As the Texas Longhorns men’s basketball team continues to bellyflop, and as the Texas women’s basketball team deals with its own set of early hiccups, the talk of the town is centered on the 2020 football season after quarterback Sam Ehlinger and offensive lineman Sam Cosmi announced their intention to return to the Forty Acres for their senior seasons.
It’s notable, given how both are already draft-able prospects after their junior seasons.
It’s also well-deserved among Texas fans. After all, there remains unfinished business.
WHAT THE WISE MEN ARE SAYING ABOUT THE LONGHORNS
247Sports: Sources: Defensive assistants set to interview with Chris Ash
Hookem.com: Texas’ Sam Ehlinger, Sam Cosmi announce their return, giving Mike Yurcich fine starting point
Longhorns Wire: Ranking Texas’ 2020 games in level of importance
NEWS FROM ELSEWHERE IN LONGHORN LAND AND THE BIG 12
- The Baylor Bears had their guy, and then, it seems, they lost their guy. Head football coach Matt Rhule has signed a seven-year, $60 million contract with the NFL’s Carolina Panthers, league sources told ESPN. With incentives, the deal could be worth up to $70 million –compared to the $4.1 million Rhule made at Baylor in 2019, that’s a lot. The move was announced today. The Panthers, equipped with an all-star in running back Christian McCaffrey, finished 5-11 this season. However, as any Texas fan is likely fully aware, Rhule has a history of turning programs around for the better. Two years ago, when he took over for the Bears, he finished his inaugural season as the program’s head coach at a paltry 1-11. In 2019, Baylor finished with an 11-3 record overall, which was capped off with an appearance in the Big 12 Conference championship game, in which they lost to the Oklahoma Sooners, and then the Sugar Bowl, in which they lost to the Georgia Bulldogs.
From @gmfb: The #Panthers swooped in and hired #Baylor coach Matt Rhule in a stealth move. One big draw was #Panthers owner David Tepper being willing to put money into the sports science program that Rhule wants. Resources won’t be a problem. pic.twitter.com/CIB52vDldE— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 7, 2020
- So, with Baylor’s head coaching change being the news of the day across the Big 12, who’s next up for the Bears? From our SBNation neighbors Our Daily Bears: “The odds-on favorite for the position at this point has to be Joey McGuire, the former head coach at Cedar Hill that joined Rhule’s staff when he got here in 2016 and is wildly popular in Texas HS coaching circles. McGuire is officially titled the Associate Head Coach and is also apparently responsible for defensive ends. I highlight that first title because it’s relatively new—he was promoted for this season, in fact—and it could be a sign of what some, including myself, have suspected—that McGuire was the heir-apparent and being groomed for the top job. That is speculation on my part, but it seems to have some truth behind it. He’s also extremely popular with the current players, some of whom have taken to Twitter to push for him to get the job. The problem we have is that I don’t think anybody anticipated that the opportunity for him to make the leap would come this early, after just three years coaching college football in any role. Thus you have to decide whether you value the consistency he could bring and the potential that he appears to have over getting someone more established into the role from outside the program. In promoting from within, you could get [Clemson Tigers head coach] Dabo Swinney or you could get [former Ole Miss Rebels head coach] Matt Luke.”
Baylor is already prepared for a search and has the $ to take a big swing, but promoting Joey McGuire to HC is a real possibility. Bears players I've spoken with absolutely love him.— Max Olson (@max_olson) January 7, 2020
- After entering Big 12 Conference play with a loss to the TCU Horned Frogs, Texas women’s basketball (9-5) bounced back last night against the Iowa State Cyclones, winning 81-75. “I thought this was a really big character test for our team, just from the disappointment of losing at home. Not who we lost to or anything like that, just that you try to protect your home court,” women’s basketball head coach Karen Aston said during the postgame press conference. “This is a tough place to win. I told our team any time you get a road win, it’s a huge thing. And obviously in Ames it’s really big.”
- Last night, Aston also notched her 275th career win as a head coach.
- Will Lincoln Riley return to the Oklahoma Sooners after all? It certainly looks that way from this vantage point. With the Dallas Cowboys’ hiring of former Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy to replace the altogether mediocre Jason Garrett, Norman, Oklahoma – as well as Sooners Twitter – collectively breathed a sigh of relief. At least for now.
Alright, Alright, Alright!!!! I’m a big fan of this hire for the #Cowboys!! I’ve thought for weeks McCarthy would be the best candidate for the job.— Dusty Dvoracek (@DustyDvoracek) January 6, 2020
And now #Sooners fans can rest easy!! As we have discussed for a longtime now, Lincoln isn’t going anywhere. https://t.co/wUvpwynMPJ
Did the possibility of a future partnership with @Eddie_Rado and a desire for a skybridge on Campus Corner keep @LincolnRiley in Norman? I'm not here to say either way but it's something the fake news media WILL NEVER investigate.— Eddie Radosevich (@Eddie_Rado) January 6, 2020