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  1. Hey, everyone. I have a couple of predictions. We will go 11-1 (OU will be the loss, but we will beat them in the championship game). I don't know why everyone is concerned about the first two games. This Longhorn team is loaded with a Heisman running back and NFL talent scattered all over the roster. We will beat the ever loving crap out of Lala and Arky both. The next prediction is we will be playing in the SEC next year. Trust me on this. In two years UT will be the second best team in the SEC and OU will be the third. aggy has some serious talent, but they are aggy and they always will be. When UT enters into the NIL competition we will be merciless and start stacking talent like it is cordwood. There - how is that for drinking the koolaide?
    17 points
  2. Sark was on the Dan Patrick show this morning and he was asked out how difficult it’s going to be to out recruit Nick Saban, his response was, “I hope to still be here 15 years from now and people will be asking how do you out recruit Steve Sarkisian?”
    16 points
  3. Let's jump straight into it as the Longhorns moved to 4-1 on the season and 2-0 in conference play. Steve Sarkisian was the first person to admit after the game that Texas was very sloppy at times today. The Longhorns settled for field goals far too often in the red zone and struggled mightily to get the passing game going. Despite all that, Texas was able to beat a team they were 2-7 against the previous 9 years. TCU made their fair share of mistakes as well, but this certainly felt like a game Texas would have lost in previous seasons. Bijan Robinson put the Texas offense on his back. The sophomore carried the ball 35 times for 216 yards and a pair of touchdowns. He was the best player on the field and Steve Sarkisian showed no hesitation in putting the ball in his hands with the game on the line. If Robinson continues to build on what he's done through the first 5 games of the season, he should be in New York in December. The Texas receivers struggled today outside of Jordan Whittington. Xavier Worthy had several drops and was a non-factor for most of the afternoon and Joshua Moore was only able to catch 3 passes for 13 yards. Marcus Washington played a good amount and continues to show excellent effort as a blocker, but Texas will need more consistency from the position group moving forward to help out Casey Thompson. Speaking of Thompson, he experienced some struggles today for the first time in his career. He completed 12 of 22 passes for 142 yards and a touchdown along with a bad interception. The interception was a bad decision to throw into triple coverage down the field to Xavier Worthy. Worthy was being held on the play and it probably should have been a flag, but Thompson simply can not make that throw. He also forced several other throws into tight windows that could have been picked off. He did rebound nicely to throw a touchdown to Whittington on a RPO early in the 4th quarter. The Texas offensive line had an up and down day, but the biggest storyline was the injury to Denzel Okafor. Once Okafor went down, Kyle Flood opted to slide Derek Kerstetter inside to LG and insert Andrej Karic at RT. Karic had several nice blocks in the running game and appeared to play well off the bench. Pete Kwiatkowski and the Texas defense did enough to get the job done. The Longhorns forced 2 defensive turnovers (the 3rd turnover came on special teams) and should have had another when both DeMarvion Overshown and Luke Brockermeyer had their hands on a Max Duggan pass. Kwiatkowski appeared content with getting TCU to dink and dunk their way down the field while waiting for a mistake and limiting big plays. The plan worked for the most part as the Horned Frogs were unable to push the ball down the field through the air. The lone sack for the defense came on a strip sack from Anthony Cook on a beautifully called nickel blitz. Cook had another outstanding game and might be the best player in the Texas secondary right now. The defensive line was asked to contain Duggan for much of the game and try to shut down the running game with Zach Evans. Duggan's longest run of the day was 10 yards. Evans had a good game (15 carries for 113 yards) and probably should have received more touches. The one aspect the Texas defense is lacking right now is consistent pass rush from their edge players. It is not likely something that is going to change over the course of the season, so the coaching staff is going to have to make do and lean on their interior defensive line to try to get to the quarterback. Outside of Bijan Robinson, the MVP for the game should go to Cameron Dicker. The senior was 4/4 on field goals and also averaged 46.5 yards on his two punts. Dicker had been inconsistent to start the year, but Texas needed him to come through today and he delivered.
    15 points
  4. joeywa

    Some sad news tonight

    I know some of us here are/have been posters on other sites over the years. One of our close friends, @JimsTexas, passed away this morning, peacefully in his sleep. His son called me tonight with the news. Jim had some health issues, but still was able to go out and fish and faithfully followed the Longhorns, never wavering in his support regardless of recruiting classes, coaches or W/L record. I've personally known him for years and spoke with him on Monday night. I'm happy to call him a friend, spelling mistakes and all. If you're the praying type, please keep his wife, son and grandchildren in your thoughts and prayers as they go through this. If you don't recall his posts, he generally ended them with this: It isn't always pretty but this is called old man writing so don't be to critical of my spelling and sentence structuring. For you fisherman might your fishing line always be tight. Now a little wisdom please remember this "Keep our Lord in your Hart and always have a blessed week don't take yourself so seriously no one else does enjoy your life. Have a Jack and Coke once and a while " Keep your Horns Raised high and proud RIP Jim.
    14 points
  5. View from the Cheap Seats ULaLa All Gas No Brakes What is likely the most significant off season in TEXAS Longhorn history opened with plenty of questions being answered by new Coach Steve “Sark” Sarkisian and his young charges. Not sure you could have scripted a better opening for Coach Sark, his brand new staff and the debut of Hudson Card. Let’s quickly start with the off season changes. As most are aware by now, TEXAS and Oklahoma shook the college football world by announcing they were joining the SEC. This announcement would come after TEXAS chose to fire Coach Tom “Mensa” Herman who had not done poorly, but he had not done well either. And after very publicly courting Urban Meyer who would bolt for the NFL, TEXAS would “settle” by plucking Coach Sark from the Bama staff, along with 3 other Bama coaches. The move to changes conferences that supposedly had been blocked for years (decades?) by the TEXAS administration was now seen as the most obvious move by a new AD, President and head of our board of Regents. Big time props to AD, CDC (now know by his initials), UT President Jay Hartzell and Board of Regent chair Kevin P. Eltife. History will be the judge of the wisdom of these moves but these men should be credited with the vision and courage to not stand with the status quo. ACES. So 2 quick digs at our friends down in College Station before we get into Sat's game. 1st, as great as the news of the move from the lackluster BigXII to the SEC was to real CFB fans, almost as joyous was listening to the howls and whines of our former “rival” (how much of a rival are you really when you lost 3/4ers of the games you play?) who realized they were going right back into the shadow of TEXAS. It was interesting that Aggie would also give Jimbo Fisher a raise after going 33-16 over 4 years, failing to win 10 games in a season and not even winning their division. TEXAS would fire their head coach who would go 32-18 over 4 years, producing a 10 win season and playing for the conference title. The standards are not the same Back to the game at hand TEXAS opened their season facing a Nationally ranked opponent that returned 20 of 22 starters from last year, a team which finished the year with a well-deserved Top 25 ranking. This is a team that upset Iowa State in the opener last year. This was also the game many pundits picked as their ”upset special” to kick off the season. Coach Sark and company would put the quick kibosh on that, jumping out to a 14-6 half time lead and never looking back. TEXAS would open the season forcing a 3 and out then registering their own 3 and out. . . .TEXAS would then go long TD drive, long missed FG drive then long TD drive to take a 14-6 half time lead. Did you read that right? Only 4 drives in the 1st half? Get used to Sark’s ball control offense where he’ll change plays at the line but will eat up much of the clock on every play. While the motto is “All gas no brakes”, this is not an up tempo offense many are used to seeing. To highlight that ball control, TEXAS would convert 10 of 15 chances on 3rd down. Not that Sark will not go uptempo from time to time, something he did several times in the game to keep the LaLa D off balance. If we were to pick one word for this offense? Methodical. Speaking of “methodical”, after the opening 3 and out, TEXAS would score or attempt to score, missed FG on drive #3, on every drive it had until the very last drive of the game where TEXAS was simply trying to run out the clock. Along the way, Coach Sark showed why he was so highly regarded and such a desirable candidate for the job. He put his talented players in a position to succeed and when asked to, his players made plays. The difference in not just play calling but play design as well. We’ll focus on BiJan’s 1st TD pass. TEXAS lines up with 2 tight ends tight on the left side of the formation with no WR to that side and BR in the backfield. Both TEs run routes into the center of the field, the Corner back follows the TEs leaving BR wide open to leak out into the flat where he outruns the D to the end zone. Of course nothing helps a play caller more than talented players and in BiJan Robinson TEXAS is blessed with a dynamic ball carrier with the power to break tackles as well as the quickness to leave defenders trying to find their underwear on the field. Think larger, stronger version of Jamaal Charles. As we saw at the end of last year, BR will be a special RB for TEXAS if he can stay healthy. The biggest story of the off season (on the field) was who would win the job as QB1 for the Horns. Hudson Card served notice the job was his while he lived up to advanced billing with a very impressive performance. Through one game, he showed why he deserved QB1 status. He delivered a calm, cool demeanor, frequently extending plays displaying good elusiveness in the pocket. He certainly displayed a “live arm” with pinpoint throws. He reminds us of another redshirt freshman QB, Colt McCoy, who enjoyed an on field maturity beyond his years. Not to mention a frame that could use another 10-15 pounds of muscle. Card did something not sure many noticed, when he scrambled, he kept his eyes down field. He never lost awareness of what was going on and where his targets were. Just one game but Card did everything he was asked including not turning the ball over.' Applaud Coach Sark for getting Casey Thompson into the game late in the 3rd and giving him the entire 4th quarter. Move should pay big dividends. He also managed to get RB3 Kelian Robinson plenty of snaps and he responded with a 5.1 ypc performance. Not everything was wine and roses. The TEXAS offensive line gave up 4 sacks on the day. Having watched the OU game with their DL wrecking havoc on the Tulane offense at times, this is a concern. Largely the only negative we can find with the offense but it’s pretty important one. While not as impressive or dominate as the O, the D acquitted itself well and we think Coach K is going to pay strong dividends. Without blitzing much, the TEXAS D contained a very good LaLa offense. Of particular note was limiting 5th year Senior QB Levi Lewis to his worst game in 2 years. A true dual threat QB, one of the big concerns was not letting Lewis beat the Horns with his legs. La La was never able to establish their run game and by the 2nd half, they became largely 1 dimensional. La La did manage 2 long drives in the 2nd half but by then the game was largely out of reach. Offensive Player of the game: #1 BiJan Robinson. 176 total yards from scrimmage, 2 TDs and showed off both great cutting ability, great power and great speed. #2 Hudson Card. 177 QB rating on a 14 for 21 224 yard night with 2 passing TDs to go with a rushing TD and not INTs. Well done young man. #3 Jordan Whittington J-Witt to his friends. 7 catches 113 yards and a TD. Defensive Player of the game Co D-MVPs, DeMarvion Overshown & Luke Brockemeyer would record 24 tackles (8 solo) and 2 sacks combined. Stats that matter 5-5 Red Zone scoring and 4 of 5, 4 TDs and 1 FG. 10-15 3rd down conversion rate. 4-13 LaLa’s 3rd down conversion rate, 0-9 through 3 quarters. 4/3 Good news bad news. We gave up 4 sacks and recorded 3. 7-64 Penalties on TEXAS. Will be a coaching focus this week 177 Hudson Card's QB rating through game 1 On Deck So Sark faces an early coaching challenge. He takes the Horns on the road to visit old SWC rival (now this a real rivalry) Arkansas who will be sky high for the game. His young team will be tested in a very hostile environment as the fans. Arkie’s QB is a big guy, 250 lbs and more known for being a rusher not passer. Avoid turnovers, take an early lead and another methodical game will be next week’s keys to victory. Ranking the BigXII Big Dog 1 Oklahoma. Lots of teams guilty of reading their press clippings/eating the cheese, OU appeared to be one of them. OU’s front is scary, their secondary not so much. They remain #1 until someone knocks them off their perch Chasing the title 2 TEXAS Great debut for Sark over a ranked opponent. Best BigXII win of the weekend 3 ISU Speaking of eating the cheese, expect ISU to be formidable and improve from a lackluster performance vs a good FCS level school 4 TCU Strong showing vs a tomato can. TEXAS BigXII opener 5 KSU Looked good vs Stanford. 2nd best BigXII win of the weekend 6 OSU Did not look good beating an FCS opponent, Mizzu State Also rans 7 TT Beat Cougar High 8 WVU Lost to Maryland, shades of Mensa 9 Kansas Eeked out a win vs FCS opponent (sensing a week 1 pattern?) 10 Baylor Did not look good beating FCS opponent Texas State Way too early playoff picks: #1 Bama Stop me if you have heard this before, new QB, New OC. . .same ole Bama #2 tOSU Best of the rest but a step below Bama #3 Dawgs Hard to believe Clemson and Dawgs would play a game without scoring an offensive TD #4 Field is open. Today the Land Thieves fill this spot but Clemson’s playoff bid took a shot this weekend. Game highlights https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tBwVTk7rRPo
    13 points
  6. Watch this commercial just past the Doritos "Bold" logo at the end for this to really make sense. My buddy Dave Vabora created the Adaptive Training foundation after his NFL career He was Mr Irrelevant in 2008, drafted by the St Louis Rams. He would finish his career at Seattle. Incredible guy. Many of the people in the video are friends.
    13 points
  7. Talked to an old friend yesterday who works with FBS ADs and Head Coaches around the country and he had this to say about what's going on at Texas: "Any fans dumb enough not to be crazy excited about the recruiting potential, OC & DC and returning ability is bat shit nuts and should have their fan cards taken away. Its f'ing go time now in Austin." "Ya'll got no idea what ya got for 2021 potential." On our phone call he also said emphatically that the RRR next season will be for a playoff spot. He lives in Oregon and also works with most of the Pac-12 schools and said that Kwiatkowsi is THE BEST in the business - doesn't get a lot of the spotlight because he has been in the Pac-12 for so long.
    13 points
  8. quit making excuses for them would be a good start. I have three separate lines of Cherokee and I dont hold ANYONE today responsible for the Trail of Tears, of which two of my Cherokee lineages were forced to participate. The Irish were treated horrendously as well. Every race and every culture has had slavery and victims of it. Name ONE player at Texas that isnt at an advantage over 90% of peers in the state of Texas. You may find a couple or three exceptions but for the most part, these players are self-important, entitled, brats screaming for attention (as are players in other programs). I use to tell my soldiers that you will not get rid of racism until you decide to quit making it something that controls your life. (Quit making excuses for them!) This past weekend, a good friend's son won the national AAU football championship in New Bransfels for their age group (4 teams from Killeen won national championships at different age groups beating out Arkansas, Florida, California and Texas teams). A good percentage of these players are black kids. Is something that happened 150 yrs ago holding them back? NO! But, one thing that can hold them back is if they let some moron talk them into becoming a slave of the past. Regardless of color, these kids are ALREADY approached by trainers to help them get ready for the future. My friend's son has been approached by three trainers (two former UT players) and he is starting specialized individual training in a couple of weeks. Athletes are fawned all over since about age 6 and are not put out in any way regardless of color.
    13 points
  9. And hopefully he never will.
    13 points
  10. Just mentioning for fun... I'm a Horn fan living in Cincy. Ossai is putting on a show in the first half against Tampa tonight and Cincy fans are going absolutely bonkers over him already. I tried to tell the folks here that a 3rd round pick on J.O. was probably the steal of the draft. He's looking great so far.
    12 points
  11. For all of you who were kind enough to wish me well this afternoon, thank you so much. The results were good, and I am so relieved. MDA has a new protocol. The radiologist comes in and gives the patient the results when the films are read to reduce anxiety. I am all for it.
    12 points
  12. At what point will people realize how absurd society has become? The song is not racist in any form or fashion. There is no end to “things” that were subverted by ignorant people of the past. Why do we continue to let those people shape our future. Our University did not accept African Americans until 1956. Do we shut down the University because it was most definitely racist prior to that time? The Eyes of Texas is supposed to remind us of OUR University family and the bond we ALL share. Our family is Burnt Orange and that is the only color that should matter to anyone. People who try and make it about any other color are racist.
    12 points
  13. These staff hires tell me two things. We are finally acting like the wealthiest athletic program in the country instead of just talking about it. If Sark can put this quality of a staff together it’s obvious his coaching peers believe he’s a dude. Kid’s don’t want to play for pretenders (I won’t mention any names) if the coaches believe in him the kids will too.
    12 points
  14. 11 points
  15. The pieces of the puzzle are beginning to fall into place as Steve Sarkisian assembles his initial staff on the 40 acres. Friday afternoon, Sarkisian announced 9 on-field hires in addition to naming his Director of Football Performance. The head coach spent some time talking about how he went about filling out his staff: “Player development, X’s and O’s and ability to recruit were our priorities with this staff. When you look at their backgrounds, there’s experience and expertise from an NFL standpoint, coaching at a very high level in the college ranks, and it’s an outstanding collection of proven and successful recruiters, as well,” Sarkisian added. “For every coach we hired, I looked closely at their ability to recruit and evaluate prospects, and this group can do that with the best of them. They all have a great recruiting background and many of them with significant ties to recruiting in the state of Texas.” Let's take a look at the hires that became official and what Sarkisian had to say about the members of his new coaching staff: AJ Milwee- QB Coach Sarkisian praised Milwee, calling the former Alabama analyst his "right-hand guy". Milwee was set to become the offensive coordinator at Arkansas State under new head coach Butch Jones, also a former Alabama analyst, before joining the Texas staff. Milwee was previously an offensive coordinator at Akron for 6 seasons, so he has playcalling experience. Sarkisian thinks very highly of his new QB coach and will value his input while gameplanning and also on game day. Interesting Sarkisian quote about Milwee- "I like the guy's drive, I like the guy's focus, but I also like that he thinks like me." Stan Drayton- Offensive Run Game Coordinator/RB Coach Drayton is one of two on-field holdovers from Tom Herman's staff and is entering his 5th season at Texas. He is considered one of the best teachers of the running back position in the country and is widely respected by his position group. Recruiting wise, he reeled in 2020 5-star Bijan Robinson, who will be the focal point of the Texas offense. It is not surprising that Sarkisian chose to retain Drayton and he will be counting on him to continue his track record of development and recruiting his position at a high level. Sarkisian on Drayton- "He has developed some of the best runners in the country and is clearly done the same thing since he's been here." Andre Coleman- WR Coach Coleman joined Texas as an analyst during the 2019 season and was promoted to WR coach for the 2020 season. It was an up and down season for the Texas receivers, but the friendliness of Steve Sarkisian's offense will benefit Coleman greatly both on the field and on the recruiting trail. Sarkisian was not shy in his praise for Coleman, mentioning that he tried to hire the former Kansas State offensive coordinator as his receivers coach on several different occasions. Sarkisian on Coleman- "I'm excited about Andre. He's somebody that might actually talk to at my last two stops about potentially joining us. I wasn't the final say so that didn't quite work out but I had a prior relationship with [him] probably the last three or four years and the development of the receiver position, the connections he's had in state, even his time recruiting in state here when he was at Kansas State. I think her all are all positives for us on that front." Jeff Banks- Assistant Head Coach/Special Teams Coordinator/TE Coach One of the biggest wins on Sarkisian's initial staff was being able to hire away Jeff Banks from Alabama. Banks is one of the best recruiters in the country and has spent time in the state of Texas previously as an assistant at Texas A&M. He has deep ties to high schools in Texas and will be a volume recruiter for the Longhorns. Banks also is seen as one of the best special teams coaches in the country. There is a reason Texas is paid over $1 million to pry him away from Nick Saban's staff. He should make an immediate impact. Sarkisian on Banks- "Jeff has roots in recruiting are really here in the great state of Texas. But he's also a my opinion that the premier special teams coordinator in the country. So we get a fantastic coach there and get a fantastic recruiter with with ties to the state." Kyle Flood- OL Coach/Offensive Coordinator Flood comes to Austin after spending the previous two seasons as the offensive line coach at Alabama. Prior to his time in Tuscaloosa, Flood was with Sarkisian with the Falcons, where he served as the assistant offensive line coach after his stint as the head coach at Rutgers from 2012 to 2015. He is receiving a promotion to offensive coordinator to come to Austin, but Sarkisian made it clear on Friday that he would call the plays on game day while receiving input from Flood. Sarkisian on Flood-"I think Kyle has a wealth of knowledge and experience at the offensive line position. He's a tremendous recruiter, and a great developer of talent which clearly we saw a year ago at Alabama." Pete Kwiatkowski- Defensive Coordinator/OLB Coach Sarkisian and Texas surprised nearly everybody earlier this week when they hired away Pete Kwiatkowski from Washington. Kwiatkowski had spent the last 7 seasons with the Huskies and coordinated some of the top defenses in the country. Sarkisian praised him for how tough his defenses are to face and said he had been "a thorn in my side the last decade" so he knew it was somebody he wanted to get to run the Texas defense. Kwiatkowski will also coach the outside linebackers, which he had done with the Huskies the previous 3 seasons. This leaves open the possibility that Sarkisian will hire an inside linebackers coach with his final on-field assistant spot. Sarkisian on Kwiatkowski- "When you start talking to him and when we first started talking, he kept coming back to fundamentals and technique. Fundamentals and technique. That is one of his key components to playing great defenses" Bo Davis- Defensive Line Bo Davis is a familiar name for Texas fans, having coached the defensive line under Mack Brown from 2011 to 2013. Davis is seen as a great recruiter and developer who is coming back to Austin after spending the last 3 seasons in the NFL with the Detroit Lions. Former players speak very highly of him and he should be able to get a leg up in recruiting having recruited the state of Texas previously for the Longhorns. Sarkisian on Bo Davis- "He's a tremendous recruiter. He's a tremendous developer of talent. Once you get them here, which is important. It's one thing to get players here. It's another to develop them and probably one of the key components to Bose. He's an unbelievable staff guy and we talked about building a culture here." Terry Joseph- Secondary Coach/Defensive Pass Game Coordinator Many in the state of Texas are familiar with Joseph, who served as the defensive backs coach at Texas A&M for 3 seasons from 2014 to 2016 and was most recently the safeties coach at Notre Dame. Similar to Kwiatkowski, Sarkisian praised Joseph for the way he prepared his secondary when they played Alabama in the CFP. Interestingly, Joseph was one of the first hires Sarkisian made on the defensive side of the ball. Sarkisian on Joseph- "Was really impressed obviously with with our game against Notre Dame and just the way they defended us compared to everybody else in the country and just I think a real Pro's Pro when it. He has some defensive coordinator in his background at North Carolina. He's got ties to some of the people that were bringing on staff who he's worked with before so really excited about about Terry" Blake Gideon- Safeties Coach Gideon returns to Texas after having played for the Longhorns from 2008-2011. He has risen quickly through the coaching ranks, going from Georgia State to Houston to Ole Miss in the last 3 seasons. Gideon should serve a good recruiter for Sarkisian's staff and has connections throughout the state after growing up in the state and having a father who coached in the high school ranks in Texas. He is also likely to contribute to special teams coaching after being named the Special Teams Coach of the Year by FootballScoop.com in 2019. Sarkisian on Gideon- "I just think Blake he's got a very bright future in the profession and he's been super impressive up to this point so far so I am excited about that" Torre Becton- Director of Football Performance Becton previously worked for Sarkisian at the University of Washington and comes to Texas after being the head athletic performance coach at Cal the last 4 seasons. One of the most interesting parts of Sarkisian's press conference is when talked about his vision for what the Longhorns want to do strength and conditioning wise. He talked about how the program needs to be wired into sports science and nutrition but also said they will also be focusing on velocity training, which will emphasize the need to improve explosiveness. Sarkisian on Becton- "The fact that you have somebody there that you've worked with before, that I know can really support our messaging and reiterate our messaging from a weight room standpoint was really big to me."
    11 points
  16. Disclaimer: I have no idea how good a coach Pete Golding is. But as I've followed all of this stuff over the past week or so, I get the impression that there are not all that many assistant coaches out there that a team's fanbase doesn't hate. When Bama's defense plays well, it's due to Saban. When it plays bad, that's on Golding. Typical fans, lol.
    11 points
  17. Maybe we should all opt out as being fans these last 2 games? If so, please respect our decision.
    11 points
  18. I don't visit this board that otten, I spend most of my time on IT. Why I'm not sure. I have been lambasted and skinned alive by many posters over there. Even the mods. But IT does provide many interesting articles and a couple of writers that I admire - particularly one called Scipio Tex. But I do have an affinity for this site because the posters seem to lack the arrogance that is prevalent on IT. So it has been my pleasure to divulge what little behind the scenes info I acquire here rather than there. I just hope you folks understand that most of what I here is often infused with the opinions of those giving me the info. It's the nature of us humans.
    11 points
  19. Lol! The truth is you are correct. Hiring and firing of coaches is always a delicate and sensitive operation and for good reasons. There are the money aspects, reputations, pasts and futures of people, other coaches and the just plain optics of it. It's true that old codgers like myself who have grown up with people that are connected ti UT, get occasional morsels of interesting info. But we rarely are privy to the meat and potatoes. I will say this as most of you have already ascertained, as far as the admin is concerned the bloom is off the rose regarding Herman., And it is irrepairable. I believe things are going to happen. We'll see.
    11 points
  20. I know i may be a sunshine pumper, but im also a realist that knows it takes a little time to rebuild a program. I know we said this under Strong and under Herman, but this feels a little different. Nick Saban went 7-6 in year 1 at Bama, Dabo Swinney went 9-5 and then 6-6 in his 1st 2 years. Once they got their players those programs took off. Does it suck to take losses as a fan? hell yes. I do wish this team wouldve magically been a CC team this year, but this is basically the same team that got a coach fired last year. It definitely is a team missing their 4 year QB leader who willed some wins last year. Say all you want about the last 10 years, but this just feels different to me. I think this staff knows what they need and I do believe they will get there. It just may not be on the timeline we we're all unrealistically hoping for. This is a process and I'm staying the course as a fan. I really do think it will be worth the wait
    10 points
  21. Feels like recruiting is gonna be dead until the season gets going and we still have a couple of weeks til then. Thought it would be cool to hear everyone's bold predictions for this year. Not the realistic ones, but your out on the limb ones for this season. I'll start with 4: 1. Casey Thompson starts all year and throws for 3400 yards, 25 tds and 6 INTs. 2. Bijan Robinson rushes for 1400 YDs, 400 YDs rec and 16 total TDs 3. Texas finishes the reg season with a 10-2 record with losses to OU and WVU (they win in Ames but drop a stupid game somewhere else). 4. OU and UT play in the B12 Championship. Game is a toss up because the refs don't know which team to penalize the most. Afterwards, the winning team refuses to accept the B12 trophy. Both teams leave the stadium in their SEC decorated bus and drive off, never to be seen in the B12 again. Bowlsby is found 3 days later in a local motel:
    10 points
  22. I'm okay joining the SEC with OU, but I flat refuse to wear any SEC co-branded gear or become an "SEC SEC SEC" chanting, mouth-breathing rube.
    10 points
  23. IT reporting that OL Derek Kerstetter will be returning to Texas.
    10 points
  24. Great scoop for TFB. They made this call last night and had sat on it for 24 hours before that. About the hire: HOME RUN – How many times have we whined and complained about our inability to make half time adjustments? Kiss those days good bye!!! This guy excels in game planning, mid-game adjustments, and PLAY CALLING. His weakness is recruiting but given a couple of years of success, his defense should recruit itself here at Texas. Nevertheless, he is surrounded by good recruiters on defense. He is innovative. This guy should have been the first name out of the hat, IMO. I know we pined about Muschamp and others, but Sark could not have chosen a better DC.
    10 points
  25. When I first looked at it I thought it seemed “gimmicky” but as I looked at what they do from a personnel standpoint it’s pretty solid. Two big/athletic DT’s. One OLB/DE that sets the edge and rushes the passer. One OLB/DE that is speedy to rush or drop in coverage. Two traditional ILB’s to “seek and destroy” and 5 DB’s who cover, run support or blitz. With our current DT’s size and athletic ability you are almost requiring a double team inside at worst the center and both guards have their hands full. Everyone else is one on one blocking. If we have any edge rushing from our OLB’s we should be able to pressure with 4 and blitz packages could overwhelm. Two DT’s and ILB’s should prevent running the ball between the Tackles and our team speed already takes away most running to the outside. With the right personnel and coaching (As with anything in football) it’s the ideal defense for the Big 12 offenses AKA spread. Outstanding hire by Sark.
    10 points
  26. dillohorn

    Hermann needs to go

    Herman got political and failed to develop players. Two reasons to stick a fork in him.
    10 points
  27. I didnt get to watch the game live but taped it and watched it later. Bijan is an absolute gamer. The kid has to be tired and sore as hell. I would take 1 Bijan over 100 Zach Evans anyday. Besides being a gifted runner he is very humble and great personality and smile. We are lucky to have him. He is quickly becoming one of my favorite longhorns of all time. I wasnt sold on Sark in the beginning but I appear to be wrong. Hes cool and calm and looks to be the right person for the job. I enjoy watching his conferences. Atleast he isn't that 8 year old Herman. Wasnt a pretty win and turnovers made the difference. I was a little disappointed in the passing game and Worthy but shrug it off and get ready for the spooners. A win is a win especially against that head case Patterson and TCU. To top it off sheep shaggers lost so I am basking in the glow today.
    9 points
  28. Patterson, after tonight's TCU loss . . . lol
    9 points
  29. Texags is in full melt down mode. With Jimbo's new 10 year guaranteed contract for over 9 million a year Aggy football is turning into a dumpster fire. Could be a monumental Aggy decommit season coming soon.
    9 points
  30. java

    ARKANSAS: A Little History

    No Longhorn should travel to a Longhorn vs Razorback game without a little history of the rivalry. During my time as a student at Texas, we flew into Arkansas twice, and both trips were eventful. Once our flight home (a charter) was delayed because one of our group was in an Emergency Room. Why, you might ask? We were delayed because one of our group was injured as we marched out of Razorback Stadium by trash which included, partially eaten fruit, soft drinks, beer bottles, etc. It was a broken beer bottle that cut the skin, so close to the eye, that doctors said a fraction of an inch closer would have resulted in lost vision in one eye for the injured person. If driving during that time, it was important to get gas BEFORE one crossed the Texas border. The Hog fans wouldn’t sell gas to Texas fans. Hopefully that has changed since chain stores have virtually taken over gasoline sales. However, it can’t hurt to gas up before you cross the border. Bevo and Smokey had difficulty making the trip due to gasoline shortages. Regardless of those difficulties, expect the fan base to be a very diverse group. Some will be polite and well-spoken, but others will be crazy, uneducated hillbillies. Some of whom are probably the same fools who threw trash at us as we left their stadium in victory. By the way, followed that incident, DiNino said he would not take the LHB back to Arkansas. Since DKR made it clear that he wanted the LHB with the team when they traveled, DiNino only relented when the President of the university of Arkansas wrote a letter of apology to The University of Texas. Be ready, and Hook ‘em!
    9 points
  31. I will say this . . . Texas may lay out an announcement around or after the OU game. It may or may not be in conjunction with OU but Texas will announce we are paying the exit fees to the Big 12 to join the SEC in 2022. Can't speak for OU but everyone seems to think they will pay too. I've seen this spoken of at TFB and my buddy down in Austin has said as much as well. If this happens, there will be 1-3 recruits who will commit or flip to us. At least one of them is a 5-star.
    9 points
  32. 1. If Thompson puts up those numbers, he'll be All-Big 12. Only 6 INTS? Thats pretty good even for a veteran. I don't get to see the practices and even if I did, I trust Sark much more than my own expertise. I will be happy with Thompson or Card, either way. I'm glad its being settled on the field. I think in this day and age, if you don't have two quality QBs, you're in for some trouble. It takes two to get through a season. 2. I think you're right on Bijan. Kid will have a big year. 3. I agree with 10-2 (11-2 with bowl win). But I see the losses at Iowa State and Okie State. We beat OU. We are due and we will finally be equal in coaching to what is on the other side. 4. LOL My own stuff . . . . 1. Omeire will be a key WR for us. Every team needs a possession guy. Say hi to Mr Possession Guy. 2. The new RB from Bama will make use particularly dangerous offensively. The speed will be noticeable. 3. Our LBs won't be the Achilles heel most writers are claiming they will be. Front 7 is solid. 4. For the first time in quite a while, we are going into a season with a decent OL and quality depth. 5. Jamison will have at least two TD kick returns this year.
    9 points
  33. I think its funny that aggy got left out of the conference loop on this one. They literally worked behind aggy's back to get this done. What an incredible insult. lol
    9 points
  34. As TCU headed into the bottom of the 9th against Kansas State holding a 8-4 lead, Texas was in cruise control against West Virginia in the 6th inning as the Longhorns held a 10-1 lead. It likely wasn't going to matter though, as the Horned Frogs were 3 outs away from clinching the outright Big 12 title and finishing a full game ahead of Texas in the standings. Everything changed though in a span of about 15 minutes. The Wildcats exploded against TCU's best reliever, Haylen Green, eventually ending the game on a 3-run walk-off home run by Chris Ceballos. The comeback win was met with a huge cheer at Disch-Falk Field and gave Texas the Big 12 title. Here are some thoughts and takeaways from a wild final day of the regular season: While it was technically a "shared" Big 12 title with the Horned Frogs, the Longhorns were certainly treated as the winners of the conference. David Pierce and his team received a trophy following the run-rule victory over the Mountaineers and will be the #1 seed in the Big 12 tournament since Texas owned the tiebreaker over TCU. It is Pierce's 2nd conference title in his 5 years at the helm. The conference title certainly puts the cherry on top of Texas' already impressive resume heading into postseason play. The Longhorns were pretty much a lock for a national seed regardless of what happened in Manhattan, but the Horned Frogs collapse should leave no doubt. Texas will now head to OKC for the Big 12 tournament. Their first game will be Wednesday against the winner of the Kansas/West Virginia play-in game (4 PM CST on Big 12 Now). The tournament format is split up into two 4-team double elimination brackets, with the winners of each bracket meeting for the championship game (the championship game will be a single game, winner-take-all, regardless if one of the teams enter with no losses in the tournament). To be honest, the Longhorns do not have much to prove in OKC. While it would be nice to win some games, the main focus will be getting arms fresh and ready for the regional the following weekend. The 2018 Texas team that went to Omaha went 0-2 in OKC and it has been proven in the past that success in the conference tournament does not always translate to the NCAA tournament. This brings us to a few things that Texas will be looking to accomplish over the next week: If Texas hopes to go far in the NCAA tournament, 4th starter Kolby Kubichek will likely be needed at some point. Kubichek served as the Sunday starter for much of the season before giving way to Pete Hansen. David Pierce hinted last week that Kubichek would likely start game 1 of the conference tournament, and a strong performance from the right-hander will have the Texas coaching staff feeling really good heading into regional play. This is the most exciting time of the year in college baseball. The Longhorns will be a top 5 overall seed next Monday when the field is announced and their road to Omaha will not require them to leave the friendly confines of Disch-Falk Field.
    9 points
  35. https://hornsports.com/index.php/2021/02/13/commitment-spotlight-maalik-murphy/
    9 points
  36. stoops will never be one of us. He kills puppies.
    9 points
  37. All gas; no brakes! -- Sark
    9 points
  38. If we get Lanning our staff will be ridiculously good. I promised myself I wouldn’t let the Horn’s break my heart again but I’m flirting with that filthy four letter word, “HOPE”.
    9 points
  39. 9 points
  40. I think it’s “Notre”.
    9 points
  41. Wanted to take a moment from the hand wringing over CUM's decision to break TEXAS fans hearts and remember the attack on Pearl Harbor, on this day 79 years ago. Also, while the movie Pearl Harbor sucked, the scenes from the attack were outstanding and captured well the events of that morning. Also, while we all know about the USS Arizona, I only learned the story of the USS Nevada while steaming out of Pearl Harbor as we deployed to WESTPAC. A great story. On the morning of Dec 7th, the USS Nevada was moored to the northern most spot along battleship row, next to the USS Arizona. The officer of the Deck ordered her 2nd boiler to be lit off, with the intention of shutting down the 1st once the 2nd was up to steam. These two facts are mentioned because they would save the Nevada and she would be the only battleship to get underway that day despite being struck by a Japanese torpedo. See the map below, the USS Nevada tried to run as she returned fire from her anti aircraft guns. She was credited with downing 6 of the 9 Japanese planes shot down that morning. The Nevada began making headway and was gaining speed as she raced for the narrow canal which starts at Hospital Point. About that time, the 2nd wave of attacking planes reached Pearl Harbor and made sinking the Nevada a priority. They hoped to catch the Nevada as she reach the very narrow channel at Hospital Point at the bottom of the map. Realizing this, the Senior officer ordered she be run aground as to not block the channel. It would take 9 months for the Nevada to be refitted but she would serve highly distinguished service in World War II. She would participate in retaking the Aluetian Islands in 1943 then would steam to Europe in support of the D-Day invasions. She would then return to the Pacific where she was part of both the Iwo Jima and Okinawa invasions. When US ships leave Pearl Harbor, they render honors to both the USS Arizona and the USS Nevada.
    9 points
  42. Its been like a funeral for our board members around here for the past year. The spring training that got cancelled. The Spring game as well. Fall camp filled with social justice BS. Then the close encounter of the Lubbotocks kind. Then the TCU slap in the face followed by the OU game and Ehlinger slinging up the Hook'em all by his lonesome . . . . . . . but TODAY, our hoops team wins the Maui Invitational Championship by knocking off ranked North Carolina. Team is undefeated and making noise and deep enough across the board to make a serious run. . . . meanwhile, someone smuggled in boxes of Urban Meyer votes in the middle of the night and suddenly things have heated up in the UM Sweepstakes and we're favored to win now. What a day.
    9 points

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