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  1. Out of the three running backs (Gray, Brown, Bergeron) who would you start at tail back against Oregon State? Has Jonathan Gray separated himself as the clear starter? Or is that even a question that matters? Personally, I don't think it matters who starts. All three backs have talent and all have shown they can take over games. They each bring a unique running style to the game and give Texas a luxury in the backfield. But fine, If I'd have to choose then I'll take Malcolm Brown. Why? Because out of the three back's I like watching the way he runs the best. He runs with power but has a nice burst. I'd also like to see Brown add to his good Kansas State performance (7 carries/40 yards/1TD) and continue to get more engaged back into the offense. Gray is a close second to start for me though because that dude is relentless and brings confidence and passion to the game that fires everyone up. Who do ya got?
  2. Both were too harsh in my opinion. It's frustrating because Kabongo really didn't have the season many were expecting and he really needed this year to improve his game, in addition to helping the team.
  3. He definitely did. Sounds like Kabongo couldn't follow the rules. But I'm not convinced the punishment is right for the mistake. He would have helped the team but he wouldn't elevate the team to a tournament level by himself alone. this team needs to develop and improve together to play in the big dance in March.
  4. For those who haven’t been keeping up with the team this year or anyone still trying to learn the new faces, below is a quick rundown of the roster and some information about each player to get a better idea of what this team currently looks like and the roles each player currently has. This team is young but it is filled with depth at each position (PG, SG, SF, PF, C). This piece is a little tough to write right now because I’m still very frustrated with the NCAA for suspending starting point guard Myck Kabongo. Kabongo apparently ran into some trouble when the NCAA questioned who paid for his travel to a basketball workout that was out of the state in the off-season. Reports have come out saying that when being interviewed about the situation Kabongo wasn’t completely forth coming with all the information the NCAA was looking for. Sources: NCAA to suspend Texas guard Myck Kabongo for season - Yahoo! Sports In result Kabongo has gotten the ‘Dez Bryant treatment’ and will be suspended for the entire season. Look, I understand if the NCAA feels the need to punish Kabongo if he indeed did receive some help in payment of travel from an agent (this information has still not been confirmed) or if he was trying to hide something from the NCAA. But giving him an entire year suspension for traveling to a basketball training session is absurd. And on top of that, letting the information leak during Texas’ biggest game/win of the season so far is a DOUCHE MOVE by the NCAA. This is a great example of why college athletes should be allowed to have representation against the NCAA, like coaches and administrators. Athletes need more of a voice and spokesman. I cannot stand the NCAA and how they go about their business “for the kidsâ€. There is still a chance Kabongo can be re-instated if he succeeds during an appeal process. But as of now he is suspended for the entire season. Luckily for Texas, depth will not be an issue this season. Let’s run down the roster. 2012 – 2013 Texas Men’s Basketball Roster Guards FR Javan Felix, Point Guard - (pronounced J’Van Fe’Lix – it’s Cajun, like part of my heritage) Felix came to UT as a 3-star recruit out of New Orleans, Louisiana. When Felix signed his letter of intent there were some people who questioned why Rick Barnes would bring in another young PG when he had Kabongo. I haven’t heard from those people since… Felix has been starting all season in Kabongo’s absence and will now be the starter for the remainder of the season upon hearing the news that Kabongo is suspended. There’s a lot to like about Felix. He’s listed at 5’10†but my roommate saw him at a local gas station and said he thinks he was at least a couple inches taller than Felix, and my roommate is 5’10â€. Regardless, Felix is built like a bulldog. He has a powerful frame for his size and impressively is still pretty quick off the dribble. Though Kabongo is out, Felix will be able to run the offense pretty well. He has already done a nice job in his first 10 games pushing the ball up the floor, spreading it around, and attacking the rim. The only knocks on his game I have so far is his lack of a jump shot (he is no natural outside shooter) and he has turned the ball over more than I’d like to see (but the entire team has been sloppy in that regard and that should improve as the season continues and chemistry builds). Felix is a natural point guard who can see the floor well, isn’t afraid to fight for loose balls and attack the rim. He is an above average defender, and leads the team in steals (1.5 SPG). He has decent ball handling, but he lacks a reliable outside jump shot right now. SO Sheldon McClellan, Shooting Guard – The 6’4†sophomore out of Houston (Bellaire – my dad’s high school), Texas is the team’s best shooter. McClellan has a unique shooting technique and it’s a relatively quick release but he has mastered his own craft. McClellan is currently the Longhorn’s leading scorer, with 15.3 PPG and is easily the team’s best free-throw shooter (88%). When he’s hot, he’s on fire and can drain 3-point shots and jumpers from all over the floor. He has been pretty active on offense and around the rim on a more consistent basis, which is an improvement from last year. But McClellan isn’t a natural with the ball in his hands and tends to make some wild passes from time to time. He can get to the rim, but it’s not always pretty. I like him more as a spot up shooter or a guy who gets the ball as he is cutting to the basket. He also isn’t the best defender on the floor, but he isn’t terrible either. McClellan will most likely be the leading scorer all season for the Longhorns. He can hit a jumper from anywhere on the floor and should be the guy who has the ball in his hands late in the game when it’s time to shoot free throws. He may not have the best ball handling skills but he usually finds a way to score and makes a big impact on offense. SO Julian Lewis, Shooting Guard – Listed at 6’3†and out of Galveston, Texas, Julien Lewis is another guard the Longhorns will be relying on to score the ball. Unlike McClellan, Lewis’ game is a bit more rounded. Not only can he hit jumpers on offense but he also has been an annoying defender for opposing teams. He’s second on the team in steals (1.2 SPG) and gives good energy on both ends of the floor. Lewis is also a decent free throw shooter (71%) and is averaging 11.2 PPG. Having Lewis on the team is a bit of a luxury because if McClellan is having an off night scoring the ball then Lewis is a great option to have to go to at any point in the game. He also adds versatility by being effective in the starting line-up as well as coming off the bench. Lewis has a good jump shot and can also score from all over the floor. But Lewis brings energy onto the court at both ends of the floor and plays with passion. He is another good scoring option for the Longhorns and is another weapon for Barnes to use at his disposal. FR Demarcus Holland, guard – Originally thought to take a red-shirt this season, Demarcus Holland was activated once Myck Kabongo was suspended. The 6’2†freshman out of Garland, Texas is one of the scrappiest players on the team. He came to Texas as a shooting guard but has been forced into the back-up point guard role once Javan Felix was thrust into the starting line up. Demarcus Holland has actually played well for someone who was thought to take a year to develop before he would see action in a college game. When you watch him you can tell he is still learning the point guard position and working on his ball-handling and passing but with that said he has impressed me with what he has been able to do so far with the ball in his hands and with the energy he brings to the floor. One of my good friends, who was a good basketball player in high school, described Holland as a guy who just enjoys being out there and has a lot of fun on the floor. That’s pretty spot-on if you ask me. Holland still needs to work on his jump shot, passing, and ball handling. He is a decent defender just because he plays with high energy. Once thought to take a red-shirt season to work on his game, Holland will now be called upon to spell Felix and the other guards all season long. Forwards FR Ioannis Papapetrou, Small Forward – I’ve heard Papa and Papi used as nicknames for the 6’8†European forward out of Athens, Greece. Out of the entire freshman class that the Longhorns signed for this season Papapetrou is the most intriguing player for me. He has the potential to be a very versatile player and a tough match-up for any team to guard. Papapetrou can shoot the 3-ball (41%) but has the size to get into the lane and find a shot down low. He isn’t necessarily a post player but he has used his height well. The skill that has stood out the most for me is his ball handling. He isn’t the type of ball handler Kevin Durant was with his size, and he really isn’t even that quick or spectacular with the ball in his hands, but he is decent and even played some point-forward earlier in the season. Being able to take guys to the rim off the dribble more consistently would create all kinds of problems for defenses. I’d also like to see him be more aggressive getting rebounds and taking the ball up strong inside. If he continues to develop on both ends of the floor he could be a player that gets national attention his junior season (I think he sticks around that long unless he explodes onto the season his sophomore year or wants to go play in Europe). Papapetrou is a nice role player for the Longhorns right now. He can come in and spread the floor with his jump shot beyond the arc, can handle the ball decently (though his passing decisions could improve) and can bang around some down low. I see potential in him but it may take some time for him to develop his game and take his play to the next level. FR Connor Lammert, Forward – Before the season started I really wasn’t sure what to expect from Lammert or where exactly Barnes would play him. Like Papapetrou, Lammert is a tall forward (6’9â€) who can provide the team with versatility while on the floor. The freshman from Churchill High School in San Antonio hasn’t found a rhythm beyond the arc yet (21%) but is a guy with a high basketball IQ and just seems to make good plays. I’d like to see him be more aggressive around the glass. And if his outside shot starts falling he will also be a tough match-up for most defenses. Lammert is a smart basketball player and has great height to go with his fundamental game. He could improve his post moves and be more aggressive around the basket but you can tell this is someone coach Barnes enjoys coaching. SO Jonathan Holmes, Power Forward – Another San Antonio native, the 6’7†Holmes has been a strong force down low for Texas all season long. He is currently leading the team in rebounding with an average of 8 per game and continues to work hard around the rim for clean-up duty off of missed shots on offense. As a power forward, Holmes is a bit undersized. But he isn’t intimidated at all by taller players and plays with great strength and tenacity in the paint. Though he is able to bang around down low in college and score the ball close to the rim, if he wants to take his game to the NBA then he will need to develop more of an outside shot and that’s exactly what he has been doing this season. When I first saw him taking 3’s in the beginning of the season I was surprised and actually curious as to why he was even attempting 3’s. He only attempted 40 shots beyond the arc last season (which is actually way more shots than I remembered). And out of those 40 he made 10. But 10 games into the season Holmes has already attempted 19 3’s (1 shy of half his total last season) and has made just 5. However, last night against UNC he was 2/3 beyond the arc and the 3’s he made were actually nice shots. So it looks like this will be a permanent part of his game and something he is looking to improve on. Holmes is undersized at the power forward position but you’d never know it by looking at his stats after the game. He bangs around down low, hustles for rebounds, and has some nice moves to get the ball in the hoop. He will be a big time player for Texas all season long. SO Jaylen Bond, Power Forward – Built almost identically like Jonathan Holmes, the 6’7†Bond has been held out most of the season with a sprained ankle. Bond started the season on the bench with a right ankle sprain. In just 5 minutes against Chaminade, Bond was able to pull down 3 rebounds before injuring his left ankle, which forced him to sit out since then. But according to coach Barnes, Bond is close to returning to action in games. Like Holmes, Bond is also undersized at the power forward position. And like Holmes, he doesn’t let that hinder him from fighting for rebounds and banging around in the paint. But unlike Holmes, as a freshman Bond wasn’t as skilled on offense. He was 0/2 shooting 3’s last year so I doubt he will start jacking up more shots beyond the arc like Holmes has been. I like Bond a lot. He works hard, can hold his own down low on defense and is relentless around the glass. He isn’t a big time scorer and struggled from the FT line last year, but his presence alone in the paint will help the Longhorns once he returns. Centers FR Cameron Ridley, Center – Coming to Texas as the most highly touted freshman of his class, the 6’9â€, 270-pound, 4-star center is starting to take baby steps towards developing into a good post player for the Longhorns. Ridley has the size and touch that all great post players possess. Though he resembles Dexter Pittman as far as his size (when Dexter was a senior after losing a lot of weight), Ridley’s play is already at a higher level than Pittman’s ever was. He’s only averaging 6.3 PPG and 5.5 PPG, but he is leading the team in blocks (2.3 BPG) and in field goal percentage (51% from the field). With each and every game you can start to see more of Ridley’s skills develop as he adjusts to the game speed and talent at the division 1 level. Ridley still needs work in developing his post moves and learning to use his size to his advantage. I’d also like to see him be more aggressive getting rebounds. But there is a lot to like about the freshman big man and the potential he has. FR Prince Ibeh, Center-Forward – The 6’10†Ibeh also came to Texas as a 4-star recruit. But the skills and style of play Ibeh has are a bit different than how Ridley plays. He doesn’t look as natural on offense in the paint and won’t be banging around down low like Ridley, but Ibeh’s height definitely cannot be taught and he does a decent job of using his height to grab rebounds and causes cutting guard to think twice before they take the ball to the rim. Ibeh won’t be relied upon to score the ball down low on offense. But he moves around the floor with a little bit more quickness than Ridley and will be a good option to have as a back-up center all year long for Ridley. Ibeh needs to improve his post moves and post defense, but he could develop into a good player for the Longhorns down the line. The Practice Squad Dean Melchionni and Andrew dick are the only seniors on the team. They are also the guys who usually don’t see the floor unless there is a minute or two left in a blowout game where they can snag some playing time. Danny Newsome, a freshman, is also a guy who most likely won’t ever see playing time this season. But all three of these guys are instrumental in practice and help the team get better each and every day. They are great teammates. My Thoughts This entire team has good depth at each position. They have already had their ups and downs this year but they could develop into a dangerous squad if they can avoid turning the ball over as much as they have been and improve on their chemistry and offensive flow in the half court. As of right now I don’t think this squad will make the tournament in March. But if they play in conference games like they did last night against UNC then they would definitely have a shot at making the tournament. Losing Myck Kabongo is a big loss of Texas but it’s not the end of the world for this team. Hook’em Twitter: @WesKCrochet
  5. First off, douche move by the vomit-inducing NCAA. They make me sick but douche move because they let this information leak during Texas' biggest game/win of their season so far. Secondly, this is incredibly stupid. As far as I know the NCAA was questioning who paid for his travel to a basketball workout. BASKETBAL WORKOUT. What the kid does with most of his time. It's not like the NCAA is investigating some big scandal that deals with memorabilia or anything like that... we talkin' bout practice. Practice! Look I understand that punishment is required if Kabongo did indeed take improper benefits for travel. But getting suspended for the entire season? Incredibly stupid and college athletes need a spokesman, voice, and legal representation just like the coaches have and the administrators have. Disgusting NCAA, just disgusting.
  6. First off, I'm really glad you did look at the numbers. The question is not whether or not Ash has an arm that can make throws to run this offense. Ash has some good physical tools and can make many throws. But currently there are 2 main areas I'd like to see improvement that are hindering him, and which raises the question for me of whether he should actually be the starter at Texas or not. 1) His mentality/passion - I get a sense of this from watching the games but I also got this notion from one of the UT wide receivers who played a lot this year. The consensus is that the passion just isn't where most would think it should be for a guy who is the starting QB of The University of Texas. Along those lines, of the games Ash struggled in it seemed like his confidence and resiliency in those games were lacking, big time. And lastly, on this subject, I'd like to see his leadership increase to where the team knows he is the leader of the offense and he has total respect from team, much like Vince and Colt had (I want every UT QB to be the clear leader of the offense/team). So to sum up my first point, I'd like to see him become more confident in himself, more passionate, and take more of a leadership role (these things are all on him to make happen. It's his choice.) 2) His accuracy and decision making could improve. There were multiple games all year where Ash had guys wide open, particularly deep down field and he under threw the ball. His arm strength wasn't the issue, rather failing to lead the receiver enough so he wouldn't have to slow down. Ash also made some wrong decisions by throwing into double coverages and making bad reads. But this second issue is somewhat nit-picky and issues that are common for a young quarterback who is in his first season as a starter. With the help of coaching and getting used to the game speed/offense they should be correct and improved upon. Ash has shown that he can run this offense. But consistency isn't there, nor is the leadership/passion I'd want to see from the quarterback of The University of Texas. With all of this said, I'm in favor to open the quarterback competition up once the season is over. But if the other guys don't stick out over him and/or if he improves his own game and he wins the job as the starter next year then we at least know he is capable of running the offense and making the throws to open the playbook. But whether or not he brings it every game is on him.
  7. Well this blows... it's a day after Harsin leaves so I assume it has something to do with Harsin leaving. But do you know if that has anything to do with it?
  8. Harsin's Exit One thing that has become prevalent in college football is the on-going, never stopping, always looming coaching carousel that occurs all around the nation. Texas fans should already be familiar with this situation on an even larger scale when the University of Texas lost their “Coach-In-Waiting”, Will Muschamp, to the University of Florida. Now it’s another coordinator that will be moving on by following an interest to be a head coach. After just two seasons at Texas, Co-offensive coordinator Bryan Harsin will be the head coach at Arkansas State. Some fans may not know anything about Arkansas State or have ever seen a red wolf (Ark. St. mascot) before. But if recent history tells you anything then it’s clear why Harsin would want a shot to be head coach at this stepping stone school. After each of the past consecutive seasons at Arkansas State, the head coach of the Red Wolves’ has left for much bigger head-coaching jobs. And both coaches have found landing spots in the SEC. After the 2011 season, Hugh Freeze left for Ole Miss after just one year as head coach at Arkansas State. And after the 2012 season, Gus Malzahn left for Auburn just 1 year after he was named the head coach at Arkansas State. Both of these guys were also offensive minds, like Harsin. With that knowledge alone it’s easy to see why Bryan Harsin is ready to take a shot at being the head coach at Arkansas State. Regardless of the fact that Harsin wants to take the gig as the head coach at a stepping stone school, we cannot shy away from the fact that Texas still has a big question mark at the quarterback position; a position Bryan Harsin had been coaching himself. The fact that Harsin is leaving may explain why the Juco QB’s UT have interest in hadn’t been offered anything from the school yet. On top of this, it will also be interesting to see if this plays a role in the decision of any quarterbacks (or any offensive players) to stay or leave the 40 acres. Fellow HornSports contributor Johnny Whisenant (@Texas0205) will shed more light into this subject and give more insight into how the players felt about Harsin, not just as a play-caller, but as someone they worked with daily. It’s definitely something you will want to read. But even with the question marks still floating around at the QB position, I believe this move for Harsin had more to do with the chance to be a head coach, at a school that has recently catapulted it’s past head coaches into a top football conference, than any other reason. Moving Forward With Major Whether you liked Harsin’s play calling or not, he has now moved on. Which means Texas must move on and move forward with a new play caller. Co-offensive coordinator, and beloved lifetime longhorn, Major Applewhite is now taking over as the play caller during games. He will still be a co-offensive coordinator, as wide receiver’s coach Darrell Wyatt has been promoted to co-offensive coordinator. But Applewhite will take charge of the offensive strategy and insert his own direction into the squad. The excitement over Major Applewhite’s promotion is understandable. The guy worked his magic, as a player, when he was doubted most: especially by his own head coach (Mack Brown). Now many fans, and even players, seem excited to see if Major can carry that magic into his play calling. As an offensive coordinator that calls plays, Major has had just 2 seasons in that position. His first was at Rice in 2006. And his second opportunity was with Nick Saban at Alabama in 2007. Below are the offense’s respective stats those years. 2006 Rice Offense: Totals – 4,486 yards, 44 TD’s, Passing – 2,783 yards, 29 TD’s, 14 INT’s. (6.40 yards/attempt) Rushing – 1,703 yards, 15 TD’s. (3.9 yards/carry) 2007 Alabama Offense: Totals – 4,859 yards, 38 TD’s. Passing – 2919 yards, 19 TD’s, 12 INT’s. (6.18 yards/attempt) Rushing – 1940 yards, 19 TD’s. (4.0 yards/attempt) 2012 Texas Offense (plays called by Harsin): Totals – 5, 292 yards, 54 TD’s. Passing – 3180 yards, 23 TD’s, 10 INT’s (8.71 yards/attempt) Rushing – 2,112 yards, 31 TD’s. (4.6 yards/attempt) The numbers in Applewhite’s two seasons as OC are lower than what Texas did last season. But we really shouldn’t even compare those two seasons to the Longhorn’s offense of last season. The style of offense and talent on offense at Rice and Alabama are much different that what Texas currently has. Texas is faster and has multiple players than can take it to the house on any given play. Rice’s talent isn’t up to that par, and we all know about the offenses Alabama has run in the past. Right now Applewhite has a Mustang (it’s not a Porsche yet) of an offense sitting in the driveway. If he can find a quarterback who can consistently drive this offense then he could very well shatter his own past offensive stats as a coordinator and keep this offense performing at a high level like it did in many games last season. There’s no question the Harsin move is an unexpected change. But what has almost been more unexpected is the reaction the fans, and even players, have displayed when learning knowledge of Harsin’s exit. Many fans don’t seem nearly as disappointed or as upset as I would have thought. I’m not sure if fans A) expect Major to come in and keep the offense rolling with out skipping a beat. And/Or don’t realize that almost all of the play calling from last year was from Bryan Harsin. And Harsin’s play calling improved this offense significantly all across the board in the two seasons he was here, specifically in points per game (28.1 in 2011, 36.1 in 2012). Bryan Harsin did help improve this offense, there’s no denying that. But the underlying story many of us may not have known is what his relationship was like with the players. As I stated earlier, Johnny Whisenant will shed light on this. But if you’re curious, go read some of the tweets from the players. They too don’t seem that disappointed Harsin is gone. And as a matter of fact, like the fans, they seem excited about Major Applewhite taking over the play calling. My Thoughts I, myself, am looking forward to seeing how Major does with the plays and how the team plays under his increased leadership. He is a very likeable guy and usually works well with the players, and recruits. But if you think about it, this next season could essentially be an entire season long job interview. Though it’s my opinion, I believe Mack will leave after next season. And if he does leave and a new head coach is brought in, then that head coach will most likely bring his own offensive coordinator. So the ‘Major Applewhite experiment’ may only last 1 season (unless he does an incredible job and gets promoted to Head Coach at UT… But I’m not ready to go there yet). It will be very interesting to watch how Major performs this next year. Though we all may be excited to see what he can do, we need to remember the offense may have a different look to it (rumblings are it may have a faster tempo at times). I also really hope he utilizes guys like Daje Johnson more, something Harsin shied away from in certain games. The offense, most likely built on the same basics of last year, will certainly have a different look under Applewhite. It’s fun to be excited about Major taking over but whether or not his style of offense works for UT has yet to be seen. Hook’em Twitter: @WesKCrochet
  9. Remember, Harsin may have left but Major has not been confirmed for any type of promotion. That's all coming from us fans.
  10. I'm also going to paint a picture using a lot of "if's"/opinion so bear with me... But If Harsin takes this job (which is pretty much confirmed) and if Major is promoted to the lone offensive coordinator role for UT then essentially this is a big job interview/try out for him. I say that because i believe Mack is gone after next season (my opinion). IF Mack leaves and a new Head Coach is brought in then I'd bet he would bring in his own offensive coordinator, which means Applewhite would probably be gone (unless the new HC has some ties with Applewhite). To sum it up, this is a one year experiment for Applewhite to impress, IF he gets promoted.
  11. The style of offense Colt ran isn't necessarily traditional. It was a spread and spread offenses are relatively modern. Also Harsin's offense was successful, there's no denying that. So in one sense I'm disappointed to see him go because I actually liked most of his play calling and the style of offense he runs. With a better QB his pffense would be even better. But he may have rubbed some players the wrong, way which may shed light on the rumor of why M. Brown thought about transferring or why Juco QB's have been deciding to look else where. If Harsin does leave I fully expect Major to take over as OC. I don't see Mack bringing in anyone to mix things up even more on offense after making positive steps this past season. If Applewhite coaches with the same personality he played with then I wouldn't doubt players respect him and enjoy him as a coach/coordinator. Which could be a positive in recruiting this off-season. We don't know much about Applewhite as a play-caller. But I do know he was a smart QB and has done a decent job in his short opportunities to call the plays. I assume if Applewhite becomes the lone OC that Mack would also have more say in the play calling, since he is an offensive minded guy himself. I don't think Mack would have a ton of say in it, unless Applewhite began calling bad games. But i do think he would mentor Applewhite in his first big gig. With this all said, if Harsin does leave then I'd be all for seeing what Applewhite can do.
  12. Granted, it's tough to go from "great QB" to "great QB" to "great QB" without any hiccups or speed bump seasons. But there have been too many hiccups and speeds bumps in a row for a program like UT, and what's disappointing is the hiccups/speed bumps may continue to be looming and consistent if UT doesn't find an answer at QB soon.
  13. Program is definitely in jeopardy of being set back a handful of years. There is no QB/Leader of the offense to spread the ball around to the weapons, and no young gun has emerged as the guy. Which is sad considering how many years we've been away from the Gilbert experiment. UT has missed out on a lot of guys, and I'd take that argument all the way back to Andrew Luck, since Gilbert was recruited here over Luck.
  14. First off just because Texas brings in a Juco doesn't mean he automatically jumps everyone and is the lead competition against Ash. I still think Texas will have an open QB competition this off-season regardless of who comes or goes (outside of McCoy, I find 0 reason why he should be a starter with where the program is right now). Also I have no problem with a Juco QB if he can throw the ball well/consistently and lead an offense/team. With that said, the fact that Texas is looking at Juco QB's this off-season tells me the QB's they have recruited from high school are guys that all need a lot of development and work. Which also adds to the thought that they missed on other recruits. What is more telling for me is this is the first off-season that Gilbert (yes I'm going there) would not have been on campus. So whether Gilbert succeeded or not Mack should have already been grooming a successor to be ready to take over this off-season and lead the team. Well, there is no one that sticks out at QB who should step in and lead the offense. No recruit that has come in and really separated himself from the pack. Maybe some recruit (mainly Overstreet/Brewer) stands out this off-season, but so far there hasn't been any news of any QB on campus that can throw the ball well/consistently and be a leader for the team and truly is separating himself from the other QB's Which brings me back to saying I'd be fine with a Juco coming in. There's no question this offense has weapons surrounding the QB position. The biggest problem with the offense is finding someone to spread the ball to these guys each weekend on a consistent basis. So if a Juco QB comes in and can do that then I have 0 problem with it. Sure that may be Texas admitting they missed on some guys or have guys that need a lot of development, maybe more so than they first thought. But finding a QB for these weapons on offense should be high priority.
  15. First off I'm actually not surprised he is interested in the Arkansas State job. You said it perfectly, the past two coaches at Ark St. have gotten great HC jobs afterwards, so the school has been a stepping stone to bigger programs. And I think almost any coordinator would want an opportunity to be a HC at many schools, so I don't think people should automatically assume that because Texas has been struggling this is the sole reason he is interviewing for a HC job. Now if Harsin does take this job, the ripple effect is his decision to leave for Ark. St. could effect the QB's he has recruited to UT (Brewer, Swoopes) and the Juco QB's he has been trying to recruit this off-season. Since Brewer/Swoopes were Harsin recruits, I'm not sure how Major feels about them. But honestly I don't think it matters because I believe an open QB competition will take place this off-season between Ash, Brewer, Overstreet, maybe Swoopes (probably red-shirts), and any Juco QB that comes. I'm crossing out Case McCoy already. Going into this off-season I don't see Mack bringing in anyone else to be the OC, and I think he rolls with Major Applewhite. The last thing Mack wants is another coordinator coming in and mixing things up even more on offense after they have made positive strides from last season. On the defensive side, if Manny leaves I could actually see Mack bringing in someone since there is no "Co-Defensive Coordinator". Maybe Gene Chizik is brought back since their is familiarity and past success between he and Texas. Either way, this off-season could have a lot of shake up for the Texas program. But the one person that is staying is Mack Brown. I think he's here one more season.
  16. Wes

    Dexter Thread!

    Dexter was nuts tonight! May have been on of the crazier episodes we've had in a long time. LaGuerta just keeps on being sneaky and tricky with all that she does...
  17. The coaches definitely have a part in how a team/program performs. It's an NFL comparison, but look at the Niners a season before Harbough came, and then look at his first season. And look at what Mack was able to do when he got here. Both completely turned around their teams and elevated the level of play. I think Mack and Auggie were great coaches, some of the best during their time. But like players, coaches can fall out of their prime as the sports evolve and I think that's happening with Mack and Auggie. They did great things for the University and players they coached. And they both won national championships and elevated the level of expectation for the athletic success at the school. But I really think it's time to move into new directions with both of the coaches. As far as Barnes, he's always left me thinking there's more juice he could have squeezed out of the orange of his basketball teams. I think he coaches some things very well (he's put great players into the NBA). But at the same time I never get the feeling his teams hit their potential.
  18. Interesting thought but I don't see it happening. I actually think the Big 12 is stable for at least 5 years. Only changes may be adding two more teams, but there aren't any teams that really stick out right now. I think the conference is fine. It has pretty good athletics across the board too, not only in football.
  19. There are tons of questions I wish I could ask the players and get an honest response, instead of something they may say for the media. Like the team chemistry and mentality. Like are they actually having fun?
  20. But QB limbo for sure. Not that this should be an excuse but next season will be the first season that Garret Gilbert would not have been at UT. Amazing how Texas still doesn't have an answer at the QB position.
  21. I can believe my friend. The player he talks to is a well known player.
  22. Take it for what it is, but a friend of mine plays basketball at Gregory GYM on campus with one of the UT football players from time to time. I'm not naming this player right now. Anyways, my friend said the player and him were talking about the team a little bit. The player said David Ash could be good but he isn't focused on football enough right now. And that Case is too into himself. The player also said Mack is pretty much there to try to be the inspirational leader, but he really hasn't done that much coaching at practices. Not as much as the coordinators. Once again, I got this from a friend, but it's someone I trust and I know he's friends with the player.
  23. A) As far as the Texas turning into Tennessee where no one wants to coach here. That won't happen. Texas and Tennessee are far apart economically. But it is weird coaches are turning down the job. But Jo Pa and Bowden are great examples of coaches who are out of their prime and on the decline. Players can decline out of their prime, why not coaches? The one thing that really frustrates me is the lack of intensity and the lack of physical play the offensive line and entire defense play with. These players are good recruits with good/great talent. But they aren't playing with as much intensity and strong physical play as they need to and a lot of that is a mentality that Mack isn't instilling into his team like other coaches are around the nation. I think next year is Mack's last year. I think he will throw in the towel himself and retire from the program once the season is done. I have no sources or anything, just my feeling on the situation.

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