by Kyle Spishock
Bowl frenzy for FBS Texas teams
(A potato, or Mr. Hankey?)
Bowl season is only a few weeks away, and already media outlets are publishing their Bowl game predictions. Currently, four FBS Texas teams are eligible for postseason competition, and will be invited to one of the 41 Bowls. Here is the likelihood for each team:
With a loss against Kansas State, TCU will play in the Liberty Bowl against Georgia, South Carolina, or A&M; with a win, they will play A&M or another SEC opponent at the Texas Bowl in Houston. Additionally, A&M could also be included in the Taxslayer Bowl.
Houston compete in either the Military Bowl or Bahamas Bowl.
According to all predictions, Baylor is slated for the Cactus Bowl; first time postseason participant UTSA will head to the New Mexico Bowl.
(Are teams proud they win this thing?)
The fall of Charlie Strong
Finally, after Austin fans demanded his firing every week since a Week 3 loss against Cal, coach Charlie Strong has gotten the boot from UT. Moving forward, it appears that anything is an improvement over the worst win-loss percentage in school history by a coach — an individual responsible for the first consecutive three losing seasons since 1937.
Anyone who claims Mack Brown left the program in shambles is foolish; the 16 year head coach finished his career at 8-5 with three consecutive Bowl visits — 15 Bowl games in 16 seasons.
Strong doesn’t leave a legacy; he leaves a very precise handbook on what not to do as a fabled university football program. The faux pas began when athletic director Steve Patterson hired Strong without consoling Austin donors — a big no-no for the most profitable collegiate program in America. Patterson was fired after two years and took with him any rescue for Strong heading into his third season.
With the choice of anyone to employ, Strong inexplicably brought his coordinators with him from Louisville. Offensive coordinator Shawn Watson was sacked after a year; defensive coordinator Vance Bedford was demoted to DB coach this season when Strong opted to take over the reigns of the defense. Strong also recruited very young, opting to give his players precedence over Brown’s recruits, including starting true freshman center Zach Shackelford in front of true freshman quarterback Shane Buechele.
Herman comes into the situation with a PHD in Texas High School recruiting, previously serving as Texas grad assistant under Mack Brown. His overall numbers with Houston are superior to Strong. Despite not playing teams at the Big 12 caliber, he is clutch against ranked opponents, leading the Cougars to an impressive 6-0 record.
The defensive recruits are there for Austin moving forward (four hard commits in 2017), but the o-line recruitment needs to fill some gaps. It couldn’t get worse than Strong’s inability to turn the program into a winner; Herman will likely have the Midas touch, although a national championship is still a ways off.
(RIP to the best twitter ever)
Baylor losing recruits
With National Signing Day approaching, the Bears are down to one verbal commit for their 2017 class. On Sunday morning, three-star defensive back Noah Daniels announced his decommitment, leaving three-star athlete Jalen Pitre alone in an empty class. According to rivals.com Top 100 team recruiting rankings, 95 of 100 schools in the list have at least 10 verbal recruits, as of this writing.
Besides the foul moral corruption that permeates the Waco campus with Title IX negligence, Jim Grobe announced that he would no longer be coaching the team after this season.
SMU coach Chad Morris has been linked to the Baylor opening, and previously coached at five Texas high schools for 16 seasons, compiling a 169-38 record — a useful asset for a team that desperately needs local recruiting.
(Interview with a vampire)
Foreman leaving the Longhorns
D’Onta Foreman should be done with the burnt orange. After pledging loyalty to Charlie Strong, Foreman collapsed on the field after losing to TCU, and could only be consoled when the coach pulled him up.
(Like a man finding a lottery ticket, Foreman was overwhelmed by all that money he was about to make)
Coach Herman will make a pitch to the junior who lead college football in rushing yards (2,028) and yards per game (184.3). In a blast from the past, Mack Brown did the same with bringing back Ricky Williams in 1998.
Foreman is only the second Austin runner with 2,000 yards in history and put the offense on his back with an FBS-leading 323 carries. Ricky Williams and Earl Campbell both hoisted the Heisman trophy during their senior seasons. However, the playing lifespan of a running back is short considering the wear and tear of an oppressive defensive line. Foreman’s draft stock has never been higher, but is making a final Big 12 return worth risking millions for a shot at collegiate glory?
(Tom Herman speaks in fortune cookies. Austin media is gonna love this man.)