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Report: Greg Davis out at Texas

Posted on: December 2, 2010 11:34 am
Posted by Tom Fornelli

With a 5-7 season, there wasn't much doubt that heads were going to roll at Texas this offseason.  Mack Brown has been hinting at it for the last few weeks, saying last week that this season was the coaches fault, and not the players. The most likely candidate to get the ax is offensive coordinator Greg Davis, as he's the one who the fans have been calling for, and the best way to appease an angry fan base who might be after you in the near future is to give them what they want.

It seems Brown may have done that.

According to Geoff Ketchum of, Greg Davis is out at Texas.

Personally I wasn't sure Davis deserved to be fired, but I'm not shocked that it has reportedly happened.  Still, Davis had to run an offense with a new quarterback this season, and not everybody can be Colt McCoy or Vince Young.  Just because Garrett Gilbert might not be of the caliber of McCoy or Young in his first season as a starter doesn't mean the coach should be fired.  Vince Young had his turnover struggles in his first season as well, and things turned out fine his senior year.

Though angry fan bases often don't want to listen to reason.

Since: Dec 8, 2007
Posted on: December 3, 2010 12:43 pm

Report: Greg Davis out at Texas

Hey Urban Meyer, how about follow the lead.  Your offense was pathetic this year and the O.C. needs to go.

Since: May 30, 2008
Posted on: December 3, 2010 11:57 am

Report: Greg Davis out at Texas

You list several factors that UT has going for it, but ALL of these factors have been in place for years. 
Does anyone think that Greg Davis is solely responsible for a 5-7 season?  I think it is very naive to think Davis was the sole cause or his removal is the sole solution.  

Since: Sep 8, 2009
Posted on: December 3, 2010 9:29 am

Report: Greg Davis out at Texas

Greg Davis will end up on his feet somewhere

You're right, ouchuck, he'll stay at Texas in a non-coaching position. Also,  Texas does not get alot of five star players. We maybe get one or two a year.  Most five star players opt for florida, u$c, and nd.  We recruit almost soley from the state of Texas, which produces a ton of 4-star players and a few 5-star players.  You should know, most of your team comes from Texas too.  However, you are making a point against your arguement when you throw in the fact that Texas did play in the Nat'l Champ last season.  Our highly sought after five star players, Mccoy and Shipley, were the difference between Nat'l Champ. game appearance and going 5-7.  Oh, wait, McCoy and Shipley weren't five star players or highly sought after.  We did our homework and brought in some raw, unproven talent from our own backyard.  Its the 5-star plyers that always seem to let us down.  Gilbert, Simms, etc.  Hopefully Malcolm Brown will break the chain of "flop" 5-star recruits.

Since: Aug 1, 2010
Posted on: December 3, 2010 1:04 am

Report: Greg Davis out at Texas

If the report is true, then my question is: what direction do we want to go offensively? Should we go to the spread offense or do we choose the pro-style set. If Will Muschamp is the coach-in-waiting, then it makes sense that he should have a say so in this discussion, if not then if I were him I would ask why I am I hanging around. AD Dodds has been given a contract extension therefore eliminating Mack Brown from assuming this position and one must wonder how much longer will Mack remain as head coach while Will entertains offers from other schools. The winds of speculations are about to swirls at the forty acres.

Since: Dec 3, 2006
Posted on: December 2, 2010 11:58 pm

Report: Greg Davis out at Texas

You wish chimike2, you wish. Texas will NEVER go down the path of a ND or a Michigan because:
a) Mack Brown may not be the best game-time coach, but he is the BEST Coach February. A simple look at active Longhorns on NFL rosters is enough to convince most Texas-born high-schoolers to at least consider Texas in their short-list.
b) Texas has the richest athletic department in the country, by far.
c) Will Muschamp may have had a bad year now, but he is fiery, aggressive and will have the boys in shape for the next season.
d) Texas has probably the BEST high school talent, something that Indiana or Michigan does not.
e) Austin, Texas is one of the best cities to live in, in the US.
f) Texas has money to throw around, and a line of super-coaches who would sell their souls to the devil to be at Texas.
g) The coaching situation at Texas is pretty stable and well-grounded. There is a clear plan for the future, and good heads for the present. You will not see a Rich Rod type hire for us. It's just not done that way here.

Lots of Talent availability + Rich athletic department + Good recruiting + Potentially Good Coaching + Extremely high profile Team = Mantra for success.

I am not saying that we will be in the NC next year, but once we have a good OC, another year under the belt for our super-stars like Jackson Jeffcoat,  Darius White, Malcolm Brown and others, we will be back.

Greg Davis was the weak link here. If not for him, we would have been much more successful than what we already were. As long as we have a sensible, creative and smart guy as an OC, our program will be making headlines.

Since: Feb 23, 2009
Posted on: December 2, 2010 8:54 pm

Report: Greg Davis out at Texas

Tom Fornelli...

"Personally I wasn't sure Davis deserved to be fired...."

The Texas know, the people who actually watched our games, were quite sure Davis deserved to be fired.

"Vince Young....and things turned out fine his senior year."

The Texas know, the people who actually watched our games, only wish your falsehood were a truism.

"Though angry fan bases often don't want to listen to reason."

The Texas fans, you know, the people who actually watched our games, do and will listen to reason when given something that's reasonable to listen to.

Since: Jul 15, 2010
Posted on: December 2, 2010 8:50 pm

Report: Greg Davis out at Texas

WHAT incredible talent?  Ha, ha, ha, Steer-boys, now you get to find out what it's like for the rest of the country.  Notre Dame and Michigan have been down this road, and NOW it's your turn.

Since: Jan 2, 2007
Posted on: December 2, 2010 8:19 pm

Report: Greg Davis out at Texas

Great Christmas present.  Davis was totally unimaginative in play calling, game planning, and offensive scheming.  Even with a 5-7 record this year the Texas offensive players were talented enough to outgain every opponent in every game but two.  Oklahoma State has big advantage and A&M out gained Texas by 6 yds.  Texas problem in 2010 was failure to move the football inside the red zone settling for FGs 18 times inside the red zone.  29 times Texas had the ball inside the 20 and failed to score a TD. 
Play selection inside the 20 was so predictable that a blind person could tell what Texas would run, where and when.  Next Texas coach to go will be the OL coach MacWhorter.

Since: Dec 3, 2006
Posted on: December 2, 2010 7:57 pm

Report: Greg Davis out at Texas

Hallelujah! Finally, we will get an OC that allows us to harness our incredible talent.

Since: Oct 14, 2010
Posted on: December 2, 2010 7:09 pm

Report: Greg Davis out at Texas

Thank you HTownSmitty and others.  Good conversation.  Something has been wrong for awhile, even during good seasons.  Getting the ball to running backs seems awkward.  To have Jamal Charles used inadequately is an example.
Garrett Gilbert may not be the problem on offense, but he doesn't seem to have the leadership qualities to make UT an elite team.  And we don't want mediocrity.  Mediocrity in Austin would be be 8 and 4 and a bowl loss.  Mediocrity is beating Baylor, Iowa State and some non-conference foes and splittling with the Ags, Sooners, and Ok. State.
HTown or some other TEXAS fan, explain Mack's comments about not replacing Gilbert because he didn't want to give up on the season.  It seems like wasted time when McCoy or someone could have had some quality snaps, given the Longhorn faithful some hope, or encouraged some hot shot QB who is a high school senior that he can take over in Austin.
In the 60's, D.K. Royal kept trying to make Bill Bradley the star college QB he was in high school.  6 and 4, 6 and 4, and then a loss to Tech in the opening game of the '68 season.  The rest of '68 and '69 James Street had one tie and what, 19 wins?
A switch is needed.  Gilbert shows no signs of being the man.

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