss. It’s not often you can grab a guy in the middle of the summer with SEC defensive coordinator experience but that’s obviously a nice coup pulled off by the Hokies and goes to show you how those in analyst roles are ripe for future staff openings elsewhere in this day and age.
Of course why Nix is being hired at this point is also pretty notable. Galen Scott resigned as co-defensive coordinator/safeties coach back in April in what was originally described as a reshuffling of the coaching staff but later was revealed to be the result of an extramarital affair that Scott engaged in while in a nearby state. He had originally been with Fuente dating back to when he first took the Memphis head coaching job and wound up following the head coach to Blacksburg up until resigning.
It’s unclear whether Nix will inherit a co-DC tag but make no mistake, Bud Foster is in charge of the Hokes’ defense. Former Virginia Tech player Justin Hamilton had been filling the spot vacated by Scott the past few weeks but will presumably return to his original role as Director of Player Development – Defense.
Say what you want about Jimbo Fisher going to Texas A&M but the new head coach will not stop adding people with experience in the SEC West to his new operation in College Station.
Not long after it surfaced that the school had added former LSU General Manager Austin Thomas to the staff in a player personnel role, it seems the Aggies signed up another person with experience in the league by naming former Alabama staffer Leah Knight as the program’s new Director of Recruiting.
Knight graduated from Alabama and spent most of the past season as the Crimson Tide’s Director of Football Recruiting before leaving the position in March. It seems the pull of SEC football is just too strong however and she wound up linking back up with a Nick Saban disciple in Fisher to help with his efforts to recruit the Lone Star State. Prior to her short stint in Tuscaloosa, Knight also held similar recruiting-focused positions on Mike Bobo’s staff at Colorado State and under Willie Taggart‘s staff at USF.
Based on all these off-the-field moves though, it seems Fisher is quickly turning the Aggies’ motto of ‘Gig’em’ into ‘Hire ’em’ based on how quickly he’s adding support staffers in College Station. We’re not sure that was the original aim of Saban’s famed ‘Process’ but A&M’s western version seems to have no qualms copying the best in order to beat the best.
Texas A&M has more traditions than most schools and one of the ones the Aggies have developed over the years was the great combination of turkey and football — i.e. playing on Thanksgiving. For decades that meant taking on rival Texas but since the school moved to the SEC it has also included a few games against regional rival LSU.
If the program wants to continue doing so however, they’ll have to find somebody other than the Tigers to play.
Speaking to the Dallas Morning News at SEC spring meetings last week, LSU athletic director Joe Alleva seemed to firmly draw a line in the sand on the holiday kickoff with his team.
“We’re not playing on Thanksgiving,” Alleva said, saying the day itself should be reserved to spend time with family.
LSU and Texas A&M have basically ended the season with each other in an SEC West battle since 2013 and played on Thanksgiving in both 2014 and 2016. The on/off again nature of playing on the holiday seemed to be put to bed when the league made the Egg Bowl between Ole Miss and Mississippi State a traditional Thanksgiving night game most years but we’re sure the door was still open if the two other schools wanted to arrange something.
That’s not in the cards anymore though and when Jimbo Fisher faces off against one of his former schools in either College Station or Baton Rouge, it seems like a lock that it will take place on a traditional Saturday in November.