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UIW got it right!  Yet again! Eric Morris was a great head coaching hire. G.J. Kinne was a great head coaching hire.

And now San Antonio home-grown Cardinal alum Clint Killough will take over as the Head Bird at Broadway and Hildebrand.  Killough, who has served as UIW’s assistant head coach and wide receivers coach, was promoted Thursday morning to succeed Kinne, who is headed to Texas State.

I’m beyond elated. Clint’s the guy. That was a pitch-perfect selection. Much more here in the days to come.

But first some pressing business. Incarnate Word at North Dakota State Friday night in the FCS national semifinals. That’s a heavyweight fight. That’s High Explosive Cargo in Fargo.

This will be quite the challenge for the Cardinals. NDSU has made the FCS playoffs 13 years in a row and is 33-1 all-time in home playoff games.

What a day and night this will be for San Antonio area college and high school football. That matchup between UTSA and Troy in the Cure Bowl is tasty. Each team is riding a 10-game winning streak.

And Friday afternoon the 15-0 Boerne Greyhounds take on China Spring in the Class 4-A Division I final in Arlington. The Greyhounds are seeking their first state championship.  That team is absolutely loaded on both sides of the ball.

Yes, the Philadelphia Eagles are very good, and very consistent. Yes, the Dallas Cowboys are legitimate contenders. But it’s going to be very hard to keep the 49ers out of the Super Bowl. The Niners have “The Look,” and nothing seems to bother them. And right now I think Kyle Shanahan is the best coach in the NFL.

One other NFC team to watch out of the corner of your eye.  The Commanders. I’m serious.

Can you envision the Buccaneers beating the Bengals Sunday? I can’t.

And how cool is this? It’s Week 14, and a game between the Jets and Lions is not only meaningful, it’s exciting!

Hey, Cowboys in general and Micah Parsons in particular. I know the Eagles are coming down the chimney on Christmas Eve, but you’d best get your minds on the Jaguars first. Yes, the Jags are well worth your attention.

The truth is that volleyball—the full-team indoor version—is my second favorite team sport. Pulling hard for the Longhorns in Saturday’s NCAA Final against Louisville.

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Paul's Bio

I clearly have the attention span of your median fruit fly.Look! Airplane!

Sorry. I’m back.

It’s both a curse and a blessing. I’ve never bought this stuff about, “He who dies with the most toys wins.” But I do think that a wide range of life experiences helps us grow as people, and helps us better relate to other people. I’ve been fortunate. And I am beyond grateful.

I show up on time. I go like hell. I’m a good listener. I hold myself accountable. I own my mistakes. And I have a natural and an insatiable curiosity. I’m never afraid to say, “I don’t know,” when I don’t. But then I try to find out.

The flip side is I’m a lousy ballroom dancer and my clothes sometimes fit me funny.

Stuff matters to me. I care. But while I take that stuff seriously, I try hard to never take myself seriously. As a result, I have sometimes been told, “Paul, it’s hard to tell when you’re serious and when you’re just having some fun. Which is it? Serious or fun?”

My answer is “yes.” But I think that is a legitimate criticism. I promise I’m going to work on that.

This has been the quickest and strangest half-century I’ve ever experienced. During that period, I’ve been afforded amazing opportunities in news and sports journalism across all platforms. I have taught wonderful students at the high school and collegiate level. Always, I learned more from them than they did from me. I’ve been a high school administrator. I spent ten seasons as a high school varsity football coach. I’ve been an advertising executive. I’ve hosted nationally syndicated television entertainment shows. In maybe the biggest honor I ever received, I was selected by NASA to be “Chet The Astronaut” for the “Land The Shuttle” simulator at Space Center Houston. (All I can say there, is “Do as I say, not as I do.” I put that thing in the Everglades more often than not.) Most recently, I just wrapped up a decade as a television news director, during which time our teams distinguished themselves in holding the powerful accountable, achieving both critical and ratings success.

What does all that mean? It means I am profoundly grateful. It also means I’m ready for “next.” So here we are. Radically Rational. It’s an idea I woke up with in 2017. I scribbled “Radically Rational” on a piece of notebook paper and used a magnet to stick it on our refrigerator. I saw it every day, and it just would not leave me alone.

I am second in charge at Radically Rational, LLC. My wife, Jo (also known as BB), is the president. Clearly, I have failed in my attempt to sleep my way to the top of this organization.

I hope you will learn that I’m loyal as a Labrador. But I will admit that this doggie can bite every now and then. My promise to you? I will show up on time. I will go like hell. I will listen to you earnestly and attentively. I will hold myself accountable. I will never be the least bit hesitant to say, “I don’t know,” when I don’t.

But then I’ll try to find out. Let’s do it.