With the college football regular season coming to a close over the weekend, and as the Texas Longhorns prep for their coming bowl matchup, the wooing among coaching staffs, it seems, has begun. In particular, with former offensive coordinator Tim Beck’s reassignment, that fact has taken shape as head coach Tom Herman potentially sets his sights on the LSU Tigers’ passing game coordinator Joe Brady, a finalist for the Broyles Award, which honors the nation’s top assistant coach, to step into Beck’s role in the 2020 offseason and beyond.
But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. LSU head coach Ed Orgeron, once the second-choice for the LSU job, behind our beloved Herman, says there’s “a plan in place” to counter any type of big-money offers the Longhorns can round up, according to the Associated Press.
Money talks. So we’ll have to see if Brady walks to Austin next year – or not.
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NEWS FROM ELSEWHERE IN LONGHORN LAND
- The Longhorns women’s basketball team couldn’t pull it off at the Rainbow Wahine Showdown in Honolulu. In the first of three matches over as many days, Texas, who entered the tournament with a 3-2 record, fell to No. 12 North Carolina State on Friday. They countered that loss with a victory over North Texas on Saturday. And with their win-loss record split heading into day three, the Longhorns then fell to the home team, Hawaii.
- On Saturday, with a win over the Iowa State Cyclones, the Texas volleyball team hemmed up their share of the Big 12 Title, earning them an automatic bid in the NCAA tournament as well as a top four seed among the nation’s best. In other words, the volleyball team has locked down home matchups at least until the tournament’s Final Four.
- It’s been a rough few years for former Longhorns football coach – and now the former South Florida Bulls head coach – Charlie Strong. On Monday, the Bulls opted to part ways with Strong, who was replaced by Tom Herman in the aftermath of a 5-7 season in 2016. In his three years at South Florida, Strong finished with a wobbly 21-16 record overall. At Texas, where he was the university’s first African American head football coach, he finished 16-21.
South Florida has fired Charlie Strong after three years as Head Coach. pic.twitter.com/hx5q5MbYIt— FOX College Football (@CFBONFOX) December 1, 2019
- Texas men’s basketball coach Shaka Smart addressed the media Monday during his weekly press conference. On whether Smart’s concerned about overlooking the Tuesday night UAB game preceding the rivalry matchup against the Texas A&M Aggies Sunday afternoon: “I think the focus for any coach, just to use your word, is just that the guys are focused on what’s important now. Certainly coming off of our last game, if there’s not a passion for our guys to improve in a lot of areas immediately, then something would really be wrong with that. Our guys were really receptive yesterday in practice. Today, we’ll get at it again. There’s been certain things basketball-wise that we’ve emphasized. But I think first and foremost it starts with being the more aggressive team, which will be a challenge for us because UAB really – they play with physicality. They just came off playing against Kentucky, so there’s no fear coming in here and playing. They’ve played on the biggest stage.” ... On whether Texas has the three core starters to take the team to the next level early next year: “That’s what we’re working on every day, man. Am I confident? I think there’s multiple guys on our team that can be that. In order to be that, you have to get over yourself first. You have to get outside of whatever it is that’s going in your individual game, or your individual mind. We certainly have some guys who are very, very capable of it, but to this point, you know, we have some strides that we need to continue to make in that area.”