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Bevo’s Daily Roundup: Op-ed: Tom Herman’s firing, multi-million dollar payout ‘bad national publicity’ for Texas during pandemic

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Plus: Joseph Ossai named consensus All-American

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A new opinion piece in the Austin American-Statesman pulls no punches at the Texas Longhorns, after the university opted to pay out roughly $20 million to recently fired head coach Tom Herman and his coaching staff. Notably, this was during a pandemic.

From the Statesman: “Educational and human values aside, the consequences of this firing and hiring are bad national publicity. Even Sports Illustrated sees the callous irony that UT athletics, after laying off 35 people, not filling another 35 positions and having almost 300 employees take a temporary pay cut, effectively is throwing away over $20 million. Money is critically needed elsewhere at UT Austin for academics and outreach initiatives. One response, of course, will be that the money for coaches comes from private donors. No matter. It is the moral responsibility of the president of our highly ranked public research university to convince donors to give their money to vital university activities rather than to a euphemistically defined extracurricular that can cause traumatic brain Injury to players and distorts our educational values from seventh grade through college.”

WHAT THE WISE MEN ARE SAYING ABOUT THE LONGHORNS

Dallas Morning News: 3 Texas basketball players who are exceeding expectations: Jones, Coleman lead culture shift for Longhorns

Dallas Morning News: Steve Sarkisian checks some boxes, but what he lacks could mean more of the same for Texas

Dallas Morning News: Matt Coleman discusses No. 4 Texas’ hot start, ‘playing to win a championship’ going into West Virginia

Dallas Morning News: Texas running back Bijan Robinson selected to AP All-Bowl team

247Sports: Horns247 Staff: Steve Sarkisian’s early priorities at Texas

247Sports: First Impression: Sources sound off on Bo Davis

247Sports: Pollack says Sarkisian should hire ‘butt kickers’ on staff

Inside Texas: Sarkisian’s hire marks a shift from decades of thinking

Inside Texas: Sarkisian looks to fill out staff, a position by position breakdown

Inside Texas: Wishing for Sarkcess

ICYMI IN BURNT ORANGE NATION

Texas WR Joshua Moore announces return for 2021 season

Texas assistant coach news and updates: DL coach Bo Davis expected to join staff as Corey Raymond emerges as CB target

RECRUITING ROUNDUP

Burnt Orange Nation: 2022 4-star CB Jaeden Gould reveals top schools

Austin American-Statesman: The Dotted Line: How Texas’ 2020 class is panning out

247Sports: Two-sport star Anthony Black set to choose future sport

247Sports: The State of Recruiting: The Sarkisian special

247Sports: Alabama board has several crossover targets for Longhorns in ‘22

Inside Texas: Steve Sarkisian can recruit, too

BIG 12 BREAKDOWN

Austin American-Statesman: 21 for 2021: What does the Big 123 look like next year?

Our Daily Bears: The Jonathan Tchamwa Tchatchoua Profile: The path and play of Baylor’s breakout big man

Viva the Matadors: Nimari Burnett leaving the Texas Tech basketball program

Frogs O’ War: TCU football’s Trevon Moehrig is the 2020 Paycom Jim Thorpe Award winner!

Crimson and Cream Machine: Oklahoma Sooners Football: RB Rhamondre Stevenson has declared for the NFL Draft

Cowboys Ride For Free: Phillip’s five Oklahoma State predictions for 2021

The Smoking Musket: Derek Culver named to Wooden Midseason Top 25 watch list

Wide Right & Natty Lite: Breece Hall named unanimous First-Team All American

Bring On The Cats: More bad news for Monty

Rock Chalk Talk: Oklahoma preview

WHAT WE’RE READING

Banner Society: The legend of JFBOOFD

SB Nation: If DeShaun Watson gets traded, these are the teams who need him the most

SB Nation: Dorktown: Stephen Curry really hit 105 threes in a row

NEWS ACROSS THE LONGHORN REPUBLIC AND BEYOND

  • Texas linebacker Joseph Ossai, who’s heading to the NFL, is now a consensus All-American.
  • The NCAA might delay federal legislation on name, image and likeness for college players, the Associated Press reports. From the AP: “Though the NCAA’s Board of Governors created a mandate on Oct. 29, 2019 to put new name, image and likeness rules in place ‘no later than January 2021,’ there are three primary reasons why the NCAA might now punt on the issue until later this year according to nine people with knowledge of the discussions. Six of those people spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to do so publicly.” For more on those six seasons, click the AP link above, or the link below.