“Circumstances changed.”

Christ, this whole article about the Tom Herman firing is a steaming pile of bullshit.

Texas athletic director Chris Del Conte wanted to keep coach Tom Herman in place for the 2021 season. He issued a statement on Dec. 12 saying as much, even though every word was torn apart on social media.

But as December rolled on, more things kept cropping up, creating the perception of real trouble within the program. “Circumstances changed,” Del Conte told the American-Statesman late Saturday.

“From the time I made the statement, I had not completed my evaluation,” Del Conte said. “When I completed that evaluation, it became apparent a change needed to be made.”

If you hadn’t completed your evaluation, why on earth would you give the man your vote of confidence?  (Insert your “even Greg McGarity” observation here.)

And this is what were supposed to believe were the changed circumstances?

With Texas unable to win a title, players started opting out. Junior left tackle Samuel Cosmi announced he was skipping the remaining games, followed by junior safety Caden Sterns.

Seniors started opting out to start working toward the NFL draft, too — defensive tackle Ta’Quon Graham and safety Chris Brown. Junior receiver Brennan Eagles opted out, and so did junior defensive end Joseph Ossai, who would later earn first-team All-America status from The Associated Press.

Senior quarterback Sam Ehlinger, the biggest name left with 2021 draft value, stayed put. He played in the Alamo Bowl but suffered a shoulder injury that kept him out of the second half.

School officials were astonished and concerned, albeit privately. Why would so many players suddenly want to quit on the team?

You can’t be that gullible.  Nobody is.  Otherwise, you’d have seen a rash of coaches fired along with Herman.  As noted in the article, “Opting out of meaningless bowls is the wave of the future, though.”  More like wave of the present, but you get the drift.

Throw in a little trouble on the recruiting trail, the racist fallout from “The Eyes of Texas” controversy (“With how The Eyes situation and lack of leadership is shaking out, I am asking for a refund on the complete sum of 2020 athletic gifts/ticket money”) and voilà!  Changed circumstances, motherfucker.  Never mind that stuff was brewing before Del Conte gave Herman his pat on the back for 2021.

No, the real tip that the verdict was in way before Del Conte finished his “evaluation” was this:  Within hours of his firing, the school announced the hiring of Alabama offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian as the next Texas coach.”  [Emphasis added.]

Don’t mess with Texas boosters.


Filed under It's All Just Made Up And Flagellant, Texas Is Just Better Than You Are.

29 responses to ““Circumstances changed.”

  1. munsonlarryfkajim

    Lots of rumors out there that Herman has a drinking problem. I’ve seen bar receipts floating around social media and know some Texas people that claim to be insiders that say it’s true

    If so, the irony of hiring Sark, a recovering alcoholic

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  2. spur21

    The inmates running the asylum comes to mind.

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  3. Hogbody Spradlin

    Zoom interview? Somebody woulda published the flight plan like they did when the Indiana coach went to Auburn.

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  4. ApalachDawg aux Bruxelles

    may the burnt orange oilmen continue to poop on themselves.
    Bevo can suck it. UGA is still pissed.

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  5. Texas boosters vs. Auburn boosters: Who ya got?


  6. Joe Blow

    I am delighted that Texas will have to pay something like 30 million dollars for buyouts to all coaches. We never tax the wealthy oil fuckers, so this is a nice substitute for this liberal.

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  7. I seem to be the only person who believes Sarkisian is a great offensive coordinator and is likely to be a failure as a head coach. The stress of the job the first time put him in rehab at USC. Ratchet up the pressure 10x as the head coach in Austin.

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    • Harold Miller

      I bought him a Whiskey of the Month Club subscription for Christmas. Was that a bad idea?


    • Russ

      I think it’s a risky hire personally. Maybe Saban rehabilitated his career, but unless he taught Sark how to recruit all those 5*, it’s not going to translate to Texas.

      Personally, I thought Herman was a home run hire but he never panned out. I watch Texas regularly (wife is a Longhorn) and they make the same mistakes today that they did 4 years ago. Just don’t seem to progress. And Sam Ehlinger never really progressed. He gets by on raw talent and still makes the same dumb mistakes now that he did as a freshman. Recruiting is pretty good, but then the players don’t seem to pan out.

      Texas has lots of rich alumni that love to meddle. It will be a pressure cooker for sure for Sark. Hope he can handle it personally.

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    • Dylan Dreyer's Booty

      You aren’t the only one who believes that, but I slept late this morning and you beat me to it. It’s hard enough being a head coach in any major college program, but in a program with wealthy fans who expect to be #1? Alabama is rolling and has been for while now, but how many coaches did they go through seeking the ‘right guy’ before they got Saban to take what many thought at the time was a step back to the college ranks? Sure, Texas will score under Sark, but will they win? At least it isn’t the SEC, but still…

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  8. Texas Dawg

    Saw reports that CURRENT Texas players were negatively recruiting against Herman. That is about as bad as you can lose the locker room.

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  9. Yeah, that sack of shit Urbs, exposed how much of a liar Del Conte is, by declining the initial offer, Del Conte went into full support/endorsement mode for Herman, only to have to eat massive crow a couple weeks later… it really is a challenge to take people at face value these days. 😉


  10. Still amazing. Herman was the hottest thing ever.

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    • Derek

      He may be again. Who knows?

      Belichick didn’t set the world afire in Cleveland.

      Sometimes the problem is something(s) other than the coach.


  11. Hobnail_Boot

    CDC sending mixed messages.

    Who could’ve seen that coming.


  12. siskey

    I don’t know what happened with Herman in Texas but I can’t see Sark doing any better. If Sark couldn’t win at USC enough to keep his job how is he going to win at Texas. Texas is every team in the Big 12s biggest rival at least to that team. I was wrong about Herman and could certainly be wrong here but this is a weird move.


    • californiadawg

      He gets to make big money while playing in a Saban-free conference. When these batshit crazy boosters fire him in 3 seasons he can retire the next day or hop back to a coordinator position. Doesn’t seem like that weird a move really. I do think Texas is insane and no one outside of maybe a Saban who has the capital to say FU to the boosters would succeed there.

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  13. Forget it Jake. It’s Texas.


  14. sniffer

    What’s the over/under on the difference between Jimbo’s contract (75mil) and Sark’s new deal? I say Sark’s deal is 7mil more. One million per for each of the seven years Fisher got.

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