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 LSU coach Ed Orgeron’s tossing schools like Texas out of Louisiana satellite camps.
Ed Orgeron, get over yourself. The LSU football coach threw a fit when Texas, Houston and other schools tried to hold satellite camps in his Baton Rouge backyard. Ease up, Big Ed. I’m fine with these camps. If one or two players get a scholarship out of them who otherwise would not, it’s a good thing. So what if a recruit in your area gets away? Happens all the time, and there’s not a thing wrong with it. About the kids, remember. Oh, right. It’s not. It’s about coaches and their big salaries and bigger egos.
On Phil Steele’s take on the Longhorns for the 2017 season:
Phil Steele believes in the Longhorns. In his comprehensive — yeah, I’d say a 352-page magazine qualifies as comprehensive — “2017 College Football Preview,” Phil ranks Texas at No. 22 and also as his No. 9 surprise team of the year. He does admit that the Horns were his No. 1 surprise team last summer before a highly disappointing 5-7 season. This time, he includes Texas among all eight of his unit rankings with four phases among the top 16 — offensive line, wide receivers, defensive backs and linebackers — and predicts the Horns against the Aggies in the Texas Bowl. Steele ranks UT’s schedule as the 24th-toughest. The five with the most difficult schedules, in order, are LSU, Cal, UCLA, Syracuse and Mississippi State. Texas Tech’s ranks 19th, A&M’s 29th, Baylor’s 48th and TCU’s 53rd.
On Bob Stoops’ coaching future:
Still convinced Bob Stoops will coach again, but at what level? “It would be hard to say,” Oklahoma athletic director Joe Castiglione told me. “I know Bob well enough to know he would never say something that is finite without evaluating what might come across his path. I don’t want to speak for him, but I don’t think he intends to coach again. A lot of times Bob said in press conferences that he could see himself coaching middle school or high school basketball. It may be another sport. His father was a multisport coach. He also coached baseball and basketball. If he ever decides to do that, he’s not foreclosing anything.” … Castiglione said Stoops stepped down for a combination of factors but added that “there isn’t some other mysterious reason lurking in the shadows that people haven’t heard. He just felt this was the right time, and he was at peace with it.”
For the rest of Kirk’s 9 Things, including his thoughts on Scottie Scheffler’s U.S. Open and some notes on the College World Series, click here.
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