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  • #31
    Prior years signings has some impact...
    Ranking # of signings
    2015 Texas
    2015 Baylor
    2016 Texas
    2016 Baylor
    2017 Texas
    2017 Baylor

    Ruhle was a great hire and did well to fill their openings so quickly.

    Appears Texas lost most of the signing day decisions. But I don't think we'll get the true measure of Herman at Texas for a few years. I'll be interested to see how many of Strong's players are dismissed and/or walk away from Herman's program.


    • #32

      Texas’ Tom Herman: ‘You can never get used to losing’
      FRISCO – Tom Herman made a strong impression in his first Big 12 media days appearance as Texas’ head coach.

      Herman on Tuesday took the baton from Oklahoma’s Lincoln Riley as the Ford Center’s star attraction, and he didn’t disappoint during his opening press conference.

      He touched on the team’s quarterback depth behind Shane Buechele and Sam Ehlinger (“We don’t have any.”), praised strength and conditioning coach Yancy McKnight and alluded to the “storm” he’s trying to guide UT football out of.

      But his most forceful statements concerned an intangible foe: defeat.

      If you're going outside the state of Oklahoma for a winner in the Big 12 this season, you might want to take a serious look at the schools in Lawrence and Morgantown.

      “I think losing has to be awful, and you can never get used to losing,” Herman said. “That is one of the biggest downfalls of a lot of teams is you get used to losing. No, losing is awful. It's awful. It's not just, oh, well, we'll get them next week. No, this is like the sky-is-falling-type stuff.”

      The players populating Herman’s roster have lived and played through the program’s most unsuccessful stretch since the early 1990s. The high school kids he and his staff need to sign don’t recognize UT as a perennial powerhouse.

      “The class of 2018, these 16-year-old kids that we’re recruiting, since they were 10 years old they’ve seen two winning Texas football seasons. Two,” Herman said. “ They’ve seen four losing Texas football seasons.

      “The Texas that they know is a lot different than the Texas that people in my generation know. It’s our job to show them what Texas is capable of, what Texas has been in the past and what we’re planning on being again in the future.”

      UT is in the midst of a two-year bowl drought. It hasn’t actually won a postseason game since 2012. It has finished in the AP’s postseason Top 25 just once since 2010.

      In order to avoid the pitfalls of a losing culture, Herman has turned everything into a battle so players can experience winning and, more importantly, the sting of defeat almost on a daily basis.

      “Every time we have a competitive situation,” Herman said, “we're going to make sure that the people that don't win in that competitive situation, that they feel awful about it and that it's not funny and it's not hokey or corny, that it's really, really bad for them to lose, as well as it being very, very cool for the guys that win and very rewarding for the guys that win. Because that's what happens on Saturdays and that's what happens throughout the season.

      “So we train for chaos, and we put our guys through some extremely chaotic situations throughout offseason drills in the spring and in the summer so that on Saturdays, hopefully, the games will be easy and that losing will be something that is so distasteful that they can't even fathom going down that road.”


      • #33
        Tom Herman’s Texas debut was a dud with familiar problems

        AP Sep 3, 2017
        AUSTIN, Texas (AP) Bad defense, bad special teams and bad penalties. And the same old result.

        Outside of those $10 million locker rooms, Tom Herman hasn’t really fixed much at Texas so far.

        With a 51-41 loss to Maryland on Saturday, Herman’s Longhorns tripped into the 2017 season looking a lot like the team from 2016. And 2015. And 2014.

        Once again, Texas got pushed around at the line of scrimmage and gave up big plays on special teams along with big-play touchdowns in a loss that deflated a fan base eager for Herman to turn things around after three consecutive losing seasons under Charlie Strong.

        Texas is back? Back to where it was before. And Strong isn’t around to blame for this one. Herman praised his team for fighting to the end of the game but that will be of little solace in a program that lost its home opener for the first time since 1999.

        ”I told our guys never to get used to this feeling, but that we all thought that we were going to come in here and in nine months, sprinkle some fairy dust on this team and think that we’ve arrived, then we’re wrong,” Herman said.

        Herman didn’t sound angry in his postgame comments. He was rather subdued. And his players said the problems can be fixed.

        ”It was a lot of self-inflicted wounds. We’re going to get those things fixed because those are game changers,” junior linebacker Malik Jefferson said.

        That too sounds a lot like what Texas players have been saying for years. But how to fix a defensive line that continues to get pushed around at the line of scrimmage? Herman chided the defensive line when he first arrived, but softened last week when he called it the surprise group of training camp. Nose tackle Poona Ford was named a team captain.

        Ford blocked a field goal that was returned for a touchdown, but Maryland manhandled Texas’ defensive front, averaging 6.1 yards per rush. Ty Johnson ran for 132 yards on 12 carries, an average of 11 yards per carry, for the Terrapins. Before he got hurt in the third quarter, Maryland quarterback Tyrrell Pigrome was 9 of 12 passing for 175 yards and two touchdowns. Freshman Kasim Hill was 3 of 3 and converted a huge fourth quarter third down that set up a touchdown.

        Pigrome ”threw the ball better than we thought he could,” Herman said.

        The offense had similar struggles. A running game that produced a 2,000-yard rusher last season managed just 98 yards against Maryland. Quarterback Shane Buechele, when he wasn’t passing for 375 yards, had a team-high 15 carries for just 21 yards. Chris Warren III, a 250-pound bruiser, carried only six times. Texas went 0-4 on fourth down. Of Texas’s 41 points, only 20 were from the offense as defense and special teams scored three touchdowns.

        Even the special teams gave up game-changing plays. Maryland returned a blocked kick for a 71-yard touchdown and killed Texas’ momentum in the fourth with a big kickoff return that set up a touchdown.

        Texas fans have seen these sorts of game unravel for years now. Of Texas’ 30 coaches since 1894, Herman is one of only three to lose their first game.

        ”Why can’t we get out of own way?” Herman asked. ”That’s where the big-time introspection and self-criticism has to come on these next 24 and 48 hours … We’ve got to find a way to execute the way that we’ve been trained to execute when live bullets are flying.”

        Next up for Texas is a home game Saturday against San Jose State.