TCU Pre Game

Thanksgiving Leftovers

So there I was, minding my own business, in the bosom of my family, watching LSU spank the Aggies when my blissful escape was marred by ESPN’s news crawl reporting on LSU’s imminent hire of Tom Herman and its possible effect on Texas’ hiring or not hiring a new coach. The report stated, or speculated, that if Tom Herman wasn’t available, Texas President Greg Fenves would prefer to stick with Charlie Strong. So, according to this report, Fenves thinks that Tom Herman is the only suitable option for replacing Strong. Wow. Could Fenves and whoever is advising him be so feckless as to believe that if Tom Herman isn’t available that their only other option is to retain Charlie Strong? If the report is accurate than we Longhorn faithful are in a peck of trouble because the institution that is kind of important to us is being led by some true incompetents. Let’s hope the report is not 100% accurate.

The Herman – LSU – Fenves situation isn’t the only silliness being reported by various media. There is also a report out there that if Strong rallies his loyalists in the locker room to a convincing win over TCU, then Fenves, the UT Athletic Director Perrin, Fenves, and Chancellor Bill McRaven, will have the fig leaf they need to justify retaining Strong.  In this morning’s Statesman, Kirk Bohls opined on this report. 

        It’s almost inconceivable that those three men in power could be basing their decision about Strong’s body of work on one game – and a game against a below-average TCU team, at that.       

What he said.

Never Again

Who knew that after Texas’ fifth loss of the 2014 season when Charlie Strong said Texas would never lose five games again that he meant they would lose at least six, maybe seven?

Strong Values

Fifty or so Texas players attended Strong’s regularly scheduled Monday press conference this week in a show of support for their embattled coach. Why didn’t they show up about 48 hours prior in Lawerence, Kansas?  Some of the players, on Monday, discussed boycotting the TCU game in another show of support for Strong. Hmmm, is this an example of the values Strong is instilling in these young men?

Interesting Equation

For the sake of discussion, let’s say Texas beats TCU and loses whatever bowl game they go to. That would give Charlie Strong 17 wins in three years. He’s being paid $5.2 million a year. For three years, that breaks down to $917, 647 per win.

More Bohls

Strong is truly a wonderful man who we all like and admire. He’s a very good coach – but it’s not working. Texas isn’t paying him to be a guidance counselor or a father figure. Those traits are terrific, but that and winning shouldn’t be mutually exclusive.



Texas is favored to beat TCU by three points mostly based on the game being played in Austin. I get it. But it’s easier for me to feature TCU coach Gary Patterson coaching the pants off Charlie Strong and leading his team to a 34-24 win.

Hook ‘Em,


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  43. I go back 3 years ago when I was adamant that we not be so high and mighty and full of ourselves as entitled UT fans. Mack Brown obviously made some terrible recruiting decisions, especially at the QB position, but did we just have to get rid of him? It was a LONG time between 1970 and 2005. Mack Browns don’t come around very often and I don’t see one out there on the coaching landscape right now. We deserve everything that has happened to us.

  44. Happy Thanksgiving to WE and his merry bloggers.

  45. W.E., it’s been a good time to be in exile – 6 1/2 years and counting, coinciding with a lot of bad Horn football. I don’t have a billygoat but maybe I mistakenly hit the pause button when I got off the couch to head to the Middle East and ‘Nam. Sorry ’bout that. I hope you enjoyed your turkey and let’s hope the game doesn’t serve up a second helping.

    I was hoping for better times when we “got Smart”.
    Not a great week for our roundballers either. What’s the outlook for the swim team?

    • Don’t know about the swim team but there’s still hope for Shaka’s crew.

      We’ve missed you all through the years you expat you

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