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Bevo’s Daily Roundup: Speculation continues for Longhorns football staff changes

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Plus the new Moody Center’s official groundbreaking

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A 7-5 regular season finish means there’s plenty of room for Monday morning quarterbacking from Texas Longhorns fans. It’ll continue all week, every week, until news breaks of where, exactly, Texas football will end up in its postseason bowl matchup.

What’s on Longhorns fans’ minds? The coaching carousel, of course.

Who will step into former defensive coordinator Todd Orlando’s role? Names like former Rutgers coach Chris Ash and Iowa State defensive coordinator Jon Heacock have recently been thrown around. As has mention of Utah defensive coordinator Morgan Scalley.

Following former offensive coordinator Tim Beck’s demotion, who does head coach Tom Herman hope will fill his shoes? Wishful thinking would point to LSU passing coordinator and Broyles Award finalist Joe Brady. USC offensive coordinator and former Texas Tech Red Raiders quarterback Graham Harrell’s name has also been thrown into the mix as of late.

This season has consisted of made-for-TV drama for the Horns. It’ll likely end that way, too.

NEWS FROM ELSEWHERE IN LONGHORN LAND

  • University of Texas officials came together Tuesday afternoon to celebrate breaking ground for the construction of the new Moody Center, Texas’ $338 million, donor-funded basketball arena that’s set to open in 2022 and will replace the Frank Erwin Center. Joining in the ceremony was Texas president Gregory Fenves, athletics director Chris Del Conte and minister of culture Matthew McConaughey, mens’ basketball coach Shaka Smart and women’s basketball coach Karen Aston, according to CBS Austin Sports.
  • Texas athletics director Chris Del Conte attempted to “clarify” his post-game remarks after the win over the Texas Tech Red Raiders last weekend, Hookem.com reports. “Please don’t let the big picture message get misconstrued – this year didn’t match our expectations and no one is satisfied with simply having winning seasons,” Del Conte wrote in an email to fans. “But considering where we had been for several years before Coach Herman took over, I’m seeing progress. That is just a part of the bigger picture ... We have a lot of work ahead, but with everything that is going on – the facilities we’re building, young talent, recruiting classes, some fresh new ideas combined with your passion and support – the future is definitely bright.”
  • Texas men’s basketball is off to a 7-1 start with their win over the UAB Blazers last night. Next stop: College Station, where they’ll will take on their rival Texas A&M Sunday afternoon.