I’d like to discuss this crucial topic. Specifically, which numbers properly define position, the ones players should wear if you hope to win any games and what a number choice says about that player’s character.
Licking your wounds at over 5 million per for the next two years (the number is $11,158,333 to be exact) is an enviable position, but assuming Charlie has little interest in painting landscapes or taking up birdwatching, there are a few interesting opportunities out there for him to explore. The biggest issue is what he finds personally palatable and adjusting his own self-image to that of the national consensus.
You probably gathered that if you watched the body language in the press conference and the deference showed to Fenves when asked the larger Who, What, Why questions. Fenves has minimal knowledge of football, but he’s a very bright guy with a good understanding of leadership and organizational management. He also consulted a number of advisors – former players, coaches, successful alumni who have been a big part of the football program – to help him understand the landscape so that he could create a proper framework for his decision.
A few thoughts on the Herman hire, the media backdrop and what it means for Texas going forward.
The Nahlin the coffin.
“We Can Do It For Coach emotion and Win It For Charlie Guys Because The Internet Says He Could Come Back” met the reality of a season long of bad coaching. These players aren’t even aware that they haven’t been maximized and are probably legitimately puzzled that a poor TCU team crushed them in the second half by virtue of nothing more than simple competence.
I wanted to relay some information in light of the misinformation and speculation floating around. Rumor peddling is fun intrigue, but there can be a cost to constant misinformation. Not always to the peddlers. But sometimes to the program.
The decision was made on the field in Lawrence, Kansas.
The Longhorns travel to Lawrence to play the 1-9 Kansas Jayhawks. The hard luck Jayhawks are a truly bad football program, but they do have a few interesting players and characteristics worth discussing to make your Saturday game watch a bit more enriching.
In postmortems, I usually focus on dissecting each side of the ball, look at individual and unit performances and try to tease together some common threads for the season. I’m not sure there’s much value to be gained in a deep dive here, since my initial Postgame Quick Reaction published shortly after the game was only confirmed by the re-watch.
The Longhorns lost a heartbreaker at home to the Mountaineers despite forcing four turnovers, driving up and down the field between the 20s for four quarters and out gaining West Virginia 536-383. But the scoreboard determines Ws and Ls, not the box score.
The 7-1 West Virginia Mountaineers comes to Austin ranked 10th in the nation, the Big 12’s surprise dark horse. They’re the anti-Texas – a team of media-starved veterans exceeding expectation. The only thing they seem to have in common with the Longhorns is their willingness to balance their spread attack with the running game and a base 3-3-5 defense.
Unlike us, they installed their defense in August.