Shortly after the Texas Longhorns defeated the Georgia Bulldogs in last season's Sugar Bowl, Sam Ehlinger declared "We're back." There was talk about the prestigious program making a trip to the College Football Playoff this year, but instead the team settle for a 7-5 record.
Texas lost games to Baylor, Iowa State, LSU, Oklahoma and Kansas State this season. It was certainly a disappointing year for head coach Tom Herman.
Although there are plenty of reasons that contributed to Texas' downfall this year, ESPN analyst Desmond Howard believes the main reason is the disconnect between coaches and players.
Howard blasted the Longhorns during ESPN's College GameDay, saying the team is "fragile."
“They’re going to have the re-calibrate this whole program,” Desmond Howard said. “They have the facilities. They can recruit. Texas is a great destination for high school football players. Butt he problem is the disconnect between Herman and his staff and his players. When I watch them play and you’re losing games against TCU, Iowa State and Baylor, it’s not because they have better facilities or better players, there’s a disconnect between staff and those players.
"They don’t have the leadership you’re looking for and they’re physically fragile. That’s the biggest difference between Texas today and some of these teams they lose against.”
Fortunately for the Longhorns, they can prove doubters wrong by ending the season with a victory in a bowl game. However, the team has taken a major step back.
We'll know which bowl game Texas will participate in within the coming weeks.