Author Archives: Coach Venable

Coach V’s Grades – Oklahoma

Tre Watson (Will Gallagher/IT)

Wow, , what a game—what college football means to the entire nation. There is just something about a rival game that brings out the best of all of us. Can I get a “thank you” from everybody that muttered how much they love this football team during the contest.

Coach V’s Grades – USC

Sam Ehlinger (Will Gallagher/IT)

We had a mixture of flashes combined with a steady workman like effort to beat a pretty good USC defense last night. We almost eliminated all ugly. It was obvious that we had all eleven focused and they stayed ready to keep from getting ready. Well done men.

Coach V’s Grades: Tulsa

Tre Watson (Will Gallagher/IT)

This offense is at best a work in progress. We had some individual star quality plays but overall we lack polish and coordination. The effort is much better than the results indicate in too many instances. It’s hard to figure out why we get in a bigger hurry to fail to execute certain plays. Is there any real rhyme or reason to the thought process of calling plays amongst our faculty of number callers?

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.