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Randolph Duke

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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. The "cash cow" delivers roughly $10 mil/yr into a $3.1B budget. To break that relationship down, for an individual making $100k/yr, your "cash cow" would drop a whopping $0.03 into their pocket. You seem to have your financial understanding backward. Bellmont is the one that could not pay its most recent capital debt payment. The university isn't in dire financial straits. Your "cash cow" is. UT can have a football program without becoming Texas A&M. (Or, possibly not). There can be football at UT without having to turn the program over to a sociopath who would degrade the n
  2. If doesn't matter where the money is coming from. If Bellmont didn't have the money to make its scheduled capital debt payment, and didn't have the money to meet its payroll without layoffs and salary deductions, yet has $40 million to blow on a reprehensible human being to coach its football team, then the question should be asked if the leaders at UT have a grip on what is important. It would be reprehensible for Bellmont to take pay away from employees and to then hire Urban Meyer, of all people. The whole message that "people don't matter, football matters" is a rather bad message whe
  3. The academic budget of UT Austin is well in excess of $3B/yr. Academics brings the money in, and if the president of the university forgets that, it will be to his disadvantage. People forget the stink that Herman's insistence on hiring Casey Horny brought. People also forget the Bellmont employees who were recently let go because of the financial problems were real people. 70 positions eliminated. The pay reductions for Bellmont staff just hit with today's payroll. CDC's exact word were "Strong measures have been taken to mitigate expected revenue losses. These actions amount to a $
  4. As I said in the recruiting thread: I cannot fathom the transgression such that Urban Meyer would be a step up in ethics and integrity. Fewer than 60 days ago, CDC announced the loss of quite a few jobs inside Bellmont to save far less money than it would take to remove Herman and replace him with Meyer. The faculty has to do without merit raises, the university is just beginning to have to make very painful budget cuts, and Jay Hartzell's fist major decision would be to hire Urban Meyer, who comes with not inconsequential baggage. People have lost their minds.
  5. I cannot fathom the transgression such that Urban Meyer would be a step up in ethics and integrity. Fewer than 60 days ago, CDC announced the loss of quite a few jobs inside Bellmont to save far less money than it would take to remove Herman and replace him with Meyer. The faculty has to do without merit raises, the university is just beginning to have to make very painful budget cuts, and Jay Hartzell's fist major decision would be to hire Urban Meyer, who comes with not inconsequential baggage. People have lost their minds.
  6. And "Boom!" goes the dynamite! https://www.houstonchronicle.com/texas-sports-nation/college/article/Texas-A-M-Alabama-book-12th-man-legal-fight-15264638.php?utm_campaign=CMS Sharing Tools (Premium)&utm_source=t.co&utm_medium=referral History of Texas A&M's 12th Man challenged amid legal battle with school David Barron , Houston Chronicle May 12, 2020 Updated: May 12, 2020 12:49 p.m. An Alabama book publisher has upped the ante in his three-year legal dispute with Texas A&M by asking a judge to consider evidence he says will strike at the h
  7. If you are on Twitter, follow David Barron from the Houston Chron for the next few days. @dfbarron You will understand when the time is right.
  8. Nice video, but they should have used the graphics with this moment of zen from a leader far more important to Longhorn football that just Tom Herman. A moment of zen from our true leader.
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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 t
  13. 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)
  14. 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
  15. 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

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