Author Archives: Coach Venable

Scatterbraining is a hot weather no-brainer

Zachary Evans (Justin Wells/IT)

You get inside by mid morning during the dog days—18 holes wrapped by 10 am or so and away you go. Always reminds me of the song “what a day for a daydream”. Once the adult beverages rinse the dust out of my throat I enjoy visiting with my make believe brother Darrell and my other brother Darrell concerning the outlook for Tom’s gridiron bunch this year, including recruiting the lifeblood of the program.


Tom Herman at his first spring practice of 2017 (Joe Cook/IT)

The term thud made it’s way into my vocabulary at some point during the 70’s. I first thought it to be very large human beings running to the football—you know, thudding along. By definition I came to understand thud meant full ass boom to the ball and then play “touch” without impeding the runners progress down the field. Where’s the fun in that?

Thoughts from never-never land

The Texas flag in Morgantown. (Will Gallagher/IT)

Every now and then I find reason to appreciate exactly why I’m so glad my days of teaching this wonderful game are history. I find keeping up with the new fangled discoveries contrary to every rule that so guided my career. Damn, we were so fundamentally dependent compared to the swashbuckling attitude today’s game offers—hate to admit it but we were far less exciting to the appetite and by extension the ulcers. Mystic

Pondering the next Texas defense

Todd Orlando (Will Gallagher/IT)

Did you ever have to make up your mind? Say as to one and let the other one slide. There’s that to deal with.
Thinking back on Texas DC Todd Orlando’s defense last year I don’t get far before realizing the effect Poona Ford had on coach’s game-planning and probably more important the particular play calls he could depend upon from week to week. Orlando definitely had to have the four man DL ready in case of a missing Poona dominance each week.

Just stuff

Tom Herman (Will Gallagher/IT)

This has been about the damnedest ride in many a year for us junkies. Hiring Herman has certainly been a hoot in so many different directions. Attempting to read his mind is about akin to winning the lottery. The variety of thoughts mired in my limited capacity has amounted to an endless stream of wtf’s too often but I still smile when I say that.

Coach V’s grades – Texas Tech

Armanti Foreman (Will Gallagher/IT)

We got out-toughed. It was ugly. That’s being kind. Armanti Foreman was the best senior on senior night—we got his best for this year. Jake McMillon had the best night blocking—he actually got a block on his LB (td run) on a night where we turned the LB’s free without a contest. Devin Duvernay had three nice plays. We had great individual plays along the line but weren’t anywhere near consistent.

Coach V’s Grades – Kansas

Lil'Jordan Humphrey (Will Gallagher/IT)

It was bound to happen somewhere along the line. Playing hard has been covering for a multitude of less than smart football decisions by our usually scrappy defenders. We found out going around 90% isn’t enough against a team that outworks our effort. Give Kansas credit—they came to play 60 minutes. We took some really poor angles, covered the hell out of grass instead of playing the ball, and left our pass rush desire at the front door entrance.

Coach V’s Grades – TCU

Poona Ford and Gary Johnson (Will Gallagher/IT)

It’s my opinion we didn’t play our best but we played well enough to win most contests in this league. I was disappointed in a few things but overall the effort was fun to watch except for a couple of squench-tails that have now officially mailed it in in my opinion. I thought Mr. Antwuan Davis represented his position extremely well—you just never know who will shine or run and hide when offered their chance between the white lines.