Author Archives: Mike Blackwell

Beware of the Burnt Orange Trojan Horse

Shane Buechele. (Will Gallagher/IT)

The reason for the insanity of what I’m about to write might be the long, hot days of summer without football. Or maybe it’s the delirium of a new coach who continues to shepherd a steady stream of high-end recruits to Austin.

Whatever the case, I’ll go ahead and say it: Texas will beat USC on September 16.

Second chances

Reese Leitao. (courtesy of NewsOK)

When you’re nearing death, and you know you’re nearing death, I assume you will want another chance. The hope for second chances will still be in you as you draw your last breath. Good or bad, rich or poor, I’m convinced this will be so.

Spring game fuzzy focus

Collin Johnson (Will Gallagher/IT)

Being “of a certain age” means that when I was younger, and my mind wandered and deflected from here to there, I wasn’t “diagnosed” with anything. Someone hollering “Calm your ass down!” was my verbal Ritalin.

What do you want, Mr. Commissioner?

John Burt. (Will Gallagher/IT)

The NCAA hasn’t revealed the news just yet, but I will soon be named as the organization’s new Commissioner Of All Things (COAT).

As such, I need to go ahead and lay out a few of my first items of business, once the NCAA makes the news official.

Found in translation

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

Tom Herman is the “new guy” around here, so consequently, he needs a translator. Since I’ve been occupying this particular space for more than 12 years now, I’m uniquely qualified for the role, and am thus hiring myself. You’re welcome.

Blackwell: Enjoy NCAA vs. Ole Miss

Texas flag. (Will Gallagher/IT)

The video is about 21 minutes long, and probably best viewed in fast forward, without audio. Three very serious men in dark blazers, sitting behind a clean blue table, are reading apologies, looking for all the world like they wish they could strip off their blazers and head to The Grove for a julep.