If the bowl game was a glimpse into next year -- and with almost everyone who played significant snaps returning it can be construed as such -- the win over Missouri could be telling, and I'm only partially referring to the outcome. Details behind Herman and UT Football before and after the Texas Bowl win in the Humidor.
Texas is going to sign a talented group of players on Wednesday but a full class it doesn't make. For this class to truly be a success (on paper) it will have to continue rounding out rough edges by adding on the lines, at linebacker, and by landing a supplementary explosive athlete or two. In my years of doing percentages this certainly won't rival some of the most optimistic efforts. Perhaps some chickens are about to come home to roost due to tardy overtures from the staff? We’ll see. Plus quotes after the OV weekend in Austin. All in the Scoop.
The West Virginia win was big in many regards. We've been mentioning how big the win was for team psyche and long-term buy-in, but it was also a good opportunity to raise some money for the school. A booster or two took it upon himself to get the hat passed around and a significant amount of money was pledged in a short period of time. Even at the season's lowest points we mentioned Herman was under no heat from the school or boosters but that doesn't mean key players were in a hurry to part with money. The WVU win was a nice little windfall for your struggling little athletic department.
We dive into Texas Longhorns Football from the full scope. New 2018 and 2019 recruiting as the HS playoffs begin. The Longhorns look to finish up an already stellar class in 2018 while growing and building relationships with the 2019 group. The Scoop is looking forward to bowl practices.
By now you've heard Cade Brewer is out for the remainder of the season. That's bad enough, but that bad news is compounded by him missing the spring as well. Perhaps Andrew Beck will be back but for a team still working on offensive identity going into next year this isn't good news. Last night we heard Brewer was on crutches....
This specific Texas team knows it owes TCU for the recent pasteings. This sounds like a pretty vengeful bunch, at least on defense. I don't know that Texas will win, but I feel confident TCU will know it's been in a fight. Recruiting tempered some over the course of the week. The OU momentum faded a bit, at least as it concerns Texas. Keondre Coubrn canceled his trip to Alabama, and some big official visits have been set up.
Lots to get to this week as the Longhorns tidy up preparations ahead of the short trip to Waco. We'll cover the team from top to bottom -- current players and red-shirts -- and then finish up with some recruiting notes from our Eric Nahlin and Justin Wells.