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HornNdriftwood

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  • Birthday 05/05/1949

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    Austin native.
    Texas grad.
    Owner/broker Driftwood Properties
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    Driftwood, Tx
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    football, women, booze-NNITO
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  1. Sad day for our great University. This whole scenario reminds me of nothing so much as the rift created when DKR stepped down and the BMDs insisted on Akers over Campbell. The original "spilling of the BBs." It lead to a 20 yr. wander in the desert.
  2. Patterson may or may not be good for UT but Chip's article is nothing but propaganda. As far as "journalism" I think it's time some reporter looked into Chip and his reasons for his one-man crusade. He's made himself part of this story whether intentional or not. It seems personal. Today's piece and the one from Jun. have too many misstatements of fact and innuendo for me to give it a passing grade vis a vis its "journalism."
  3. Your outrage is impressive, no doubt. Your rhetoric is Shaggy Bevo-esque.
  4. Duke Your post is filled with strawmen and hyperbole. Patterson was not hired based on his 20 months at ASU. He was hired for his record at the Houston Texans, the Houston Rockets and the Portland Trailblazers. As VP of facilities for the Texans, he was in charge of building Reliant Stadium. At Portland, he completely reworked the financials and put a team that was hemorrhaging money into the black. According to some I've talked to, fundraising is on track. The BOR apporved the new tennis facility last month so fundraising can begin in earnest. The AD is waiting for approval for the SEZ so fundraising for that hasn't really begun. SP has been in talks with some BMD to alert them to new possible "naming" opportunities on the horizon. We'll see what happens with that. In the meantime, general fundraising is ahead of this time last year. Along with the many changes going on at the AD, there is a change in the old guard of BMDs because they are just that - OLD. There's a new generation of future billionaires out there that may be ready to step up and replace the giving of McCombs, Jamail, etc. Some of these have interests in Dubai. Some of these live in NYC and LA. Patterson has made trips to these and other cities to meet with these donors. You may refer to these trips as "shopping sprees" but business is being conducted and any personal items Yasmin picked up she charged to her own CC.
  5. Did you read the email in the article or do you think the CFO for UT Athletics is lying? Dave Marmion, "The savings from this initiative will also be used to help fund the additional student-athlete meals we are now allowed to provide under new NCAA rules." In case people haven't been paying attention, the old ways of doing things are rapidly going by the wayside. Previous, the NCAA was ruled by the little guys in Div. 1A. One school-one vote gave the power to the low budget schools that wanted low scholarship limits, limited coaching staffs and a ceiling on cost of attendance. With the P5's autonomy, all costs will be going up. Some way up. If you want to play with the big boys, you're going to have to pony up. On the other hand, it's probable but not certain that the players will unionize. One of the by products of that will be greater transparency. Sloppy bookkeeping or expenses/profits under the table, like under Deloss, will be a thing of the past. Everything about the way the AD did business in the past is now under the microscope. Things going forward will have to pass scrutiny from a court of law. You never know when a walk-on or 3rd string scholarship athlete will try to drag you into court. Patterson took on a mess and it not only coincided with a time of rebuilding (literally) at the University but at a time of great upheaval in college athletics. His $1.4MM salary may prove to be a bargain. On the other hand, he may crash and burn. Way too early to judge. Hook 'em.
  6. It's strange how these same sports writers just a little over a year ago ( Apr. '14) were shocked when Shabazz Napier said he went to bed hungry. (paraphrasing)We have starving student/athletes and coaches making $5mm per year - the horror!(paraphrasing) Now dining halls are preparing to feed our athletes unlimited meals around the clock and some of the coaches will have to buy their own - and that's terrible! Outrage is hard. Sometimes I get confused at where to direct it. Good thing I have SBNation & CBSSports.com to keep me straight.
  7. This may be the all time record for number of strawmen in 1 post.
  8. Patterson may have made some "mistakes" but overall I think he has done a good job. Certainly there has been no "devaluing," "whoring," or "material harm." As for your last claim, IMO it was Fenves who was closer to "lying" about the funding than Patterson.
  9. I see a lot of head-cases among those labeled as "busts." Perhaps a product of the pampered, entitled atmosphere surrounding Texas HS football? I like those hungry Fla players.
  10. Boren is not an academic, he's a politician. It seems like every year about this time (going back to at least '11) he wants something from the Big 12 and he takes his case to the media. He loves the attention and he usually gets what he wants, except for Louisville. We know he wants a 12 team Big 12, he's said it repeatedly. Whatever else he said, I don't think you can take it for face value. One thing you can be sure of, he's angling for something.
  11. Maybe saying we had the lowest salaries in the Big 12 is a huge stretch and not accurate. Oklahoma State's quality control coaches made just over $15K in 2014. And, it appears Iowa State paid "graduate" assistants around $20K last season with no "quality control assistants" on staff. Kansas State appears to have paid their quality control assistants $25K/year. Oklahoma appears to have paid the most to their quality control assistants at $30K-$35K/year. There is no data for TCU or Baylor salaries because they are private schools and do not have to report salary information. Kansas only lists 3 QC on their staff directory. West Virginia does not list any on their staff directory and their website only shows them using "graduate" assistants paid at just over $16K/year. Texas Tech does not list any QC on their website. Oklahoma & OSU list 3 QC on their staff directory. Baylor employs 2 QC. TCU employs 3 analysts. It looks like UT is not very far (if any) behind the curve in the Big 12. I imagine Coach Strong won't have any trouble filling the vacancies. Info came from the DMN, the websites of the individual school and poster DougReeder on HornsDigest. http://res.dallasnews.com/graphics/2015_04/collegesalaries/?hootPostID=010bbcb4321deb56f09c9e977f6ca4a9
  12. Well, you should stick to your guns, pilgrim. Believe only half of what you see and nothing that you hear/read.
  13. I agree with Bobby - Chip's bs is getting old. A year ago, CB was all for taking the $15MM for the tennis facility and building at 51st & Guadalupe. By waiting, SP has managed to make space within the on-campus sports complex. The tennis program is better off in the long run. As a member of HornsDigest, I've tried to question CB on the elephant in the room, IMO - the $50MM the AD is obligated to "share" with the central university. That's an astounding sum for an athletic program to pay out to their school. How many coaches meals and plane rides would that cover for our athletes? Where is this money coming from? Is it LHN money? Is it $5MM/yr. paid out over 10 yrs? If so, then that cast a whole different light on Chip's version of how the tennis facility is funded. McComas on TOS said today that the baseball team had requested the bus trips (over a plane ride) as a better way of team bonding. As for the QC personnel, all we really know is SP said he wouldn't pay 8 guys $50000/yr. each. Would he go to $45K? We don't know. It was my understanding that under Mack, we had 2-3 QC and they didn't survive the coaching change. If that's so, correct me if I'm wrong, the current guys have only been here a little over a yr. They came into this situation with eye wide open and now a year later, they're leaving because of low pay? That's what Chip would have you believe. QC is an entry level, resume-building type position that people don't usually stick for more than 1-2 yrs. anyway. That segment of the article doesn't pass the smell test, IMO. As for the band and the volleyball team, we're basically doing what every other school is doing re: travel and expenses. One-sided article, but timing (silly season) guarantees a big national splash. Ho hum, can't wait for kickoff. Hook 'em.
  14. 49 career starts belonged to Espy & Estelle. After they were gone (game 1) we had nothing.

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