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2020 Texas Offseason Thread: Herman's Hail Mary

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I had a dream last night that we played Alabama in the Cotton Bowl, and won 28-27. I think this counts as football news now. 

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On 3/20/2020 at 10:05 AM, Red Five said:

I had a dream last night that we played Alabama in the Cotton Bowl, and won 28-27. I think this counts as football news now. 

Since we don't have live sports. anything counts as football news.

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https://247sports.com/college/texas/Article/Coronavirus-Tom-Herman-family-donation-to-Central-Texas-food-bank-amid-COVID-19-outbreak-145262895/

 

With the uncertain times ahead, Texas head coach Tom Herman and his family are helping others in the Central Texas area. According to the President and CEO of the Central Texas Food Bank, Derrick Chubbs, Herman and his family donated a generous, unnamed gift to the Central Texas Food Bank amid the ongoing crisis surrounding the Coronavirus.

In a tweet posted this weekend, Chubbs shared a picture of the note personally sent by Herman to the organization to help feed the hungry during this pandemic, as seen in the below tweet.

Others who would like to follow the head coach and his family's lead can donate online at  CentralTexasFoodBank.org.

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Worthless effort by FCB...

https://247sports.com/college/texas/Article/Texas-Longhorns-football-positions-players-impacted-most-without-spring-practice-Coronavirus-145221730/

 

Which position will be most impacted without spring practice?

ByTAYLOR ESTES Mar 20, 8:49 AM

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Each week, the Horns247 staff tackles the Question of the Week, where we dive into some of the hottest topics surrounding the University of Texas and beyond.

This week’s topic is focused around the football program as the Longhorns await news if they will be able to go through spring practice amid the closure of the University of Texas and moving all spring courses to online instruction in an attempt to contain the spread of Coronavirus. Texas has seven new assistant coaches on staff, who were scheduled to have their first opportunity to coach the Longhorns in actual practice with the start of spring football. But with it up in the air, who’s most impacted by the potential change to the spring practice schedule?

With that said, the Question of the Week is …

Hypothetically speaking, which player/position group would be most impacted if Texas were to forego spring practice?

Booger Bobby Burton, Publisher

I’m going to go with the receivers. The group as a whole is relatively inexperienced and they’re going to be learning some new concepts, too, so they definitely needed the work. I could say the same about the Texas secondary in some ways with the new DC but they’re mostly veterans back there. I just think this offense is going to be fine if the guys can get good receiver play next year. I like the QB, the RB group and the O-line. Really, the Horns just need the WRs to step up.

Fuck Chip Brown, Columnist

Everyone on offense would be most impacted. That’s the side of the ball that needs the most timing and chemistry — especially with a new coordinator.

Jeff Howe, Senior Writer

I’ll usually defer to the offensive line for questions like these, but in this case it makes the most sense that Herb Hand’s group is the one most impacted by spring ball potentially not happening. It’s all about continuity for that group and with spring ball usually not providing enough to get everything accomplished that needs to be, Hand will have a tough row to hoe whenever the Longhorns get back on the field.

Replacing Zach Shackelford with Derek Kersetter should be a relatively seamless transition. With that said, Hand also has to find a starter at guard, a suitable No. 2 center and a starting right tackle from a group of players (Denzel Okafor, Willie Tyler, Rafiti Ghirmai, Reese Moore and Christian Jones among them) who’ve yet to truly break through.

Spring practice would’ve been huge for a guy like Tyler Johnson, someone those in the building have felt could help the Longhorns sooner rather than later at guard. Alas, the passage of time means another day a group that relies on chemistry to succeed won’t have to form a much-needed bond upon which the offense’s success largely hinges.

Taylor Estes, Managing Editor

Aside from the coaching staff, who would be starting the beginning stages of installing new schemes on both sides of the ball, I’m going to say the offense will be impacted the most. The Longhorns have a lot of returning talent on both sides of the ball, but as last year showed as the season wore on, the offense sputtered significantly under Tom Herman’s playing calling and scheme. Now Texas has a new coordinator in place, however, without 15 extra practices to help install the scheme to the players who may have lost some confidence from last year does not help the situation one bit.

Mike Roach, Recruiting Analyst

It’s going to be tough to conduct offensive and defensive install without spring ball. In speaking with several college coaches around the country, that’s a major concern for everyone. For Texas, I think the secondary will probably be impacted the most, with so many players changing positions and learning a new system.

Nick Harris, Recruiting Report

Spring practice really hurts the early enrollees who worked for most of their high school careers to graduate early and get in the system as soon as they could. Now, they’ll be back to where the fall enrollees will be.

As far as individuals, this could have been another big spring for Jordan Whittington to get back to 100 percent after his surgery. Hopefully, he’ll be able to find a way to do that back in Cuero during the break.

 

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1 hour ago, texifornia said:

Well that's fucking weird

This includes our opener... Bowlsby is putting us at a huge disadvantage.

 

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4 hours ago, texifornia said:

Well that's fucking weird

 

What are the consequences for not following the Big 12 commissioner's rules?  Are there even any?   I'd tell him to fuck off.  The Big 12 can't make us forfeit games or be ineligible for bowls, playoffs, or lose scholarships, can it?  Can they do anything other than fuck with our payout on the conference revenue?

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13 hours ago, longhornmatt said:

What are the consequences for not following the Big 12 commissioner's rules?  Are there even any?   I'd tell him to fuck off.  The Big 12 can't make us forfeit games or be ineligible for bowls, playoffs, or lose scholarships, can it?  Can they do anything other than fuck with our payout on the conference revenue?

Fuck the Big 12!

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17 hours ago, texifornia said:

Remember how we kept dropping Ossai into coverage last year? Ah, good times.

 

Ossai is going to be unstoppable.  All we need is the coaches to not to get in his damn way and let him rush the passer.  

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14 hours ago, longhornmatt said:

What are the consequences for not following the Big 12 commissioner's rules?  Are there even any?   I'd tell him to fuck off.  The Big 12 can't make us forfeit games or be ineligible for bowls, playoffs, or lose scholarships, can it?  Can they do anything other than fuck with our payout on the conference revenue?

Yeah, I can’t imagine OU or UT are going to abide by this, and therefore neither will the rest of the conference, but I must say I admire Bowlsby’s consistent devotion to killing off this conference as fast as possible. 

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12 minutes ago, texifornia said:

 

Didn't the NCAA just shut down Trevor Lawrence's donation plans? Also, FUCK the NCAA

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2 minutes ago, TankedBevo said:

Didn't the NCAA just shut down Trevor Lawrence's donation plans? Also, FUCK the NCAA

Turns out Clemson's compliance department did because they assumed the NCAA would be assholes about it. When they took heat for it, the NCAA told them he could do it.

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25 minutes ago, texifornia said:

Turns out Clemson's compliance department did because they assumed the NCAA would be assholes about it. When they took heat for it, the NCAA told them he could do it.

Ah, thanks for the clarification

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Bowlsby is an idiot for not allowing Virtual coaching.  This conference is CURSED when it comes to commissioners.. But then again it could be worse, right?

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Horns247 Staff: Would no spring practice give Tom Herman a free pass in 2020?

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Each week, the Horns247 staff tackles the Question of the Week, where we dive into some of the hottest topics surrounding the University of Texas and beyond. This week’s topic is focused around the football program as the Longhorns await news if they will be able to go through spring practice amid the closure of the University of Texas and moving all spring courses to online instruction in an attempt to contain the spread of the coronavirus.

With that said, the Question of the Week is … If Texas were to not go through spring practice, does Tom Herman get a pass on whatever happens in 2020? Why or why not?

Bobby Burton, Publisher

No way. That’s not the way things work. It’s one thing if the season gets cut short with things still under consideration, like what happened with Shaka Smart. It’s another if a coach — of any sport — bombs or underperforms for an entire season. The real question here is what exactly is a successful season in 2020? And then a decision, only if there is one to be made, can emerge from that.

Chip Brown, Columnist

Tom Herman won't get a pass on whatever happens in 2020 — unless the whole season is canceled — because he's got too much experienced talent returning this season. Also, Texas wouldn't be the only team impacted by the cancellation of spring ball.

Jeff Howe, Senior Writer

To an extent, I’d say Tom Herman does get a pass for the 2020 season from the standpoint of labeling the season a championship-or-bust proposition is going to be dicey. No matter how much film the coaches send to the players and how much work guys are doing on their own, there’s no way the Longhorns will be able to make up for lost time when it comes installation and establishing chemistry between the players and the new staff members.

With that said, the talent level on the Texas roster in 2020 is such that another 7-5 regular season won’t cut the mustard. Herman knows that, and the Longhorns are going to be better than what they looked like in 2019 simply due to the talent on hand and the changes Chris Ash and Mike Yurcich are going to make on their respective sides of the ball. Even if the current climate won’t allow them to implement as much as they would be able to otherwise, I’d be floored if the product isn’t significantly better and, if nothing else, more consistent than it was last season.

Taylor Estes, Managing Editor

Nope, I don’t think Tom Herman will get a pass in 2020 if the Longhorns do not live up to expectations this season, and nor should he. The reality is this is the most talented and experienced team that Texas will field in years, and its playing in what is shaping out to be a pretty wide-open Big 12 Conference. With the Longhorns returning 16 starters from last year’s roster, there’s no reason — spring practice or not — for Texas to not be in contention for the Big 12 title. If it doesn’t happen with a senior Sam Ehlinger and a loaded roster of talent around him, when will it ever happen under Herman’s watch?

Mike Roach. Recruiting Analyst

I think you'd almost have to give him one barring a disastrous (5-7 or worse) season. Installing a new offense and defense without the benefit of spring ball will be incredibly hard. The biggest thing the staff has going for them is the amount of experience on the roster, but that can only take you so far.

Nick Harris, Recruiting Reporter

I honestly think he wouldn’t, although he may not need it. Every coach in the country is under the same circumstances so the playing field is still even. When it comes to missing spring practice, it won’t be a bargaining point for coaches on the hot seat across the country, and Herman is no exception.

 

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8 hours ago, futureman said:

the fuck is this?

I found BON tweets amplifying irresponsible that were pretty gross. 

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1 hour ago, texifornia said:

Bowlsby seems to have somewhat changed his tune

 

 

 

 

So is Bowlsby just blOU's Bitch??

 

Big 12 to join other conferences in allowing virtual meetings for teams

The Big 12 will join other Power 5 conferences in allowing virtual meetings between athletes, coaches and staff, beginning Monday, the league said in a statement Sunday night.

"All virtual group activities, including film study, are limited to two hours per week in all sports," the statement said, adding that these policies will be revisited and adjusted at regular intervals. "Only countable coaches may conduct virtual film study, technical discussions, tactical sessions and other non-physical activities."

When the conference originally suspended activities due to the coronavirus pandemic, it was with the understanding that a re-evaluation would occur before April. In addition to the virtual meetings, the Big 12 said that "coaches can recommend written, self-directed workout plans" for athletes as well.

The decision comes a week after Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley, whose Sooners won the Big 12 championship last season, was critical of the system in place, feeling as if the league was lagging behind others in the virtual space.

"We've not been able to do virtual meetings. Our players have not been able to come into our weight rooms even on an individual basis. We haven't been able to send them equipment, whereas a lot of other conferences like the ACC right now, they've been able to do all those things. That hasn't been a positive," Riley told KREF radio in Norman, Oklahoma.

"These guys train, you know, basically for a living, and a lot of these guys are at home and they don't have a home gym in their home, and then their high schools, their local gyms, all those things are shut down. And so a lot of our guys -- not a lot, but I would say, you're probably talking about 20-30 percent of our guys, at least -- don't have anything to train with."

Last week, the SEC league office notified its 14 schools that virtual instruction and video conferencing for its football programs will be allowed beginning Monday, as well.

The SEC presidents and chancellors had initially voted to suspend all athletic activities, including practices, meetings and other activities, at least through April 15. But the new updated guidelines will now allow two hours of virtual instruction or meetings per week, including film review. The idea is to allow coaches to continue to engage with their players, who are not on campus during the coronavirus pandemic and taking online classes, and help fill in the gaps in the absence of spring practice.

Programs in the ACC, throughout the suspension, have been conducting meetings via Zoom.

https://www.espn.com/college-football/story/_/id/28969134/big-12-join-other-conferences-allowing-virtual-meetings-teams 

 

https://www.espn.com/college-football/story/_/id/28966430/sec-allowing-programs-virtual-instructions-players

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16 hours ago, LTtxfan said:

So is Bowlsby just blOU's Bitch??

Big 12 to join other conferences in allowing virtual meetings for teams

The Big 12 will join other Power 5 conferences in allowing virtual meetings between athletes, coaches and staff, beginning Monday, the league said in a statement Sunday night.

"All virtual group activities, including film study, are limited to two hours per week in all sports," the statement said, adding that these policies will be revisited and adjusted at regular intervals. "Only countable coaches may conduct virtual film study, technical discussions, tactical sessions and other non-physical activities."

When the conference originally suspended activities due to the coronavirus pandemic, it was with the understanding that a re-evaluation would occur before April. In addition to the virtual meetings, the Big 12 said that "coaches can recommend written, self-directed workout plans" for athletes as well.

The decision comes a week after Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley, whose Sooners won the Big 12 championship last season, was critical of the system in place, feeling as if the league was lagging behind others in the virtual space.

"We've not been able to do virtual meetings. Our players have not been able to come into our weight rooms even on an individual basis. We haven't been able to send them equipment, whereas a lot of other conferences like the ACC right now, they've been able to do all those things. That hasn't been a positive," Riley told KREF radio in Norman, Oklahoma.

"These guys train, you know, basically for a living, and a lot of these guys are at home and they don't have a home gym in their home, and then their high schools, their local gyms, all those things are shut down. And so a lot of our guys -- not a lot, but I would say, you're probably talking about 20-30 percent of our guys, at least -- don't have anything to train with."

Last week, the SEC league office notified its 14 schools that virtual instruction and video conferencing for its football programs will be allowed beginning Monday, as well.

The SEC presidents and chancellors had initially voted to suspend all athletic activities, including practices, meetings and other activities, at least through April 15. But the new updated guidelines will now allow two hours of virtual instruction or meetings per week, including film review. The idea is to allow coaches to continue to engage with their players, who are not on campus during the coronavirus pandemic and taking online classes, and help fill in the gaps in the absence of spring practice.

Programs in the ACC, throughout the suspension, have been conducting meetings via Zoom.

https://www.espn.com/college-football/story/_/id/28969134/big-12-join-other-conferences-allowing-virtual-meetings-teams

https://www.espn.com/college-football/story/_/id/28966430/sec-allowing-programs-virtual-instructions-players

Apparently things only get done in the Big 12 after Riley complains.

 

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