Texas Longhorns football head coach Tom Herman’s personnel is in place for 2020.
According to Texas athletic director Chris Del Conte, it’ll be his one chance to make it work.
“He knows that you get a chance to do that one time,” Del Conte told 247Sports in the The Flagship Podcast, referring to the staff retool. “Tom goes, ‘Look, we have a chance. We have really good players and I wanted to have someone calling the offense and defense.”
Del Conte later continued: “With what he did, I’m really proud of him because he took a step back, looked within, looked at what he needed to do to change and what he wanted to do with his staff and made the changes. ... Tom made some really difficult choices in letting go a lot of people that were dear friends of his and were with him for a long time.”
Indeed. Now to see if it makes a difference over the Longhorns’ 8-5 finish in 2019.
WHAT THE WISE MEN ARE SAYING ABOUT THE LONGHORNS
Austin American-Statesman: Bohls: Texas’ new offensive boss Yurcich is well-traveled and very well-regarded
Austin American-Statesman: The Dotted Line: Texas needs a strong linebacker class for a successful 2021 cycle
Austin American-Statesman: Texas coach Tom Herman’s 4-3 decision strengthened by Malcolm Roach’s honesty
247Sports: Chip’s Mailbag: What the future holds for Shaka Smart, Texas
247Sports: What David Pierce said after a Texas series sweep of Rice
247Sports: What Shaka Smart said after a Texas road loss to Iowa State
247Sports: The Breakdown: A closer look at Texas QB recruiting
Sports Illustrated: Texas basketball: Longhorns’ lack of energy was apparent in road loss
Sports Illustrated: Andre Coleman wants to bring more versatility to the Texas receivers
Dallas Morning News: Texas hired OC Mike Yurcich to take over play-calling duties from Tom Herman, but whose offense will he run?
USA Today: Mock Draft Roundup: Trio of Longhorns predicted on day three
USA Today: Longhorns Wire Roundtable: Top five returners on offense in 2020
NEWS FROM ELSEWHERE IN LONGHORN LAND AND THE BIG 12
- Texas football is ranked No. 7 on ESPN’s preseason Football Power Index. From ESPN: “Following a full coaching staff makeover, this is make or break time for Tom Herman, who enters his fourth season knowing all eyes will be glued to Austin to see if the Longhorns are Big 12 title material and then some. Chris Ash inherits a defense that largely underachieved last season for various reasons and will continue the development of Joseph Ossai and Caden Sterns, two leaders on that side. The most important player for Texas is quarterback Sam Ehlinger. This team’s championship hopes ride on his shoulders. If he can stay healthy, new OC Mike Yurcich believes the sky is the limit for this offense.”
ESPN preseason FPI top 10:— Cole Cubelic (@colecubelic) February 17, 2020
2) Ohio State
5) Penn State
8) Texas A&M
9) Notre Dame
- Texas women’s basketball dropped their second consecutive matchup 82-67 to the Kansas Jayhawks on Saturday – both of which they were projected to win – ending the Longhorns’ 15-game winning streak over the Jayhawks dating back to 2013. The Longhorns will look to bounce back at 7:30 p.m. Central tonight at the Frank Erwin Center against the West Virginia Mountaineers. Catch the game on FS1 or online via your streaming device.
IT'S GAMEDAY!— Texas Women's Basketball (@TexasWBB) February 17, 2020
7:30 p.m. CT
- There was nothing to write home about as it relates to Texas men’s basketball’s 81-52 loss to the Iowa State Cyclones on Saturday. It was the team’s fourth consecutive loss.
- Texas baseball opened their 2020 season by sweeping the Rice Owls over the weekend, all the while proving themselves on the mound. They’re now making their way back to Austin, where the Longhorns will take on the UTEP Miners in the first contest of a five-game week.
- Texas softball stayed undefeated over the weekend at the Puerto Vallarta College Challenge in Mexico. Their successful weekend ran down like this: On Thursday, they beat the California Baptist Lancers 4-0, before following up on Friday with wins over the Utah Utes (3-2) and the No. 12 Tennessee Volunteers (11-0). They then capped off that performance on Saturday with an exhibition game against the Mexican National Team (they lost 5-4 in eight innings but it didn’t count) and a win over the Ole Miss Rebels (4-1). The team’s performance over the weekend was also enough to boost them to No. 3 overall in D1Softball top 25.
- No. 4 Texas men’s tennis fell to the No. 13 Michigan Wolverines in the quarterfinals of the ITA National Indoor Championships in Madison, Wisconsin, on Saturday. The Longhorns managed to win their doubles point but only forged one win in their singles matches. With the loss, Texas then beat the No. 8 Stanford Cardinal team in Sunday’s consolation round.