Ketch's 10 Thoughts From the Weekend (Tom Herman's big 2018)

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    There's a lot to talk about with the 2018 Texas football team as we approach the beginning of one of the most critical months of August that the program has seen this decade.

    Quarterbacks. Coordinators. The schedule. Beckyn Hager's hair. Breckyn Hager's quotes. Pool Parties.

    Honestly, we could go on for days about the list of topics surrounding this program that have a certain amount of intrigue with them, but I found myself this weekend deciding that the most important and fascinating topic around these parts heading into this season is none other than the head man himself ... Tom Herman.

    What you think about Herman after one season as head coach at Texas and two seasons at Houston probably outlines your thought process about what's possible or even likely with the upcoming season.

    If you're of the mindset that Herman hung the moon, you likely look at any of the personnel and coaching issues that the program faces entering the season and assume they'll be taken care of because Herman is an elite head coach. Elite college head coaches solve problems and win. That's what makes them elite.

    If you're unsure about Herman and can't decide if he's more very good than he is elite, you likely look at this season with concerns about the ability for all of the questions facing this team to be answered in a way that will allow for a successful season (based on the standards that Mack Brown established from 2001-2009).

    While it's pretty unpopular to straddle the fence around these parts, I have to admit that I'm pretty unsure about how I personally feel.

    On one hand, as I've outlined this off-season, Herman is a guy that really does check off a lot of important boxes as a head coach. When it comes to the CEO aspect of running a program, I find myself impressed with the attention to detail evident in so many aspects.

    On the other hand, Herman's record on the field in three years as a head coach is one-part out-of-this-world-good and two parts disappointing. The last two seasons, one at Houston and the other at Texas, left more questions than answers all season. It's why it's hard for me to give the benefit of the doubt after having done so a year ago with a last-minute nine-win season prediction.

    Therefore, I sit in opinion purgatory as the season approaches, unable to quite figure out if this season is the beginning of something special or the ignition of a realization that this is the beginning of something less than that.

    No. 2 - Something I noticed at Big 12 Media Days ...

    Considering how much discussion there will be about the quarterback position in August and throughout the season, it was kind of fascinating to see how little discussion there was about the position in Frisco this week.

    In the official transcript, Herman mentioned the names of Sam Ehlinger and Shane Buechele just once in more than a half hour in front of the media.

    Whether it was Herman or the players on hand that represented the university, there wasn't so much as a loud whisper about the position on the day that Texas met with national (and local) media. I suppose it shouldn't be a real shock, as the entire topic seems to have taken on hushed tones from those inside the program. Even when digging around to find out how off-season workouts are going with the players at the quarterback position, the information available is muted.

    While we know things will change as soon as the players report for camp, it was hard not to notice that the most buzz created by a Texas quarterback this week in any capacity was Sam Ehlinger's singing chops on Twitter.


    No. 3 - Answering Kirk Bohls' question ...

    I think the Longhorns currently have six championship-level players going into this season.

    WR - Collin Johnson
    WR - Lil'Jordan Humphrey
    DE - Breckyn Hager
    DE/LB - Malcolm Roach
    LB - Gary Johnson
    CB - Kris Boyd

    There are numerous players that have the potential to join these six, but as of now I can only go six (some might question my inclusion of any offensive players).

    No. 4 - Story-time with Uncle Ketch...
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    Although you can't get him to unleash the dragon very easily these days, @Suchomel used to be quite the entertaining dancer.

    In fact, one of my favorite things in life was watching himself get lost in a trance whenever the song "Kung-Fu Fighting" would begin to play in a bar after he'd had a few cold beverages. It must have been what it was like to watch Mozart or Baryshnikov in their primes. When he made his way to the dance floor or on top of a bar, you just knew that inspiring greatness in the form of a karate dance routine was about to begin.

    It's truly an amazing thing to behold, except for the time he almost kicked Chico Vasquez in the face at The Library on Sixth Street.

    In the exact moment, Suchomel was in his prime as a performer and channeling all of his Karate Kid/Bruce Leroy/Bruce Lee mojo with a packed bar appreciating his greatness. As his eyes closed, Suchomel dropped into a trance and a sequence of kicks were going in every direction. Out of nowhere , Vasquez, Kris Clack and pretty much the entire Texas basketball team entered the bar.

    For whatever reason, Vasquez wasn't paying attention to what was happening around him in the bar, probably because he was trying to get to the bar. Oh, and why would you ever need to expect that a possible roundhouse kick could be coming your way as you make designs for a Long island Iced Tea.

    With his eyes still closed, Suchomel does one of these sideways kicks into the air right and an unsuspecting Vasquez literally had to move out of the way to avoid the other end of some sweet chin music. Suchomel missed by an inch.

    And then there was a bit of discomfort, as Suchomel opened his eyes and realized that he'd almost kicked a dude with a serious reach advantage on him in the face, while Vasquez had to process how to feel about almost getting knocked out by a guy that clearly wasn't trying to knock him out.

    He was just dancing to Kung-Fu Fighting, a truth that allowed the incident to die as quickly as it ever started.

    Vasquez went to get his drink and Suchomel kept dancing.


    No. 5 – Buy or Sell …
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    BUY or SELL: By the end of 2018, the Texas OL is considered an average (or better than average) OL in the B12?

    (Buy) I am absolutely willing to concede that Herb Hand might get these guys to being average by the end of the season.

    BUY or SELL: Is Texas close to losing recruiting presence in the DFW area not just this season, but seasons to come?

    (Sell) Texas has already started to lose its recruiting presence.

    BUY or SELL: If we start 3-0, then we play in the BIG12 championship game?

    (Buy) It's a baby buy, but yeah, a 3-0 start would indicate that things are headed in the championship game type of direction.

    BUY or SELL: Tom Herman is not as comfortable as Lincoln Riley in calling his own team’s plays?

    (Buy) Well, yeah.

    BUY or SELL: If healthy all year— Tre Watson finishes with 500+ yards?

    (Buy) He's in a contract year. If he stays healthy, I think he's a guy that might finish with closer to 1,000 yards.

    BUY or SELL: In the Tom Herman era, Texas takes home the national championship?

    (Sell) See the top of this column.

    BUY or SELL: Elliot's tweet earlier this week is a canary in the coal mine regarding Herman's relationship with his players.

    (Buy) It's certainly moving in that direction. Little by little, Herman is adding HIS guys to the foundation of the team and that significantly matters. I think it would be naive to think everything is exactly where it needs to be, but Herman is light years closer than he was at this same time a year ago.

    BUY or SELL: if Ehlinger doubles his twitter followers between the start of the season and the start of December that means he has played well enough for us to be 9-3?

    (Buy) Bingo.

    No. 6 - Say what you will about Jordan Spieth, but ..

    That dude is must-see theater on a golf course.

    On Sunday, it was the kind of theater that he could have done without. As the co-leader heading into the final round at -9, Spieth didn't need to be awesome on Sunday to walk away with a win that would have absolutely saved his season, he just needed to be steady.

    He wasn't. He didn't make a birdie all day. There were a couple of disaster moments. Spieth barely made the top 10.

    I've said this before and I'll say it again, there might just be a little too much Phil Mickelson in that boy.

    The good news is that he'll be back. The bad news is that this probably isn't the last time we'll see what happened on Sunday.

    No. 7 - Time to get this man a comped Orangebloods subscription...
    Tweet!

    No. 8 – Eternal Randomness of the Spotty Sports Mind …

    ... Tiger Woods gave it a good run this weekend and he can hang his head up high ... but, that might be the closest he ever gets to another major.

    ... Man, Kawhi Leonard wanted to go to Los Angeles (and he still might end up there) and Pop sent his ass to Siberia. That's cold-blooded. On another note, I'm not impressed with what the Spurs received in return.

    ... I don't know if the Rockets have watched their window for an NBA championship close shut this off-season, but it certainly hasn’t opened more.

    ... From what downtown... BANG!


    ... Rest in peace, Tony Sparano.

    ... Josh Hader was given a standing ovation by Milwaukee Brewers fans. Fellas, he's not a victim. He did nothing to warrant such an ovation. And yet he received it. Sports fans gonna sports fan.

    No. 9 - The List: Top 10 Classic Austin-area Restaurants ...

    In the wake of the announcement that The Frisco on Burnet Road will be closing after 65 years in business, I give you my top 10 classic Austin Eat spots (40+ years or older) that are still open.

    10. Top Notch (1971)
    9. Matt's El Rancho (1952)
    8. Huts (1939)
    7. Fonda San Miguel (1975)
    6. Hoffbrau Steakhouse (1932)
    5. Mrs. Johnson's Bakery (1948)

    If you haven't stopped by at 5 a.m. after a night of hijinks, you need to.

    4. Dirty's (1926)

    The likely No. 1 for many reading this column right now.

    3. Nau's Enfield Drug (1951)

    One of the best burgers in town and a flashback to Austin before the hippies took over.

    2. Dan's Hamburgers (1973)

    The best burger in town, hands down for four decades.

    1. Avenue B Grocery (1909)

    You're not really an Austinite if you've never had Ross Mason make you a sandwich in Hyde Park. Get the King Combo. Pay attention to the menu.

    No. 10 – And Finally ...

    Official scoreboard: Wife 1 Husband 0

     
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    Very, very good write-up. Do you not notes during the weeks for ideas you'll write about in this column, do write full paragraphs during the week and then splice them together or do you sit down Sunday afternoon, reflect and bang the entire thing out in two hours, lol? Interested to know how you. Induct this part of your business. Do the other mods write in a similar fashion? Maybe you guys can kick that around on a podcast sometime. Enjoy the podcasts immensely, by the way.
     
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    I just want so badly for us to not suck this year. Don’t care who plays QB, don’t care who said what about whom in the locker room, just win football games.
     
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    Great read Ketch! Thanks
     
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    People felt like he was being persecuted for something he did when he was a 17 year old kid. He didn't break any laws. He didn't hurt anyone.

    Jeremy Hill raped a girl in high school and assaulted a guy in college (while on probation for that rape), and ESPN couldn't give two sh!ts about that. In fact, they made a video about his successful rebound from raping a girl and assaulting a guy...

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    Even if it's a bama fan, that's just so wrong. The things people do to each other in the name of going viral.
     
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    Is it even possible for Elliot to be farther in the cosmos from a Coach Tom Herman player?

    Wasn't Elliot recruited and signed by and "coached" by the previous coaching staff? Did Elliot EVER buy in to Coach Tom Herman and staff? Is there any evidence that he did?

    Elliot's actions recently, and their consequences for Texas football's recruiting and reputation, indicate that Elliot was never a Coach Tom Herman player. What I heard is that the current players, who ARE Coach Tom Herman players, told Elliot to fall back, which is when Elliot's tweets went where they should have been all along, into nonexistence.

    Those fall back messages to Elliot from current players came from the REAL Coach Tom Herman players, and are indicative of Herman's relationship with HIS players.

    No offense, but sometimes I don't get you.
     
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    Real question for you Ketch. Do you truly think Shane could beat out Sam and start the season, and then keep the starting job until conference play?

    I don't think anyone does, so I think most people have already penciled in Sam to be the guy. It doesn't really feel like a QB competition to me. It just feels like trying to get Sam ready for his 2nd season.
     
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    Those people might care about college football a lil' too much... And I'm a LSU fan.
     
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    This weekend I had an uncle, who doesn’t really follow college football in detail, ask me if Tom Herman was the right guy, and if Nick Saban would’ve done better last year.

    I said of course Saban would’ve done better, at most by two games though. Saban is the god king of college football, but pulling any program out of their worst era is difficult for anyone to do.

    I went on to say that it’s unfair to compare a 3-year head football coach to a 22-year head football coach. We fail to realize that Coach Herman is relatively new to this thing, and there might be some growing pains to go through to revitalize a blue blood program.

    To answer the question though, yes Tom Herman is the right guy for Texas.
     
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    Good take on Spieth. I see him as this generation's Arnold Palmer. Immensely popular, handsome, bold...but sometimes the tragic hero when he falls a little short.
     
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    I know I’ll get some snarky remark but in over 17 yrs of feeding this place 10.00 a month that is the most mail it in column in the history of this place.

    Not one damn bit of new info , recruiting news or team coverage.......that was straight up piss poor.

    Time to beat the bushes and get some new sources.

    Flame away.
     
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    If you believe the offensive line will be average to above average, we have 2 championship caliber WR’s and a healthy Watson goes for over 1000 you better raise your win prediction and get off the fence.
     
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    Your take on Herman is exactly my take. He very well may become a special coach, but his first year wasn't impressive. Will be an interesting year to say the least.
     
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    Having a hard time reconciling your listing GJ as one of our championship caliber players but when some of us thought it was ludicrous for him to not be on preseason Big 12 lists you acted like we were nuts.
     
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    Exactly. SMH.
     
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    I remember a number of articles last year during the summer and beginning of fall practices quoting Herman about how Deshon Elliot was a leader, had turned things around, and taking over the DB room. Now all of a sudden, he never bought into Herman and was a cancer, and all this BS. Stop it. I haven't heard the Stanford coach or LSU coach talk poorly about Mcaffrey or Fournette for skipping their bowl games. Whether it was his antics on the sideline during the bowl game (with the bag) or these issues with players (Jefferson/Elliot), and even shots he took at the previous staff when he came in (most new coaches keep that stuff to themselves), there is a little bit of immaturity to Herman. Maybe his intelligence overcomes that and Texas wins anyway, but it's something that is definitely there.
     
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    hedge your bets
    . to protect yourself against making the wrong choice: The weather forecasters were hedging their bets, saying the storm might come into land or go out to sea. (Definition of “hedge your bets” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
     
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    "Josh Hader was given a standing ovation by Milwaukee Brewers fans. Fellas, he's not a victim. He did nothing to warrant such an ovation."

    That was an expression of public distaste for the "gotcha" kind of opposition research that has spread from politics to now seeking out any public figure they can embarrass for something they said or thought many years ago. Who thinks it is a good idea (or should matter) to hunt down what someone put in someone else's high school yearbook decades ago or find a class book report where the person said something stupid when in high school? The public is kinda sick of this stuff and it is one reason that bashing of the press resonates with many. If he said that this year, okay. As a minor in high school? It is just stalker level creepy you are even looking that far back.
     
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    Great write up, although I'm still a little puzzled at how a 9-3 record in his last season at UH with wins over top 10 teams (OU & L-Ville) is classified as a disappointing season. 9 wins at Houston, even after a 13 win season has never been known to be a disappointment.
     
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    Dans is definitely the best old school burger in town, love me some Top Notch too for that flame grilled taste.
     
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    I love that you’re already off the bandwagon 13 games into the Herman era. This will be shoved so far up your ass when you’re wrong. And no backtracking. Herman won’t win a national title at Texas is your position. Noted.
     

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