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 Ohio State coach Urban Meyer’s thoughts on Tom Herman:
If Urban Meyer isn’t president of the Tom Herman Fan Club, he has to rank up there pretty high. In his book “Above the Line,” the Ohio State football coach writes that he hired Herman out of Iowa State over bigger names because he had “a ton of expertise in the up-tempo offense” and thoroughly impressed him during the interview. “Right away, I could tell how smart and charismatic he was,” he wrote. “During the (job) interview, I handed him our playbook” and gave him an hour to study it and teach it back to Meyer. “When I returned,” Meyer said, “he basically taught me the whole offense.” Herman’s not Coach Mensa for nothing.
On Herman’s desire to redshirt a quarterback in 2017:
Tom Herman surprised me when he said at Big 12 media days that he’d like to redshirt whichever quarterback doesn’t emerge from Longhorns training camp as the starter. He added that would be the case “in a perfect world” and probably isn’t a realistic option, but I don’t think it’s wise. Herman has two very good quarterbacks in sophomore Shane Buechele and freshman Sam Ehlinger to help him start fast out of the gate in his first season, and the coach also has the promise of two hotshot, four-star quarterbacks coming in next year followed by another in 2019. “We’re assuming Sam doesn’t beat Shane out in training camp, which he’s going to have every opportunity to do that,” Herman said. “He’s got to have hope. He’s got to have a light at the end of the tunnel. He’s got to have some belief that if he goes out and practices better than the guy that’s in front of him that eventually he’s going to be able to be the starting quarterback.” I’m down with that, but I think it’s very risky to redshirt one of them and have the starter go down with an injury with Texas sitting, say, 6-1 or even 5-2 and the backup not having played a snap. Herman was exactly right when he told us, “We’ve got a duty on game day to win. We don’t have a duty to protect people’s feelings. If the backup gives you a better chance to win than the starter, the way that that starter is currently playing, then you’ve got to put the backup in. If the answer is no, what’s the point of putting him in? In a perfect world, you would not waste a year of eligibility for a guy to go in for mop-up duty.”
On future Longhorns’ successes on the diamond this summer:
Help is on the way for the Longhorns baseball team. Zach Zubia, a transfer from Tulane, is killing it in the Northwoods League, where he is hitting .316 with a league-best 17 home runs and 50 RBIs. He won the league’s home run derby last week and figures to play first base or be a DH for UT. Infielder Masen Hibbeler (.317 for Florence RedWolves), who hit 10 homers at Odessa College last spring, was named to the Coastal Plains League all-star game as the starting shortstop for the team that beat the U.S. collegiate national team in a warmup game. As for current players, Blair Henley has 30 strikeouts and just two walks as an all-star for the Santa Barbara Foresters in the California Collegiate League, along with a 1.69 ERA and a 3-1 record. Parker Joe Robinson, meanwhile, hadn’t allowed a run in 15 innings of relief for the Orange City Riptide.
For the rest of Kirk’s 9 Things, including his thoughts on the Texas Rangers’ options at the MLB trade deadline and former Aggie head coach Gene Stallings’ recent speech, click here.
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