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Bohls: Rhinos, receivers and kicking for three – loves and hates of the Texas season so far

Posted October 18th, 2017

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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 what has been right and wrong this football season for Texas:

What I love and hate about this Texas football season so far: I love the fact Tom Herman has the guts to demote stud receiver Collin Johnson for not being physical enough, that Sam Ehlinger has the toughness of a rhinoceros and sometimes runs like one, that the Longhorns never quit even if they’re down 20-0 to Oklahoma, that linebacker Malik Jefferson is playing up to his potential, that defensive tackle Poona Ford is playing like an All-Big 12 player, and that Texas plays very well on the road. … I hate that Herman won’t kick field goals, that he won’t play one of his best receivers in Armanti Foreman (who still ranks third on the team in receptions despite not getting on the field the last two games; he almost won the USC game for Texas), that the receivers can’t get off press coverage and don’t work harder at getting open when plays break down, that Kris Boyd and P.J. Locke III keep getting burned for big plays, that the offensive line is a disaster (bless their hearts), and that running backs coach Stan Drayton rotates his players so much that there’s no way any of them can get in a rhythm.

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On the next Texas athletic director:

Here are three potential candidates to keep an eye on when Texas hires a new athletic director in 2018. Two have UT connections. Both Colorado State athletic director Joe Parker and new Florida executive associate AD for internal affairs Laird Veatch have M.B.A.s from Texas and worked at the school. Both are well-respected. Parker is a three-time All-America swimmer from Michigan who has been a deputy AD at Texas Tech and spent time at OU. Veatch is a former Kansas State linebacker under Bill Snyder. Both are fund-raising stars. A third candidate could be rising star UCF AD Danny White, whose father Kevin is the Duke AD. He’s 37 and a former Notre Dame guard.

UT Athletic Director Mike Perrin thinks the 2016-17 season was “hard on Shaka (Smart).” (Jay Janner/American-Statesman)

Texas AD Mike Perrin on men’s hoops:

Texas athletic director Mike Perrin said he thinks Texas “should be a basketball school.” I agree. “I think last season was hard on Shaka (Smart). I really do.” The last-place Big 12 finish was equally as hard on Longhorns fans. Smart said he’s kept a journal since he started playing college basketball at Kenyon College. “I look back a lot at what I wrote last year,” he said Monday. “When you’re going through a challenging time, you focus on the guys you’re coaching. It’s very easy to look inward, but we need to grow and develop thse guys. Last year we were far from being an NCAA Tournament team. That gives us a real sense of urgency.”

For the rest of Kirk’s 9 Things, including his thoughts on pro soccer moving to Austin, Mike Leach and the baseball playoffs, click here.

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