ONLINE CHAT REVISITED: TEXAS-OLE MISS
Selected questions and answers about Saturday’s Texas-Ole Miss matchup, taken from this week’s chats by columnists Kirk Bohls and Cedric Golden (11 a.m. Wednesdays) and beat writers Randy Riggs, Mark Rosner and Dave Behr (11 a.m. Tuesdays):
- On Mack Brown:
How hot is the big seat at Bellmont?
Golden: He has to get it fixed in quick fashion. This is the biggest non-conference game of his career.
Riggs: Got to see how it plays out. If they somehow regroup and finish with double-digit wins, he’ll probably be back. But the likelihood of that? I wouldn’t bet the rent money on it.
Was Mack ever really a great coach, or were his 10-win seasons just a product of great talent?
Bohls: I think Mack’s a good coach. You don’t win 151 games at Texas, second all-time, and not be a good coach. But his strengths are in his people skills, CEO management, recruiting.
Golden: You can have all the talent in the world, but it takes a good coach to make it work together. Nine straight seasons of 10-plus wins makes him a good, if not great, coach in my book. I give credit where credit is due.
- On the defense:
Mack said tackling is a problem in the NCAA right now. Does he really think people care about tackling anywhere but Texas?
Golden: They all care, but that was Mack trying to make a local problem a global problem. He should worry about solving his own tackling problems. Virginia didn’t have a problem tackling Taysom Hill.
Bohls: Uh, yes, everywhere, people care about tackling. But I see Alabama and LSU teams tackle pretty well. The spread offense and safety rules have made it harder to tackle.
Riggs: Tackling and health care are two of the great problems in our country.
Can Greg Robinson really make a difference?
Bohls: Yes. How much, I don’t know.
Golden: A little bit.
Rosner: Robinson doesn’t turn it around in a week.
Behr: Very explosive offense for the Rebels. Could be a long night.
Riggs: There’s not a whole lot he can do this week. Think they’re pointing toward Kansas State and the start of Big 12 play next week.
- On the team:
What do you think the realistic record is for this team now?
Golden: 7-5, 8-4.
Bohls: That looks like a 7-5 team.
Riggs: I’ll say they win 7-8, but I’m just a cockeyed optimist, I guess.
Is Texas really as bad as BYU made them look?
Golden: BYU was OK, but they weren’t great. I thought Texas just played like they could just show up and win.
Is the sky falling?
Golden: It fell in Utah. We’ll see if the sun comes back out in Austin on Saturday.
Is Johnathan Gray over-rated?
Golden: He is if he can’t get the ball.
Bohls: I’d just say he’s not as special as we thought he might be. I was expecting Adrian Peterson or something in that neighborhood, but he’s not. He is very good, but he’s not at that level.
The quickest fix for the team?
Bohls: Get angry, like you mean it. Defense is attitude and want-to, mostly.
Riggs: Try to limit the explosive plays on defense. Try to establish some sort of running attack on offense. Both will be tall orders.