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
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
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.
Joseph Ossai: 2020 Consensus First-Team All-American pic.twitter.com/TGSvaIBvIg— Texas Football (@TexasFootball) January 8, 2021
- Recently fired Texas offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich just accepted the same role for the Penn State Nittany Lions, according to the Dallas Morning News and other outlets.
Penn State hires Texas OC Mike Yurcich as Nittany Lions’ offensive coordinator & QB coach— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) January 8, 2021
- 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.