January 2, 2019 was Ryan Day’s first official day as head coach of the Ohio State Buckeyes. The first move he made as head coach was to elevate former Buckeye Brian Hartline to permanent wide receivers coach. The second move was to hire Mike Yurcich from Oklahoma State.
Texas’ defensive backs warmed up before the season-opener with Louisiana Tech wearing shirts reading “There’s only one DBU” in large, burnt orange letters. One week later, LSU and eventual Heisman winner Joe Burrow marched down the field over and over versus those same defensive backs. Iowa State, Kansas, Oklahoma, TCU, and West Virginia followed in the Tigers’ footsteps as UT’s 8-5 season dragged on.
Prior to Texas’ 72-62 loss to Oklahoma on Wednesday, Texas head coach Shaka Smart spent 20 minutes Monday speaking with local media. Throughout his entire tenure, Smart has given thoughtful answers to the questions of the media that continuously circle back to his core beliefs as a coach. The problem throughout his entire tenure has been that his team struggles to employ those core beliefs on the floor.
Several key steps remain for Texas before it can call itself a national contender. Before thoughts of making the College Football Playoff are entertained, Tom Herman’s program must first win the Big 12. Before that can take place, simply beating scrappy teams on the cusp of bowl eligibility must consistently happen.