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    joeywa got a reaction from Baron in *****Game Thread: #22 Texas @ Texas Tech Red Raiders*****   
    Tech fans are classy….said no one ever. 
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    joeywa reacted to echeese in View from the Cheap Seats-Alabama   
    View from the Cheap Seats-Alabama
     
    Coulda/shoulda/woulda
     
    Deja vu all over again. Stop us if you have heard this before, 1st quarter, at their goal line and Bama knocks out the TEXAS QB with a shoulder injury. Shades of the 2010 National Title game. In a million years, we’d have never called TEXAS not just beating the spread but being in a position to argue coulda/shoulda/woulda won the game. There have been 3 MASSIVE games at DKR in the 21st century, when Norte Dame came calling, LSU in 2019 and Bama in 2022. If you want to add Top 10 Mizzu in 2008, we will not argue. TEXAS showed incredibly well in all 4. Frankly, should have won all 4. In a million years, we did not expect to type that in 2022.
     
    In a game which has been anticipated since it was scheduled, with a build up to the game which was off the charts, the TEXAS Longhorns quite simply played their Bevo loving backsides off.
     
    In a million years we’d have never called TEXAS being more poised, more ready for prime time and making more plays than Bama. Even without his QB1, Sark called a great game. We’ll nit pick a couple play calls later but for now, outstanding game plan. He was the superior coach on the field. We had thought this would come down to a discussion of Jimmies & Joes vs X’s an O’s but Sark/PK/Patterson and crew had their guys more ready and honestly were superior to Nick and company. And make no mistake, Nick had this game dialed up for sometime. Bama seemed like the young inexperienced team. They were not sharp highlighted by dropped passes and a Saban era record 15 penalties and the zebras missed more 3 obvious violations.
     
    So one Jimmy & Joe who was the difference for Bama, Bryce Young. Gotta give the Heisman QB credit, interesting he was a high school point guard and a player Sark recruited. He played like a high school point guard on grass. He was poised despite at least 3 maybe more drops by Bama WRs and Bama’s miscues. Despite a relentless at times pass rush and without Bama’s vaunted rushing game, Bryce Young put the Bama team on his back. Our hats off to him, without him TEXAS wins.
     
    PK or Patterson?
     
    One of TEXAS’ biggest off season story lines was “Special Assistant to the HC” Gary Patterson joining the TEXAS staff after being let go by TCU. So who gets the credit for TEXAS’ almost perfect game on D against a more talented offensive line, Georgia Tech transfer Jamyher Gibbs (one of the top transfer backs in the nation) and the aforementioned, Bryce “Mr Heisman” Young at QB? Well let’s start by giving the players the lion’s share of the credit as they played almost flawless football. A team with a horrid past of allowing broken tackles and busted coverage came up with the best defensive effort since. . . .. ? It’s been sometime. TEXAS would force Bama to punt 6 straight possessions covering both the 2nd and 3rd quarters. TEXAS would hold Bama to 161 yards rushing, with 81 of them coming on one run.
    Whether it was PK or Patterson, we think they both deserve credit, this game will push Patterson even higher on the “hot coaches for 2023” list. It was clear, the defense went up against one of the best offenses in the nation and did more than enough to win the game.
    Before Quinn Ewers went down with a shoulder injury, the TEXAS offense was humming. 2 scoring drives of 65 and 75 yards to open the game saw some of Sark’s best play calling at TEXAS, and this against arguably the #1 defense in CFB. While TEXAS came up with 10 points on those first 2 drives, a blown/obvious/WTF were they watching, non-pass interference call on Sanders should have had TEXAS 1st and goal at the 2 not trying a FG. In a 1 point game, clearly every point matters. Hudson Card got the call as QB2 and it wasn’t long before he would injure his ankle. This might have been what would end up costing TEXAS the game as he was good after injury but clearly could not get the velocity on his throws, including a pass to Xavier Worthy in the 4th quarter which should have been an easy TD/at least a long gainer. But with a bum ankle Card could not drive the ball. Kid left it all on the field for TEXAS. It’s his team until Ewers returns.
    One battle that TEXAS lost was the field position battle with 3 of their 11 drives starting at/near the 25 and 5 drives starting at the 15. Tough to win games against a great D having to drive the length of the field.
    We would be remiss if we did not give some props to the offensive line which we felt damned TEXAS’ chances. They still have much growing to do but overall, we saw improvement compared with last year.
     
     
    Stats that matter
    1 of 5 Touchdowns scored by TEXAS red zone trips, if you want one stat that cost TEXAS the game, this is the one. 15 Number of penalties by Bama (we did not find a single bad call). A Saban era record. 3-12 TEXAS on 3rd down. Granted this against the Alabama D but you cannot win games without sustaining drives 1-2 Bama on 4th down. We highlight this to focus on a key 4th down stop. We heard one announcer claim “well the Bama back tripped over a linemen’s feet”. True. Upon further review, on that 4th down play, the TEXAS DL had actually pushed the Bama line back. 0 Turnover gained/committed. TEXAS’ best shot was when D’Shawn Jamison dropped what should have been an easy pick for him.  
    Offensive player of the game
     
    Jordan Whittington, 7 catches 3 of them for 1st downs and several of the catches contested. He became the safety blanket for both QBs.
     
    Honorable Mention: Xavier Worthy, 5 catches 97 yards.
     
    Defensive player of the game
    Kaylan Ford 2 tackles for loss (-18 yards) and a sack to go with a team leading 10 tackles.
     
    Honorable Mention: The defensive, we came into the season thinking major liability and they came up big.
     
    Special teams
    Daniel Trejo 5 punts with a 46 yards per punt + average. The highlight was a punt pinning Bama at their 1 and flipping the field position game.
     
    Conclusions:
     
    Sark now faces a new coaching challenge. He still has a largely young and inexperienced team. There is no question he had his charges up for the Bama challenge. Can he continue this level of performance week in and week out? Can he keep the Longhorns from “eating the cheese”/”reading their press clippings”? Let us not forget 2019 where TEXAS had another coulda/shoulda/woulda style game with LSU and that loss was part of 4 additional losses that year. UTSA will come into DKR this week playing their biggest game in history, the roles will be reversed before TEXAS gets on the road to Lubbock and TT. We are going to offer one small nit pick, we ran wildcat with Roshon on 3rd down near the red zone. At some point, let Roshon throw. The Bama defense collapsed on RJ but replayed showed there was a TEXAS receiver wide open for a short pass/1st down. Overall, both CO’s called great games. X’s & O’s did not beat TEXAS.
    Fighting Mack Brown’s
     
    Gene Chizik doesn’t seem to be helping Mack much. After giving up 40 4th quarter points to App State last week, this week it was Georgia State scoring 18 in the 3rd quarter to make things way too interesting. Tar Heels are 3-0 but today we don’t see them making too much noise in the ACC.
     
    Ranking the BigXII
     
    This is still way early.
     
    #1 Oklahoma Beat up another tomato can. They have Nebraska on deck. Upset might save Scott Frost’s job but do the Bugeaters have the horses?
    #2 Oklahoma State Nice win vs Herm Edwards Zona State Devils
     
     
    #3a Baylor tough OT loss on the road at BYU
    #3b KSU Took Mizzu out behind the woodshed
    #3c TEXAS If Sark can hold TEXAS near this level of play, they should earn a trip to Dallas. . . we shall see
    #3d Texas Tech OT win vs ranked Houston in OT
     
    #7 Kansas SAY WHAT? Yep, OT win over WVU
    #8 ISU Win over Iowa with a baseball like 10-7 score
    #9 TCU 2-0 after beating tomato can Tarlton
    #10 WVU
    Note: May take a few more weeks to separate the BigXII teams. Right now even the traditionally weak teams are playing well.
    Game Highlights
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d_faYnQBM0A
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    joeywa got a reaction from okiehorn in *****GAME THREAD: #1 Alabama Crimson Tide vs. Texas Longhorns*****   
    Just made it down to Exes Center for a beer at the half. Team has played far better than I anticipated in the first half. 
    Let’s see if they can keep the momentum in 2nd half. Losing Ewers for however long has some tough potential implications 
  4. #HookEm
    joeywa got a reaction from david ficken in Baseball Purge   
    Tulo opted not to return as a part of Pierce's new staff based on several contributing factors; not one singular reason.  I personally think that Tulo will be a name that you'll see mentioned quite a bit in the future, whether that's in conversations about UT Baseball or not remains to be seen. 
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    joeywa got a reaction from Eastexhorn in Baseball Purge   
    Tulo opted not to return as a part of Pierce's new staff based on several contributing factors; not one singular reason.  I personally think that Tulo will be a name that you'll see mentioned quite a bit in the future, whether that's in conversations about UT Baseball or not remains to be seen. 
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    joeywa reacted to david ficken in Baseball Purge   
    We have added a RHP from Baylor in Cody Howard.
    We didn't put an offer to Tulo like I guess Chip wants to claim. Secondly, Tulo put out a demand to USC to upgrade their baseball department and facilities of upto $100M and they refused and he declined. Not to mention that both Long Beach State and Cal State Fullerton offered and he declined both of them. He wanted to stay closer to the Texas baseball department to help and work with the players. It's been out there for about  a month, but if Chip feels like he is putting something out there as new news, as usual he is bad at it.
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    joeywa reacted to Bear19 in College Baseball Portal 2022   
    If he can hit .345 he can play anywhere if he has a decent glove.
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    joeywa reacted to BWilk55 in College Baseball Portal 2022   
    Yes, they can. 
    I do think it lessens to difficulty surrounding scholarship limits but that limitation still remains. Scholarships are means for the school to directly contribute funds to the players but they can not do so via NIL.
    There is the Occupy Left Field collective that works to get all the guys on the squad NIL money.
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    joeywa reacted to Bear19 in College Baseball Portal 2022   
    A little off-topic but I assume baseball players can also get NIL money. That would mean scholarship limits are meaningless.
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    joeywa reacted to Big Daddy Cane in ***Official OMAHA CWS Thread***   
    Melendez wins the Golden Spikes award! 🤘
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    joeywa reacted to HORNfromETX in College Baseball Portal 2022   
    Was never the same after the walk off steal of home.
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    joeywa reacted to tejasrulz in ***Official OMAHA CWS Thread***   
    I have to admit I was pulling for ou over aggy in this one. Now please excuse me as I have to shower after typing that! 🤢
  14. #HookEm
    joeywa got a reaction from tejasrulz in ***Official OMAHA CWS Thread***   
    That’s a very inaccurate description of the sequence of plays that happened, how it is written anyway. I now understand why you thought what you did. 
     
    And no insult @tejasrulz. Phone auto corrected ‘vocal’ to ‘vial’. Gotta love technology. 🤘🏼😎
     
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    joeywa got a reaction from Eastexhorn in ***Official OMAHA CWS Thread***   
    That’s a very inaccurate description of the sequence of plays that happened, how it is written anyway. I now understand why you thought what you did. 
     
    And no insult @tejasrulz. Phone auto corrected ‘vocal’ to ‘vial’. Gotta love technology. 🤘🏼😎
     
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    joeywa got a reaction from Austin Horn in ***Official OMAHA CWS Thread***   
    And yet, with as bad as the pen was, Texas had the 26th best ERA in the country, the best ERA in the B12 and still made it to Omaha as a non-Top 8 seed with all that duct tape and baling wire. But yeah, let’s run off the pitching coach because he had nobody step up into a consistent producer in the Midweek spot. And because of that plus the only two regular starters (Gordon & Hansen) running out of gas down the stretch, Stevens moving to the pen, not a single closer stepping up after Nixon couldn’t figure out FB location and an extremely overused pen, that’s on the pitching coach?  
     
    I totally get the Texas battered fan syndrome. And whenever there is a monicker of success from a Big 3 sport, it hardly ever satisfies the fan expectation. Going to Omaha 3/5 years for Pierce & Co is a tremendous accomplishment. Y’all need to take a look at this without tunnel vision. If (when) UT loses Tulo, that can be explained to recruits. Firing Allen, D1 Assistant of the Year last year, and all of the above, is going to adversely affect the recruiting class. Some of these kids that will likely be drafted in later rounds by a MLB team, where they wouldn’t probably go pro before, will now seriously entertain it. Uncertainty in the staff of a team that just went B2B to Omaha, and fires one of the best recruiters and assistants in the country a couple of days after leaving Omaha will lead to exodus. Additionally, some of these recruits as well as ‘23 kids are extremely familiar with Allen as the lead recruiter. Maybe not so much with Pierce. 2023 was going to be a rebuild year anyway, but that was with the returning roster pieces all coming back and the recruiting class not being largely affected by this draft. 
     
    This move will likely have ramifications, and not a single one of them good for Texas Baseball. It’s going to take something HUGE to fix this, and I’m not sure it happens. Pierce has to knock it out of the park with the next hires. I sure hope he has some names lined up. 
     
    Hell of a time to make this move, on the cusp of moving to the SEC. Showing up there in a truck with two flat ties and no spare is not a good game plan. My 2¢. 
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    joeywa reacted to Eastexhorn in ***Official OMAHA CWS Thread***   
    Beating on a dead horse. Finally  found origional article.
    24/7  titled Texas leaves Omaha with a wimper at hands of A$M.
    Quote In bottom of 8th D. Rock singled and moved to second with out a throw.On a rare defensive indefference by a losing team.
    A lot different from your description of the play. No throw is why I wonderedif team or player quit.
    IMO this team neededsome of ladies fire.
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    joeywa reacted to tejasrulz in ***Official OMAHA CWS Thread***   
    Man, did I just get insulted? 🤔
    I've tried to be respectful however I can admit I'm a tad spoiled. 😉 I'll guess the jury is still out and I hope under Pierce Texas can win the NC, hopefully even more than once.
    I believe basketball gets a pass because historically, Texas has never been confused with Duke, N Carolina, Kansas, Kentucky or Indiana. 
    As always sir, thank you for your input and all your updates this year.
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    joeywa got a reaction from tejasrulz in ***Official OMAHA CWS Thread***   
    When coaches are making what they do these days, I think they are not above being questioned on their decisions. They don’t owe us answers, but we can watch how they grow/change from their past successes/failures/decisions. 
     
    Fan expectations are always fun to discuss. Augie didn’t win it all in Omaha with Texas until year 5, and Gus was here in a very different time. While hoping for similar success is fine, I think expecting it is a bit of a reach. That said, 3 trips to Omaha in his first 5 years at the helm at Texas is pretty good. It’s really no different with the fan expectations in football. Basketball tends to be a bit more forgiving. Texas fans want Texas to be on top, in every sport, every year. And that’s great. But realistically everyone knows, (although many won’t admit,) that it’s not truly possible to do that very often, if at all. Hence you get the complaining and grandstanding often seen on message boards and social media platforms. Also keep in mind, those on message boards and social media are probably the most vocal of sports fans, yet make up probably less than 5% of the total fanbase. 
     
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    joeywa got a reaction from Eastexhorn in ***Official OMAHA CWS Thread***   
    When coaches are making what they do these days, I think they are not above being questioned on their decisions. They don’t owe us answers, but we can watch how they grow/change from their past successes/failures/decisions. 
     
    Fan expectations are always fun to discuss. Augie didn’t win it all in Omaha with Texas until year 5, and Gus was here in a very different time. While hoping for similar success is fine, I think expecting it is a bit of a reach. That said, 3 trips to Omaha in his first 5 years at the helm at Texas is pretty good. It’s really no different with the fan expectations in football. Basketball tends to be a bit more forgiving. Texas fans want Texas to be on top, in every sport, every year. And that’s great. But realistically everyone knows, (although many won’t admit,) that it’s not truly possible to do that very often, if at all. Hence you get the complaining and grandstanding often seen on message boards and social media platforms. Also keep in mind, those on message boards and social media are probably the most vocal of sports fans, yet make up probably less than 5% of the total fanbase. 
     
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    joeywa reacted to BWilk55 in ***Official OMAHA CWS Thread***   
    I think it's all a bit complicated and nuanced. 
    Pierce is 3/5 with the CWS which is stellar. Was 1 game away from the championship series last year which is great. He hasn't won it all yet which is a limitation.
    This season, making it to the CWS was a great result considering how things were looking midway through. But then we had 2 very poor performances in Omaha which is leaving a bad taste in our mouths. 
    He's hired Tulo which was so genius we may end up losing him to USC. At the same time, many who follow closely are perplexed to see Allen let go. 
    Like most things, it's a mixed bag who pros and cons. I think his first 5 years have been a success overall, the next 3-5 years will make it clear how his time at Texas will be viewed.
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    joeywa got a reaction from Huskie1 in ***Official OMAHA CWS Thread***   
    I tend to think Pierce is a good coach. Not great, but good. His time at UT and success getting the team to Omaha cannot be denied. Now, he still has work to do to get the team over the hump in Omaha. That can be said for many, but he’s shown he can get them there. 
    That said, I don’t know what to make of the direction right this second. The whole Allen thing is concerning.  My hope is that there is a plan that has been in place and it’s not a knee-jerk reaction. Also, I don’t know how much input CDC had in this, if any at all. Some of the answers will come out in the coming days/weeks, some won’t. 
     
    Where the board’s baseball posters’ opinions fall on all of this is anyones guess. I’d say it’s likely all over the place. And right now, dropping two in Omaha, and one to A&M no less, still stings to most-me included. I’d imagine that once the new hires are announced, things will become more clear, both with direction of the program and with opinions on Pierce. 
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    joeywa got a reaction from 83Dee in ***Official OMAHA CWS Thread***   
    Thanks for your thoughts & input. 
    The P in question continually being rolled out was almost certainly not the decision of the pitching coach. 
     
    I also addressed the disappointment for fans. I get it. Probably more than most. That said, in this day and age of college baseball, storied programs do not guarantee squat. Ole Miss, one of the last teams into the tournament, is one game away from the CWS Championship. OU, a non-national seed, and a team that struggled early on, is also one game away. Parity is at an all time high in D1 baseball. Getting to Omaha is an accomplishment, regardless of what fan expectations are. Texas fans have almost begged for a HC to bring in the big hitters. Sean Allen did that. They wanted to see a different makeup of Augie ball, with speedy small guys that could bunt and hit singles, but couldn’t hit for power. Sean Allen did that. They wanted a good pitching staff. Tanner Witt passed on MLB to come to Texas. Sean Allen did that. The problem with pitching is if it isn’t firing on all cylinders, and often, you can’t hide that with all the time with great offense. When the Texas bats went cold this year, the team struggled to put teams away. And while people want to point to the pitching coach, a lot of the onus needs to be on the actual pitchers for not being able to execute. They didn’t. 
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    joeywa got a reaction from Bear19 in ***Official OMAHA CWS Thread***   
    I tend to think Pierce is a good coach. Not great, but good. His time at UT and success getting the team to Omaha cannot be denied. Now, he still has work to do to get the team over the hump in Omaha. That can be said for many, but he’s shown he can get them there. 
    That said, I don’t know what to make of the direction right this second. The whole Allen thing is concerning.  My hope is that there is a plan that has been in place and it’s not a knee-jerk reaction. Also, I don’t know how much input CDC had in this, if any at all. Some of the answers will come out in the coming days/weeks, some won’t. 
     
    Where the board’s baseball posters’ opinions fall on all of this is anyones guess. I’d say it’s likely all over the place. And right now, dropping two in Omaha, and one to A&M no less, still stings to most-me included. I’d imagine that once the new hires are announced, things will become more clear, both with direction of the program and with opinions on Pierce. 

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