You Are What Your Record Says You Are

Tom Herman (Will Gallagher/IT)

I hear this Bill Parcells line said a lot with respect to Texas football.

This is both an undeniable reality and a favorite talking point parroted by blowhards who fancy that they’re shocking you back into reality with their real talk if you suggest you’ve seen any aspect of improvement that bodes well for the future. Particularly after a seven year wander in the desert where false hope has been peddled like sea monkeys and snake oil.

Smart notes team’s summer strides ahead of Tip-Off scrimmage

Shaka Smart. (Will Gallagher/IT)

Texas head coach Shaka Smart has a lot going for him so far in 2017. He had a chance to see his team play against high quality competition in August during a tour of Australia. He has a consensus lottery pick at his disposal with a mix of young and veteran guards to help move the offense. His program was left out of any discussion of a sweeping scandal that rocked the sport.

Jamison selects Texas, absurd DB class gets better

D'shawn Jamison (Eric Nahlin/IT)

The 2018 class of defensive backs will very likely finish as the highest rated group the school has ever signed. Without researching it too much, it will also likely be the best position group to sign of any that routinely takes three players or more per cycle. For a school that fancies itself as DBU, that’s quite an accomplishment.

The Inside Scoop – 10/16/17

Sam Ehlinger. (Will Gallagher/IT)

In years past we’ve discussed the type of seasons Texas would need to have in order to keep recruiting going. Not all 8-4’s or 7-5’s are created equally. Losing close, winnable games, while leading in the 4th, is heartbreaking, but it also gives you hope that in the future those turn into close wins. That’s much different than going 7-5 or 8-4 with blowout losses.

For recruits, the feeling is extremely positive. To a man, they feel once they get to campus they can help the team get over the hump.

Coach V’s Grades: Texas-OU 2017

Chris Warren. (Will Gallagher/IT)

Our Coach Venable turns in his grades after the Texas-OU brawl in Dallas on Saturday from the Cotton Bowl. The offense continues to struggle and rely on the QB, while the defense has spurts of greatness, sprinkled with secondary breakdowns. Here’s Coach V’s grades after UT’s 29-24 loss at the Red River Shootout.

Texas-OU Postmortem

Brandon Jones. (Will Gallagher/IT)

The difference in offensive line play between the two teams was clearly evident and the single greatest factor in the game outcome. Add three coverage busts and a Kris Boyd exhibition of balls skills usually reserved for Connecticut tee ball leagues and there’s 20 Sooner points (6 on two field goals; 14 points on two touchdowns; including the 59 yard go-ahead TD to TE Mark Andrews when Texas led 24-23 6:53 into the 4th quarter) on four plays.

Texas Comeback Falls Short to OU, 29-24

Sam Ehlinger. (Will Gallagher/IT)

DALLAS — At first, Tom Herman and Lincoln Riley’s first tussle in the Cotton Bowl looked like it was on its way to mimicking several matchups Mack Brown and Bob Stoops had in the early 2000s. The Sooners jumped out to an early lead, and had both their offense and defense playing very effectively in the first quarter.