Kirk Bohls released this week’s nine things and one crazy prediction. A couple were dedicated to the Longhorns. Here’s Kirk’s take on those Bevo-related items:
On when Tom Herman should name a starting quarterback:
On the eve of spring training, the first-year Longhorns head coach blasted the defensive line’s conditioning, spelled out his exact timetable for naming a starting quarterback and said he’d need to know by summer the status of tight end recruit Reese Leitao, who faces drug charges in Tulsa. He takes on subjects head on. He said he would not name his quarterback by the end of spring training but wanted to pick returner Shane Buechele or freshman Sam Ehlinger in the first week of fall camp to give the winner time to rally his teammates around him before the season opener against Maryland. If possible, I’d name one by May to jump-start the whole leadership thing. No one should assume Buechele is the automatic starter. Every starter has to earn his position, which is how it should work.
Herman’s thoughts on mountains and molehills:
What’s clear from his first three months on the job is Tom Herman’s intense, laser-focused approach and his attention to detail. He said everybody in the building accuses him of making mountains out of molehills. “I know. I am,” he said, “because if we don’t as a staff, we’re going to look up one day and we’re going to have a whole bunch of molehills. You’ve got to stamp them out as soon as you see them. That’s exhausting, but the rewards are unbelievable.” One friend said Herman was walking around Royal-Memorial Stadium one day, saw paint that was chipping and immediately called maintenance to inquire about a new paint job.
On how Shaka Smart’s team can make the NCAAs:
Think Milwaukee, Shaka Smart. The Panthers should be Exhibit A for what Smart would like to see his Texas basketball team replicate. With an 11-23 record and a last-place conference finish, Milwaukee was attempting to become the worst team ever, record-wise, to qualify for the NCAA Tournament. It lost its last nine games of the regular season, but won three straight in the Horizon Conference Tournament and played Northern Kentucky Tuesday night for an NCAA berth. Likewise, the Longhorns limped home with seven consecutive defeats, leading some cynics to fear long-term ineptitude, an opinion not shared here. As one Longhorns insider told me, “They played hard all year. If they were an NBA team, you wouldn’t accuse them of tanking.”
For the rest of Kirk’s 9 Things, including his thoughts on Herman’s take on safety P.J. Locke III, how the Dell WGC tourney will benefit Austin and Texas State hoops, click here.
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