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What Do Longhorns Fans Want For Christmas?

Nowadays, most Texas fans aren’t very greedy when it comes to what they want from their program. With volleyball, swimming and diving and men’s golf being the only successful programs in the last half-decade or so, the bar has been set pretty low. But this is the time of year to make a wish list and ask for what you want.

Now let me say this list could be extremely long, but I tried to sum it up in just a few points as it relates to the feelings of the majority of Longhorn nation.

A Permanent Athletic Director

Ever since Steve Patterson was fired about a year and a half ago, Mike Perrin has been the leader of the athletic department on an interim basis. He’s done a good job behind the scenes by most accounts, but he’s definitely shown his lack of AD experience when it comes to the things fans care about most.

Perrin completely botched the baseball head coach search. He may or may not have negotiating power with the coaches. The president doesn’t necessarily trust him to make big decisions. These are just some of the issues making fans question his leadership abilities now and going forward.

I think Perrin could be a good AD, so just make him the permanent one! I honestly don’t have a list of people whom I would want as the AD, but I just want one for the long-term. Until it happens, the stability needed for an already fragile program will be non-existent.

A Decent Recruiting Class

Tom Herman may have a roster full of experienced players, but he doesn’t have a leg up on recruiting for 2017 just yet. He’s already making some waves around the state of Texas, but has to play catch-up with a lot of the big-name recruits since he’s coming in so late in the game.

I don’t need to see a top-10 or top-15 recruiting class when it’s all said and done. In fact, that may not even be possible due to the limited amount of scholarships Herman has to offer. A class of 20-21 players is about all we can expect when the first Wednesday in February rolls around for national signing day. As long as Herman lands the players needed most, then we can’t ask for much more this year.

THE Quarterback

Shane Buechele put on a display last year that we haven’t in Austin since the Colt McCoy era. He put up some impressive numbers and showed a lot of poise as a freshman, but he may actually not be the best fit in Herman’s offense. He has the experience factor going for him to help his case to be the starter going forward, though.

Sam Ehlinger is enrolling in January, just like Buechele did last year, so don’t count him out. Ehlinger probably needs to redshirt, in my opinion, so I think Herman will have to look at other options for depth.

Does that mean Jerrod Heard moves back to quarterback? Or does Herman go the JUCO route or pursue a graduate transfer to compete for the job?

It’s possible the Longhorns quarterback for 2017 isn’t even on campus yet. For me, it’s not a matter of who is behind center. As long as it’s clear that he is THE guy, then we won’t have to deal with yet another offseason full of drama regarding the quarterback position.

Stability Within the Program

Considering how smooth the transition went from firing Charlie Strong to hiring Tom Herman, it appears stability may be on the way. Of course, a permanent Athletic Director would put a stamp on it, but there have been larger issues than just that.

It seems like everyone from the fans, regents, boosters and even the student athletes are on the same page with bringing Herman on board. There isn’t any animosity toward him right now, and he can basically ask for anything he wants and he will get it.

Let’s just avoid some media embarrassments causing national reporters to refer to our program as a “cesspool”, how about it?

More Than Just a Few Wins

Winning cures everything. Losing magnifies even the tiniest issues. Herman doesn’t have to win the conference championship in his first year. Getting to a bowl game would already be an improvement, but the standard has to be set higher.

If all of the other points I made from my wish list come true, then I think the wins will come more naturally. On the other hand, winning games will make my points not seem like a big deal at all.

I believe most Texas fans would agree with this list, but what else would YOU want from the program for Christmas and in 2017?

E-mail Chase at [email protected] and follow him on Twitter @chaseholik88.

Photo: Randall Chancellor, Flickr

Flagship Programs in Texas

When you think of a “flagship” program, you probably think of a recognized brand with a lot of tradition. People may hate or love the “flagship,” but they almost always respect them.

Texas and Texas A&M are the two flagship programs in the state of Texas, traditionally, but both programs are undergoing some major issues as we head into the New Year. Texas’ issues might finally be sorting themselves out, but A&M’s appear to just be beginning.

Ever since the Mack Brown/DeLoss Dodds/Bill Powers regime ended, the Texas program has been a borderline disaster. Fans, boosters and alumni of the program have been embarrassed and somewhat ashamed at the actions that have taken place.

There can be a whole separate article on how Steve Patterson’s reign as AD at Texas began and ended, but we aren’t even touching that today.

Focusing strictly on football, Charlie Strong hasn’t been given the support that he’s needed from day one. Plain and simple. There are big issues behind the scenes that a casual fan can’t see, but they are becoming clearer every day.

The lack of production on the field is one thing, but when you can’t convince a coach from an in-state rival school (TCU’s Sonny Cumbie) to leave his gig to coach at the “flagship” program in Texas for more than twice his salary, it screams that something fishy is going on.

It all came to a head when Strong went to plan “B” for his offensive coordinator search. It appeared that Sterlin Gilbert was set to be the OC, and then something fell through that forced Strong, AD Mike Perrin and President Greg Fenves to fly to Tulsa in an attempt to clear the air. The fact that all three men had to be involved just shows how discombobulated the program really is.

Supposedly Gilbert did not sense and receive a vote of confidence for Strong, which is why he didn’t take the job initially. The severe lack of communication was evident. Yes, they eventually hired Gilbert, but they set an unprecedented standard of desperation that resonated on Twitter throughout the country. That should never happen at Texas.

Texas A&M has enjoyed the issues that their former rival has been going through, but it appears that they may be headed down a similar path soon.

Kevin Sumlin lost two five-star quarterbacks in a span of a week. Both Kyle Allen and Kyler Murray transferred from the program for similar reasons. The main reason was that they did not trust Sumlin.

Most people assumed that whoever lost the starting job would transfer, but no one predicted that both would within the same week. That shows that there are some major issues in the locker room and behind the scenes.

Now A&M boosters are having a hard time trusting Sumlin, and there’s a chance that he could be fired if the Aggies don’t win their upcoming bowl game against Louisville. Talk about a fall from grace.

The most embarrassing part about the situation is the national attention that it’s receiving. Problems like this extend past just the current players. It also affects recruits. As we near the peak recruiting season, Sumlin is going to have to answer a lot of questions that he would rather not address.

So with all of these issues that two of the most respected programs in the state of Texas are having, can we really still consider them the “flagship” programs?

TCU and Baylor have performed better on the field over the past few seasons overall, and Houston is on its way up too. Each program has its upsides and its downfalls, but it almost seems like the administration and some coaches at Texas and Texas A&M don’t realize the magnitude of the programs they are trying to run.

What Texas and A&M are going through at the same time is rare to see. However, the issues are magnified because they are the “flagship” programs in the state.

Both programs will be fine over time, but the near future outlook doesn’t look very promising. It’s difficult to say anything good about either program right now, and it doesn’t have anything to do with the student athletes.

If the main problems were on the field and in the classroom, then we’d be talking about a different monster. But we are talking about trust at the highest levels, whether it is the players trusting the head coach or the head coach trusting the administration. Either way you look at it, it’s downright embarrassing for both programs to deal with and it could take some time to move forward and put it all behind them.

University of Texas Fires Athletic Director Steve Patterson

Updated 9/15/2015 7:51p ETStatement from University of Texas:

Steve Patterson:

I am very proud of what we have accomplished in a relatively short period of time, including the historic addition of coaches in football and basketball, improvements to ticketing operations, facilities and other initiatives that will greatly benefit our Longhorn student-athletes and the many fans who care deeply about them. As a Longhorn myself, a graduate of the University and its law school, I want nothing but the best for my alma mater, and I wish President Fenves and everyone at UT-Austin well as we continue the journey. I leave behind a motivated and dedicated team committed to the world-class standards that all Longhorns expect.

Greg Fenves:

The University of Texas at Austin has appointed Houston attorney Mike Perrin to serve as Interim Men’s Athletics Director at least through August to replace Steve Patterson, who has resigned. A severance and transition agreement is pending approval by The UT System Board of Regents.

Original story 9/15/2015 10:20a:

Color me surprised. In a surprising move, according to the Austin-American Statesman, the University of Texas will part ways with athletic director Steve Patterson. Patterson is under contract through 2019 and is owed about $5 million dollars. Trouble for Patterson came to light in June when Chip Brown of Horns Digest reported many alumni, coaches, faculty weren’t happy with many of Patterson’s changes and his insistence on cost-cutting.

One of these changes caused longtime band-director Rob Carnochan to resign, and recently caused an issue about tickets for bands visiting Darrel K. Royal Stadium. Per Kirk Bohls of the Austin-American Statesman, former Texas Linebacker Mike Perrin will serve as interim athletic director. This probably didn’t help Patterson’s case:

A personal opinion by this writer: I don’t disagree with many of the changes Patterson was trying to make, because in the end college athletics in 2015 does need to be treated like a business, BUT someone who isn’t the athletic director needs to serve as the hatchet man. I personally believe this is what did Dave Brandon in at Michigan, and it should have served as navigational buoy for Steve Patterson. Find someone else to do your dirty work. 

Steve Patterson:

Steve Patterson’s Contract Details

Steve Patterson’s Wikipedia Page

Canzano: Steve Patterson and Texas… theater worth watching again [John Canzano/The Oregonian]

Mike Perrin

From the University of Texas:

Houston’s Perrin earned a bachelor of arts in mathematics and a law degree from UT Austin, where he was a Longhorn football letterman during the late 1960s. He is owner of Michael W. Perrin PLLC and is a member of numerous professional organizations including the American College of Trial Lawyers, the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, the International Society of Barristers and the American Board of Trial Advocates. Perrin was appointed by the UT System Board of Regents to the Council for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women and also led fundraising campaigns at the law school for the Charles Alan Wright Chair in Federal Courts and “The Texas Campaign: An Investment in Students.”

We’ll effort to update this story as events unfold. Don’t get your hopes up.

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