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    Bear19 reacted to JimsTexas in I'm Home   
    After 11,123 miles Deb and I are home. We left back in April went to Mississippi up to Maine back across to Niagara Falls down to Pa back to Alabama and finally back to the Longhorn State. Found out that some of the SEC fans already know what we have know for a long time. The aggy are full of them selves and still an outsider. What a great time we had now I need to see my Longhorns win a MNC and This will have been a great 2014. My friends y'all have a great day
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    Bear19 got a reaction from Aaron Carrara in UT press conference recaps (new pressers added Wednesday)   
    Good thread. Thanks for being there Matt.
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    Bear19 reacted to echeese in View from the Cheap Seats-Pre Season   
    View from the Cheap Seats-Pre Season 2014
     
     
    This was the biggest offseason since 1997. . . on 5 January THE University hired a new football coach for the 1st  time in nearly 2 decades.
     
    As Eddie Murphy said . .. . ."there's a new sherrif in town. . . .. and his name is Charlie F Strong" (CFS for short).   Over 16 years we saw Mack restore TEXAS to national prominence through 2009 only to "lose focus" and let the next 4  years slip through his hands.  CFS was one of the finest defensive coordinators in the country and wears 2 Natty rings to prove it.   In the 2008 title game, his Florida defense would hold OU, averaging over 50 points a game to a measly 14 points.   He would then embarrass Florida as a Head Coach at Louisville by drubbing them as heavy favorites in the Sugar Bowl then turn around a year later and spank Miami in the Citrus Bowl. .. . .payback for 2 programs that should have hired him perhaps?   Who knows but he was my top choice for the HC spot here and I think TEXAS got a great one (we'll get that out of the way upfront, I am a bigtime CFS homer)
     
    The number 1 issue that TEXAS needed to address with the CFS hire was a change in culture. . look no further than who he brought to TEXAS .. . .coaches loyal to him but with a reputation as great teachers.   Important since the #2 problem at TEXAS was player development.   Talent abounds but there was a clear lack of turning 4 stars into All Stars in recent years.   No coach sent a louder message  with his hring than CFS stealing Joe Wickline from Oklahoma State.   And if there is one offense in the conference I'd like to copy schematically, it's OSU.   Another surprise hire was bringing home Les Konnieg who has a reputation as a great teacher but has become a very pleasant surprise on the recruiting trail.
     
    CFS brought  Pat Moorer with him from UL to be the S&C coach. . .or said another way:  BAD COP
     
    Most controversial hire?   Easy, Shawn Watson the OC. . .yes I realize Wick has that title too but I'll wager that was more a move to keep from paying OSU.. . . and yes, I have no doubt Wick will have input into the O, especially the run game. . .but this will be Watson's O and he'll run the offense CFS wants .. .and like GD. . .he will be the scapegoat with the nintendo crowd. . .more on that in our "expectations" section.
     
    Hired 5 January 2014 and very late in the recruiting process, CFS did well keeping critical recruits like Jarrod Heard and Derick Robinson in the fold as well as bringing recruits Poona Ford and Chris Nelson, who he'd recruited at Louisville to shore up depth at DT.   He would also get late commitments from Rodrick Benard, Edwin Freeman (who was considered a long time TEXAS lean), JUCO TE Blake Whitney and 2 OLs, Alexander Anderson who is pushing for early PT as well as Elijah Rodriguez.   Neither OL was highly rated but both very much in the mold of kids Wickline likes to work with and grow into studs.   More than fair to say that it is a "solid" class but not a spectacular one nor the type that  Long horn fans are used to seeing.
     
    CFS wasted no time with culture change, laying down some of the toughest rules and standards of any program not named Army/Navy/Air Force.   And it did not take long for push to come to shove and there need to be enforcements .   Joe Bergeron was the guy I thought would thrive under CFS but he quickly was in the dog house and even got booted from spring drills. . . 2 players would be dismissed from the team due to a legal issue . .ultimately Jalen Overstreet and Bergeron would move on.   Daje Johnson and Desmond Harrison would hang on by the skin of their teeth but will miss the 1st game.   Between that, Moorer's legendary workouts and a far more physical set of spring and fall drills. . . .Message sent . ..
     
    NEW SHERIFF IN TOWN and his name is CHARLIE F STRONG .. . . .
     
    So here we are today, 4 days from Kickoff.   What should we expect to see this year from the team?
     
    EXPECTATIONS
     
    My first BGO of the season (blinding glimpse of the obvious). . . this team will win with defense.   Our strongest unit is the DL where we have both talent and depth.    I project we see them used in waves to wear out opposing OLs and disrupt timing based offenses.   This will be important because our secondary is questionable and certainly not close in talent to the DL.   Face it, we started a walk on for the Spring Game though he does project as part of the 2 deep so he's not a complete slouch.   The emergence of true Freshman Jason Hall may allow Mykelle Thompson to play CB, a position which seems to fit his talent.   The star of the secondary is Quandre Diggs.
     
    Between the 2 is a LB corps that has the potential to be very good. . . assuming 5 Star Jordan Hicks can stay healthy.   He's the best LB on the 40 since DJ turned pro.   Steve Edmond mans the middle and appears to have locked up the job from Dalton Santos.   Both should benefit from another year's worth of experience and a new defensive style.   On the outside Peter Jinkins starts but look for Naason Hughes to potentially be "1st guy off the bench". . . .
     
    Not worried about the D overall .. . .but the concern is on the other side of the ball.
     
    Some fans already hate it . ..the offense is going to be DELIBERATE . .. .they will come to the line, they will use motion. ..they will milk every second off the clock. . .forget 80-90 plays a game. . .we'll be lucky to average 65
     
    The video game/basketball on grass crowd will hate it, they will hate it when we win, they will blame it when we lose.   Shawn Watson will be hated, he will make Greg Davis look loved.   But here's the problem. . .the offensive style is set by CFS. . .not Watson.  This is the offense Charlie F*ing Strong wants and he doesn't care what Baylor or TT or OU runs.  
     
    Gotta get that out of the way now. . .it will save some headaches down the road. . .last year Louisville was #2 in the nation in averaging 2:55 minutes per drive.. . behind wishbone Navy (yes, got that off Numbers that matter on LHN. . .hey, I didn't say this stuff was original).   We will shorten the game, wear out their D while keeping ours ready to go.   This is the way CFS wants it. . .this is what Watson runs well.
     
    So I wanted to review some key stats we should watch since we aren't going to be breaking NCAA scoring records ala GD.    What you want to look for is 8-9-10 play drives or more.   UL was #1 in the nation in scoring drives of 80 yards or more.   We will be looking for a 3rd down conversion rate of over 47% which would have been good for Top 25 in the nation last year. . .UL was #2  FSU #3.
     
    UL was also #1 in least number of drives ended with turnovers, less than 7% . .. UL did not beat themselves last year.   Another stat not mentioned on LHN but will be critical this year, percentage of drives that end with a score (for our team, too many pick 6's in 2013) and % of drives that lead to a TD.  If you are going to beat basketball on grass, you need to put the pressure on them by scoring, especially TDs when you do have the ball.   In 2012 we scored on 45% of our drives. . 2013 fell to 35%. . .45%+ is the target.     Another key stat for both units, Red Zone Scoring and RZ TD scoring. . .of course this is key every year. . .in the Red Zone, punch it in the end zone for the O. . . .in the RZ .. .force a FG for the D.
     Last year O 57% TDs  42 attempts D 52%.   Contrast that to 2008 (granted great O)  76% on 68 tries while the D was 48%.    We are going to have to get into the Red Zone more and we are going to have to score more TDs. . ..
     
    Some of the key stats I'll be watching and reporting on this year. . . .
     
    In terms of the season, it is very possible we go 8-4 and have a better team than last year.   Our schedule is brutal, one of the toughest in the nation.   I do not see anyone boat racing us.   I don't see us running it up on many either.    We need our D to improve upon it's 25 ppg average from last year. . though keep in mind that number is padded by 7 pick sixes thrown by Case.   Getting into the 22 ppg range should be good for top 25 in the nation, if CFS and Vance can get us in the teens, 10-2/9-3 is very possible.
     
    Our O averaged right at 30 ppg last year, in this offense 30-32 for the season, 28-30 in conference is what the Cheap Seats thinks is the target.   This will be a year where stats like Time of Possession, 3rd down conversions and % of scoring drives be more important stats to review.
     
    Schedule from toughest to weakest (IMHO of course):  I see these being 3 very distinct groups.
     
    1-4, these games are tough.  Going 0-4 of this group would not be impossible.
     5-7, these are games we should win  but are not to be taken lightly.  Bring your A game
    8-12 teams we out talent.  Doesn't mean we couldn't lose but we shouldn't lose
     
    1 UCLA  best team on the schedule, looking to make an early statement, best or 2nd best QB we'll face this year.   Defense lost some talent but Mora coaches up his D.  Sorry, calling this one a loss
     
    2 OU-Duh it's OU it's always a war.   They hold serve from last year.  Their key is if Knight can replacate his Bama performance and they can get a running game going.   Of course this is a game where turnovers usually tell the tale.   A true rivalry game in that the team with the best talent doesn't always win.   My biggest concern, 4th in a line of BYU, UCLA and Baylor. . . toss up unless OU's offense is for real
     
    3 Baylor-2nd best QB we face all year and he's good.  basketball on grass offense, if they score early, TEXAS isn't built to come from behind.  Game in our house.   This will be a huge test for the Watson "4 corners" offense.  Leaning win at DKR.  Think UCF showed Charlie the secret last year
     
    4 KSU-Bad things happen on the road.   Toughest game of the 2nd half of the year.  This is a good, well coached team with a talented dual threat QB.   Sorry, think this is a loss
     
    5 BYU-This is the 1st real test.  Another well coached team.   Think they hang around for 3 quarters but in the end, our talent wins out. . wouldn't be shocked if we fail to cover the line.   Win
     
    6 TT-Toss up here with OSU but weird fapping stuff happens in Lubbock.   Win win one and drop one of 6&7
     
    7 OSU-Also on the road though our history in Stillwater better than Lubbock.   Gundy is missing a bunch of talent.  
     
    8  WVU- Dana hanging onto his job by a thread.  Win
     
    9  TCU  Too much inner turmoil.   WVU and TCU will fight for enough wins to go bowling  Win
     
    10 ISU   Battling with WVU and TCU for enough wins for a bowl  Win
     
    11 KU   Tempted to rank them below UNT.  For all of Charlie Weiss rep.  .hasn't done much  Win
     
    12  UNT   Coming off their best year but lost too many starters.  Win
     
    Yes, the optimist in me is seeing 9-3. . . the pessimist says Ash goes down and we're likely a 7-5 type team.
     
     
    Will re-rank the BigXII every week
     
     

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    Bear19 reacted to echeese in Texas QB Ash Focused on Quieting Critics who Thought he Should Quit   
    Good write up. . . .I leaned towards him quitting not because I'm a critic (just the opposite, big fan. . .hope he serves up a shit sandwhich to the haters) but because I worry about the rest of his life. . . 
     
     
     
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    Bear19 reacted to streettopeschel in Staff Season Predictions (added more predictions 8/25)   
    this place has nine staffers?
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    Bear19 reacted to UTK66 in Shipley update   
    If he's completely healthy with 0 signs if his hammy bothering him, get him a few reps. If he isn't 105% healthy, give him a headset and let him coach. He's far too valuable this year to play around with a hammy.
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    Bear19 got a reaction from monarch in BEAT UNT! what are your plans for watching the game... are u tailgating at UT... we're on the clock!   
    Watch party at my friends place west of Uvalde,preparing to go dove hunting on Monday.
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    Bear19 got a reaction from Juan in 2015 Recruiting Season is in full swing   
    Thanks Juan.
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    Bear19 got a reaction from UTfish in BEAT UNT! what are your plans for watching the game... are u tailgating at UT... we're on the clock!   
    Watch party at my friends place west of Uvalde,preparing to go dove hunting on Monday.
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    Bear19 reacted to echeese in No more Crossfire means subscription cancellation   
    Agree with both bolded comments. . . 
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    Bear19 reacted to joeywa in No more Crossfire means subscription cancellation   
    Hate to see ya go.  I personally go to sites for the community, and this one is shaping up nicely.  The personal attacks are minimal and the folks here are all good people. 
    I don't feel that information is what holds subscribers, as almost all info, (both insider and team coverage,) is available at all sites within minutes of being posted.  I think the mix of posters, the conversation and the banter on topics ranging from the University to the school's sports programs to food to NFL to local info, and everything in between, are what makes a site successful. 
     
    HS is, in the grand scheme of things, relatively new.  With this newness comes a period of change, trying to identify both a format and provide content that is a nice mix of not only sports but general discussion.  So far, there have been some changes, some I like, some that I personally would not have made, but it's not my site. 
     
    IMHO, to quit the site entirely because Darrell's piece is no longer here and you feel the info is not what he offered is a bit silly, but to each his own.  Darrell and Aaron had numerous discussions about how the site was going to proceed, and how they both viewed not only Crossfire, but the site as a whole.  Darrell will still contribute here from time to time, and will continue to post, at least from what I've seen/heard.  I'd like to see you stick around, but again, it's your perrogative to leave.  If you don't like the pinned/premium content, just email Aaron and ask him to be moved back to a non-premium member.  I'm sure he'll accommodate your request.  It doesn't mean you have to leave the place. 
     
    I also think that if someone is going to leave, just do so.  If you feel you need a refund, email Aaron.  Otherwise, the whole announcing of one's departure is a bit "look-at-me, I'm making a statement."  There are a lot of good members here that may not agree with the boss' decisions, and they discuss this via PM or email with the boss.  These same members are still around, active and supportive of the site as a whole.  Good luck man, you know where we're at if you change your mind. 
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    Bear19 reacted to streettopeschel in No more Crossfire means subscription cancellation   
    To each his own. No, this board doesn't have a ton of insider info. or at least not yet, but since they just got certified by UT maybe that will change. Maybe not.
    I'm month to month and let mine lapse for a time. But i will say some of y'all act like 'crossfire' was 'all the president's men' peeling back all the secrets of Bellmont. I guess i didn't see it as all that.
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    Bear19 got a reaction from joeywa in No more Crossfire means subscription cancellation   
    Well I am all ears. But I refuse to tell you I am staying. Or leaving.
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    Bear19 got a reaction from Etex Horn in No more Crossfire means subscription cancellation   
    If I announce I am staying would that also be a look at me statement?
    What to do?:-)
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    Bear19 got a reaction from joeywa in No more Crossfire means subscription cancellation   
    If I announce I am staying would that also be a look at me statement?
    What to do?:-)
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    Bear19 reacted to streettopeschel in Aggy hypocrisy   
    J. B., the corps is its own special subset of true aggie. kinda gestapo-like versus just your run-of-the-mill nazi.
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    Bear19 reacted to Darrell McPhaul in Bellmont birdies are singing   
    The reasons why the opinions on Harrison's future with the team so varied is because he has improved in the class, showed more dedication in the weight room but, he is still one step away from losing it all if he is caught partying one more time.
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    Bear19 got a reaction from zathras11 in Horn Sports Vision, Update   
    Darrell
     
    Your crossfire column was the main reason I joined this site. I am going to miss it.
    I would encourage you to at least occasionally start a thread and tell us what is up. I have no plans to leave but would certainly enjoy hearing from you whenever you can share. You obviously have sources that most on here do not. You did not get enough credit for nailing the Stansbury story.
    Stay well.
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    Bear19 got a reaction from SFlonghorngirl in Horn Sports Vision, Update   
    ie, give us more Friday tidbits.
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    Bear19 reacted to Darrell McPhaul in Friday Tidbits   
    I received an email today from a High School coach who spoke to a player today and he said Ash looks really good. Really really good.
     
    Especially compared to his backups. Jerrod is getting reps but it's just to much for him right now and if he has to start we would be in trouble.
     
    Swoopes just doesn't understand the game yet. Thinks that's because it was so easy for him in high school. He never had to learn the position. Watson is a fiery guy and the QB's love him.
     
    Gray and Brown are unreal right now as far as physical shape. Both would start for any team in America.
     
    Oline is starting to mesh but, Estelle & Harrison are skating on very thin ice as far as following "one" of Charlie's 5 core values.  Coach was told that we probably should not count on them at this point.  
     
    Receivers are thin but what is there works hard. Chip on shoulder guys.
     
    Strong is intense but everyone knows he would stop in a heartbeat and help any player. Been repeated but no one was affected but the guys getting kicked off. The players were happy they are gone.
     
    Also had a conversation with a former AD employee  that worked for three different coaches while at Texas.  One the funniest things hew told was that Arlene Makovic was the sweetest lady he ever met.  Arlene refused to sit in a private suit and instead insisted on sitting on press row.
     
     Everyone was shocked when she poured a Coke over Kirk Bohls head during one of the games .  
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    Bear19 got a reaction from SFlonghorngirl in Horn Sports Vision, Update   
    Darrell
     
    Your crossfire column was the main reason I joined this site. I am going to miss it.
    I would encourage you to at least occasionally start a thread and tell us what is up. I have no plans to leave but would certainly enjoy hearing from you whenever you can share. You obviously have sources that most on here do not. You did not get enough credit for nailing the Stansbury story.
    Stay well.
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    Bear19 got a reaction from SFlonghorngirl in D/FW Happy Hour. . .Tues the 12th   
    For out-of-towners you guys ought to consider having one of these on a Friday or Saturday night.
    And you guessed it, I am an out-of-towner.
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    Bear19 got a reaction from SFlonghorngirl in Horn Sports Recipes   
    Lucus
     
    Made the Mexican cornbread. Could not find the Martha White you pictured so got Pioneer corn bread mix. Used a cup and a half of that and one cup of buttermilk instead of the Sweet milk it called for. Everything else is exactly as you had written. It is delicious. We just cut it and my wife is enjoying it with a bowl of pinto beans right now.
     
    Thanks.
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    Bear19 got a reaction from Lukus Alderman in Horn Sports Recipes   
    Lucus
     
    Made the Mexican cornbread. Could not find the Martha White you pictured so got Pioneer corn bread mix. Used a cup and a half of that and one cup of buttermilk instead of the Sweet milk it called for. Everything else is exactly as you had written. It is delicious. We just cut it and my wife is enjoying it with a bowl of pinto beans right now.
     
    Thanks.
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    Bear19 reacted to Lukus Alderman in Horn Sports Recipes   
    Buttermilk cornmeal
     

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