January 07, 2014

Red McCombs goes batshit crazy

I'm not talking about any of McCombs' political stances, which sure as hell themselves qualify, between creating Clear Channel and chairing the board of the former Blackwater, among many dubious contributions to American life.

I'm talking about his reaction to Charlie Strong replacing Mack Brown as University of Texas football coach.
"I think it is a kick in the face," McCombs said. "Beyond the fact of what actually happened. We have boosters that have a lot of knowledge about the game. When we decided to go get Mack -- from the time we decided to go get Mack to about 30 hours later to have a press conference here and it was done -- we had a lot of input before we went after him.

 "So I don't know what the big rush was. I was kind of pleased that [Texas athletic director Steve] Patterson already said that he'd like to get it done in the middle of January. That seemed logical to me. I'm a team player, but I think they went about it wrong and made the selection wrong."
First, doof, recruiting's Zero Hour is right after the end of bowl season. The Horns couldn't afford to be coachless a lot longer. Second, contra Orangebloods dubious claims, it doesn't appear that Nick Saban or his "team" had newfound interest in Austin after the bowl season. Maybe the Stoops Slobknockering was part of that, but maybe UT boosters like a certain ...

Red McCombs was part of that.

And, this also just goes to show the overemphasis of sports in American school life, both collegiate and K-12.

Besides, Red, who's this "we"? You got a mouse, or a Koch Brother, in your pocket? As far as I can tell, you never were on UT's board of regents, so what part of "we" was involved in the hiring of Mac Brown in the first place?

And, wingnuts, when will you learn? This is another example of how rich people usually wind up caring about themselves, more than your causes.

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That all said, per Pat Forde, Red may be right to go batshit crazy on this. I give Strong 3 years to, at a minimum, post a 9-win regular season, or else, if he's as "reserved" at Texas as at Louisville, to get shoved out.

He may indeed be a good X and O coach. But, if Forde is right, if he's not a GREAT one, boosters will chew him up and spit him out.

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