Golden’s nuggets: The difference between a power team and finesse team


I receive dozens of emails a day, but many of my older readers still value the art of writing a letter.

Bostic Carter of Thrall had some concerns about Tom Herman’s coaching down the stretch of the regular-season loss Texas Tech. A self-described “Texas Longhorn fan of 80 years,” Mr. Carter was particularly concerned about one facet of the Texas’ offense: The goal-line play calling.

“Herman was GA for two years under Mack Brown for crying out loud,” Carter wrote. “Has he not seen Mack use a heavy package on the goal line? Get some ol’ big linemen or two for extra blocking and run the ball in! Use some practice time on the quarterback under center. (It) works better for the goal line or (as) a change of pace.”

You know what? He has a point on the goal line. Herman took the job and stressed toughness and physicality in the offseason, but a team lining up in the shotgun or Wildcat inside the 5-yard line feels like a finesse offense through these eyes.

Sometimes coaches get too caught up in their scheme and don’t remember the basic tenets of the game. An offensive line of Connor Williams, Patrick Vahe and Jake McMillon should be be able to get three or four yards of push with a quarterback lined up under center, right?

Thanks for reading, BC.

Tim Brewster to Texas A&M was the obvious move for new Aggies coach Jimbo Fisher, who needs a recruiter familiar with these Texas streets.

Brewster tweeted that he was leaving Florida State to “join Jimbo in College Station.” His four seasons in Tallahassee with Fisher were all about top-10 recruiting classes. As usual, there will be some players who were FSU-bound now thinking of moving their recruitment to College Station. Under his watch, ‘Noles tight end Nick O’Leary won the Mackey Award in 2014.

Many of you will remember Brewster as part of the Texas staff under Mack Brown that brought the famed 2000 recruiting class that included prep All-Americans Chris Simms and Cory Redding. He also coached All-Big 12 tight end Bo Scaife.

LBJ coach Andrew Jackson has left us, but the memories will never die.

When I arrived here in 1999 as the new preps writer at the Statesman, Jackson — who was coaching Reagan at the time — along with Bowie basketball coach Celester Collier and Westlake football coach Ron Schroeder were some of the most welcoming people in the area to a kid from East Texas taking on a new career challenge.

Jackson was one cool dude. To this day, I credit him for keeping Reagan High School open. Early in the 2000s, there was talk that AISD was considering shuttering Reagan but the 2001 football team’s exploits became a rallying cry of sorts for fans, parents and alumni alike.

Jackson’s Raiders went 12-3 and advanced to the Class 4A state semifinals. Those kids were crazy about Jackson. I join them in mourning the loss of a terrific coach. Cancer didn’t beat him. He’s just moved on to his next phase. 

Austin football will miss him for sure. Rest well, Coach Jack.

Lake Travis junior Garrett Wilson may have to rent out some extra space for the scholarship offers and letters that will continue to flood his residence over the next year.

Wilson, a 6-foot, 180-pound receiver, has caught 83 passes for 1,558 yards and 25 touchdowns for the 12-2 Cavaliers, who play Katy in a Class 6A Division I state semifinal Saturday at NRG Stadium. He caught seven passes for 98 yards and a pair of touchdowns (and ran for another) in last Saturday’s win over San Antonio O’Connor, but what may have been overlooked was his play on the other side of the ball.

The long-armed Wilson has played some cornerback, which doesn’t happen in big schools nearly much as it did 15 or 20 years ago, and broke up three passes. He showed great instincts on that side of the ball though his words following the game indicate that he’s a wideout at heart.

“Hopefully receiver,” Wilson said. “I like playing DB and that’s where my team needs me, so I go out and do it for them.”

He says he will make his college decision during his senior year, a decision that may also include hoops since he averaged 17.7 points per game as a sophomore, according to Maxpreps.com.

So LaVar Ball pulled middle son LiAngelo out of UCLA because he felt coach Steve Alford was punishing him too much after he recently somehow avoided life in a Chinese prison for shoplifting.

He then pulled his youngest, LaMelo, out of high school because he didn’t like his coach at Chino (Calif.) Hills.

Now both have signed to play pro ball in Lithuania and LaVar is predicting both will join oldest son Lonzo in the NBA soon, despite scouts’ projections that neither is a legitimate pro prospect.

Surely that team in Lithuania has a third roster spot available. One more Ball would complete the three-ring circus.



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