Inside Scoop – 10/9/15

Dontavious Jackson and Eric Cuffee. (Justin Wells/IT)

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.

C-BOG Commentary: There was a crooked man

Charlie Strong. (ill Gallagher/IT)

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.

Inside the Gameplan: Red River Shootout

Texas-OU. (Will Gallagher/IT)

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.

Vance Bedford Variety Hour

Vance Bedford. (Will Gallagher/IT)

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.

Norvell and Heard speak

Jay Norvell. (Will Gallagher/IT)

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.

Strong, Social Media, and Hate Week

Charlie Strong. (Will Gallagher/IT)

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.