Thoughts on Charlie Strong’s Departure

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I’ve waited about a week to record my thoughts on the firing of Texas Longhorns head coach Charlie Strong. Coach Strong did a lot of things in the right way, and I desperately wanted him to succeed. Both for my beloved Horns and to verify some of my beliefs about football.

But as the season wore on, I began to wonder whether he was going to get things done. And, the loss to the Kansas Jayhawks made it clear to …

More Random Thoughts on the Season so Far

The turnaround the Texas Longhorns have made the last few weeks has been nothing short of remarkable. The team is player faster and stronger, and has the confidence that only comes from knowing what your job is, and that you can get it done.

Most of that credit should go to Greg Robinson. He’s simplified things for the defense, and is putting players where they can succeed. And all the sudden we seem to know how to tackle.

The offense …

Random Thoughts on the Longhorn Season Thus Far

Four games into the season, Texas has beaten one bad team solidly, lost badly to two mediocre teams, and squeeked out a win against another bad team. What does that make the Texas Longhorns?

It makes them a bad team as well, although one with a bit more heart than I thought before yesterday.

The K State game was badly officiated from top to bottom, but the last few minutes were ridiculous. It really got the crowd fired up, however. …

Notes from the Austin Longhorn Club – Mack Brown

I attended my first Austin Longhorn Club lunch today. It’s held the Thursday before every Texas Longhorn home game, and features a speaker from the coaching staff. This week, it was Coach Mack Brown.

The event is held at the Erwin Center. On the way in, I asked how many people were expected.

The man at the name tag table hemmed and hawed a bit. He said that it’s usually 250 to 300 people, and usually about 500 when Coach …

Jerry Gray Returns to Texas

One of the best defensive players to ever suit up for Texas is returning to the Forty Acres. Texas announced this afternoon that former Seattle Seahawks defensive backs coach Jerry Gray is has been named assistant head coach and defensive backs coach.

Gray played defensive back for the Longhorns from 1981 to 1984. He was a two-time All-American and a two-time Southwest Conference Defensive Player of the Year. A first round draft pick of the LA Rams, Gray played in …

Texas Fills the First of its Coaching Vacancies

Texas announced Sunday that it had hired Kansas University’s Darrell Wyatt as wide receivers coach. A native of Killeen, Texas, Wyatt has been recruiting Texas high schools for most of his career.

In a statement released by the University, Wyatt said:

I’ve been recruiting Texas for a long time and have developed a great rapport with the high school coaches. I’m really looking forward to continuing to build on that. My wife’s family lives in San Antonio, my sister

Welcome to Austin, Coach Austin!

The word coming down today, with considerable confidence, is that Teryl Austin will be named the new defensive coordinator at Texas. The writing was on the wall when the job description went online yesterday, and it matched his experience perfectly.

I’m not sure what to think about this hire. He’s a bit of an unknown, as opposed to Muschamp, who was already on everyone’s radar when he moved to the Forty Acres.

Austin was promoted from defensive back position coach …

Florida Atlantic Predictions

Florida Atlantic is just not a very good team, and Texas will easily ro… Jeez, I couldn’t even get that out.

Look, the Longhorn team is fully capable of losing to any FBS Division team, and probably quite a few FCS teams. They’ve poorly coached, and what little talent we’ve been able to field has had a bad run of injuries.

We’re just a bad team. In retrospect, there haven’t been any gimmes on this schedule since we played Rice, …

Whither Now, Longhorns?

The Texas Longhorns are just not that good this year. Sure, they managed to get up and play a nearly perfect game against Nebraska, but they also have a penchant for making bad teams look good.

Let’s look at the rest of the completed schedule of the two bad teams that beat us at home.

UCLA
– Lost 22-31 at Kansas State
– Lost 0-35 to Stanford
– Beat Houston 31-13
– Beat Washington State 42-28
– Lost 7-35 to …

Quarterback Changes at Texas

This morning, Texas Longhorns backup quarterback Sherrod Harris, a fifth-year senior, announced that he will not return to the team this season. He will instead focus on finishing up his corporate communications degree in hopes of graduating in December. Said Harris in the statement released by the team:
I’ve had a couple of tough semesters in school and I really need to get back on track academically so I’ve decided to focus most of my effort on academics for what is possibly my last semester in school. This was a very tough decision because I’ve enjoyed every minute of my time on the football field, running out of the tunnel on game day and being a part of the team.