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  1. Pretty incredible. It is not for a lack of talent in-state either. Hard to explain.
  2. Thanks for the write up. I agree with just about everything in there. My personal opinion is to steer clear of Briles if it comes to that, but I do recognize he'd win a hell of a lot of games. Just worried about when he faces a true smash-mouth, in-your-face team (see: Oregon vs. Stanford last night). I know several of my contacts over at Belmont have already expressed to me how nervous they are for their jobs. And these are guys that in my opinion do their jobs well. I think Patterson is the right man for the job, and I love that he cares about the success of our university. I heard he not only got emotional in the press conference with the media, but in his introductory meeting with the athletic department staff. I love that.
  3. I am fine with you disagreeing with my aggy point, but won't accept being called a troll. I am a proud holder of a T-Ring, hold multiple degrees from UT, haven't missed a home game since I was 5 years old, shed tears from my seat in the Rose Bowl when Vince crossed the goal line in January 06, and am frankly the most proud Longhorn you'll ever meet. My aggy point is based purely on my point that I love college sports because of rivalries. We currently play one rival, and it's not a home game (nor do I want that one ever to be). Anybody that wants to tell me Baylor, TCU, or Tech can fill the void of aggy is just kidding themselves. I have never, and will never, feel my blood boil when thinking about those teams. If I so much as think about aggy I get pissed off. It doesn't matter how good your team is, if you're playing irrelevant teams week-in and week-out, your fan base will become disinterested (see DKR's declining attendance, or if you want a good team, check out Alabama's attendance issues) and the national media will pay you no attention. If Texas and A&M start playing again, that will be the biggest game in college football that week and get us back in the spotlight. Also, please go take a look at our home slate in baseball this year. If you think our home football schedule is bad, you haven't seen anything yet. I think a 3 game series with aggy each year (2 and 1 at each park like it used to be) would be great from a purely fan-interest perspective. I also think the best, and perhaps only, way to combat the aggy-SEC recruiting momentum is to beat them. Plain and simple. Until then, they will be able to continuously hold the SEC trump card over our heads in recruiting. There are a few coaches out there who could help change this (namely, Saban) but if we settle for somebody like Briles, that will not shift the recruiting momentum in the state in any way, shape or form. To deny the fact that aggy in the SEC is the biggest threat to the success of our current Athletic Department is just cynical in my opinion.
  4. fantastic. I respect Bruce as much as, or more than, any national writer.
  5. Completely understand the anti-ags game sentiment. Growing up with that game makes it tough to see it die. I just know what that game means to me, my family, and many of my friends (on both sides of it) and I'd love to see it come back. I don't think it will happen anytime soon unfortunately.
  6. 1. Baylor 2. Oregon 3. BYU 4. LSU 5. Notre Dame 6. Florida 7. Michigan 8. TCU 9. Arizona State 10. Texas 31 - WVU - 13
  7. 1. Saban - I think the dream is over, but big dreams die hard. 2. Sean Payton -Might as well kick the barrel. I don't see Harbaugh leaving the NFL, but maybe Payton is getting bored and likes the sound of $8 million. 3. Tomlin - imagine a recruit telling him no while staring at two super bowl rings....you can't 4. Jimbo - Seems to me he is Mack 12 years ago. Not sure if his son's situation makes him wary of moving. 5. Muschamp - Was it really that long ago he was 11-1 in the "toughest conference in America?"
  8. Disregarding all personnel decisions, as I don't want this thread to be a retread of topics discussed ad nauseam, what are your top 3 (or 5) "wish list" moves that Patterson makes over the next several years? Mine would be: 1. Get A&M back on the schedule in as many sports as possible. Many of us love college athletics because of the passion and the rivalries, and I think it's a shame we only have one rival on the schedule right now. Hurts the fans, the players, and at the end of the day, the pocketbook. 2. Figure out the conference situation. I'm not sure what the correct answer is here, but our current conference affiliation is a joke. The Big 12 is mediocre to poor across the board. The other major conferences are ALL better than us in basketball, baseball (besides the Big 10), football, and academics. If it were me, I'd try for the SEC but am aware that is likely not an option. 3. Redo the South Endzone. Make a lower bowl with suites or a club level above it. Godzillatron can go above that. As part of this reconstruction, take out the Rec Center and convert the area just south of the stadium into state-of-the-art practice facilities for football. 4. This breaks my personnel decision rule, but I'd love to see Randa Ryan take over academics for football. What she has done with the basketball team is borderline miraculous, and I'd love to see her improve our football team's current APR/graduation rate. Our university is on-par with the Notre Dames, Northwesterns, and Stanfords of the world, but they have lapped us in graduation rates.
  9. I think you'll be seeing 10,000+ empty seats at every home game next year, regardless of the coach. The slate of home games is borderline laughable, particularly in conference. The only two teams we play with a chance of being ranked are BYU and Baylor, and I'm sure those two teams will really excite the fan base. For the foreseeable future we will not play a single game against a rival at home. I'm not sure there's another team in the country who can say that.
  10. Tillerson is the President/CEO of Exxon Mobil, UT grad. I'm of the unfortunate opinion that Saban is no longer a viable option though. He will not like all these reports (distractions) coming out in the middle of his potentially historic season.

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