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Texas Tech Over/Under Results

Old Veteran (or old vetran as the guys from Beaumont would say) Rick Mosher outclassed the field this week and is the winner with seven correct answers. It’s always heartwarming when an old vetran comes through with a victory.

David Frink finished second with five correct.

The averages score was a paltry 4.4.

I just read on Espn that Todd Orlando has been fired.  Inside Texas reports that passing game coordinator Drew Mehringer has also been fired and offensive coordinator Tim Beck is being reassigned.

According to the Willie Earl theory to be unveiled later this week, these staff changes portend the end of Tom Herman’s tenure at Texas.

Hook ‘Em,

W.E.

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Texas Tech

It’s hard for me to work up much interest or emotion for this game but Herman desperately needs to win this one and a bowl game to pull this season out of the jaws of total disaster.

Over/Under

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The One Year Before You’re Fired

You know the head coach has one, maybe two years left before he’s fired when he makes wholesale changes to his coaching staff.

I’ll have more in depth on this theme after the Texas Tech game.

Hook ‘Em,

W.E.

Baylor Over/Under Results

Michael W. Frank, aka MWF, turned in a solid performance last weekend winning the Baylor Over/Under with seven correct answers and staying to the bitter end of the Cowboys’ bitter loss in bitterly cold and wet conditions at Gillette Stadium Sunday evening.  Well done MWF.

Mark Adams, D.R. Flower, Andy Garrod, Clayton Frink, and Mitchell Frink tied for second with six correct.

The average score was 5.2

W.E.

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Resumes

Tom Herman’s recent struggles got me thinking about what kind of experience is needed to be a successful coach at a high-profile, power five football program with a rich tradition and a demanding fan base. 

Herman’s resume was similar to Charlie Strong’s.  They both came to Texas after successful stints at mid-major programs.  Strong was the head coach at Louisville for four years. Herman came to Texas with only two years’ experience at Houston.

This week Herman comes up against Matt Rhule who was the head coach at Temple for four years before arriving at Baylor three years ago, at the same time that Herman arrived in Austin. Right now at 16-7, Rhule has a slightly better record for 2018 and 2019 than Herman’s 16-8.

Mack Brown’s first head coaching experience came at Tulane for three seasons before he went to North Carolina for 10 seasons.  Hmmn . . . Texas’ last successful coach had 13 years’ head coaching experience—three at a mid-major and 10 at a power five program—before taking center stage at Texas.

Food for thought if Herman ultimately fails in Austin.


Hook “Em,

W.E.

Willie Earl’s Texas-Baylor Game Model

This week Texas came out on the short end of a 39-31 score according to the unbiased model.

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This Heartbreaker is on Herman

I rarely feel sorry for Texas players after a loss. This is one of those rare occasions. From midway through the third quarter until Texas’ last possession that started with 4:01 left in the game, this Longhorn team played with a grit I didn’t know they had. The sputtering offense scored touchdowns on consecutive drives of 10 plays for 80 yards and 15 plays of 89 yards between the end of the third quarter and 5:37 left in the fourth to take the lead. From Iowa State’s second possession of the second half, the defense held Iowa State to a field goal, three punts, and a turnover on downs to keep Texas in the game.  In my opinion, the players did what they needed to do to win. That disastrous offside penalty on Iowa State’s field goal should have never happened because Iowa State should not have been in position for the winning kick.

If only Tom Herman had put the ball in Sam Ehlinger’s hands when Texas had a chance to ice the win. I wrote on Friday that I feared an impending disaster because of the way Herman handled end of game situations.  For all of “Mensa Boy’s” intelligence and arrogance, he seems to have no instinctive feel for situational football. Especially end of game situations.  I’ve wondered for years in football and basketball what would happen if the players just played with no coaches. What if Ehlinger was calling the plays on Texas’ last possession?  I think Texas wins. It’s a shame when the coaches get in the way.

In a column I wrote 10 days ago, I questioned whether Herman and his staff sold out during the season and prioritized winning now over recruiting for the future.  After the Iowa State loss, there’s not much left to play for this season. So I’m changing my tune; Herman and his staff should prioritize recruiting right now so hopefully in the future he will have such an overwhelming talent advantage that his deficiencies as an in-game coach don’t matter.

Hook ‘Em,

W.E.

Over/Under Results

When the average score was 4.6, Reed Ramlow turned in a dominating performance with nine correct answers to win the Iowa State Over/Under.  David Frink also performed well above the average with seven correct answers to take sole possession of second place. 

Mike Frank and Mark Stephan tied for third with six correct answers.

W.E.

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