Man, they’ve really been roughing it in the Texas locker room.
One new Texas staffer had a bit of a “wow” moment in January when he realized the locker room had no sound system. Instead, players were blasting their music via one small Bluetooth speaker an offensive lineman brought in to share.
The Texas locker room upgrade is now looking to make the facility more technologically advanced with individual video screens and more connectivity.
Talk about your first world problems.
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.
… you say this.
Luckily for Tom, the Big 12 couldn’t recruit its way out of an open paper bag this year.
Texas’ wins total didn’t increase from 2015 to 2016, but its beer drinking did — by a lot.
Alcohol sales spiked more than 70 percent during the 2016 season compared to the previous year as Texas generated $3.1 million in revenue from beer, wine and liquor sold at football games.
Thereby proving that mediocrity is a thirsty state of affairs.
To paraphrase Richard Pryor, electing to pay Tom Herman’s $2.5 million buyout instead of scheduling a couple of home and homes with Houston in football and basketball is Gawd’s way of telling Texas it has too much money.
In light of my post yesterday about Saban, this piece about Tom Herman looking to remake the personnel staff at Texas is fascinating on a number of levels.
For instance, see if this sounds familiar:
There are several areas in which Texas lags behind national powers that Herman would like to fix, as he expressed to Dan Patrick this week when discussing recruiting.
“We need to stay competitive with the elite teams in the country — the Alabamas, the Ohio States, the Clemsons of the world — in terms of our facilities and our resources and support staff and recruiting staff and all that,” Herman told Patrick.
The last two areas are the most important in the short term, as the lack of a large support staff and recruiting staff contributed, at least in some part, to Charlie Strong’s failed tenure in Austin.
And the failed tenure of Mack Brown before him.
In fact, Texas was one of the last two schools in the Big 12 to hire a Director of Player Personnel in 2013. At the press conference to create that position, Brown admitted that “we’ve kinda been mom and popping it around here for a long time.”
The ‘Horns also didn’t have a football-specific strength and conditioning coach or a nutritionist until that time. Mom and popping it indeed.
Under Strong, it was much of the same, though there were some reports that former athletic director Steve Patterson wasn’t always willing to give him the resources he needed.
It’s going to be interesting to watch and compare where Georgia and Texas go over the next few years. Sort of a massive controlled experiment.