Letters to the Sports Editor


Texas won’t win till it solves it QB recruiting

UT will never have the kind of season it wants until it recruits real quarterbacks on a consistent basis. And the local kids that so many love from the area high schools are not the ones that fit this criteria.

UT’s inability over the years to evaluate raw quarterback talent from the high school ranks has always intrigued me. Either the coaches don’t know how, or are unwilling, to evaluate the opposing high school teams/players their recruits played.

Yes, I realize there has been an exception or two along the way. But I’m talking about year in and year out. The number of stars in high school recruiting ratings seldom corresponds with raw talent. Yet the UT coaches and fanbase always seem to covet 4- and 5-star “talent.” It makes great preseason banter and gets the Longhorns favorable rankings in the preseason polls, but it does not consistently win football games.

BRAD DOUGLAS, Austin

Strong acted too much like players’ buddy

Three years ago, when Charlie Strong was hired, you and thousands of others hailed him as the divine savior of Texas. You all praised him as if he was the person that was going to give Texas a national championship.

I stated that the kudos should be saved until the person proved himself. He was given a guaranteed $5.2 million-a-year (contract) with no caveats. For such a great school, it contains a lot of stupid people who believe anything. Now, after three years, the savior has proved to be the worst coach in the history of the university. He was fired, while he will be laughing all the way to the bank to cash the final $10.4 million that he was promised.

The problem with Mr. Strong is probably not his coaching ability. I believe his biggest problem is that he treats his players as his buddies. He horseplays with them on the sideline as if he was one of the players. A good coach, like Mr. Brown and many good coaches, keeps the players at arm’s length. Mr. Strong is loved by his players because he became one of them. As a result, I feel that the players weren’t concerned when they did something wrong because their pal would not yell at them, he’d embrace them and tell them not to worry. Therefore, I believe the players did not exert their potential.

For Mr. Strong to do a good coaching job, he needs to act like a coach and not like a buddy.

RAYMOND S. CHAVEZ, Austin

High school’s over; Horns need to grow up

Will someone please tell the Longhorns basketball players that high school is over? You are no longer THE STUD on the court. This is D-I college basketball and you now have to make free throws, play defense, make layups and stop pouting when things go wrong.

Your talent is impressive, but it is diminished when you don’t play as a team. You have one of the best coaches in the country; pay attention!

ARLEN ZANDER, Round Rock

How long till Bohls goes after Tom Herman?

Well, I see UT has a new football coach. You should start a pool to see how long it takes Kirk Bohls to start criticizing and trying to undermine him.

With Charlie Strong, it happened right after Coach Strong didn’t kiss Kirk’s ring just right.

JIM IRELAND, Georgetown


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