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Mack Brown: A Cut Above the Rest

http://www.bevoball.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/cut-300x198.jpgIn light of all the discussion around the Texas Football Program’s recent success (or lack thereof, depending on your point of view) I thought I would give my perspective on the state of Texas Football and head coach Mack Brown.  Recent Twitter rumors have circulated the rumor of Mack’s imminent retirement, which Mack has vehemently denied, and other sources have gone so far as to place Nick Saban on the sidelines at DKR.  Let’s start by making a few things clear.  Mack has no interest in retiring any time soon, and Saban will not be calling Austin home any time soon.
 
 
 
Look at the facts.  Brown is 133-34 (.796) as the head coach of the Longhorns.  He is the only Texas coach other than Darrell Royal, who has amassed 100 wins as head coach of the Longhorns.  Prior to last season’s less than stellar performance, Brown had gone to 18 straight bowl games dating back to 1992, when he was head coach of the North Carolina Tarheels.  He registered just two wins in his first two seasons in Chapel Hill but went on to have 8 consecutive winning seasons, reaching the 10 win mark in 3 of those years.  His critics have their opinions.  Most think he is not a great coach but rather a great recruiter and a great “executive” for Texas Football.  True?  Maybe, but the numbers don’t lie.  Mack has proven himself as a savvy, successful coach that graduates players and pushes life success as well as football to his players.  From a university perspective, that is hard to beat.  He brought the school a BCS Championship in 2005, knocking off the USC dynasty that Pete Carroll and company built in Los Angeles.
 
 
 
I could bring up the records of coaches in high profile coaching positions as comparison but I won’t.  Mack Brown’s coaching record stands on its own.  Those that question his abilities and decision making quickly forget that prior to ’05, Texas had not won a national championship since Royal’s 1970 team, a lengthy span of 35 years.  Additionally the Longhorns played in the 2009 BCS National Championship game.
 
 
 
Fans want to know what Mack’s timeline is as head coach at Texas?  Well, we think Mack determines that.  Prior to accepting the head coaching job at Florida, defensive coordinator Will Muschamp was named head coach in waiting.  Muschamp obviously didn’t place too much stock in taking over any time soon in Austin and jumped for the sure thing in Gainsville.  Some would argue that this showed Brown was close to retirement, or at least considering it.  Why else would they label Muschamp with such a prestigious title?
 
 
 
Mack is 60 years old and currently holds the #1 recruiting class of 2012.  Reports are that he is tired and not willing to deal with the development of a young quarterback.  We say hogwash.  Brown is a winner and has the Darrell Royal “addiction to winning.”  At Texas, you have to have it or you aren’t worth a damn.  Look for Mack and the Longhorns to compete for a championship in a few years, if not sooner.

Barnes Basketball Teams Underachieving?

http://www.bevoball.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/rbps-300x198.jpgI have to start this with the fact I don't like Rick Barnes. I think he has underachieved with this basketball program.  The question is, am I on to something or just wrong? I will try to make my point and let you decide.
 
 
 
It starts to me with losing to an inferior Arizona team in the NCAA tournament. There was controversy at the end and a question of exactly how long five seconds really are, but that would be missing the point. Texas never should have been in that position.
 
 
 
Barnes had talent. The team that lost to Arizona produced three first-round NBA draft picks. Tristan Thompson was the fouth player selected in the draft by the Cleveland Cavaliers. Jordan Hamilton and Cory Joseph went late in the first round to Denver and San Antonio.
 
 
 
Texas was the only school to accomplish the feat of having three number one picks in last year's draft yet they couldn't survive the first weekend of the tournament. Barnes teams have lost to a lower seed in 9 of 13 appearances in the the tournament.
 
 
 
Similarly, the five previous seasons, Barnes had eight NBA draft picks, five of which were first-rounders, including a guy named Kevin Durant. What does he have to show for it? Not a single championship and only one final four appearance. That came eight seasons ago.
 
 
 
The last two seasons we saw Barnes ranked number one and number three, only to see late season problems. Last season the Horns lost 4 of their last 5 games and fell to a number 4 seed.
 
 
 
Rick has been criticized for not being a good in-game manager. During the Arizona/ Texas game the announcers commented the Longhorn coaching staff looked confused and how Barnes was late to the huddle, while at the same time talking of how Arizona coach, Sean Miller, was quick to dash in and make plays.
 
 
 
There’s also the issue of Barnes’ attitude about the NCAA tournament. He has repeatedly said winning is not the most important thing in his life. This is not what UT alumni and fans want to hear. During the traditional playing of the Eyes of Texas, a little girl was shown on camera crying. My guess is she was not alone.
 
 
 
Then again, you tell me, am I being too hard on the guy? Should I shut up and write strictly pro UT pieces or am I on to something?
 
 
 
Let me know and Hook Em Horns.

Barnes Basketball Teams Underachieving?

http://www.bevoball.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/rbps-300x198.jpgI have to start this with the fact I don't like Rick Barnes. I think he has underachieved with this basketball program.  The question is, am I on to something or just wrong? I will try to make my point and let you decide.
 
 
 
It starts to me with losing to an inferior Arizona team in the NCAA tournament. There was controversy at the end and a question of exactly how long five seconds really are, but that would be missing the point. Texas never should have been in that position.
 
 
 
Barnes had talent. The team that lost to Arizona produced three first-round NBA draft picks. Tristan Thompson was the fouth player selected in the draft by the Cleveland Cavaliers. Jordan Hamilton and Cory Joseph went late in the first round to Denver and San Antonio.
 
 
 
Texas was the only school to accomplish the feat of having three number one picks in last year's draft yet they couldn't survive the first weekend of the tournament. Barnes teams have lost to a lower seed in 9 of 13 appearances in the the tournament.
 
 
 
Similarly, the five previous seasons, Barnes had eight NBA draft picks, five of which were first-rounders, including a guy named Kevin Durant. What does he have to show for it? Not a single championship and only one final four appearance. That came eight seasons ago.
 
 
 
The last two seasons we saw Barnes ranked number one and number three, only to see late season problems. Last season the Horns lost 4 of their last 5 games and fell to a number 4 seed.
 
 
 
Rick has been criticized for not being a good in-game manager. During the Arizona/ Texas game the announcers commented the Longhorn coaching staff looked confused and how Barnes was late to the huddle, while at the same time talking of how Arizona coach, Sean Miller, was quick to dash in and make plays.
 
 
 
There’s also the issue of Barnes’ attitude about the NCAA tournament. He has repeatedly said winning is not the most important thing in his life. This is not what UT alumni and fans want to hear. During the traditional playing of the Eyes of Texas, a little girl was shown on camera crying. My guess is she was not alone.
 
 
 
Then again, you tell me, am I being too hard on the guy? Should I shut up and write strictly pro UT pieces or am I on to something?
 
 
 
Let me know and Hook Em Horns.

What Does Next Year's Team Look Like?

http://www.bevoball.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/brown_ball-300x198.jpgLet's start with who is leaving.
 
 
 
Fozzy Whittaker, one of my favorites, has played his last game but few other losses on offense. The defense loses two key players in Keenan Robinson and Emmanuel Acho. It is still too early to know who leaves early but my early pick would be Alex Okafor.
 
 
 
Who is coming?
 
 
 
Mack Brown has done it again. Rivals has the 2012 class as the number one recruiting class in football.  Led by everyone's can't miss Jonathan Gray of Aledo and includes another five star player in Cayleb Jones, who at 6'3" and 200 pounds is the number 4 ranked WR coming out of high school.  The Longhorns also have commitments from 11 four star recruits including Connor Brewer, 6'2"/195 and is the 8th rated QB in the country.  The have recruited the #1 RB, #4 & #5 WR, #2,#11 & #17 OL, #4 DT. #7 LB. I don't see a lot of LB but there is depth on the current roster.  To me it may come down to the  QB.  Connor Brewer has to step up and play as a freshman. The wild card may be Jalen Overstreet.  He was recruited as an athlete and would be the perfect guy for the Wildcat formation. He is a large 6'2" and has good speed and a touch on his passes.  I am not discounting or forgetting Case McCoy or David Ash.  How they will progress may impact this situation.
 
 
 
Coaching Changes?
 
 
 
I think Manny Diaz is a goner.  He has been rumored everywhere and the SEC loves to let their DC'S go and then bring them back. See Auburn and Florida.  Mack Brown is staying. He didn't make the changes this past off season only to leave before they got a chance to work.  The team finished 7-5 and received an invitation to the Holiday Bowl against California.  They suffered two tough losses, mostly because they did not have a running game. Injuries really destroyed their chances of beating Missouri or Kansas St.
 
 
 
 

What Does Next Year's Team Look Like?

http://www.bevoball.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/brown_ball-300x198.jpgLet's start with who is leaving.
 
 
 
Fozzy Whittaker, one of my favorites, has played his last game but few other losses on offense. The defense loses two key players in Keenan Robinson and Emmanuel Acho. It is still too early to know who leaves early but my early pick would be Alex Okafor.
 
 
 
Who is coming?
 
 
 
Mack Brown has done it again. Rivals has the 2012 class as the number one recruiting class in football.  Led by everyone's can't miss Jonathan Gray of Aledo and includes another five star player in Cayleb Jones, who at 6'3" and 200 pounds is the number 4 ranked WR coming out of high school.  The Longhorns also have commitments from 11 four star recruits including Connor Brewer, 6'2"/195 and is the 8th rated QB in the country.  The have recruited the #1 RB, #4 & #5 WR, #2,#11 & #17 OL, #4 DT. #7 LB. I don't see a lot of LB but there is depth on the current roster.  To me it may come down to the  QB.  Connor Brewer has to step up and play as a freshman. The wild card may be Jalen Overstreet.  He was recruited as an athlete and would be the perfect guy for the Wildcat formation. He is a large 6'2" and has good speed and a touch on his passes.  I am not discounting or forgetting Case McCoy or David Ash.  How they will progress may impact this situation.
 
 
 
Coaching Changes?
 
 
 
I think Manny Diaz is a goner.  He has been rumored everywhere and the SEC loves to let their DC'S go and then bring them back. See Auburn and Florida.  Mack Brown is staying. He didn't make the changes this past off season only to leave before they got a chance to work.  The team finished 7-5 and received an invitation to the Holiday Bowl against California.  They suffered two tough losses, mostly because they did not have a running game. Injuries really destroyed their chances of beating Missouri or Kansas St.
 
 
 
 

'Horns to face Cal Golden Bears in Bridgepoint Education Holiday Bowl

http://www.bevoball.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/hbowl.jpgOn December 28th at 7:00 PM Central Time, the Texas Longhorns will match-up against the Golden Bears of California in the Bridgepoint Education Holiday Bowl.  The teams bring identical 7-5 records to San Diego with the Longhorns losing 3 of their last 4 games and the Golden Bears winning 3 of their last 4 games.  Critics of the mediocre Texas season think Cal has an advantage over Texas in the game because of Cal's late season success.  Let's take a closer look at Cal's last 4 games: Washington State (4-8), Oregon State (3-9), Stanford (11-1) and Arizona State (6-6).  Of these, Cal won all except the game against highly ranked Stanford, which it lost 31-28.  Nice fight against the Cardinal but otherwise hardly stellar.
 
 
 
Conversely let's take a look at Texas' last 4 games:  Missouri (7-5), Kansas State (10-2), Texas A&M (6-6) and Baylor (9-3).  Texas lost to a pair of ranked teams and a good Missouri team in Columbia.  Unlike Cal with Stanford, Texas managed to beat its rival, Texas A&M, in College Station after a gritty performance by the Texas defense.  Doesn't look pretty if you are a Longhorn fan but not one of these teams had a losing record.
 
 
 
Undoubtedly the Holiday Bowl will be entertaining and fun for players and fans of both programs.  Cal has an added "chip" on its shoulder because of the perceived lobbying Mack Brown provided in 2004 when the Longhorns earned a berth in the Rose Bowl.  Cal coaches, players and fans felt like Mack was wrong to be as vocal as he was, feeling like they would have otherwise been selected to play Michigan in Pasadena.
 
 
 
Texas is 4-0 vs Cal with the teams last meeting in 1970 in Austin.  Texas hammered the Golden Bears 56-15.  If Texas can manage to nurse running backs Malcolm Brown and Joe Bergeron back to health, Texas will be in great position to repeat its success against head coach Jeff Tedford's squad.
 
 
 
 

'Horns to face Cal Golden Bears in Bridgepoint Education Holiday Bowl

http://www.bevoball.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/hbowl.jpgOn December 28th at 7:00 PM Central Time, the Texas Longhorns will match-up against the Golden Bears of California in the Bridgepoint Education Holiday Bowl.  The teams bring identical 7-5 records to San Diego with the Longhorns losing 3 of their last 4 games and the Golden Bears winning 3 of their last 4 games.  Critics of the mediocre Texas season think Cal has an advantage over Texas in the game because of Cal's late season success.  Let's take a closer look at Cal's last 4 games: Washington State (4-8), Oregon State (3-9), Stanford (11-1) and Arizona State (6-6).  Of these, Cal won all except the game against highly ranked Stanford, which it lost 31-28.  Nice fight against the Cardinal but otherwise hardly stellar.
 
 
 
Conversely let's take a look at Texas' last 4 games:  Missouri (7-5), Kansas State (10-2), Texas A&M (6-6) and Baylor (9-3).  Texas lost to a pair of ranked teams and a good Missouri team in Columbia.  Unlike Cal with Stanford, Texas managed to beat its rival, Texas A&M, in College Station after a gritty performance by the Texas defense.  Doesn't look pretty if you are a Longhorn fan but not one of these teams had a losing record.
 
 
 
Undoubtedly the Holiday Bowl will be entertaining and fun for players and fans of both programs.  Cal has an added "chip" on its shoulder because of the perceived lobbying Mack Brown provided in 2004 when the Longhorns earned a berth in the Rose Bowl.  Cal coaches, players and fans felt like Mack was wrong to be as vocal as he was, feeling like they would have otherwise been selected to play Michigan in Pasadena.
 
 
 
Texas is 4-0 vs Cal with the teams last meeting in 1970 in Austin.  Texas hammered the Golden Bears 56-15.  If Texas can manage to nurse running backs Malcolm Brown and Joe Bergeron back to health, Texas will be in great position to repeat its success against head coach Jeff Tedford's squad.
 
 
 
 

Texas scoops up Clear Springs' Marcus Johnson

http://www.bevoball.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/csc.jpgOnly a few days after sealing a verbal from Kendall Sanders, the Longhorns picked up another solid 2012 commitment in wide receiver Marcus Johnson from Clear Springs High School in League City, Texas.  Johnson decommitted from Texas A&M and gave his verbal to Texas last Friday.  Johnson is 6-1 and 180 lbs and will add an already solid wide receiver recruiting class which includes Cayleb Jones, Thomas Johnson and Kendall Sanders.

Texas scoops up Clear Springs' Marcus Johnson

http://www.bevoball.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/csc.jpgOnly a few days after sealing a verbal from Kendall Sanders, the Longhorns picked up another solid 2012 commitment in wide receiver Marcus Johnson from Clear Springs High School in League City, Texas.  Johnson decommitted from Texas A&M and gave his verbal to Texas last Friday.  Johnson is 6-1 and 180 lbs and will add an already solid wide receiver recruiting class which includes Cayleb Jones, Thomas Johnson and Kendall Sanders.

Longhorns "Griffin'd" by Baylor 48-24

http://www.bevoball.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/buut.jpgIf you are a Baylor fan this one was right out of a fairy tale.  Playing at home against a team that has traditionally beaten you year-in and year-out, with a Heisman Trophy candidate quarterback with the nickname "RG3,"  things couldn't get much better in Waco.  Robert Griffin III has received national attention for his phenomenal year at the quarterback position and for leading the Baylor Bears to a now 9-3 season which includes wins over Big XII opponents Oklahoma and Texas.  Griffin has managed to launch Baylor on the national scene under 4th year head coach Art Briles.
 
 
 
As far as the game was concerened, the Bears jumped out to an early 14-0 lead after a 59 yard RG3 pass to Kendall Wright and a 20 yard touchdown run by Baylor's Terrance Ganaway.  Texas and Case McCoy fired back before the end of the first quarter with a 2 yard touchdown pass to Blaine Irby.  Texas would add 2 more touchdowns on passes from Case McCoy to Luke Poehlmann (3 yards) and Marquise Goodwin (80 yards).    Baylor added two field goals before the half expired which saw Baylor take a 24-21 lead into the half.
 
 
 
In the second half Baylor capitalized on Case McCoy's 4 interceptions and Robert Griffin consistently drove his team down field.  Griffin added a pair of rushing touchdowns to his Heisman resume as well as Baylor beat Texas for the second consecutive year by the score of 48-24.  The Longhorns did not help themselves out with penalties either, as they were penalized for more than 100 yards in the game.
 
 
 
For Baylor it culminates a highly successful 9-3 season in which the Bears are more than likely headed to an early January Bowl Game.  If Griffin decides to come back for his 5th year, then Baylor is in excellent position to repeat this successful season.  For Texas it marks a season plagued by quarterback controversy and injuries that leave the team without a solid starter at qb for next season.  The Longhorns are headed to whatever bowl a 7-5 Big XII team is eligible for, hoping for a healthy return from Malcolm Brown and Joe Bergeron.  It would be nice to cap the season off with a win in a bowl games and 8 wins on the season.

Longhorns "Griffin'd" by Baylor 48-24

http://www.bevoball.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/buut.jpgIf you are a Baylor fan this one was right out of a fairy tale.  Playing at home against a team that has traditionally beaten you year-in and year-out, with a Heisman Trophy candidate quarterback with the nickname "RG3,"  things couldn't get much better in Waco.  Robert Griffin III has received national attention for his phenomenal year at the quarterback position and for leading the Baylor Bears to a now 9-3 season which includes wins over Big XII opponents Oklahoma and Texas.  Griffin has managed to launch Baylor on the national scene under 4th year head coach Art Briles.
 
 
 
As far as the game was concerened, the Bears jumped out to an early 14-0 lead after a 59 yard RG3 pass to Kendall Wright and a 20 yard touchdown run by Baylor's Terrance Ganaway.  Texas and Case McCoy fired back before the end of the first quarter with a 2 yard touchdown pass to Blaine Irby.  Texas would add 2 more touchdowns on passes from Case McCoy to Luke Poehlmann (3 yards) and Marquise Goodwin (80 yards).    Baylor added two field goals before the half expired which saw Baylor take a 24-21 lead into the half.
 
 
 
In the second half Baylor capitalized on Case McCoy's 4 interceptions and Robert Griffin consistently drove his team down field.  Griffin added a pair of rushing touchdowns to his Heisman resume as well as Baylor beat Texas for the second consecutive year by the score of 48-24.  The Longhorns did not help themselves out with penalties either, as they were penalized for more than 100 yards in the game.
 
 
 
For Baylor it culminates a highly successful 9-3 season in which the Bears are more than likely headed to an early January Bowl Game.  If Griffin decides to come back for his 5th year, then Baylor is in excellent position to repeat this successful season.  For Texas it marks a season plagued by quarterback controversy and injuries that leave the team without a solid starter at qb for next season.  The Longhorns are headed to whatever bowl a 7-5 Big XII team is eligible for, hoping for a healthy return from Malcolm Brown and Joe Bergeron.  It would be nice to cap the season off with a win in a bowl games and 8 wins on the season.

Longhorns add stud recruit Kendall Sanders to 2012 class

http://www.bevoball.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/kendall.jpgKendall Sanders originally committed to Oklahoma State earlier this year but called the Texas coaching staff this afternoon to inform them of his commitment to Texas.  Sanders , an Athens, Texas product played running back, cornerback and wide receiver in high school but was recruited by the Horns as a wideout.  Longhorn fans will have an opportunity to see the 6'1" 170 lb. future receiver when he suits up in the U.S. Army All-American game in San Antonio in January.  Sanders is a top 100 national recruit and was recruited by a number of Big 12, SEC and Big 10 universities.
 
 
 
Texas holds the #1 2012 recruiting class and with the acquisition of Sanders, has a total of 20 commits.
 
 
 
 

Longhorns add stud recruit Kendall Sanders to 2012 class

http://www.bevoball.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/kendall.jpgKendall Sanders originally committed to Oklahoma State earlier this year but called the Texas coaching staff this afternoon to inform them of his commitment to Texas.  Sanders , an Athens, Texas product played running back, cornerback and wide receiver in high school but was recruited by the Horns as a wideout.  Longhorn fans will have an opportunity to see the 6'1" 170 lb. future receiver when he suits up in the U.S. Army All-American game in San Antonio in January.  Sanders is a top 100 national recruit and was recruited by a number of Big 12, SEC and Big 10 universities.
 
 
 
Texas holds the #1 2012 recruiting class and with the acquisition of Sanders, has a total of 20 commits.
 
 
 
 

Baylor game could affect Bowl destination

http://www.bevoball.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/texasdeba-150x150.jpgAfter taking a few minutes to see where the pundits and so called “experts” are planning on putting the Longhorn’s bowl destination possibility it blows my mind.
 
 
 
Unfortunately it is apparent after looking at a few guys different projections; it all comes down to what happens in the Baylor game on Saturday. A win over Baylor would catapult them to 8 wins and probably push them to a late December bowl game.
 
 
 
In the past if someone would have ever told me a game against Baylor would ever decide a bowl destination for the Longhorns, I would only have laughed.
 
 
 
But this is the state of affairs in 2011. Baylor has a good team and has shown they are good enough to explode on anyone.  Baylor has an outstanding quarterback and finally an outstanding coach.  Coach Briles has brought the best out of them and they certainly deserve to be where they are.
 
 
 
The Longhorns are improving weekly.  They may have found their quarterback of the future, but let’s face it…they are not where they want to be. Bottom line is the Longhorns need to win Saturday to improve their bowl destination choices and close in on the team goal of 9 wins this season.  Certainly they are capable, but they are going to be facing a much improved Baylor team than those of the past.  It is going to take an all out effort to beat the Bears.
 
 
 
Here’s hoping Baylor does not get the opportunity to impact Texas’ bowl destination. I am impressed with the improving Baylor Bears, but I don’t want them to dictate where Texas will go bowling…

Baylor game could affect Bowl destination

http://www.bevoball.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/texasdeba-150x150.jpgAfter taking a few minutes to see where the pundits and so called “experts” are planning on putting the Longhorn’s bowl destination possibility it blows my mind.
 
 
 
Unfortunately it is apparent after looking at a few guys different projections; it all comes down to what happens in the Baylor game on Saturday. A win over Baylor would catapult them to 8 wins and probably push them to a late December bowl game.
 
 
 
In the past if someone would have ever told me a game against Baylor would ever decide a bowl destination for the Longhorns, I would only have laughed.
 
 
 
But this is the state of affairs in 2011. Baylor has a good team and has shown they are good enough to explode on anyone.  Baylor has an outstanding quarterback and finally an outstanding coach.  Coach Briles has brought the best out of them and they certainly deserve to be where they are.
 
 
 
The Longhorns are improving weekly.  They may have found their quarterback of the future, but let’s face it…they are not where they want to be. Bottom line is the Longhorns need to win Saturday to improve their bowl destination choices and close in on the team goal of 9 wins this season.  Certainly they are capable, but they are going to be facing a much improved Baylor team than those of the past.  It is going to take an all out effort to beat the Bears.
 
 
 
Here’s hoping Baylor does not get the opportunity to impact Texas’ bowl destination. I am impressed with the improving Baylor Bears, but I don’t want them to dictate where Texas will go bowling…

That’s a Wrap

http://www.bevoball.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/Aggies-Longhorns-300x276.jpgOn Thanksgiving night we saw the dramatic and exciting end to one of college football’s greatest rivalries.   After taking a few days to let the magnitude of the end hit me, I have come to a realization.  I am going to miss Texas and Texas A&M every Thanksgiving.  Was it pride, money, jealousy, or even honor that ended the series?  I think maybe it was all of these things and more.  The sad part is the schools never took into consideration the fans, the magnitude of the series and what it really meant to both schools. Yes, I think the Aggies are dumber than dirt for thinking they have a chance at winning in the SEC.  But I think the administration can be blamed for letting their pride, ego, self esteem and jealousy of The University of Texas stand in the way of the rivalry.  As I've heard so many times, “they are cutting off their own nose to spite their face”.
 
 
 
Most fans I have spoken with on both sides have voiced the opinion they don’t want to see this come to an end.  It is a shame to see so much history flushed down the toilet over petty issues.  But there are a small percentage of the fan bases that will be happy about it ending.  Yes, the Aggies have been the Longhorns little tag along for the better part of the 119 year rivalry, but then it was their choice to be an Aggie anyway. If they really think the move to the SEC will change their winning ways, they are living in the “Twilight Zone”.   As my mom used to say, “They are stepping out of the frying pan and into the fire.”
 
 
 
As a lifelong fan of the Longhorns, it has become a Thanksgiving weekend tradition to watch the Horns beat up on the Aggies.  I am sad this year will be the last time I will see Aggie fans crying about another loss  to Texas.  I suspect at some point we will see talks about continuing this series, but for now we can always hang over their heads we won the final game on their home field. 
 
 
 
It is said that “All good things must come to an end”. If this was the final ending of the “Lone Star Showdown”, then we all witnessed a great ending and the Longhorn faithful can brag about it forever. But I for one would like to see this continue.  Why? Thanksgiving wouldn't be Thanksgiving without seeing our beloved Horns beating the Aggies.

That’s a Wrap

http://www.bevoball.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/Aggies-Longhorns-300x276.jpgOn Thanksgiving night we saw the dramatic and exciting end to one of college football’s greatest rivalries.   After taking a few days to let the magnitude of the end hit me, I have come to a realization.  I am going to miss Texas and Texas A&M every Thanksgiving.  Was it pride, money, jealousy, or even honor that ended the series?  I think maybe it was all of these things and more.  The sad part is the schools never took into consideration the fans, the magnitude of the series and what it really meant to both schools. Yes, I think the Aggies are dumber than dirt for thinking they have a chance at winning in the SEC.  But I think the administration can be blamed for letting their pride, ego, self esteem and jealousy of The University of Texas stand in the way of the rivalry.  As I've heard so many times, “they are cutting off their own nose to spite their face”.
 
 
 
Most fans I have spoken with on both sides have voiced the opinion they don’t want to see this come to an end.  It is a shame to see so much history flushed down the toilet over petty issues.  But there are a small percentage of the fan bases that will be happy about it ending.  Yes, the Aggies have been the Longhorns little tag along for the better part of the 119 year rivalry, but then it was their choice to be an Aggie anyway. If they really think the move to the SEC will change their winning ways, they are living in the “Twilight Zone”.   As my mom used to say, “They are stepping out of the frying pan and into the fire.”
 
 
 
As a lifelong fan of the Longhorns, it has become a Thanksgiving weekend tradition to watch the Horns beat up on the Aggies.  I am sad this year will be the last time I will see Aggie fans crying about another loss  to Texas.  I suspect at some point we will see talks about continuing this series, but for now we can always hang over their heads we won the final game on their home field. 
 
 
 
It is said that “All good things must come to an end”. If this was the final ending of the “Lone Star Showdown”, then we all witnessed a great ending and the Longhorn faithful can brag about it forever. But I for one would like to see this continue.  Why? Thanksgiving wouldn't be Thanksgiving without seeing our beloved Horns beating the Aggies.

UT vs RGIII

http://www.bevoball.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/rg331.jpgThe Longhorn defense has been stout and ranks number one in the Big 12 in passing and rushing defense. They are second in scoring defense and seem to be getting better every week.  Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III is the best player they will face this season and may be one of the best they have ever faced.  His numbers are off the chart. He is completing 73% of his passes and has 34 touchdowns and only 5 interceptions. Throw in his nearly 800 yards rushing and 7 rushing td's and you have as complete a package that college football has seen.
 
 
 
Consider his QB ranking is 191 and that Vince Young's was 163 in 2005. You then get a clearer picture of how good this kid is.  What he doesn't have is a defense. While Baylor's offense is running up 43.1ppg, the defense is giving up 36.7 and the difference is only + 6.4 per game. Consider the offensively challenged Longhorns are at +8.1 and you get how really bad the Bear's defense has been.
 
 
 
Watch closely Longhorn fans because we may never see his likes again.
 
 
 
Hook Em Horns

UT vs RGIII

http://www.bevoball.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/rg331.jpgThe Longhorn defense has been stout and ranks number one in the Big 12 in passing and rushing defense. They are second in scoring defense and seem to be getting better every week.  Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III is the best player they will face this season and may be one of the best they have ever faced.  His numbers are off the chart. He is completing 73% of his passes and has 34 touchdowns and only 5 interceptions. Throw in his nearly 800 yards rushing and 7 rushing td's and you have as complete a package that college football has seen.
 
 
 
Consider his QB ranking is 191 and that Vince Young's was 163 in 2005. You then get a clearer picture of how good this kid is.  What he doesn't have is a defense. While Baylor's offense is running up 43.1ppg, the defense is giving up 36.7 and the difference is only + 6.4 per game. Consider the offensively challenged Longhorns are at +8.1 and you get how really bad the Bear's defense has been.
 
 
 
Watch closely Longhorn fans because we may never see his likes again.
 
 
 
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My Longhorn History

http://www.bevoball.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/myut1.jpgMost of you have seen me post in the forum section and this is my first post in a blog format. I thought I might take a moment to give you an insight into my Longhorn background.
 
 
 
I attended the University of Texas from 1972 to 1974. I was by then married with two children and a veteran of US Army. Lack of dollars forced me to move back to north texas and finish my degree at North Texas but to this day, if you cut me, I bleed orange.
 
 
 
I got my love for the burnt orange from my mom. She never stepped foot on the campus and never saw a game in person, but it is fair to say she was the biggest fan I have known. She never got down or doubted the team and loves all the players equally.
 
 
 
She did go into a sort of morning when Darrell Royal stepped down. He had been her favorite and she wrote him letters back in the day when people took pen to paper. Coach Royal even sent her a letter thanking her for her support and included a signed picture with, "Thanks for the support Frannie."
 
 
 
When my mom had her heart attack, my sister and I rushed to Marshall to be by her side. It happened on Thanksgiving day in 2008. When we arrived, she was weak but the first question she asked me if the Longhorns won.
 
 
 
Sadly she died a few weeks later, at the age of 81, and we buried her in her Longhorn attire, in a orange and white casket. That is the type of stock I come from.
 
 
 
My degree is in business, with a minor in accounting. I may from time to time post statistical pieces, but I will try and not be too boring.
 
 
 
Thanks to our leader, Commander Dude for allowing me this privilege of posting here and Hook Em Horns.

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