Tuesday Playcard

Another Think Piece on Why Texas Can't Win

Andy Staples wrote the now seemingly monthly piece on a why Texas wouldn't or couldn't win. These articles usually center around anecdotes and typically throw former AD Steve Patterson under the burnt orange bus. 

Staples uses a water hose overflow mud pit at the practice field to demonstrate the current administration's commitment to winning. While we think new Texas AD Chris Del Conte is a great hire, blaming the Horn's recent mediocrity on the administration's failure to "pull in the same direction" misses the mark. 

The reality is Texas recruited well, even at a high level, throughout the recent downturn. And yes, Steve Patterson was the Ebenezer Scrooge of college ADs, but he didn't force Charlie Strong to go through three different offensive philosophies in two and a half seasons, or that Texas didn't have a serviceable quarterback until Shane Buechele's arrival. 

While administrative red tape and "alignment," another of the plethora of Urban Meyer-isms that his sycophants like to throw around, good coaching and better players make the difference. If Texas returns to the Mack Brown era glory, it'll be because they finally sign the right high school All-Americans and use them properly.  

UTEP Expected to Announce Sun Bowl Improvements

The #EPMAD movement continues, this time with AD Jim Senter and President Diana Natalicio expected to announce renovations to the venerable Sun Bowl. New AD Senter's mantra is each day you aren't working on facilities; you're falling behind. Former UTEP AD Bob Stull's mantra was hire re-treads and leave me the hell alone. 

The "new vision" for the stadium is expected to include infrastructure improvements to restrooms and concourses, but also more luxury seating options. 

If Senter can continue to polish up the Sun Bowl, the Miners will continue to have one of the real gems in college football with the facilities unique vistas and geography. 

Recruiting Dollars

The great Ben Baby of the Dallas Morning News has been busy sending off freedom of information act requests to the Texas public schools to see what they're spending on not just football, but more explicitly recruiting, the lifeblood of the program. 

Not surprisingly Texas A&M and Texas lead the way. What is surprising is that Texas A&M spends almost a half a million more than their rivals to the west. Texas Tech comes in third, while among G5 schools, Houston and UTSA lead the way. UTSA has a significant dollar advantage over their in-state CUSA rivals. 

If you want bang for your buck, look no further than North Texas who spends the least of the eight Texas public schools and yet were the only Texas squad to win their Division in 2017. 

Mayfield and Anderson Waiting for Answers

As spring practice concludes two Roundup players and potential starters are in limbo as they wait to hear from the NCAA on their eligibility to play in 2018.

Riley Mayfield, from North Texas, is slated to start at tackle for the Mean Green, but the senior is seeking a sixth year of eligibility from the NCAA. Mayfield transferred to North Texas from Abilene Christian where he sat out two seasons, one as a redshirt, the other with a knee injury. Mean Green coaches expect to hear an answer this month on his status.

At Houston, Ole Miss transfer Deontay Anderson is facing a similar, yet different decision as the NCAA decides whether or not to grant him immediate eligibility. Anderson claims that Hugh Freeze and Ole Miss coaching staff deceived him during his recruitment about the severity of NCAA penalties. He petitioned the NCAA for a transfer waiver. In the meantime, he's slated to start at safety for Major Applewhite's Cougars. 

We've yet to see a timetable for a decision on Anderson, but hopefully sooner than later. 

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