Houston had a visitor to practice Thursday in former head coach Art Briles, Briles coached the Coogs from 2003 to 2007. His son Kendal Briles is the Cougar offensive coordinator. After the controversy at Baylor, Briles spent two seasons away from the game but recently signed on to coach an American Football team in Italy.
Houston Chronicle reporter Joseph Duarte asked head coach Major Applewhite about the senior Briles' attendance, “It’s his son. I have a son and I want to be around my son and be involved in everything my son does. I’m going to live vicariously through my son and love him to death. I just feel that’s a big part of it. He also coached and played here ... I just go to the human side in terms if my son was coaching I would want to be around him. It’s about fatherly love at the end of the day.”
North Texas has functioning endzones! Well, one functioning end zone. The Mean Green are laying down new turf and the end zones have been the last areas to install. One end zone is installed while the other should be done in a few days.
Tom Herman confirmed that his two-deep should be fairly set after Saturday's scrimmage. At that point the Longhorns will start preparing for Maryland. Quarterback is still up for grabs with Sam Ehlinger and Shane Buechele. His freshman quarterbacks Casey Thompson and Cameron Rising are in the mix, but face an "uphill battle" not due to talent but due experience.
Jeffrey McCulloch is still out but Texas is hoping he'll be cleared during Maryland game week.
According to Don Williams of the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, McLane Carter is the odds-on favorite to start for Tech on September 1st. Carter is taking the majority of first-team snaps and coaches have more faith in his decision-making abilities.
An interesting story coming out of Lubbock is the emergence of Zach Austin, a sixth-year player who is currently getting first-team reps at the "H" receiver position. Austin missed the last two seasons with knee injuries, and thought about giving up the game, but decided to give it one more go.
UTEP decided to reschedule its Thursday scrimmage in favor of a non-padded work out. fullback Winston Dimel, offensive tackle Greg Long and running back TK Powell all spent parts of this week dealing with injuries. None are thought to miss any game time.