Kirk Bohls released this week’s nine things and one crazy prediction. A couple were dedicated to the Longhorns and the Big 12. Here are Kirk’s takes on those items:
On the timing of Bob Stoops stepping down at Oklahoma:
Say what you want, but I think Bob Stoops made his decision (to step down) a few months ago and chose his timing to protect new head coach Lincoln Riley and his entire staff, especially his brother Mike. Still, I’m a little surprised OU President David Boren didn’t decide to go national and get a big name.
On one more Longhorn golfer rising to the top of the amateur world:
Texas didn’t win the men’s golf national championship this year, but Longhorns are making a whole lot of noise. Senior-to-be Doug Ghim became only the 19th golfer in the 20-year history of the Arnold Palmer Cup to post a perfect 4-0 record in the international event pitting the top collegiate golfers from the United States and Europe. Senior Scottie Scheffler qualified for his second U.S. Open and will tee off Thursday. Texas coach John Fields, who piloted the Americans to victory in Atlanta on Sunday, loves Ghim’s play. “He’s very intelligent and strong mentally,” Fields said of this year’s Big 12 player of the year. “He has outstanding physical ability with a golf swing that’s built for success. He absolutely loves golf and its history.” Ghim’s personal swing coach is his father, Jeff, and Ghim has been mentored by Fields’ assistant, Jean-Paul Hebert.
On what state of Texas coaches are on the hot seat for the 2017 football season:
Texas A&M’s Kevin Sumlin and Texas Tech’s Kliff Kingsbury both enter the 2017 season on seats so hot, they can’t even sit down. It would take a $6.8 million buyout for Kingsbury and $10 million for Sumlin to make changes. I’d put these coaches as potential replacements for either if they both have mediocre seasons. I’d suggest SMU’s Chad Morris (but he better win eight games), Oklahoma State’s Mike Gundy (the most under-rated coach in America who just signed an extension) and North Carolina’s Larry Fedora (a Bryan native), but I think the hottest commodity come December might be Virginia Tech’s Justin Fuente, who spent time at TCU. Gundy and Fuente would top my list. I could see A&M athletic director Scott Woodward try to woo Florida State’s Jimbo Fisher (they were at LSU at the same time) or Chris Petersen out of Washington, but I doubt either would come.
For the rest of Kirk’s 9 Things, including his thoughts on the MLB draft, Kacy Clemens and the LeBron James/Michael Jordan debate, click here.
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