It’s Texas-OU weekend and the Horns are the hosts for recruits. We look at the bigger picture with Texas recruiting right now, the targets, and how the 2nd half of the season could shape the C/O 2016 and Charlie Strong’s future in Austin. We also add practice notes and depth chart updates from the Cotton Bowl in the Scoop.
What the Longhorn nation wanted last Saturday was to see a slow, steady improvement from the Cal and Oklahoma State losses. We wanted something linear. What we got was frustration, confusion, finger-pointing, timidity, gross incompetence, a moon-shot punt snap, missed chip shots and a halftime tweet.
Every college football coaching job has at least one unforgivable sin, a failure that simply can’t be tolerated and will get a coach onto the hot seat in a real hurry. Texas actually has a few, but one of them is unquestionably to repeatedly fail to punish the Oklahoma Sooners for their general insolence.
AUSTIN — Defensive coordinator Vance Bedford conceded last week that he is not adept at social media. Since then, several of his players proved quite proficient with their messaging applications. I asked Bedford how he addressed the team after recent Texas tweets, Twitters, and texts went viral, creating the perception of a divided locker room.
Texas-Ex Drew Kelson joins the Inside Texas Podcast w/ Justin Wells and Ian Boyd to talk Texas-OU, team turmoil, and social media in today’s society. It’s a must-listen for all Longhorn fans.
AUSTIN — Sifting through the carnage of Saturday’s 50-7 meltdown at TCU, Texas offensive play-caller Jay Norvell was surprisingly positive at his Tuesday media availability. Of course, he doesn’t really have a choice.
It’s a little known fact that sensationalizing journalists sense blood in the water better than sharks. What better to make of the Austin American Statesman’s headline: “Report – Texas RB Chris Warren’s mom could force transfer”
It’s been tough to write since the game Saturday. I’d prefer to let Strong’s games speak for themselves – whether good or bad – as much as possible. I’ll let a conversation I had with a friend explain why.
AUSTIN — Charlie Strong has a more immediate concern than losing his locker room; he may need to heal a splintered one. For the second straight week, older players pointed fingers at younger ones. This time, three underclassmen returned volley Monday on social media.
In this edition of Mondays in the Humidor with the Big Cigar we’ve got a compilation of, well, suck. Coaches vs. coaches, players vs. players, Cigars killing other Cigars with tridents, dogs and cats living together — mass hysteria (in my best Bill Murray voice).