Author Archives: Paul Wadlington

Coaching Turnarounds at Texas: Darrell Royal

Darrell K. Royal. (Photo by Art Shay /Sports Illustrated/Getty Images)

This is a series on coaching turnarounds (or attempted turnarounds ) at Texas, starting with the Royal era. I think there are some learning points to be gleaned and, at the risk of doing the reveal too early, I think they portend favorably for Herman.
All Texas coaching hires – like presidential elections – are a lesson in oversteering. The tendency to hire what the previous guy was not is predictable. The things we focus on also tend to be shallow and useless.

Do You Like Mixy Matchy Linebackers?

Anthony Wheeler. (Will Gallagher/IT)

If you were a college running back and saw the Texas linebackers getting off of the game day bus, a little shudder of fear would run down your spine. Mostly because it’s July 13th and why is there a bus of Texas linebackers in front of my dorm room at Maryland?

The Elusive Potential of Naashon Hughes

Naashon Hughes in South Bend. (Will Gallagher/IT)

The players Tom Herman is sending to Big 12 Media Days shouldn’t surprise anyone. Well, three of them, anyway.

PJ Locke is the leader of the secondary and will emerge as a 2017 breakout talent, Michael Dickson is the best punter in college football and Connor Williams is a NFL 1st round draft pick.

Pretty straightforward.

Then there’s Naashon Hughes…