Kirk Bohls released this week’s nine things and one crazy prediction yesterday. A few were dedicated to the Longhorns. Here’s Kirk’s take on some Bevo related items:
His take on new offensive coordinator Tim Beck:
Tim Beck wasn’t the offensive answer for Ohio State or Nebraska, but he keeps getting high-profile jobs. Reporters describe Texas’ new offensive coordinator as “thin-skinned” and “pass-happy” and devoted to a heavy spread, up-tempo attack. Sounds like he’s not God’s gift to play-callers. Doug Lesmerises wrote on Cleveland.com that “For Ohio State, Beck was a bad hire and part of a mix that never worked.” Buckeyes quarterbacks have struggled the last two seasons without Tom Herman at the controls. … A Nebraska writer who covered the Cornhuskers when Beck was the OC there calls him “a good recruiter” but he wasn’t wild about his play-calling. “He wasn’t a disaster, just oddball,” he said. “He didn’t call plays to the strength of his offense. He told people privately he’d like to throw the ball on every down.”
Houston’s board of regents chair opinion on Tom Herman:
At least one Houston Cougar expects big things out of Herman in Austin. Cougars benefactor Tillman Fertitta, chairman of the UH board of regents, tells me, “I think Texas solved its problems. I think Tom will be extremely successful there. It’ll be a shock to the players, but they’ll buy in. Look at the recruiting classes at Texas. Charlie (Strong) did an unbelievable job there, but there was definitely something wrong. I think Tom will take those athletes and win immediately. I would be shocked if UT didn’t go 9-3 next year.”
Texas’ hunt for a permanent athletic director:
Texas has not begun a formal search for a permanent athletic director to succeed Mike Perrin and may not until late spring, but sources say the school has started to kick the tires on potential candidates, including former West Virginia AD Oliver Luck. Other candidates include Kansas State’s John Currie; Arizona’s Greg Byrne, the son of former Texas A&M AD Bill Byrne; Oklahoma’s Joe Castiglione; and Virginia Tech’s Whit Babcock. Both Currie (through 2022) and Babcock (2024) received contract extensions at their current jobs in 2016, and Florida went hard after Byrne. All five would be excellent, but I can’t see Joe C coming. In addition, Texas is exploring the idea of consolidating the AD position as a vice-president over athletics and moving women’s AD Chris Plonsky to a strong marketing position.
For the rest of Kirk’s 9 Things, including his thoughts on Texas men’s hoops struggles, Houston to the Big 12 and his 2017 Heisman candidates, click here.
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