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    Corpus Christi, TX-----Indianapolis, IN-----sports journalism major, writer for Horn Sports in spare time. Avid, lifelong Texas Longhorns fan.
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  1. Everyone knows by now, Horns @ Jayhawks kicks off at 2:30 p.m. I'll be in Lawrence by 9:30 a.m., parked in lot 54 with beer in hand by no later than 10 a.m. Who else will be making the trip? I know I had another topic started months ago about this and some of you commented/confirmed you'll be there. Since it's game week, I figure I'll ignite that convo again. Who is gonna be in Lawrence to watch Texas become bowl eligible?
  2. My wife, brother and sister-in-law are leaving Indianapolis at 10:30 p.m. Friday night. Likely to get a few naps in the car on a 2-awake-2-asleep shift rotation. haha. Hoping to hit Lawrence a little after dawn. We'll be Parking in lot 54, which I'm told is the $25 lot where you can tailgate out in front of your car. We'll keep in touch as the game draws near. Hook 'Em!
  3. Is this still a thing, or have you since changed your mind? Lol. Hope to see you there if you're still leaning on going.
  4. I think this is where I'm at with the idea. It could be worse/wouldn't be the best choice.
  5. Farmer's Almanac says 60 degrees and sunshine for this game. Which, could in fact be the only game we win the rest of the year. Either way, I plan on plenty of beer and burnt orange and a Texas win. Almost three weeks away now. #HookEm
  6. "Hey, man! This Shane Buechele kid is somethin' special! And I tell ya what, man - this talent on this Texas team?! Hook 'Em Horns, man!" I don't know why, but anyone and everyone who doesn't follow this program thinks this is a realistic replacement candidate. Reasons: A.) Gruden still wants to coach, but on his terms. Meaning, it has to basically be a hand picked situation, not just any job. -Ok. I believe that theory. Most successful coaches at his age, with his resume, etc. Have that luxury. It's not a crazy concept. B.) Gruden has wanted to coach college ball, burnt out on the NFL. Runs his camp for young players -- namely QBs -- and enjoys developing guys. Tired of the NFL regiment, personable and feels like he could really recruit young kids, go into living rooms. Almost sort of has a Dabo/Jimbo feel to him. -Ok. Yeah, I suppose. C.) ESPN doesn't have the money it did when it signed him onto Monday Night Football, plus Torico is gone. -Ok. Not sure that really matters, unless the competing potential job is head coach at Texas, where he would probably make 3-to-5 times what he brings in now. However, such is the standard when he will work with 20-to-30 times the pressure and stress. So, I don't know if standing in a booth for four hours every Monday night after a week of hanging around teams really seems like something he would want to leave for everything the Texas job is. Which, while I don't agree about it being a cesspool, or any other hard reference Herbstreit gave it, I do believe there is a lot more BS that coaches have to deal with here. But it's not unwarranted. You don't want BS, it's simple: win. So, I don't know if ESPN NOT being able to pay him as much as what he makes right now when it's time for a new contract is reason enough to completely pivot and go the complete opposite direction and coach college football at Texas, where the look on his face the day he's introduced would be broken down and analyzed to predict how many wins he will have in his first season. D.) These folks who say this name think it's Texas, Alabama or USC that will pull Gruden to the college ranks. -Yeah. Water is also wet. Duh. E.) And when the name has been brought up on any platform, such as radio spots, both national or local, there's a genuine belief he wants to get back to coaching, period, that it may just be a void he wants to fill, so perhaps he isn't THAT picky about where he lands if he leaves ESPN. -Nah. No way. Not at this point in his life. And that's where I'm at. As obvious as the statement "well, it would have to be USC, or Alabama, or Texas" is, I just don't see this guy diving back into everything that coaching is, in what is quite honestly the more demanding of level of coaching: college football. So, I open this thread with these talking points I have heard, or engaged in, and I ask you all: Does the name Jon Gruden make your ears perk up? Or do you find yourself walking to the liquor cabinet in sadness, preparing to pour a strong scotch as you watch the program take 10 steps backwards? #HookEm
  7. Love the enthusiasm, but as a misplaced Texan living in Indy, this is an area of expertise when it comes to knowledge about Urban. I interned for a particular media personality who coached at Bowling Green when Urban was there, I can wholeheartedly tell you Urban Meyer is never leaving Ohio State unless it's for retirement or a fantastic situation in the NFL. So, basically, he's never leaving Ohio State until he retires. Period. I'm not even speculating about this. The media personality I'm referencing shouldn't be hard to guess. I'd just rather not name drop. I'm merely trying to tell you, this guy texts Urban on a regular basis. Urban ain't going nowhere. Though the idea of him at Texas, in my opinion, excites me more than Saban, at this point. But I'm not getting into that whole ordeal again like I did when I bought into the Saban rumors in 2013.
  8. Ok. But do you think people want to see 1-loss Louisville V. Michigan? Or do you think people would want to see 1-loss Texas V. Michigan? Etc. There is such a thirst among those in the media for Texas to be back in the mix, prominent once again, that my argument -- I suppose -- is centered around: what is the bigger draw? Both in the stands and on TV? First of all, I think Texas wins that which-one-loss-team-is-in debate when the program is having success on a year in and year out basis ('04, '05 and '08, '09 for example). So, that's not my angle. What I'm saying is, this year -- and maybe/probably even next year-- if you have a Texas team with dare we say one loss in this 5- to 6 one-loss team debate, you're putting that desire, or thirst, to the test and telling me Texas, the story of the rise from the ashes, a blueblood program's trials and tribulations behind it, etc. wouldn't be picked out of that handful of teams for a NY6 bowl? There's no way Texas is snubbed if we are talking about one-loss Louisvilles, UCLAs and Michigan States of the college football landscape. 2012 was a taste of what I'm talking about. Sweet baby Jesus. How many games did Notre Dame BARELY WIN during its undefeated season? But the conversation was 'but the Irish took care of business. Each game won was a win. They took care of business' -- which only happened because IT WAS A BRAND LIKE NOTRE DAME (Sorry for yelling). Media didn't sit there, voters especially, and debate why ND shouldn't be in the title game because it barely beat weak opponents, etc. The convo was almost a defense for Notre Dame -- which was back in BCS convo for the first time in 6 years at that time. So, people aren't going to look at the Big 12 "wait a minute, before we just take this 1-loss Texas team at face value, lets go through the entire Big 12 conference and find a reason why it shouldn't be in." No. It will be "Look, you can argue this one loss was a bad loss, at a 6-6 Cal team, but Texas was young, and it was early in the season." People see "Texas" and nothing else. If anything, the squeak-by wins will be attributed to "that's what happens in the Big 12. Regardless of records, most of these kids in this region grew up playing one another, some kids wanted to go to Texas but didn't get offered. There's always added motivation when playing Texas". and the one-loss will be given the aforementioned rational. College football is better when Texas is good. Not even great. Just good. Horns get the nod in these situations every time. I promise you this. When it comes to a bad Big 12, note how the media will always make it a glass-half-empty situation for Baylor and TCU "man, they were hurt by not having a conference championship game" Both TCU and Baylor snubbed from the playoff. But it's a glass-half-full situation for OU and Texas. "Some say a very bad Texas team beat OU, but that's just THAT rivalry, man!" OU, not playing the almighty 'conference championship game' gets in the College Football Playoff, with one loss, a year after TCU and Baylor got snubbed. Case and point. The powers that be don't care about the conference any more than I do. They just want OU and Texas to be in or near the conversation.
  9. I understand the simple facts of "if you have 4 ranked teams in your conference and you have beat each of those teams you have a great chance to make/are probably in the playoff." That is very true, for TCU, and Baylor, and Ok State, and West Virginia. And it's just as true for Iowa, Wisconsin, UCLA, Arizona State, North Carolina, Virginia Tech and every other school like them. Schools that have flash-in-the-pan success for 2-3-4 consistent years, then sink back to mediocrity and reemerge a year or two later to make the same run. That logic does not apply to Texas. OU. USC. Michigan. Ohio State. Florida State. Florida. etc. The argument is not that your very valid point is wrong. The argument is, I don't care about conference pride because Texas fans don't have to. Just as the other teams I mentioned, their fans don't either. Brand matters in college football. 1-loss Texas (just saying) vs. 1- loss Louisville, who's going to get the nod for a new year's six bowl? That's not even a question, let alone a debate. 1-loss Ohio State vs. 1-loss Baylor, who's going to get that nod? That's my point. All the middle of the road, just on the cusp of really breaking through type of schools, let them have their conference pride and compare wins and losses. Texas fans should always know, go undefeated is best, yes, but if Texas can come away with one loss -- out or in conference -- by the end of the season, the chances that Texas gets the nod over another one loss school that isn't in the same category is always going to be extremely high. Brand matters. Brand outweighs conference weakness. Texas is a brand name in college football. At the end of the day, bowl season is a business. I'm not suggesting a 2-loss Texas team jumps a 1-loss, or undefeated team, for a new year's six bowl. I'm just saying what it is, Texas is one of a handful of schools that doesn't have to give a walking, sitting, running, flying, jumping mother F about conference strength. It stands on its own two legs, Brand > strength of conference.
  10. This was my sentiment to a T. I DON'T DO CONFERENCE PRIDE.
  11. I'm not saying I feel bad for him. I'm pointing out why the kid has fallen far beyond merely being an afterthought.
  12. It all began with his tweet after the spring game. "Could've told my mother to save her money on the plane ticket". Half of a game after being called on account of rain, or a subtle blast to the fact he didn't sniff the field? I don't know, but I believe, when it comes to a young guy who wants his shot, it was the latter. When Buechele became the obvious nod to the future with Ehlinger on deck at QB, I knew Locksley was going to have to change positions or transfer. Then it was even more evident when Heard got moved to WR, where a stable of capable guys was already in place. Now, I don't even know what the plan is, if any for the kid. I know he never had huge expectations, but does anyone feel bad for him? I just feel like he is a perfect example of how you can be swept up in the circus that can be recruiting. It's a valid thought to wonder if he ever really knew what he was doing/expecting when he said yes to Texas and bailed on FSU. Then again, you wonder what he was told. Who knows. I'll give him this much: I don't know what it's like to be 18 and have those kinds of decisions to make with the confidence and probably somewhat arrogance that I can go somewhere and be the guy. But at the same time, how do you make such a huge decision without really looking at the reality of the situation and asking yourself where you fit in? At one point during camp, his name came up on a brief article about roster position changes, what ifs, etc. And I completely forgot the kid was on the team. I'm betting the house on Texas this Saturday and putting all my winnings on my next bet, which is news that Locksley transfers before this season ends.
  13. Awesome. I booked everything last night, bought tickets this morning. As the date approaches, we'll have to find out where everyone will be that day and get together. After the Notre Dame game (and having made it to two games last season) I had to make it to one more game this year. Looking forward to it. Hook 'Em!
  14. So, turns out the drive from my house to Lawrence, KS, is only 7 hours. And this means only one thing: Who will I see in Lawrence for the Texas/Kansas game? Because I'm going. Hook 'Em!

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