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2/15/18: The Longhorns followed the Texas A&M Aggies lead in poaching a coach from LSU. While the Aggies were able to hire renowned defensive coordinator John Chavis for the same position, UT filled a vacancy in their defensive staff by hiring Brick Haley as their defensive line coach. Haley had the same position at LSU, but was moved into an 'administrative role' after LSU hired Ed Orgeron. The Longhorns enjoyed a very good recruiting season in Charlie Strong's first full go-around, and now Haley will be one of those responsible for turning high school talent into a national collegiate contender.
2/11/15: Hopefully, Texas will be back on the map very soon, in terms of being relevant in college football. The Longhorns signed the best recruiting class in the Big 12 and 12th best in the country, according to the recruiting evaluators at Rivals. They even edged out rival Oklahoma, who was ranked 14th. Recruiting is the life-blood of college football and Texas fans were not happy with the last several years of Mack Brown's recruiting classes, so this may help calm the masses. Keep an eye out for five star recruit Malik Jefferson, a linebacker from Mesquite, Texas that everybody wanted.
2/4/15: Texas wanted a good recruiter to replace Mack Brown when he 'retired', and it looks like they got one in Charlie Strong. This is Strong's first real recruiting class since last year was a transition year. And it looked good at the end of January. Strong had the 8ith ranked class in the nation and the best in the Big 12 according to Rivals. One of the big 'gets' was five-star linebacker Malik Jefferson, who signed a letter of intent back in December. But the work is not complete yet, even with 26 commitments. Strong has to get those commitment letters in today to validate his ranking.
1/28/15: One of the reasons that former head coach Mack Brown was forced out was his inability to land star recruits in the latter years of his reign. Charlie Strong will certainly deal with the same kind of pressure, and that may ratchet up this week. It was reported that Michigan was able to flip Longhorns recruit Zach Gentry - a four star pro-style QB from New Mexico. That may be a big loss for Texas, but they do have a three star QB recruit Matthew Merrick, as well as four star recruit Jerrod Heard from last year.
1/21/15: Texas has had some great quarterbacks in the past, but those days have been gone for some time now. The situation is depleted enough that J.T. Barrett's high school coach criticized the program for choosing Tyronne Swoopes over Barrett a few years ago. Add to that some injuries and transfers and the roster is pretty thin. But the Longhorns may be getting one back. Connor Brewer was granted a release from Arizona and may be headed to Texas. He was actually a four star member of the 2012 recruiting class at Texas before leaving. He has his degree, so he would not have to sit out a year, and may be able to help the Longhorns next season.
1/14/15: With this being head coach Charlie Strong's first real recruiting class - remember, he was hired about a year ago, so he did not have the season to recruit for Texas, it will be interesting to see how well he does. The Longhorns already have gotten some high-profile recruits from within the state, something that is certainly needed to catch back up to Texas A&M, Baylor and TCU. They will also need to replace some players, including their top defender, Malcom Brown, who is entering the NFL draft. He is among the better defensive linemen available and could be a first round pick.
1/7/15: The Big 12 had a rough start to the 2014 Bowl Season with West Virginia falling to Texas A&M and Clemson routing Oklahoma. Unfortunately, the Texas Longhorns continued that trend and were flattened 31-7 by Arkansas in the Texas Bowl. Texas simply could not put up any form of offense, save for a touchdown drive on a short field late in the second quarter. The Longhorns finished the season at 6-7, which seems like a step back in Charlie Strong's first season. However, Strong was playing primarily with Mack Brown's recruits and also removed nine players from the program this season. On the plus side, recruiting is going very well with Texas getting some of the top talent in the state so far.
12/3/14: The first regular season of the Charlie Strong Era is in the books and the Longhorns finished with a 6-6 overall record and 5-4 in Big 12 Play. Texas finished the regular season with a humbling 48-10 loss at home to fifth ranked TCU. But the game was closer than it looked. It was 27-10 midway through the fourth quarter before TCU put it away for good (while looking for style points from the Selection Committee). In any case, the Longhorns are at least eligible to go to a bowl game and that will be determined in the near future. It would be nice to get Texas A&M, but several reports indicate that the SEC will not let that happen.
11/19/14: It has taken a little while, but the Texas Longhorns are starting to shape into new team. The Longhorns became bowl eligible last Saturday when they trounced host Oklahoma State 28-7 in a game that was not even that close. UT took a 22-0 lead into the fourth quarter before surrendering a touchdown. QB Tyronne Swoopes had a great game with 305 yards passing, two TDs and no INTs. Texas improved to 6-5 overall and 5-3 in the Big 12, and has been playing much better lately than early in the season. The Longhorns have a bye this weekend before facing TCU.
11/12/14: Look at the Longhorns showing signs of life. Texas is trying to get bowl eligible for the season, which requires six victories. Most penciled in last Saturday's game against No. 23 West Virginia as a loss, but the Longhorns relied on a strong running game and a "bend, don't break" defense to pull off a 33-16 upset. Johnathan Greay rushed 10 times for 101 yards and three touchdowns while Malcolm Brown added 90 yards on the ground. Texas improved to 5-5 on the season and just one more win away from getting to a bowl game. They have a good chance this Saturday at Oklahoma State.
11/5/14: The first season in the Charlie Strong Era has been a struggle to transition into a more disciplined program. Still, the Longhorns are 3-3 in Big 12 play and have a chance to get into a bowl game. They took a nice step forward at Texas Tech last Saturday, winning 34-13. The Longhorns depended upon their ground game, racking up 241 rushing yards and three touchdowns. Malcom Brown had 116 yards and two scores on 22 carries to do most of the heavy lifting. That was a nice tune-up for this Saturday's showdown against a very good West Virginia squad in Austin.
10/29/14: There was some mild chatter leading up the Longhorns' visit to Manhattan that Texas may upset No. 11 Kansas State. Through the first quarter, and even into the second, it looked like Texas may be able to pull a surprise since they were keeping the game close. But time ran out while the Wildcats systematically kept putting points on the board. The Longhorns offense could never quite get going and finished with less than 200 yards combined rushing and receiving. The loss dropped Texas to 3-5 overall and 2-3 in conference play. Another good challenge this Saturday when Texas travels to Texas Tech.
10/22/14: The Longhorns are admittedly in a transition year, so there are going to be a lot of ups and downs. And while giving up 45 points to Iowa State is not ideal, the Longhorns did earn the win in an oddly compelling game. The Longhorns had the offense moving. QB Tyrone Swoopes threw for 321 yards and Swoopes, Malcom Brown and Johnathan Gray combined for 191 yards on the ground in the 48-45 victory. Texas (3-4, 2-2) hits the road for bit challenge this Saturday when they head north to face No. 11 ranked Kansas State.
10/15/14: The Longhorns may have played their best game in the season last week in the traditional Red River Rivalry game against Oklahoma at the Texas State Fair. Texas lost 31-26 to the 11th ranked Sooners, but showed a lot improvement and the will to fight back despite being down by two touchdowns in the first half. The Longhorns actually were better statistically, with more first downs, passing and rushing, but turnovers and special teams breakdowns were the downfall of the team. Texas is at home this weekend to host the Iowa State Cyclones and the chance to get to .500 in the Big 12.
10/8/14: Through six weeks of the college football season, the Texas Longhorns are 2-3 overall and 1-1 in the Big 12. The boosters and fans may be calling for head coach Charlie Strong's job, but in reality, this was kind of to be expected as he tries to turn the program around. The Longhorns fell 28-7 at home to No. 7 Baylor last Saturday, so that certainly will not quiet the unhappy boosters. The University issued a statement, however, saying they support Strong. They also may not want to buy out the remaining five years of his contract. But Strong can get redemption on Saturday if his Longhorns can upset Oklahoma in the Red River Rivalry game.
10/1/14: After only three games into his tenure as the Longhorns head coach, Charlie Strong was starting to earn the ire of Texas supporters. He had a 1-2 record and has dismissed nine players from the team for various violations. In other words, Strong-brand discipline had not yielded wins. But that was not the goal. The objective was to clean out the Texas program and reshape it over the next few years. Perhaps he will get a reprieve for a week after the Longhorns went to Lawrence, Kansas and shutout the Kansas Jayhawks 23-0. Texas has a long march back to the top, but should be heading in the right direction. They will get a good measure of where they really are on Saturday when they host Baylor.
9/24/14: A bit of a sad time for Texas Longhorns football. The team was blown out by BYU a few weeks ago but put up a good fight against UCLA after that. Both games were played without starting QB David Ash. Unfortunately, it looks like Ash has played his last game. He has reportedly retired from football due to multiple concussions. While this is bad news for the Longhorns, perhaps it is good news for Ash - and maybe he will be able to pursue a normal life without the threat of a traumatic head injury. Best of luck, David. Texas is back on the field this Saturday at Kansas State.
9/17/14: As far as losses go, UT's defeat to the hands of UCLA was a good one. UCLA entered the game ranked number 12 in the country and sporting one of the better college quarterbacks in Brett Hundley. Texas was coming off a drubbing to BYU. But the Longhorns put up a good fight - the type that should inspire faith and confidence in new head coach Charlie Strong. Texas actually had the lead late in the game, but UCLA's backup QB, Jerry Neuheisel rallied the Bruins back. Texas starts their Big 12 play this coming weekend with a tilt against Iowa State.
8/28/14: New Longhorns head coach Charlie Strong has sent a tremendously loud message to his new players - shape up or ship out. In fact, he himself has shipped out a number of players, with others leaving of their own accord. Over 20 players are no longer with the program since Strong took over in the spring. Add another to the list as redshirt freshman guard Rami Hammad has left the program. Hammad has a lot of promise and was a 4-star recruit a couple of years ago. At the time he was rated as the number 10 guard in the country. He likely would have been third or lower on the depth chart this season, so maybe he is looking for more playing time.
8/21/14: The Texas Longhorns are officially welcoming back one of their all time greats. Former quarterback Vince Young, who led the Longhorns to a stunning national championship in 2006 (in one of the best ever Rose Bowl games of all time - with a shocking come from behind win over powerhouse USC), has been hired to serve as a development officer for program alumni relations in the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement. Young will actually start his new position on September 1. But it is nice to see the university paying back a guy that gave them so much less than a decade ago.
8/14/14: Texas is getting a lot of attention this offseason, primarily from head coach Charlie Strong instituting a new brand of attitude and justice within the program. He has removed several players from the program for their off-field actions. While that may hurt the team in the short-run, it should certainly get his remaining players' attention and show them who is the boss. It also should help the program out in the long term as only quality players and people will want to be part of the Longhorns' program and tradition - and bring it back to the level it was just a few years ago.
8/7/14: The Longhorns brought in head coach Charlie Strong for a number of reasons, but one of the main ones was to get the program back under control. Strong has little patience for arrests or poor behavior, and has been very strong about his direction. He has removed several players from the roster for their actions, even though he has not yet coached a game. But the university is behind him and UT President Bill Powers blogged that he supports Strong's methods. That may not play well with boosters this season, but certainly sets the bar for the future of the Texas Longhorns.
7/31/14: What an offseason for the Texas Longhorns. It has been so eventful, that the hiring of Charlie Strong is second page news. Strong came to the program preaching discipline and is showing his metal by booting a whopping seven players from the program. The most recent was senior running back Joe Bergeron for a 'team rules violation'. Strong is sending a message to his players - follow the rules or you are gone. That heavy handed approach may be exactly what Texas needs to re-establish itself as the premier program in the state and be able to compete on a national basis.
7/24/14: No one will probably know the real truth, but a report surfaced last week insinuating that Texas (through boosters) had put together a $100 million package to lure Alabama head coach Nick Saban to Texas. Saban flatly said that he never spoke with Texas and was never offered the job. Fair enough. But it is not outside the realm of reasonability that a package was created for him. That may be for the best, in the end. The Longhorns hired Charley Strong to rebuild the program. And, at this stage of his career, Saban does not want to do any rebuilding.
7/17/14: Sorry Longhorns fans, you will have to stay dry at UT football games again this fall. The school had considered allowing beer and wine sales at Texas games this coming season, but ultimately decided against it for now. The school says they want to see more results from alcohol sales in other sports such as basketball and baseball before bringing it to football games. The driving force behind alcohol sales is cash, with hundreds of thousands, perhaps even millions of dollars to be made with beer and wine sales. But more than likely, beer sales to football fans.
7/10/14: It was rumored for a long time that USC QB Max Wittek would be leaving the Trojans for the University of Texas as a graduate transfer. Wittek is a talented QB but fell in the depth chart at USC and wants playing time. Over the past couple of months, Texas seemed to lose interest in Wittek, which was surprising because the Longhorns could use him for the 2014 season. It turns out that Wittek did not graduate this past spring, so he would not be a graduate transfer that could play immediately. He would have to sit out a year. So now Wittek appears headed to Hawaii of all places in hopes of reviving his football career.
7/3/14: The battle lines are being drawn right now between the five power conferences and the rest of NCAA football. The Power 5 (SEC, Big 10, Big 12, ACC, and Pac 12) want more autonomy and freedom in their programs while the NCAA is trying to keep a level playing field for the lesser conferences. New Texas Athletics Director, Steve Patterson, says that the non-power conferences want to revert rules back to '1950'. Patterson says that the Power 5 are trying to their best by their student athletes, but the smaller conferences are hindering that. This is a debate that will rage for sometime, or until the Power 5 establish their own division.
6/26/14: One of the big reasons why the Longhorns basically forced former head coach Mack Brown into retirement was recruiting. Brown, in his later years, could not get the big recruits in talent rich Texas to commit to the state's flagship program. Instead, schools like Texas A&M, Baylor and even Texas Tech passed the Longhorns by. New head coach Charlie Strong has not been able to reverse that trend yet, as three of the top eight players in the state are going to A&M. He may need a year or two to show recruits that he has turned the program around, and keep them out of A&M or Big 12 rivals' hands.
6/19/14: If it seems like Jerry Jones (owner of the Dallas Cowboys) is sucking up all the major sporting events in the North Texas area, well, he kind of is. He has gotten a Super Bowl, a Final Four, and some big college games in his relatively new stadium. But he is not getting the traditional UT-Oklahoma game, which has been renamed the Red River Rivalry. Thankfully, that game will remain at the old Cotton Bowl. The game will remain as part of the Texas State Fair and at the Cotton Bowl through at least the 2025 season. The Cotton Bowl may not be as fancy as AT&T Stadium, but at least the schools are preserving a great tradition.
6/12/14: Texas always seems to be looking for bragging rights, and they have a new one. Right now, the most expensive ticket in all of college football is one to see the Longhorns take on the UCLA Bruins in Arlington, Texas. The average price of a ticket to that game is a whopping $770. Converted into car form, that is almost the price of four new tires for an oversized pickup truck. The cheapest seats are at $144. Texas also places fourth on the list for the UT/Oklahoma game. Those prices are $591 for the average and the lowest price at $251.
6/6/14: It has been over five years, but Texas and the Longhorn faithful are not likely to forget the tie-breaker in the 2008 season that sent Oklahoma, and not Texas, to the Big 12 Championship Game, and ultimately, the BCS Championship Game. The two teams had identical 11-1 records and Texas had beaten the Sooners. Yet the BCS rankings gave the tie-breaker to the Sooners. The Big 12 will avoid that in the future and will allow College Football Playoff committee rankings to decide any ties. At least it should have a more human element, rather than such a reliance on computer formulas, probably.
5/29/14: The Longhorns are inching towards the fall season, and the installment of a new head coach has expectation rising, perhaps unrealistically, right now. But big expectations are not the biggest problems facing the program. Texas really does not have a quarterback yet, and that will set them back if they cannot get that position squared away soon. David Ash is may be tops on the depth chart now, but he has not impressed. Neither has Tyrone Swoopes. There is a four star recruit as well, but he has no experience and does not have the trust of the coaching staff yet.
5/22/14: The University of Texas football program was embarrassed at the NFL draft as no Longhorns were selected. That was the first time that has happened since the 1930's. Head coach Charlie Strong needs to change that, and in a hurry. For several months there has been speculation that former USC QB Max Whittek was headed to Austin. Recent reports say that the Longhorns have cooled on that idea, and no offer has been made to him. Whittek was apparently unaware of this possible development, but also has looked at going to Louisville, Pitt, and Hawaii to continue playing.
5/15/14: The Longhorns' struggles for the past few football seasons have been well-chronicled, which was a driving reason that former head coach Mack Brown is now Former head coach. Aside from the Longhorns' record over the past few season another indication of their fall is the relatively few NFL draft picks they have had. Good news may be on the way with new head coach Charlie Strong. Strong had several of his former players from Louisville drafted over the weekend, including first rounder Teddy Bridgewater. It may take a few years to fully rebound, but this is a good direction for the program.
5/8/14: Could the Texas-Texas A&M rivalry be coming back? It is possible, but would not be for several years. The new SEC schedule mandates eight conference games and leaves the rest for the schools to schedule for themselves. That means that there is an extra spot on the schedule for an out of conference game. Texas, however, is booked up for the next several years, so the earliest they could renew a rivalry is in 2019. As for the new SEC schedule, Texas AD Steve Paterson does not think it is revolutionary, saying that everyone else 'already does that'.
5/1/14: In what would have seemed inconceivable a decade ago, Longhorns linebacker Steve Edmond apologized for an outburst where he referred to Baylor as 'trash'. Furthermore, the Big 12 reprimanded Edmond for his comments. The reprimand amounts to less than a slap on the wrist. He will not be suspended or anything, it was more of a parent saying 'don't do that again'. College rivalries are built upon meaningful close games and hatred of the opponent. In the current league, it seems like everyone is supposed to be politically correct and happy for their rivals' success. Of course, one does not have to go back too far to find a different story.
4/24/14: There was a lot of action out of Texas this past week. First, former USC Max Wittek showed up to watch the spring game. Wittek may well be transferring to Texas soon, though he is also said to be considering Hawaii and Louisville. He will graduate from USC this spring, so he would be eligible to play without sitting out a year. That may be putting pressure on QB Tyrone Swoopes who struggled during the game. Wittek is seeking to transfer so he can have a chance to play, because he is not getting on the field with the Trojans.
4/17/14: The Longhorns suffered a tough, but at least short-term obstacle last week as starting quarterback David Ash is out for the remainder of spring practices with a broken foot. Ash will undergo surgery and will be out of commission for several weeks. The good news is that he is expected to be fully recovered by the time August practices roll around. Ash is still the starting quarterback for Texas. That being said, Texas' new head coach, Charlie Strong, may always change up the depth chart. This injury gives 2013 recruit Tyrone Swoopes a chance to prove his mettle in leading the team.
4/10/13: The Athletic Department at the University of Texas has a nice $265,000 bill to pay now. The school contracted with a search firm to find their new head coach (Charlie Strong) once Mack Brown announced he was stepping down last season. Many may question why the school would spend so much money on a search firm when there realistically are very few candidates available and those are pretty well known. One reason is the vetting process. That is where the search firm goes through candidates histories to uncover any potential controversies or misdeeds. Recall over a decade ago when Notre Dame hired George O'Leary, but then found he had lied on his resume about a degree. O'Leary was quickly out of South Bend and it was a big embarrassment for the school. In that sense, the search firm is like insurance.
4/3/14: New head football coach Charlie Strong is trying to get the toughness back in Texas football. One of the complaints about Strong's predecessor, Mack Brown, is that the players got too soft over his last few years. Indeed, the Longhorns have been average for a while, and may just need a little Junction Boy treatment. Strong is now making his players walk the half mile from the locker-room to the practice facility and will not let his players use the 'hook 'em horns' salute. That may change back over time, but Strong wants his players to earn that right first. It seems like a good step from the fan's point of view, and maybe these small items will have a positive effect.
3/27/14: This time of year is notorious within college football as a period where players sometimes move on from the program. That can happen in several ways, but usually boils down to the player wanting to play somewhere else or the team dismissing the player for academic or legal reasons. Texas, last week, dismissed two reserve players for violating 'unspecified team rules'. The players are Chet Moss and defensive back Leroy Scott. Scott was a co-special teams player of the year in 2013, while Moss was suspended previously for the Texas Tech game around Thanksgiving and played in 27 games in his Longhorn career.
3/20/14: Much to the chagrin of Texas A&M faithful, the University of Texas is still the flagship football program in the state. A&M is expanding and renovating their stadium (thank you, Johnny Football), while Baylor is getting a new stadium (thank you, Robert Griffin III). UT looks to upgrade as well. The Longhorns have reportedly hired PriceWaterhouseCoopers to study the possibility of adding a section to the south end of Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium. UT has long had the biggest stadium among Texas colleges, and an expansion by UT would ensure that they stay as the biggest in the state.
3/13/14: Everyone knows that the Longhorns are trying to get themselves back on top of the college football mountain after a few mediocre years. They have a new coach, a new athletic director, and possibly a new attitude. They may also have a new QB. Texas is reportedly leading the pack in the chase for former USC QB Max Wittek. Wittek was once a top recruit, but never did much at USC. He has ruled out a transfer to TCU, and is apparently choosing between Texas and Hawaii. He would have a better chance to play at Hawaii, but Texas is obviously the better program.
3/6/14: Texas' new athletic director Steve Patterson may be moving to allow alcohol sales at Texas Longhorn football games in the near future, possibly as soon as the 2014 season. The athletic department reportedly has approved sale of beer and wine for men's basketball games this season. Baseball would be next, and football then in the fall. The Longhorns would be the third Big 12 program to allow such sales, following in the footsteps of Iowa State and West Virginia. Of course, it comes down to money. West Virginia made a lot off beer sales, and all programs (including Texas) are always on the lookout for additional revenue streams.
2/27/14: Texas is not sending as many players to the NFL as they have in the past, and they certainly do not have a 'must have' prospect out there like Ricky Williams or Vince Young (of course, that may be a good thing for NFL teams). They do have wide receiver Mike Davis on the board this year, a year that is chalked full of WR goodness. Davis had an up and down career at Texas and is now looking for his NFL shot. He totaled 200 receptions, 2,752 yards and 18 touchdowns in his time with the Longhorns, and should get a chance to make a pro squad.
2/20/14: Texas Longhorns like to believe that they have been a dominant powerhouse in college football since time began. That is glossing over the fact that the Longhorns were middle of the road for decades until Mack Brown showed up in the late 90's and brought them back to prominence. They are an average team right now, and new head coach Charlie Strong's greatest challenge is "putting the T back in Texas". The Longhorns have been lapped by Texas A&M, Texas Tech, and even Baylor in recent years, but the state's flagship program should not be down too long.
2/13/14: Fans and boosters of the Texas Longhorns do not like to wait and they do not like to lose. Like it or not, it will probably not be a one year turnaround for the program. Texas has all the resources anyone could ask for, but they need a bit of time to get their recruits involved and understanding new head coach Charlie Strong's philosophy. The Longhorns landed QB Jerrod Heard in the 2014 recruiting class, and he could be the next great Texas QB in the long-term. In the short term, four star receiver Armanti Foreman could provide more impact.
2/6/14: If you thought that Texas has reached its potential in its reach, then you are sorely mistaken. New Texas Athletic director Steve Patterson has some big plans, and those plans include playing games in Mexico. There will be some who will say that Texas' reach almost destroyed the Big 12 Conference (indeed, Nebraska, Colorado, Texas A&M, and Missouri all left), but the program has to continually grow, and Mexico is a logical next step. In the future, there may be Longhorns games south of the border, which is actually good for all of college football, as it helps the game grow to new markets.
1/30/14: Every year, there are a few teams that come out of nowhere to surprise everyone with a great record. That is the exception. The rule is that several years of top recruiting build national championship contenders. Right now, the Longhorns have 22 commits in their recruiting class, which is ranked 17th in the nation and second in the Big 12. The top commit is defensive end Derick Roberson out of San Antonio. He is ranked as the number four DE prospect and the number 64 over all prospect. The Longhorns also have a few strong wide receivers, which will help them open up the field down the road.
1/23/14: Just a week in to his job and new head coach Charlie Strong has a minor controversy on his hands. Prominent billionaire booster (and former Minnesota Vikings owner) Red McCombs went on the radio and blasted the hire of Strong as the new head coach. Strong, to his credit, remained professional about the whole ordeal and McCombs later apologized. It is interesting to note that Strong was the defensive coordinator for Will Muschamp at Florida. Muschamp was the coach-in-waiting at Texas before leaving for Florida - so this could have been his job, rather than his former assistant Charlie Strong.
1/16/14: Well that escalated quickly. Texas announced last week that they were hiring Louisville head coach Charlie Strong to replace Mack Brown. Louisville, in turn, announced that they were bringing back Bobby Petrino. Petrino made Louisville a power, then left for the Atlanta Falcons, then quit during the season to be the head coach at Arkansas, then got into a sticky situation with a female staffer and a motorcycle accident. He ended up at Western Kentucky. Now he is back to Louisville to complete the circle. Hope Strong is smarter than that at his first chance as a head coach in a big time program.
1/9/14: The search for the next head football coach at the University of Texas is finally over, so we can all get on with our lives. The Longhorns plucked Louisville head coach Charlie Strong to run the program, which some refer to as the best job in college football. This came after a lot of head coaches got raises and extension while the search was going on (Jimbo Fisher, Nick Saban, Art Briles, etc.). It is perfect timing for Strong. Louisville will be in a transition year, heading into the ACC. Also, star QB Teddy Bridgewater is declaring early for the NFL draft, which is a tough replacement.
1/2/14: The Mack Brown Era at Texas is finally over. Texas played Oregon in the Alamo Bowl, and unfortunately, were blown out. But this game was more of paying respect to Brown in his 16 years as head coach. Brown actually may have been a victim of his own success. He revitalized the program and took them to two BCS Championship Games, winning one. Pundits now call the Texas job the best in college football, however, the expectations are sky-high. The Longhorns can cross Jimbo Fisher off of their wish list, as he just signed an extension to stay at Florida State.
12/26/13: Now that the media hype has worn off on will head coach Mack Brown be back next season (not as head coach), the speculation is at full tilt on who will be his successor. Nick Saban is out. San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh says he is not interested. In fact, it is hard to find someone who says that he is interested in the job. Reports recently say that Jon Gruden has interest, but that would be a flashy hire and may not be in the best interest of the program. The truth is that while it is a great job, the expectations are so high that it is almost impossible to succeed immediately.
12/19/13: After a week of intense speculation, information and misinformation, there appears to finally be resolution to Mack Brown's status as head coach of the University of Texas. Brown officially announced his resignation from the position last weekend. He will coach one more game - the Alamo Bowl against Oregon on December 30th in San Antonio, Texas. Now the speculation will run on his successor. Nick Saban just signed an extension with Alabama, so he is likely out of the running. Other names may include Jimbo Fisher (Florida State), Art Briles (Baylor), and Todd Graham (Arizona State).
12/12/13: For a few hours, the stars seemed to align and there was a chance that Texas could be the unlikely winner of the Big 12 Conference. Oklahoma summoned their best game of the year to knock off Oklahoma State in the Bedlam Game, meaning all Texas had to do was beat Baylor. Unfortunately, Baylor won that game and earned a birth in the Fiesta Bowl. The Longhorns, instead, will play in the Valero Bowl in San Antonio on December 30th. It should be an interesting matchup though, as Texas will play the Oregon Ducks and essentially have a homefield advantage.
12/5/13: The Longhorns are a team that many would have you think are not very good and are fighting for a bowl appearance this year. But that is not reality. After hammering Texas Tech 41-16 on Thanksgiving, UT is 8-3 overall and 7-1 in the Big 12. That actually means they have a chance to win the Big 12 Championship and make a BCS Bowl Game appearance (likely the Fiesta Bowl). Their only Big 12 loss was to Oklahoma State. If Texas can beat #9 Baylor in the season finale, then they will be at worst second in the conference, and can win outright should OSU fall to Oklahoma. Worst case scenario is the Alamo Bowl, which is not such a bad landing spot after the team started 1-2. Of course, there is always the possibility of Texas vs. Texas A&M in the Cotton Bowl - which would be a great game for any college football fan.
Texas Longhorns Football Tickets - Overview
The Texas Longhorns play Division I college football for the University of Texas in the Big 12 Conference. The Longhorns play their home games at Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium in Austin, TX. They are coached by Mack Brown, who has been the Longhorns' head coach since 1998.
Texas Longhorns Football Tickets - History
The Longhorns' football program began in 1893. UT has a long and rich tradition of winning football. The school has won 850 games headed into the 2011 season, which is the second most in NCAA history. The Longhorns have claimed four national titles in their school's history. Their most recent was in 2005 when they went 13-0 and topped University of South California 41-38 in the BCS National Championship game. The Longhorns also have won 32 conference titles. Their last conference title came in 2009 when they went 8-0 in the Big 12.
Texas Longhorns Football Tickets - Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium
The Longhorns have called Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium home since 1924. The stadium is located on the UT Campus in Austin. The current capacity is just over 100,00 seats. It's the biggest football venue in Texas and the largest in the Big 12. Its most recent expansion was in 2009 when about 6,000 seats were added.
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