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    I was born in 2011 as a poor, humble alter-ego of a snarky son-of-a-bitch. I enjoy college sports, but I enjoy the business of college sports even more. I love how underdogs can constantly compete with established programs in college sports and how there is no planning to to account for the unexpected variable depending on 18-22 year old kids will react in any given situation. Most of all, I like college sports because the experience or being a player or a spectator can give us memories to last lifetime. And, if we are lucky, we can be better individuals because we were part of something bigger than just ourselves.
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  1. You would be amazed at how many young people seek post secondary education to advance their dreams of pursuing a career in sports management, sports marketing, kinesiology, and other fields related to the field of sports entertainment. College athletics programs aren’t just about letting hood rats skate through their time on campus to win games so fat, rich alumni can brag to their cronies about how their team is going. So while you are defending the prestige of a college degree in dance theory, music, agricultural leadership, general studies, or the myriad of other majors offered by the various universities out there, some of us will appreciate the sports entertainment business is large, growing, and in need of highly educated people to help the many, many multi-billion dollar sports entertainment organizations and sports related businesses move forward. And please, don't cite me bullshit articles about the UT endowment. I know the PUF financial assets exceeded $22B last month, the Long Term Fund is approaching $12B (up more than $2B in a year, impressive, isn't it?) and that the lands contributed slightly less than last year but more than $1B to the PUF for the second year in a row. Add in the smaller funds, and the figure quoted in the article you referenced is laughable. The audited endowment financials were posted on Nov 27th. I studied them over the weekend. I know about the UT endowment funds quite well without your having a bullshit year-old article about them. Have a nice day.
  2. Many in academia are well known for being jealous, petty, territorial, and overly impressed with themselves. And they are, in general, easily replaceable. Coaches are judged on their performance and paid for delivering demonstrable results. That level of accountability never has, and never will exist in academia. What anyone’s degree stands for is determined by how it empowers them to reach their goals in life. Whether or not some tenured, pinhead prima donna approves of the pay rate of other university employees means nothing. Like I said earlier, if any academic wants to give up their feathered, tenured nest to coach football, they should shut up and do it. If they did, I guarantee you they would immediately start griping about how football coaches should be paid more.
  3. The same academics who complain of how successful football coaches are compensated would never give up academia to enter the world of coaching. How do we know this? Because every academic has the opportunity to do so and none of us has ever heard of any academic giving up academia to become a coach. Tom Herman makes about 4% of gross revenue of the area of the university he manages. I assure you, if any of the academics who supposedly despise Tom Herman (or any high level college coach) want to give up tenure, put in 80+ hr weeks, begin recruiting elite students nationally, and either be in the conversation every year for a Nobel Prize or be fired, they too would be paid 4% of their department’s gross revenues once they established a promising track record. I can’t think of any NCAA coach who shows up on the first of September, looks at a roster of players the school administrators have assembled for them, spends 15 hrs per week for two 14 week “seasons,” takes vacation from May until September, and has guaranteed employment for life.
  4. I have no clue what path all this is going to take. As shown with Horny and Leitao, Herman has shown he can make the wrong decision and not care how much alumni goodwill he squanders. CDC is going to let Herman do what he feels he needs to do, but I’m fairly confident CDC will let Herman know if his staffing decisions don’t deliver results, his continued tenure at UT will not be a sure thing. He wont do it until after NSD, but CDC will make some calls in the spring to gauge the interest of possible candidates, should Herman not be retained past the 2020 season. No one should doubt that. Especially Tom Herman. We will see how Herman reacts when it is an open secret in the college football coaching ranks that his job is being shopped, and probably to at least one individual Herman will be coaching against in 2020.
  5. CDC doesn’t have the time or knowledge to micromanage the football program. That isn’t going to happen. That still leaves the fact that Herman isn’t going to be fired, and that he needs someone with a high level knowledge of college football to help him self scout better as well as to generally consult with Herman on a number of other aspects of running the program. Herman is oblivious to his weaknesses as a head coach. He needs the help of someone who has been there to help him get past his problem. Dragging down every sport by having the AD (who has never before coached football) neglect his daily obligations to instead coach football isn’t the answer. Neither is firing Herman at this time, and neither is doing nothing. I understand the frustrations, but I’m not seeing many other viable answers.
  6. Think this through logically. In May, CDC presents the BOR a contract extension and raise for Tom Herman predicated on his exemplary stewardship of the football program. The deal has a current buyout of $25.5 mil. In Nov, the BOR gives CDC a contract and extension for his leadership of UT athletics. That deal has a current buyout of $18 million. Do you really think after giving Herman a raise in May, and CDC a raise in November, that in December the Regents will sign off on firing Tom Herman and paying him out? You can’t imagine the embarrassment that would cause in the world of college athletics. It would make UT a laughingstock. Herman could end the season with three more loses and he still won’t get fired. It will not happen that Herman gets a huge vote of confidence in May and fired without cause in December. So, how does CDC endure the problems with the football program get identified and dealt with? Certainly not by doing nothing and letting Herman continue with business as usual. Therefore, if firing Herman is out of the question, doing nothing is out of the question, and CDC micromanaging the football program is out of the question, what’s the answer?
  7. Balancing the demands of running the Iowa State or Baylor programs differs fundamentally from balancing the demands of running the program at Texas. Just the added demands of media and alumni makes running UT’s program more demanding. That being said, Tom Herman isn’t performing up to expectations as the head of the UT program. For a number of reasons, firing Coach Herman isn’t an option at this time. But allowing Coach Herman to lead the program without significant additional oversight also isn’t an option. Tom Herman needs to start delivering answers as to how he intends to address his weaknesses as the leader of the UT program. And he needs to start delivering them now. Any failure on his part to begin to rebuild trust and confidence in his abilities to lead the program will only serve to solidify the belief held by increasing numbers of individuals each and every week that the Tom Herman era at UT Austin has been a costly failure. Ee are at a point where CDC needs to show he was the right choice to lead UT athletics and the the confidence place in him by the Regents when he was granted his recent raise and extension was warranted. CDC is being paid at the highest levels of his profession. He needs to deliver leadership at a commensurate level and address the Tom Herman issue.
  8. Going from 1st and 10 to 2nd and 35 during a crucial late game drive wasn’t because of defensive starters suffering injuries. Nor was the multiple PI calls when Iowa State was on their game winning drive. Nor was the offsides on 4th and 4. Texas doesn’t lead the conference in sacks allowed because of defensive injuries. Special teams being among the worst in the nation isn’t because of defensive injuries. The team is being poorly coached. CDC won’t fire Tom Herman now, but Tom Herman has shown he isn’t capable of leading the team on his own. Just as Mike Perrin was brought in to put the athletics department into effective receivership, someone needs to be brought in to supervise how Tom Herman is running the football program. We have to put the training wheels back on until Tom shows he can do it by himself. I have no interest in publicly humiliating Tom Herman, but so far he has failed. And I have no interest in putting up with any more of his post failure press conferences where he makes it clear he isn’t getting it that the problem lies at his feet.
  9. Someone with a high level understanding of college football needs to be brought in to oversee Texas football and to advise CDC on how to best chart the future direction of UT football. I am not in favor of firing him at this point, but it is clear he can’t be allowed to have complete control of the program. He simply is failing in too many aspects related to the game day performance of the team. Tom Herman doesn’t seem to be handling some of the basics well. Effectively, his leadership of the program needs to be put into receivership. He needs to be put on notice of how he is failing, and given the help he needs to correct his weaknesses. It doesn’t appear he has mastered the problem of having the team ready to play during the initial stages of any game. The constant problem with penalties shows the team lacks discipline and that Coach Herman is failing to adequately coach the mental aspects of the game. This is especially troublesome considering Herman’s “Mensa” reputation. The defense isn’t being taught basic fundamentals of tackling. The coaching staff has no ability to self-scout. The offensive play calling needs to be addressed. The problems are evident. So is the fact that Tom Herman isn’t addressing them effectively. He needs help to see if his weaknesses can be addressed. If not, he has to be let go and we have to move on to new leadership.
  10. The Surly crew will be at Lee Harvey's Friday night. Not sure what anyone else has planned, but you know where some of us will be. I will be there with a cigar in my pocket, just in case Aaron lets us know we are all (extended) uncles/ aunts (and the kid looks more like him than the mailman). The code word is "OU SUCKS"
  11. So much for "the nicest fans in all of college football." A friend of mine parked his car in College Station near the aggy campus and thoughtlessly left two tickets to the next A&M home game on his dashboard, in plain sight. Some thoughtless asshole smashed out the driver's side window and left four more.
  12. https://www.duffelblog.com/2019/09/texas-am-corps-of-cadets-found-guilty-of-143-years-of-stolen-valor/?utm_source=Normal+Subscribers&utm_campaign=e5b73310f4-Duffel_Blog_Daily&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_6d392bc034-e5b73310f4-23799241&goal=0_6d392bc034-e5b73310f4-23799241&mc_cid=e5b73310f4&mc_eid=8bd9ac752b Air Force Texas A&M Corps of Cadets found guilty of 143 years of stolen valor COLLEGE STATION, Texas – The student body of Texas A&M University was rocked today by news that their Corps of Cadets is guilty of stolen valor and has been for 143 years. Authorities reached a guilty verdict after discovering that despite wearing uniforms in public, displaying military medals, and being big time hardos, less than half of cadets go on to serve in the military. “The fact that these kids and this institution have let this go on for over a century is unconscionable,” says lead investigator Winston Hughes. “While it does not appear any of the cadets were able to translate their fake military status into getting laid, the vast majority did attempt to get free apps at the local Chili’s every Veterans’ Day.” Stolen Valor is typically defined as an individual wearing a military uniform and impersonating a member of the armed forces despite never having served. Texas A&M released a statement clarifying that, while the majority of their Cadets don’t commission into the armed forces, some do and all of them take their “dress up and march around stuff” very seriously. The school also stressed the importance of imagination in developing young minds. “Whether that involves imagining you go to Hogwarts or imagining you attend a military academy, the principle remains the same,” Booster Club President Jimbob Joe Houston notes. Houston was also quick to point out the school’s status as a Senior Military College, a special designation granted to several institutions after the Civil War authorizing their students to wear fancy boots and get high and tight haircuts unironically. However, detractors point out, that authorization is for individuals who are actually going to join the military and does not cover those who are live-action role-playing as soldiers from the Spanish-American War. The nail in the coffin for A&M’s stolen valor case was the fact that unlike other Senior Military Colleges—such as the Citadel or the Virginia Military Institute—it’s possible to be a student at the school without being a fake ROTC weirdo. “Over 69,000 students will attend class this year in College Station while only about 2,500 will dress up and ask people to thank them for their service” Hughes notes. When reached for comment, member of the Corps Josh Taylor was unapologetic. “How am I stealing valor by just wearing a uniform? Like I owe some kind of service to the country?” Taylor says. “I bought these boots with my parents’ own money, and donated my time to appearing on ESPN football broadcasts all fall. The nation has been compensated.” “If anything, you could say I’m overcompensating”
  13. Part of the fun of all this is seeing how what we look at as amusement manages to provide meaningful opportunities for people we come to know and who share our interest in college sports. Your new adventure is a win for you, and a win for us. I will be following your work over on BON and I am sure you will keep in touch. Best wishes. Hope to talk with you soon.
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