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Golden: Is Texas football leadership in the right mental space?

Posted October 15th, 2019

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In this week’s Golden’s Nuggets, Ced touches on a Bevo-related item. Here is his take:

On what questions Tom Herman answered Monday:

Contrary to popular belief in the ATX, the 2019 season isn’t over.

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Not even close.

Despite the gut-wrenching fallout from the loss to Oklahoma, the local tackle football team must trudge forward with thoughts of a Big 12 title game rematch firmly in focus. So with his team’s current mental state a trending topic in the 512 and places beyond, I asked Tom Herman two questions during his Monday press conference:

1. What, if anything, did you learn about yourself and your coaching staff this weekend?

“I felt like we could make some adjustments, some needed adjustments,” Herman said. “I think I learned that our kids play really, really hard for our coaches, which is really important. I learned that there is really no finger pointing. When adversity hits, our guys come together.”

2. When you talked to the team (Sunday), what did you see in their eyes? Is the leadership in the right mental space?

“Oh, absolutely,” he said. “Yeah, we had a leadership meeting last night. The guys are in a great place. The thing about this rivalry game is, we play it in the middle of the season, unlike a lot of rivalry games that are played at the end of the year. So you better be able to bounce back if it doesn’t go your way and put it behind you.”

So what does it all mean? Well, Herman knows his team and his staff, particularly defensive coordinator Todd Orlando, who is now at the controls of the worst defense in school history statistically. Herman isn’t going to play his entire hand and let us all know how upset he is about the whole operation not giving a winning effort on the most important Saturday of the year.

For the rest of Cedric’s Nuggets, including his thoughts on the Dallas Cowboys’ coaching situation and the rest of the NFL, visit here.

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