Tag:Greg Davis
Posted on: January 5, 2011 11:41 am

Paul Chryst offered Texas OC job

Posted by Tom Fornelli

In the Rose Bowl, Wisconsin offensive coordinator Paul Chryst made a few decisions that left Wisconsin fans baffled and angry.  Now it sounds like his next decision could end up leaving Wisconsin and its fans without an offensive coordinator.  Chryst has been rumored to be a candidate to replace Greg Davis at Texas for a while now, and he was in Austin to interview on Tuesday.

According to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, he flew back to Madison with an offer on the table.

While there is no official word on what the offer is, it has been rumored that Texas is willing to pay up to $1 million to each of their new offensive and defensive coordinators, and while Wisconsin is working on giving Chryst a raise from his current $361,000 salary, would they be willing to give Chryst $1 million?  He's already the second-highest paid assistant in the Big Ten.

Chryst has been an assistant at Wisconsin for seven seasons, though he was let go by Barry Alvarez in 2002 and spent the next two seasons at Oregon State before Alvarez brought him back to Madison in 2005.  What may keep Chryst in Madison is the fact that he's a Wisconsin native and a graduate of the school, and may not want to uproot his family to Texas.

All that being said, $1 million is $1 million.  Offers like that don't come around every day, and can prove to be hard to turn down.
Posted on: December 6, 2010 11:40 am
Edited on: December 6, 2010 11:54 am

Texas OC Greg Davis has resigned

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Last week reports started surfacing that Texas offensive coordinator Greg Davis was going to be replaced following a 5-7 season in Austin.  More reports popped up over the weekend saying the same thing, but Davis told the American-Statesman that if he had been fired or asked to resign, nobody had told him yet.

Mack Brown was out of town, and until he returned, any evaluations of Davis and the rest of the coaching staff wouldn't begin.  

Well, Mack is back, and he's cleaning house.

An official release from the school will be coming later today, but as for now, it seems that the Texas fan base has its scapegoats.

Posted on: December 2, 2010 11:34 am

Report: Greg Davis out at Texas

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 Orangebloods.com, 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.
Posted on: November 28, 2010 12:46 am

What I learned from the Big 12 (Nov.27)

Posted by Tom Fornelli

1. They call it Bedlam for a reason.  Seriously, Saturday night's game between Oklahoma and Oklahoma State lived up to the hype, particularly in the fourth quarter and the closing minutes.  Over the final 15 minutes the two teams combined for 40 points, 31 of which came in the final five minutes.  When the dust cleared Oklahoma emerged victorious, and there was a three-way tie atop the Big 12 South.  Though odds are that when the BCS rankings come out on Sunday, Oklahoma will be ranked the highest and therefore be on its way to Dallas for the Big 12 title game.

2. Which is where they'll find Nebraska.  Nebraska took any possible drama out of the race for the Big 12 North and disposed of it on Friday afternoon, smacking Colorado around to the tune of a 45-17 victory.  Of course, the Big 12 wasn't on hand to reward the Cornhuskers for their division championship because the conference was afraid. Seriously, I don't know if you heard, but Nebraska and the Big 12 aren't exactly BFF.

3. Missouri still has BCS hopes.  It's a long shot, sure, but the Tigers still have a chance to sneak in to a BCS game now that Boise State has lost, and depending on what happens next week.  It wouldn't be a bad consolation prize for Gary Pinkel's team.  By the way, did you know that Missouri has four 10-win seasons in school history and three of them have come with Pinkel in charge?  He's a keeper.

4. Somebody is getting fired in Texas. You know, something told me that if Texas could manage to get a win against Texas A&M on Thursday night and become bowl eligible, even though the season would be seen as a failure overall, the good will of beating the Aggies might save some jobs.  I doubt that's going to be the case anymore.  Sorry, Greg Davis.  I'm not sure you deserve it, but somebody has to be the scapegoat, and I don't think Mack Brown is falling on his sword.
Posted on: November 26, 2010 11:56 am

Mack Brown: It's on the coaches

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Texas fans don't have much to be thankful for this season, as on Thursday night, just a few hours after stuffing themselves full of turkey, they saw the Longhorns season come to an end with yet another loss at home.  Though, to Texas' credit, at least this home loss came to a ranked team. I doubt that's of much solace to the team or the fans, as the 'Horns finish the season 5-7 and not eligible for a bowl for the first time under Mack Brown.

Speaking of Brown, he went out of his way following last night's loss to Texas A&M to let everybody know that this season wasn't his player's fault.  It was the coaching staff's.

"I think just disappointing. You can say a lot of words. It's not our standard at all. It was obvious tonight that our players are as good as theirs. I think it goes back on coaches. It's not talent. We had our chances to win the game. People have said it's talent, it's not."

As you'd expect after making a statement like that, Brown also discussed whether there would be any changes to his coaching staff for next season.

"What I will do is take my time and evaluate the coaches and the staff and each player and everything that we're doing. At that time, I'll be able to make the conscious decision on what's best for the program."

Talk to any Texas fan, and they'll tell you that the answer is FIRE GREG DAVIS, as the team's offensive coordinator has found himself to be the target of the most scorn this season.  Still, while I think it's honorable of Brown to place the blame on the coaches, it can't be entirely their fault.  Yes, the players on the field are all part of some of the best recruiting classes in the country the last few years, and they are talented.  Still, that wasn't Greg Davis out there throwing 17 interceptions this season, that was Garrett Gilbert.  It wasn't Mack Brown coughing up the ball, it was the players.

While I wouldn't be surprised to see changes on the Texas coaching staff, even if it's just to appease the fans, I don't think it will fix anything.  No, the only people who can fix this Longhorns team are the ones wearing the pads and helmets.
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