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Bohls: How is Tom Herman fighting entitlement in the football program?

Posted August 2nd, 2017

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Kirk Bohls released this week’s nine things and one crazy prediction. A couple were dedicated to the Longhorns. Here are Kirk’s takes on those items:

How Tom Herman is fighting entitlement and what was almost installed in Texas’s new dressing room:

Tom Herman made the Longhorn players lounge off limits because, well, it was messy. I love it because this is how he is fighting entitlement. He’s had $8,700 lockers installed in the Texas dressing room, which smells of entitlement for a program that’s produced three straight seven-loss seasons, but this is how Herman combats it. “If we give you nice things, you need to treat those things well,” Herman said. Yeah, it may be a small punishment, but it sends the right message. In fact, P.J. Locke’s missing water bottle (for which he was punished in the middle of the night with up-downs in the stadium and cleanup duty in the weight room) and his subsequent Formula 409 bottle are this year’s versions of Charlie Strong’s ping pong table. … Did you see that Clemson hired a sleep coach? I guess a mini-golf course inside the football facility wasn’t enough. While Dabo Swinney hired a sleep specialist to improve the Tigers’ slumber, Texas players wear fatigue monitors that tell them when they will run out of energy. And Texas considered putting in a firemen’s pole if the players lounge ended up below the dressing room.

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Texas outfielder Travis Jones slides into second base on May 2, 2017. Jones is among the Longhorns who were drafted this week but still have college eligibility left on the table. (Stephen Spillman / for AMERICAN-STATESMAN)

What one former UT baseball player is doing in his first year in the minor leagues and updates on others:

Former Longhorns outfielder Travis Jones is tearing it up in the Kansas City Royals organization and already has been promoted twice in two months. He started in the Arizona League where he hit .485 in nine games. He was promoted to Burlington and hit .391 in seven rookie-ball games before moving up to Idaho Falls in the top rookie league, where he hit .375 in 11 games. Jones was drafted as a utility player and so far has played right and left field as well as first base and third base. His former teammate, first baseman Kacy Clemens, is hitting .265 with three homers and 26 RBI in 34 games with the rookie-level Vancouver Canadians. Second baseman Bret Boswell has six homers for the Boise Hawks, and pitcher Morgan Cooper is expected to throw his first bullpen session this week. Also, pitcher John Curtiss is on fire in Triple-A, posting five saves and a 2.57 ERA, and could get a September call-up to the Twins.

For the rest of Kirk’s 9 Things, including his thoughts on how the Rangers and Astros performed at the trade deadline and Jerry Jones’ induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, click here.

 

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