Brett Yormark commented during an event in Lubbock, and hoo boy, did the Longhorn faithful not take it well. A look at over/unders for the Big 12 this season and who will be the first UH team to win a conference title in the new league? And a late add: UH seems to have a solid traffic and in-game plan for the upcoming season.
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Yormark And Twisted Panties. Texas fans are some of my favorites. No, really! Anyone who ardently roots for the YOOOOOOOONuhversatee of Texas has built a very steady core of beliefs inside themselves:
1. We are better than everyone, and we hire the best coaches.
2. We recruit only the best players. If a player signs here, they are elite.
3. By adding 1 and 2, the only possible outcome is the national championship.
4. Fire any coach that does not win a national title by year three.
5. We are better than everyone, and we hire the best coaches.
But when anything pops that bubble, the excuses are freaking hilarious. Take a fairly innocuous comment from Big 12 commissioner Brett Yormark made Wednesday at a Texas Tech event:
Big 12 Commissioner Brett Yormark today: “Coach (Joey McGuire), I’m not going to put any pressure on you, but I’m going to be in Austin on Thanksgiving. And you better take care of business like you did right here in Lubbock last year.” pic.twitter.com/KRDohHn288
— Joe Cook (@josephcook89) August 23, 2023
Oh no! Pearls clutched! How dare the commissioner be more interested in schools that chose to stay over schools that nearly destroyed the conference?
UT fans are taking it quite well:
I’m not being sensitive here, but how is this NOT over the line and a conflict of interest for the upcoming season?
The current commissioner is outwardly rooting AGAINST Texas (and probably OU) and isn’t even trying to hide it.
Incredible. 🤘🏼 https://t.co/6lupLpYjmU
— Occupy LF (@OccupyLF) August 23, 2023
The commissioner of a league openly admitting that he hopes a member school fails. He’s now done this multiple times. Can you imagine the bullshit Texas is going to have to deal with from Big 12 refs this season? Can’t leave these clowns fast enough.#HookEm https://t.co/y3h5fzt8Re
— Adam Butcher (@TheTXOilMan) August 24, 2023
The Big 12 Commissioner really said this … I wonder what he told the referees who will work Longhorn football games this season? https://t.co/P2AUqQmFTU
— Anwar Richardson (@AnwarRichardson) August 23, 2023
(that’s a journalist that covers UT for OrangeBloods, FYI)
Openly rooting for one team over another in Conference. I support CDC making Yormark sit next to the Tech band in the upper deck. https://t.co/dYyPrLqCVI
— Facts & Opinions (@UT_vs_Aggie) August 23, 2023
This is lawsuit material if there happens to be a tremendous penalty disparity like last year, both OU and Texas have it on record that the commissioner of the conference, they are currently members of, is actively rooting against them. https://t.co/Ic6I3O81bO
— Fish Stuts Army (@DrummerDad2) August 23, 2023
UT fans – can’t wait to leave the Mid 12, we’re so above this poverty conference, glorified G5
Big 12 commish – I hope a founding Big 12 member that’s staying in my conference beats a school that left us for dead
UT fans – *sobs* *cries violently* *shits pants* SO UNFAIR 😢 https://t.co/Da9rAatJDI
— qǝlɐɔ (@EMAWCaleb) August 24, 2023
I cannot wait until the first marginally bad call happens on the 40 Acres. If it’s an end-of-game play, hoo boy, sign me up. “They’re out to get us!” CUN-SPEAR-UHH-SEE!
So much anger. So much indignation. These are the same people who were furious over their precious hand sign being turned upside down. They were mad at upside-down fingers. Just two upside-down fingers, really. So mad that they forced the Big 12 to call it a taunting penalty.
Flashback to November 10, 1963, when the Daily Texan published the first-ever photo of a Horns Down. It was from a Baylor fan during UT’s 7-0 win the day before:
Personally, I can’t wait until that tea-sipping fan base gets to the SEC and realizes they’ll never be the top dog again. And that even grandmothers in wheelchairs will be doing Horns Down.
Over/Under. Many sportsbooks have come out with win totals for 2023 – many of them did that months ago. But it’s silly to really get into them until things start shaking out in fall camp. With seven days til the start of the Big 12 season (UCF hosts Kent State next Thursday), maybe it’s time to take a shot at it.
I went through the league schedule using the vaunted GoCoogs.com Matrix™ and came up with:
|Team||Projected Wins||Our Pick|
The GoCoogs Matrix™ has never missed a single game in its existence, but still, I paused when it came back with UH over the 4.5. I rebooted and reran the numbers, and they came out the same. The Matrix™ only resulted in six schools beating their O/U and eight going under the number.
*The GoCoogs Matrix™ was invented last Tuesday.
Title Or Nah? Question: Does a UH team win a Big 12 championship in the first year in the league? Any team?
I think the answer is yes. What team will be the first at UH to win a Big 12 title? It can be a regular-season championship or conference tournament.
I’d go with Indoor Track and Field. The indoor meet will be in late February in Lubbock. I think MBB could win their tournament, but it is held three weeks later in Kansas City.
UH’s 2023 Logistics Plan. UH just announced a new logistics plan for the 2023 season. Check it out here.
These sound like excellent modifications:
– Walk-thru markets & food stations in the 300 level;
– 3.5/4x more beverage hawkers;
– Contactless markets & express stations;
– More parking options (incl pay-by-text);
– Free Metro Rail;
– Updated screening equip and more tix scanners. https://t.co/KHsf4EyhuX
— GoCoogs.com (@gocoogs1) August 24, 2023
No, there still aren’t bathroom options in the 300s. That’s still a huge misstep in the design of the stadium. But these improvements sound good on paper. Next Saturday, we’ll get a first look at how they play out. But the real test comes in week three when TCU comes to town. They’ll get some things wrong in week one – it’s inevitable. And that’s ok. But do they get fixed by the second home game?