Archive for May, 2016

Shane Buechele getting love from Campus Insiders

Posted by    |    May 31st, 2016 at 12:31 pm

Young gun.

Report: Baylor Set To Hire Jim Grobe as Interim Coach

Posted by    |    May 30th, 2016 at 2:41 pm

Also say the assistant staff will stay intact.

24/7 sports is reporting that Baylor is set to announce former Wake Forest Coach Jim Grobe as the Interim Head Football Coach for 2016.

At first blush this struck me as an excellent move. Grobe gave Wake Forest the best 13 years of football in their history, and from 2006-08 the Demon Deacons were 28-6. He is respected for being a coach of high integrity, with lots of experience in working at a small private school in a Power 5 conference.

Grobe was out of the game last year and admitted that he should have probably taken either the Nebraska or Arkansas jobs when they were offered. The jobs went to Bo Pellini and Bobby Pretrino.

He also took full blame for his last two seasons at Baylor that ended with 3-9 records, and he blamed a change in recruiting as part of the downfall, when he took some more talented players that were “knuckleheads.”

“We kind of got away from that dynamic and started recruiting a little bit better player who probably doesn’t have a good enough love for the game,” Grobe said. “Quite frankly, I ended up spending a lot of time last year with five knotheads who were always missing class, missing study hall, missing tutoring, late to meetings, late to practices, and ultimately I just wouldn’t play them. They were very talented kids who could have helped us win games. There’s no question I could have done a better job.”

All well and good.

Then 24/7 also reported that the entire assistants staff  would be retained for 2016.

Really?  Art Briles is the sole member of the athletics department that took part in witness intimidation?  Art Briles is the sole member of the Baylor coaching staff that knew about the accusations?

That’s not what the Pepper Hamilton report indicates.

From the 15-page “findings” released by Baylor.

“Football coaches or staff met directly with a complainant [as in, an alleged sexual assault victim] and/or a parent of a complainant and did not report the misconduct.”

And a little later there is this.

“Some football coaches and staff took improper steps in response to disclosures of sexual assault or dating violence that precluded the University from fulfilling its legal obligations. Football staff conducted their own untrained internal inquiries,” the law firm writes elsewhere.

Somehow I don’t think that Baylor’s administration fully understands the situation they are in.

Augie Garrido Steps Down at UT Baseball Coach

Posted by    |    May 30th, 2016 at 12:14 pm

Garrido will become Special Assistant to the Athletics Director

Augie Garrido, collegiate baseball’s all-time winner is stepping down after 20 years as Texas baseball coach.

Garrido – just 25 games shy of 2,000 wins as a college baseball coach, captured two national championships in eight appearances during his 20-year stint as the Longhorns baseball coach.

Texas Athletics Director Mike Perrin praised Garrido for carrying on the brilliant baseball tradition at Texas

“Augie has left an indelible mark on Texas Athletics and will forever be remembered as a true icon of college baseball, much like the legendary Longhorn coaches of the past 100-plus years -€” Billy Disch, Bibb Falk and Cliff Gustafson. He’s a man who for two decades shared with Texas his gift for building championship teams, enhancing student-athletes’ lives both on and off the field and winning with style, class and grace. He is a Hall of Famer in the game of baseball, a great man and a true Longhorn legend.”

Garrido was the first coach to lead two different programs to national championships (Cal St. Fullerton and Texas). He won national titles in four different decades ,(1979, 1984, 1995, 2002, 2005).

While at Texas, he had two runner-up and two 3rd place finishes to go with the national championships.

The program has been in a steady decline over the past five years, with a 55-59 record over the past two seasons. This years mark of 25-32 matched the season record for losses with the 1998 squad, which was Garrido’s second season on the 40 Acres.

Happy Memorial Day

Posted by    |    May 30th, 2016 at 12:07 pm

Thanks to all who’ve served and all who sacrificed.

Happy Memorial Day, Longhorn fans!

Hopefully you’re getting the chance to enjoy some warm weather, cold drinks and the company of friends and family wherever you’re choosing to enjoy the holiday.  And hopefully you’ll also spare a moment or two in reflection and thanks towards the United States servicemen and women who made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom.  It’s something that we all realize that we should do on days like today, but I for one have been plenty guilty of letting the day slip past with a little less reflection than is warranted.

Fortunately, Longhorn fans get a bonus opportunity to offer thanks to those who sacrificed for us every time that we set foot in DKR.

The hallowed ground of the Longhorns was dedicated in 1924 by Athletic Director Theo Bellmont and the Texas student body to the almost 200,000 Texans who fought – and the 5,280 who died – in World War I.  The stadium was re-dedicated upon its expansion in 1948 to include veterans of the Second World War, and received another re-dedication in 1977 to honor all Longhorn alumni in all foreign wars.

Here’s a great piece from Bill Little on the trio of former Longhorn football players who were immortalized on the original “Doughboy” statue plaque after losing their lives in World War I.

If you’d like to learn more about Jack Chevigny, the former Notre Dame gridiron star and Longhorn head coach who lost his life at Iwo Jima, ESPN did a nice article on his legacy.

My own grandfather, Bob Atchley, was a medical corpsman who was serving at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.  He was fortunate enough to survive that battle and the remainder of his service in the Second World War, and I’ve always been tremendously proud of his courage and commitment to our country.

If any of you have any stories of service and sacrifice that you’d like to share – be they yours or those of your family, fiends and loved ones – feel free to do so in the comments.

Hook ’em, and God Bless America.

This Texas Longhorns 100 Days Until Kickoff Video is LIT

Posted by    |    May 27th, 2016 at 11:16 am