“We don’t sign backups here at the University of Texas.”

Sure, Tom Herman signed the lowest-rated recruiting class at Texas ever, but at least there was science behind it.

However, it seems there was actually some strategy that went into Texas’ 2017 class. Herman said in a recent interview with Longhorn Network that he and his staff found research regarding first-year head coaches’ classes that prompted them to change their approach a bit. Below are some of Herman’s comments during the interview, which were transcribed via Football Scoop.

“We knew through all the metrics, all the analytics, all the numbers that point to most of the time in years of transition in coaching staffs, that signing class has the highest rate of attrition – meaning kids that quit – has the highest rate of off-field issues including academics, drugs and social, and has the highest rate of guys that can’t play, and don’t ever see the field.”

Whatevs, dude.  Just explain how proclaiming that you don’t sign backups — “None of these guys were signed for depth or anything other than we believe that they can either play now and help us win championships…” — turn right around to say that one of the main focuses of your 2017 signing class was to add guys who can provide depth, as opposed to ones who would see the field right away is anything other than a roundabout way of pretending you don’t really need those all-star recruits you were chasing and will continue to keep chasing.

Better stick the landing a helluva lot better with next year’s class.  At least that way you won’t have to spend as much time spinning to defend it.


Filed under Blowing Smoke, Recruiting, Texas Is Just Better Than You Are.

9 responses to ““We don’t sign backups here at the University of Texas.”

  1. Hogbody Spradlin

    And he’s building character too.


  2. JasonC

    If your first recruiting class is poor, do you get 2 throats years?


  3. FtMyersDawg

    All I know is the guy competed at Houston with 2 and 3 stars. He is going to make noise at Texas.


  4. Russ

    Really surprised he struggled with recruiting. I guess Texas’s issues are a lot deeper than just a new coach. I suspect he’ll do well, though.


  5. No One Knows You're a Dawg

    “We knew through all the metrics, all the analytics, all the numbers that point to most of the time”

    If the last 20 years have taught me anything (and Sunday evening again confirmed), it’s that it’s foolish to put one’s faith in probability tables.


  6. dawgfan

    I wish this guy was in the Big 10 with Meyer, Franklin, and Harbaugh.


  7. Cousin Eddie

    I have a feeling he didn’t have the relationships with the 5 star guys needed to bring them in on such a short time frame. He probably didn’t target those kids a Houston therefore didn’t have the relationship to get them. Next year he should have worked on developing the relationships so he can get then on the longhorn network. Until then he will giving coach speak BS to cover his tracks.