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Everything posted by coolhorn

  1. I love the attitude Herman's instilling in the team. I really like both the offensive and defensive schemes. I don't think UT's as deep as Herman would like, but if the injury bug doesn't bite too much, there's enough talent to make it an interesting season. Notice I said interesting...not undefeated. Herman has a tendency for his teams to drop a game they shouldn't, and also to win one they're not favored to. My crystal ball says between OU, USC, OSU, and TCU, UT will go 2-2, but don't ask me which two UT beats. I think WVU and KSU can go either way, though I favor UT in both, not knowing how the rest of the season plays out. Baylor's really pissed at UT, but I don't think they have the hosses to win this year. Conservatively, I think UT wins nine games, and build up recruiting momentum that will lead to a top ten, if not top five class. I think this year Herman lays the foundation for what will be a scary good team two or three years down the road, but I'm not into drinking Doc's Kool-Aid just yet.
  2. Mack Brown fans (...and there are still some out there.) don't want to hear this, but he was essentially mailing it in after 'Bama beat the Horns for the championship. That loss cost Mack every bit of his mojo. From the championship game loss on, Mack had no earthly idea what he wanted his team to look like. The one smart thing he did do was hire Coach Boom and cede the defense over to him entirely. Would that Mack could have found an offensive coordinator that he trusted enough to turn loose of the offensive reins. Recruiting was the one thing that was right in Mack's wheelhouse, but after the 'Bama loss, Brown started repeatedly doing something he'd done even before the '05 championship, namely recruiting low hanging fruit. I'm no insider, but from '10 on, it struck me that there was very little evaluation of players recruited to UT going on. Mack let the Baylors, A&M's, and TCU's of this world catch up to and pass UT in recruiting. The only thing that can be said of Mack's departure is it's a damned shame it didn't happen right after the 'Bama loss. He let his pride and stubbornness write checks his performance couldn't cash. Charlie Strong didn't inherit a very warm bed replacing Brown, on the O-line or anywhere else. Matter of fact, it's pretty amazing that Strong's got the UT talent level back up to where it is in two years. Suffice to say, Mack Brown's doing what he needs to do these days, being a talking head on television. Leave the coaching to Charlie.
  3. DJ's, glitzy unis, and raping coeds is obviously NO way to build a football team.
  4. That's okay...we've got broad shoulders. Wonder how much corn's gonna like it if UT joins up with the B1G?
  5. UT wins the lottery if Patrick Hudson heads to Austin. I'm not sure UT has the available schollies to take on any other Baylor players or signees.
  6. Kam Martin doesn't become an option until he gets rid of that damned Baylor tattoo.
  7. If UT was going to remain a member of the Big XII, yeah, there could be some negatives from Baylor falling off of the map. UT isn't gonna remain a member of the Big XII any longer than is absolutely necessary, so I don't really see how the Baylor situation impacts UT at all.
  8. I keep hearing Merrick might emerge as the best quarterback to run Gilbert's offense.
  9. Last word I heard was earlier this morning (January 1, 2016). Apparently Texas State has gotten real interested in Major Applewhite after the UH bowl win against Florida State. Other candidates, including Traylor, are still being looked at, but apparently the committee is intrigued by Applewhite.
  10. I think UT will be better next season. I think Strong gets them to eight wins and a possible bowl win. I think there will be noticeable improvement in the offense. I think Gilbert will get a serviceable performance from one of the quarterbacks either already on campus or coming in. I think Strong closes with another good, but probably not great recruiting class this year. I think all of those things happen, and yet...I think if UT's gonna get consistently good to great long term, Herman needs to be the new head coach. I said a couple of years ago that Strong might not be around long enough to see his recruits develop, and that another head coach might reap the benefit of the players Strong's brought in. I think that head coach will be Tom Herman.
  11. Here's all you need to know about Steve Patterson. He doesn't care what you think about him. He doesn't care what you think about his job performance. He's convinced that he's the smartest man in the room. He's wealthy enough to not worry about where his next meal is coming from, and he's pretty certain that if he gets canned by UT, he's gonna be even wealthier. Your opinion of Patterson means less than nothing to him. I'm not sure what search parameters were used in choosing Patterson over Oliver Luck, but the next time UT's looking for a new AD, which I hope will be soon, I hope somebody seriously recalibrates those parameters. The AD at UT needs, among other things, to be a people person. The main job of AD at UT is to promote the product, provide needed help to the various sports, make smart and informed coaching hires, and RAISE MONEY for facilities improvements and other necessities of the athletic program. The big money donors at UT over the years have been very generous to the athletic program, and indeed, to the entire university. A part of the reason for that is because the AD, DeLoss Dodds, got that those donors needed to feel like they're part of the program. Dodds made the donors feel welcome, listened to, and appreciated. Dodds could do that because, whatever flaws he had, he was a people person. Patterson so far has turned off a lot of important people connected to UT. That happens when you operate in secret. It happens when you treat people condescendingly. It happens when you believe you're above having to listen to anybody, including your boss, and convey that belief to just about everybody you run into. The one thing you can say about Patterson is this...he's living his beliefs. What you see is what he is. What he is is NOT what UT needs out of an athletic director. I've heard all of the arguments about why UT's not gonna can Patterson anytime soon. I've heard that he's doing exactly what some important people want him to do. I don't buy that. You get nowhere, and you get nothing, by turning off the very people that pay your salary. It's not a sin to make a bad hire...that happens in every business, but things generally don't get any better if you bury your head in the sand and ignore the problem. Steve Patterson's not gonna change in any important ways, despite what his boss has told him to do. What you see is what he is. He needs to be removed before he can damage UT's athletic program more than he has. President Fenves and other big money types need to go back to the Louisville well one more time, and this time, hire the 'Ville's AD. He's done wonders at making Louisville's program big time, and he already has a great working relationship with Charlie Strong. Jurich gets what being AD at a big school like UT is all about. He understands things that Steve Patterson will never get.
  12. Since that particular tweet doesn't exist any more, how about a plain language recap for those of us who are digitally-challenged?
  13. I'm saying programs that get nailed by the NCAA are either too small to fight back, or almost WANT to get caught and nailed, and force the NCAA's hand. Otherwise, the NCAA is a paper tiger. or as we like to say here in Texas, all hat and no cattle.
  14. The SEC, in one sense, is no different than any of the other conferences. They have an aristocracy of two or three teams ('Bama, LSU, and one of UGA, UF, or Auburn, depending on the year), a mid-level of South Carolina, two of UGA, UF, Auburn, occasionally one of the Mississippi schools, occasionally Arkansas, Mizzou, and nominally aTm, although that one is trending down, and a lower level that includes the likes of Kentucky, Vandy, and anybody else that's left. They've won plenty of championships, but so would any conference that has 'Bama in it. I think in the last couple of years, the SEC has returned to earth a bit, and when Saban and Miles get ready to head off into retirement, which shouldn't be many years down the road, the SEC will still be strong, but certainly NOT unbeatable, ESPN hype or not.
  15. I'll leave the pros aside in this discussion. With them, it's all about the money, so of course, there's cheating going on. Reference college ball, since the NCAA never has grown a pair, a lot of schools look at it like "What have they got to lose by cheating?" The NCAA will hammer some poor directional school for even a moderate violation, but touch one of the big boys? Ain't happening. On the rare occasion that a USC or someone like that gets nailed, they do it to themselves much more than being targeted by the NCAA. The NCAA is about as useful as a cigarette machine in a lung cancer ward. Besides that, if they really whiz off the big boy football schools in the P-5 conferences, those schools will just tell the NCAA hasta la vista baby and go out and form a new governing body. All of this is by way of saying the more things change, the more they stay the same. In areas where football is next to Godliness, cheating is a way of life, and it ain't gonna change.
  16. The biggest change in the 'Stros? Having the Ryan family running the show. Worst move by the Rangers? Turning everything over to Daniels. Love me some 'Stros...
  17. I'm really looking forward to seeing what Smart does with this talent. I don't expect UT to look like his old team exactly, but I also don't expect UT to look much like they did under Barnes. I think it's gonna be instructive what Smart does with the "bigs" this coming season, especially as it applies to recruiting the big players going forward. I'd love, if nothing else, to see Smart and UT become a major pain in the butt to KU and Self.
  18. There is nothing wrong with my logic, except, obviously, to you. I don't see anybody else lining up to correct anything I've said. Read into what I've said anything you want to...it's a free country. As for what you have or haven't heard or read, that's on you. I'm not your social director. There are plenty of blogs, both UT's and A&M's, with comments pro and con about resuming the series. What there is not is any kind of mandate from either side to play the game again, and as I've stated, here and elsewhere, that sits well with me. Now...you're welcome to find all the shaky logic you want in anything I've posted here. I don't care to keep this going...it's wasted effort to try to hold a discussion with somebody who's made up his mind. Have a good life.
  19. Aggies are doing a whole lot more talking about resuming the game than UT people are. I made no reference to Sharp in my OP. Now, go practice being a grammar nazi with somebody else.
  20. Not really, but if that's what you wanna believe, be my guest.
  21. It's safe to say that the NCAA keeps A&M on speed dial. The agricultural college has been caught playing by their own set of rules more than just about any school not named OU or Miami. The difference between A&M and OU? A&M's not nearly as good at bending or breaking the rules as OU. They get caught, OU only occasionally gets caught. A&M to the SEC is a wet dream for the likes of Lyles and other "player agents" out there. Anyone with even a smattering of knowledge could predict that when A&M joined up with the confederacy, they were gonna open up the bank again. Let's just say that they're doing their best to make 'Ole Jackie Sherrill proud of 'em these days.
  22. I didn't. In a post I made on another site, I stated that most of this push to get the schools playing again seems to be media-driven. The media paints it that untold thousands of fans on both sides are pining away wanting the return of the Thanksgiving game between UT and A&M. Obviously, some traditionalists do, but on the whole, fans and administrators of both schools are, I think, pretty indifferent to the current end of the rivalry. As for the media, they will find one or two who speak out for the game, and make it seem like a public referendum. I genuinely believe Sharp doesn't care if UT and A&M ever play again. I believe Patterson's statements on the game too. Last, but not least, I believe this whole thing is even being discussed because the media loves nothing better than to stir the pot.
  23. A whole lot of UT fans for years talked about a desire to ditch playing A&M. A&M themselves made it happen, by going back on their word and ditching the Big XII to move to the SEC. The Aggies were told that IF they made that move, UT and the rest of the Big XII would move on too, and where scheduling was concerned, there wouldn't be any room to keep A&M on the schedule. Obviously, that meant so much to the Aggies that they caught the first train out of town, and only offered lip service to the idea of continuing to play UT and other Texas schools. Now? Some UT fans want to reschedule those deceptive s.o.b.'s. Now, all of a sudden, Aggies are making this push to get UT back on the schedule. The same Aggies who took extra money to keep the Big XII together, then got out of town headed east as fast as they could. The same Aggies who kissed off, and pissed off UT officials by conveniently forgetting their so-called Aggie code of honor. And there are those on here, and on other sites, that want UT to conveniently forget and forgive, and get A&M back on the schedule? Really? A&M has an excuse...like some children, they obviously haven't learned yet that you can't have your cake and eat it too. UT? Sorry...what was this I've heard forever about a superior UT education? If that's true, UT fans should be smart enough to know when they've been ditched, and act accordingly. If a girlfriend ditches you for another guy, you don't keep making room on your social calendar for her when she conveniently needs someone to take her out and buy her dinner. I'm not foolish. I know that sometime, down the road, UT and A&M will hook up again. That sometime down the road though needs to be a lot more years yet. I don't pretend to speak for anybody else, but I am genuinely happy NOT to see the cult on UT's schedule, and at my age, I hope it's years after my passing before UT is playing those liars again. I have little or no respect for the people who really run the athletic department over there, and I don't want UT involved with them. I believe you are judged by the people you hang out with. I don't want UT hanging out with A&M any more than necessary, and I really don't understand why anybody else who cares for UT would either.
  24. Sad but true...every coach in any sport eventually loses his or her mojo for one reason or another. They all have a shelf life, and the trick for any college athletic department is to recognize when a coach has hit the wall, and make a timely replacement. Those that don't do that wind up with a Bobby Bowden, or his disciple, Mack Brown. I don't like to see anyone lose a job, especially a coach I've liked a lot, and I'm NOT saying Augie's hit the wall. I am saying I expect his review this season to be stringent, and he just may not have any coaching equity with Patterson, especially if this season continues to go in the tankj. IF that's the case, I expect us to be shopping for a new baseball coach, thus my original question...Who's out there that we might want?

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