Like A Runaway Cattle Stampede

Written December 11th, 2010 by MaliBuckeye

I have a lot of respect for the University of Texas. Solid program, great fans, and three classic games with the Buckeyes over the last half decade or so.

When Ohio athletes like Jordan Hicks choose to go to Austin instead of Texas, I understand and wish them well, even if begrudgingly so.

Wonder how she's doing now?

That being said- What a year for Longhorn faithful. They go from being in a punchers duel with Alabama for the national title to having their All American quarterback injured and their hopes dashed.

Over the summer, rumors swirl about a move into the Big or Pac Tens as a part of the national realignment madness that swept the nation. They end up with a sweetheart deal- rumors of their own television contract and a conference filled with members who have completely acquiesced to their every demand.

Fall arrives, and they kick off a season that sees them go from playing in the National Championship Game to not even being bowl eligible; including 5 losses at home in front of the burnt orange faithful.

And today, their “head coach in waiting” and defensive coordinator Will Muschamp has accepted the position as the new head coach at the University of Florida. Rumors have Major Applewhite leaving Austin to be Muschamp’s offensive coordinator- he excels, though, at recruiting, which may impact the Buckeyes as well.

Yeah, it’s been a tough year to be a Longhorn…

So, if you’ve got any UT fans on your Christmas list, it might be wise to take “cutlery” and “ropes” off their stocking stuffer possibilities, and only consider buying them electric ovens rather than gas. Also, move the New Year’s Eve party to a location on the first or second floors, just to be safe.

Just one more reason to be thankful for Jim Tressel.

Other Thoughts:

  • It was great of Florida to release this information for this information to be released right during the Heisman Trophy ceremony.
  • All the stuff about Gator defensive recruits favoring/considering the Buckeyes (Shazier, Gorman) just got real interesting, given Muschamp’s defensive resume.
  • Think Fickle will be a candidate for Texas’ open defensive coordinator position? God, I hope not… How about Randy Shannon instead?
  • Muschamp was a defensive standout at the University of Georgia. Imagine Chris Speilman getting the job in Ann Arbor for implications…
  • Elsewheres in Florida, rumors of a Canadian football coach headed to Da’ U.

5 Comments

  1. spit and tearsNo Gravatar
    December 12th, 2010 at 10:07 am

    As a Longhorn fan (living in Buckeye country), I will say unequivocally that I want Mack Brown gone yesterday no matter how expensive the buyout. His stubbornness and cronyism have burned down all that he built in an incredibly short time period.

    By many insider accounts, Muschamp and Major were the two coaches the players would run through brick walls for. Also by many insider accounts, those two clashed with Mack repeatedly many times–Mack overruled them in recruiting choices, lineup choices, and most recently, in replacements for the deadwood (Greg Davis, Mac McWhorter, Mike Tolleson) that Mack finally cut out. I don’t blame them a bit for leaving.

    Right now Texas almost literally does not have a coaching staff, and you can be sure that Will and Major have told their coaching colleagues in other circles what it’s like to work under Mack. I don’t think you have to worry about Fickell leaving. Who would want to work for Mack now??? He is Nero fiddling away furiously while his city burns. If the UT administration doesn’t pull the trigger on him now, he will be fired in a year or two anyway after one or two more losing seasons–I don’t think he can turn things around.

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    MaliBuckeyeNo Gravatar
    December 12th, 2010 at 11:18 am

    Wow- thanks for checking in.

    I’m one of those people who’ve wondered if Mack was all he was cracked up to be. He did good, but not great, things at UNC, and has been successful at Texas primarily due to Vince and Colt. What’s your take?

    Historically, I was amazed that Mack tied his wagon to Chris Sims the way that he did- Major was ’98 Big 12 freshman of the year and’99 co-offensive player of the year, and continued to come in to lead the Longhorns out of the deficit that Sims had put them in. And yet, somehow, Sims continued to start.

    So, I’m not surprised that Major left the program as well… although, if I remember right, his tenure as OC at Alabama was not that stellar.

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    spit and tearsNo Gravatar
    December 12th, 2010 at 11:48 am

    Mack deserves a lot of credit for injecting enthusiasm back into the program–John Mackovic ruined it, and also burnt a lot of bridges with Texas high school coaches that Mack wisely rebuilt.

    Regarding Vince, Mack deserves credit for (1) recruiting him and (2) ordering Greg Davis, during the 2004 season, to install Vince’s high school offense and let him do his thing.

    Regarding Colt, don’t forget that he’s a coach’s kid (reportedly he spend a lot of time working with his dad in the offseasons), and he’s also a self-starter. One of the indictments of Mack’s program is that, if the players cannot assume leadership and essentially coach themselves, we’re an underachieving team. Vince was an incredible leader. So was Colt. So were others like Roy Miller and Earl Thomas. Right now the team lacks it, and this past season showed it.

    As far as Major leaving, I can’t find confirmation of it yet. By all accounts he busts his ass recruiting, and apparently was the only offensive coach doing his job by the end of the season.

    If all the smoke coming out of the program indicates some real fire, then the atmosphere has gotten really poisonous. At all levels there is a lack of faith in the head guy. Muschamp’s leaving will only make that worse. Barring some splashy hires, SOON (we cannot wait until after bowl season), Mack Brown’s regime is circling the drain.

    2010 just needs to f—ing end. Football-wise this year has been a nightmare.

    Oh, and Simms continuing start over Applewhite? The first of many such puzzling decisions. Don’t even get me started…

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  2. Texan in (okie) ExileNo Gravatar
    December 12th, 2010 at 6:37 pm

    @Spit and Tears … feel exactly the same way re: your comment about the Simms/Applewhite debacle. Applewhite should’ve had a real shot at the Heisman but for that. Anyhow, this cluster#*&@ that is the Texas coaching situation looks to be getting worse. This afternoon (Sunday), Muschamp and Applewhite both left Moncrief-Neuhaus at exactly the same time, both in apparently very no-nonsense moods and went to their respective vehicles refusing to answer any questions. This was also posted today: “According to Edward Aschoff of the Gainesville Sun, sources close to the program have said that Applewhite is expected to be named the offensive coordinator.” In line with some of S&T’s ‘insider accounts’ comments, this article on Rivals.com, Is Mack’s Heart in the Rebuild?, makes some very cogent points. A few of which, with respect to Muschamp, have now come to pass with his departure for Florida (see the link to this in the website link). I think it’s high time for Mack to recall an old Darrell Royal idiom: “Don’t matter what they throw at us. Only angry people win football games.” If the events of this past week aren’t enough to piss off Mack … and I mean chewin’ nails, fartin’ tacks mad … then he probably needs to hand off the program with someone with some fire in the belly like he had back in ’98.

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  3. Texan in (okie) ExileNo Gravatar
    December 12th, 2010 at 6:57 pm

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