Monday, June 18, 2012

Big 12 Orientation, Week 9: UT-Austin Football.

Lance Armstrong:  Didn't Go to College.
MM:  Actually went to Texas, but is a complete embarrassment.  
That's UT for you.

UT-Austin At-A-Glance:

  • Program Founded 1893
  • Overall Record of  858–330–33 
  • 50 Bowl Appearances (26-22-2 Record).
  • 4 Natty Titles.
  • 32 Conference Titles (3 Big 12).
  • 2 Heisman Winners.
  • One Big TV Screen that they talk about.  A lot.
  • Lots of assholes.
  • Even more player arrests.
History with TCU:  For all of us relative "newbie" fans - newbie meaning Patterson Era - who are super fired up to be playing UT on an annual basis, here's a nugget that will make you empathize with our older contingent who lack that excitement:  TCU and UT have played 79 times, and UT has won 58 of those meetings.  Only one was a tie.  That's not good for anyone, unless you're a UT fan.  From the year 1968 to 1991, TCU and UT met on the field in each season, 23 times if you're counting.  Of those 23 meetings, TCU won 0 of them.  So we've got a little making up to do.  UT currently holds a 4 game win streak over TCU dating back to the SWC, with the most recent meeting being the best first half/worst second half ever meeting in Andy Dalton's first season as a signal caller.  Perhaps the most well known meeting between the schools came in 1961 when #1 ranked Texas was upended by lowly TCU 6-0, spoiling their national title hopes, after which Darrel Royal referred to TCU as a bunch of "cockroaches."  Expect to hear witty banter like that Thanksgiving weekend in Austin.

Famous ex-UTers.
  • Ricky Williams
  • Earl Campbell
  • Colt McCoy's bum shoulder
  • Vince, "the Brain" Young.
  • Matt Nordegren - ha, kidding!
  • meh,  you probably know the rest.
Recent History:  Ever since Colt's daddy kept him out of the National Championship game and showed the Craig James qualities he's still showing in Cleveland, the on field fortunes of the University of Texas-Austin have been decidedly negative.  First came the Griffin Gilbert Experience which resulted in him becoming the next great failure under center at SMU.  Then came the Case McDavidash two headed monster of being bad at football.  Gilbert went 5-7, the latter two 8-5, which isn't good for a program as proud as UT.  They lost to Baylor.  TWICE.  They lost to UCLA.  They lost to Iowa State.  They had to hire a coach from Boise.  They had to beg fans to come to their games, something we're familiar with, but ironic for UT considering that's the majority of their anti-TCU ammunition.  

2012 Outlook:  They have Johnathan Gray, Malcolm Brown and the hair gel market cornered thanks to Manny Diaz.  They play the rare non-Conference road game at Ole Miss in the, "Who are the biggest frat douchers?" Bowl.They still don't have a QB, O Line or suitable toothpaste to cure Mack's permanent case of the butter teeth.  They will still be ranked in the pre-season Top 20, sign a Top 5 recruiting class and be expected to win the Big 12.  Sometimes I hate college football.

Miscellania:  I'm pretty worn out on these previews.  Someone needs to hate in the comments. 

Big 12 Orientation, Week 9: UT-Austin

We're just a matter of days from TCU's official entry into the Big 12, and we've reached the last of our weekly features on the Frogs' future conference rivals. This week we focus on our arrogant, stomach acid orange-wearing friends down at the University of Texas at Austin.

During reconstruction, the wealthy commercial real estate moguls in Houston and Dallas needed a place to send their cocky and entitled sons to wear cowboy hats and hold a giant cow on a leash during football games.  The Texas legislature listened, and UT opened its doors in the fall of 1883.  Today, the descendants of those original Alpha Betas are joined by a hoard of lesbians who don't shave their armpits, asian engineering students and anyone else that finished in the top 10% of the class at their plain vanilla suburban high schools in a student body that numbers over 51,000.  UT-Austin ranks 45th on the US News & World Report list of best colleges in America, and together with the 14 other institutions of the UT System shares an endowment of over $19 billion.

Here are a few videos to set the mood for the week:


Daily Discussion: What's next for LT?

I think we've all seen this coming for a while, but still got a bit of a lump in my throat when I heard yesterday that LaDainian Tomlinson decided to officially retire after an 11-year NFL career that saw him win two rushing titles and an MVP, reach five Pro Bowls and score more touchdowns than anyone in league history not named Jerry Rice or Emmitt Smith. 

One thing we do know about LT's future is that he'll be inducted to the Pro Football Hall of Fame five years from now, the first time he's eligible.  But how else will the guy every Frog fan will always remember as #5 fill his time now that his playing days are behind him?  He seems perfectly suited to join any of the common pursuits of former pro stars like coaching, broadcasting or even something in show business.  He's also always been quite philanthropic, so maybe he'll throw the bulk of his efforts at charity work.

What do you think?  What's next for LT?

Morning Dump


Gary Patterson graces cover of Dave Campbell's Texas Football Star-Telegram

Tomlinson set to announce retirement today Star-Telegram

LT's Hall of Fame career to end the right way- as a Charger ESPN


Former MLB pitcher Kirk Saarloos to be added to TCU coaching staff Star-Telegram

How will TCU baseball fare in the Big 12? Star-Telegram

Other Sports:

TCU rifle will battle fellow powerhouse West Virginia for Big 12 supremacy Star-Telegram

TCU equestrian team excited to have conference rivals for the first time in Big 12 Star-Telegram

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