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According to the 1972 book Meat on the Hoof by former Texas football player Gary Shaw, legendary Texas football coach Darrell K. Royal was notorious for dirty recruiting practices and poor treatment of his players.
Royal, Shaw said, "would treat his backups totally different from the starters, including multiple drills that Shaw alleged were designed to run off un-wanted players so the team could have more scholarship spots available." It is the stuff of legends that the scholarship limit in college football was put into place, because Royal would recruit players solely for the purpose of them not attending competing programs.
Last season, the Texas Longhorns were one of the youngest teams in college football, and in 2012 they will continue to be so. That is because unlike most teams who lose players to graduation or expired eligibility, Texas has had a large number of players transfer since the season's end.
The latest to announce they are leaving are cornerback Eryan Barnett and WR/TE Darius Terrell.
Barnett missed 2011 with a knee injury and only appeared in nine career games, mostly on special teams. Terrell was recruited as a wide receiver out of DeSoto, Texas, but was converted to tight end after the coaches felt he would be better served at that position. He appeared in nine games in 2011 as a redshirt freshman and had one reception for three yards.
While Texas players have the reputation of being coddled babies in the NFL, one has to wonder whether the string of transfers from the program are merely a coincidence, or a symptom of a larger problem. Transferring for more playing time is something of an epidemic in college sports, with college basketball having over 300 players changing schools for next season. However, Texas seems to be losing a large number of players to this phenomenon as well.
Barnett and Terrell's transfers are understandable, considering both are buried on the depth chart behind talented young players. Other transfers such as Darius White, Traylon Shead and Taylor Bible found themselves in similar situations, and are off to find places where they might receive more playing time. While a unique case, Garrett Gilbert is also on the list of Longhorns leaving Austin.
Rumors are flying abound on the Forty Acres for the reasons that various players are leaving.
White is said to have been a troublemaker who was never interested in working enough to live up to his considerable potential. Bible was the same, a mammoth defensive lineman who allegedly ballooned due to poor work habits. Other players, like Jamison Berryhill and Dravanti Johnson, are rumored to have been "encouraged" to leave.
Like Shaw's 1972 account of Royal's abuse of Texas players, the rumors surrounding the 2012 version of the program are highly disputed. Some are probably gossip, spread by those eager to find drama where none actually exists. Still, the amount of players leaving Texas is a bit of a concern for a program coming off its two worst seasons in 15 years.
Texas is not the only program losing players to transferring, "retirement" or dismissal. But of all the players who began the 2011 season on the Longhorn roster, at least nine will not return in 2012 despite having eligibility remaining.
Is it just a sign of a general trend in college football, where players who are high school stars feel they receive playing time and if they don't, they'll find somewhere that they will? Or is it a Texas issue, signs of internal locker room problems or roster-building tactics employed by the Longhorn coaching staff?
Since there are no solid sources from inside the Longhorn locker room, those outside don't know. But Terrell and Barnett's transfer seem to be part of a growing trend at Texas, and while concern might be a tad extreme, observers should at least be aware of what's going on.
People really need to know more about this
And before anyone objects, the author is a current senior in Austin.
I'm sure we'll have the sip lurkers on here soon trying to argue it
Can't argue numbers
...who the heck seriously knows except God, and Sumlin. ~ Aggiemom6
no big deal. We run players off too. We just suck and nobody takes notice.
another problem has been we haven't run enough off
for A&M it's a case of one less turd in the punch bowl
the problem that remains is.....
Can I just gloat about Dravanti Johnson for a second?
Haha, screw him.
The same thread exists on their site. Most posters aren't denying it, but just annoyed that they're the ones getting a ball busting over it.
Look at the Sam Houston roster. Quite a few Aggies make their way over there.
My cousin played for DKR in the 60's, then in the NFL for about 9 years. (My dad is the youngest of 8 children and there was a 30-year age difference between my dad and his oldest brother so my cousin was not much younger than my dad.)
My cousin is now deceased as he killed himself about 10 years ago, but I spoke with him a few times. Few interesting things he told me: 1. He was paid to go to Texas by the father of a one-time Harris County DA. He also received a lot of free clothes and other items while in Austin, 2. That was before scholarship limitations and DKR is well known now that he recruited a lot of players just to keep them from going somewhere else. The lesser players were not treated that well by DKR. Probably happened at a lot of schools, but few schools had the money Texas had to load up like they did.
I do think Mack has a lot of DKR in him.
Correct, you can't...
From 2007-2012 (last six classes):
Texas signed 139 players on signing day.
Texas A&M - 135
Alabama - 160
Auburn - 164
OU - 137
LSU - 151
Florida - 135
Oregon - 145
USC - 119
Ohio State - 128
It appears we are no different than most any other major program that isn't on scholarship limitations. These years include all of the terrible classes that Mack ran off. Also, with our small class and your large one this year, the Aggies will most likely have signed more players over the last few years than mean ol' Mack Brown.
Mack should go suck a bag of dicks. A whole bag of 'em.
Not sure Mack is mean, but I get sick of him being portrayed as "one of the good guys" in college football - I don't think he's much different than any other coach.
Who's left the program since sumlin was hired ferret?
Who's left tus program?
T. Bible. D white, Chris jones, d Terrell, e Barnett, and 2-3 others that I can't think of...
Tu is intentionally running kids off. We aren't talking g Gilbert whom was being benched
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In one calendar year I will be able to say that A&M has signed more players than Texas over the last 5 or 6 years. You say Mack is running off players but the facts do not agree. You just focus on them more than anyone else, even your own, because of your blind hatred.
Take the maroon glasses off. Every school loses players, even yours.
Every school has cock suckers too, Austin just has a lot more than most.
You're missing the point. Mack portrays himself as a "good guy." He's not. He's the typical football coach trying to keep his job.
Texas has consistently had one of the worst graduation rates in the Big 12 - Texas and Oklahoma have been the bottom two for at least the last two years. A&M had a 57% rate compared to Texas at 49% (ranking Texas next to last in the Big 12). Only OU was worse at 44% and OU had the worst graduation rate among all BCS schools.
I respect a guy like Saban as he doesn't pretend to be something he's not.
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Oh no Texas cheats! Heaven forbid. Retarded, quit whining. It's how you win. Get ready to get dominated if you don't cheat.
We should take a lesson if texas is running off players that are dead weight.
Telling us how many players you signed over the last 6 years has nothing to do with how Mack has operated over the last 2. The fact is you have players leaving the team left and right and it appears Mack is running them off. Take the orange glasses off.
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