Tom Herman could not name a single Power Five program that, since the dawn of scholarship limits, has gone through an entire season with just two QBs. But all he had to do was glance at his roster, following Matthew Merrick’s decision Monday to give up football, to concede Texas is so thin behind center that the courtship of former LSU QB Brandon Harris is in play.
As TCU began to distance itself from Texas midway through the third quarter Friday, an LSU beat writer posted that Houston’s Tom Herman will meet with UT officials this weekend. Now, that’s all that matters.
More than 50 Texas players gathered Monday in an emotional show of support for Charlie Strong at his weekly press conference. Here’s the coldest thing I’ve written in this space: if they had shown up more on the field the past three seasons, the head coach wouldn’t be facing a firing squad.
AUSTIN -- Five losses isn’t good enough at The University of Texas. Charlie Strong said so two years ago. But five losses has generally become the ‘new normal’ for Longhorn football each season this decade, and that’s why the buzz surrounding Strong’s future centers on whether the program has shown ample progress in his third year. Problem is, ‘progress’ is like ‘beauty’: it’s in the eyes of the beholder. Depends on who you ask.
Now, the moment we’ve all been waiting for: Texas hits the road to face the nation’s top passing offense. But has Charlie Strong’s porous defense found a recipe for Red Zone success? And why, oh why, was D’Onta Foreman used as a decoy in critical, short-yardage situations against Baylor?
Charlie Strong was peppered with more questions about job security during Monday’s press availability than he was Saturday’s opponent. That says something, considering No. 6 Baylor is the highest ranked foe to visit Austin during Strong’s tenure.
AUSTIN -- Texas coach Charlie Strong significantly simplified the defense during the second week of his dual role as head coach-and-coordinator, he said Monday. Strong also addressed chronic miscommunication issues last Saturday by fitting defensive players, for the first time, with wrist bands listing the defensive sets.
It was a sunny, 77-degree Monday morning in “the cesspool of…Austin, Texas” when Charlie Strong diplomatically sidestepped ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit’s critique of the football culture on the 40 Acres.