When Texas Longhorns football head coach Tom Herman finished the 2019 season with an abysmal 8-5 record and No. 25 Associated Press ranking, he knew something had to give.
Big changes came soon after – both coordinators were let go and eventually replaced.
The situation is similar to that experienced by Notre Dame Fighting Irish head coach Brian Kelly, who’s 2016 team finished 4-8 only to improve to 10-3 and No. 11 in the AP Poll in 2017.
It’s the same sort of turnaround Herman’s hoping to see. So he’s sitting down with Kelly later today to pick the coach’s brain, Orangebloods reports. Let’s hope it’s beneficial.
Texas football coach Tom Herman will spend Thursday in South Bend learning how to succeed after a coaching overhaul from Notre Dame's Brian Kelly, according to my sources. After a 4-8 season in 2016, Kelly's new staff finished 10-3 in 2017, 12-1 in 2018, and 11-2 in 2019 pic.twitter.com/8HLCoZKq85— Anwar Richardson (@AnwarRichardson) February 27, 2020
WHAT THE WISE MEN ARE SAYING ABOUT THE LONGHORNS
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Sports Illustrated: New DC Chris Ash part of the new guard in football tackling
247Sports: Eyes of Texas: A resolution to Joshua Moore’s legal situation
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NEWS FROM ELSEWHERE IN LONGHORN LAND AND THE BIG 12
- Texas women’s basketball put together a good one against the TCU Horned Frogs last winning, winning by a final score of 77-67. Per usual, forward Charli Collier and guard Celeste Taylor stuck to their dominating ways, putting up 16 points, one assist and 16 rebounds and 22 points, two assists and 10 rebounds, respectively. The Longhorns next test will come in the form of the Oklahoma Sooners on Saturday at the Frank Erwin Center.
- Texas football has its first five-star recruit out of the 2021 class: athlete Ja’Tavion Sanders, who was recently promoted to five-stars under 247Sports Composite ranking. He’s currently the No. 1 athlete in the nation and the No. 21 overall prospect. From USA Today: “The 6-3.5, 220 pound playmaker played both ways at Denton Ryan and earned first-team all-District 4-5A D-1 at defensive end. He also excelled at wide receiver, compiling 47 receptions for 763 yards and 7 touchdowns. Sanders committed to the Longhorns last September, is one of the top commitments under Herman amidst his four-year tenure with the program.”
- How is it possible that Fox Sports radio host Colin Cowherd even has a job? See what we mean in the clip below, in which Cowherd says former Texas quarterback Vince Young reminded him of former Florida Gators quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow, despite how Tebow was still playing at the high school level when at the Forty Acres.
Colin Cowherd tells us that he did not like Vince Young coming out of Texas, because Young's throwing motion reminded him of Tim Tebow. One small problem: Tim Tebow was still in high school when Young was drafted.— Funhouse (@BackAftaThis) February 25, 2020
Do you need more convincing that this guy is a fraud? pic.twitter.com/C2cMyBUMPW
- As if we needed any sort of confirmation, Texas ex receiver Collin Johnson is still a beast. Check out his bench press at the NFL Combine, in which he managed to throw up 17 reps.
Former Longhorn, Collin Johnson, with a good showing on the bench press, today, at the NFL Combine. pic.twitter.com/kwFGB7CJSK— Jeff Jones (@JeffJonesSports) February 26, 2020
- Three Texas men’s basketball players have earned spots among the 2020 Academic All-Big 12 team. Sophomore forward Kamaka Hepa, who has a 4.0 GPA, was named to the First Team. Junior guard Matt Coleman and redshirt freshman Brock Cunningham were named to the Second team. To qualify, student-athletes were required to have a 3.0 GPA or higher.
- Longhorns junior receiver Joshua Moore pleaded no test to a misdemeanor weapons charge stemming form an arrest in July 2019, reaching a deferred adjudication agreement that’ll allow Moore to avoid landing a conviction for the charge. As previously noted by Burnt Orange Nation, the Austin American-Statesman reports that Moore must complete 60 hours of community service, any recommended counseling conditions established by the probation department, and avoid any more legal trouble for one year to avoid conviction and seal the arrest. Moore will have to forfeit the gun and pay a small fine.