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Texas' latest twist: Akina's return

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08:28 AM ET 02.15 | Meet the new coach, same as the old coach. Goodbye Duane Akina, hello Jerry Gray; goodbye Jerry Gray, hello Duane Akina. Another day, another plot twist in the seemingly never-ending saga of a Longhorns football team's offseason that, if nothing else, certainly has not been dull. On Monday -- 28 days after it was announced that Akina was leaving Texas -- it was announced he is returning to continue coaching the Longhorns' defensive backs and serve as assistant head coach for the defense. ... Akina had said one reason for his move to Arizona, where he previously had coached, was "to be closer to my family, and some of those circumstances changed." Akina's older brother, Skip, died on Jan. 21, four days after the Jan. 17 announcement that Akina was leaving UT. "Also, having younger children who grew up here and loved Austin made the move to Arizona difficult," added Akina, a father of five.

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February 15, 2011  08:59 AM ET

Buckeyes #1..... right LUS?

February 15, 2011  09:06 AM ET

I had my moment now its time to turn to look ahead. Should be real interesting again this yr. If the experts are right FJJ, our Bux and Horns could be seeing one another in early April.

Btw, is this Akina thing a good thing in your mind? One of my best friends is a UT grad and he was visiting last week from Venezuela. He told me he loves Mack but he feels like it is more than his time to go. He said something about Mack holding out for the AD to retire so he could step into that role. Mack got AD aspirations?

February 15, 2011  09:12 AM ET

I read a really long article yesterday on Texas and how some people ignored the warning signs last summer. But, I also heard they've had some people evaluiate the talent they have and the talent they have coming in and they say that Mack's going to have a loaded team.

February 15, 2011  09:18 AM ET
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I read a really long article yesterday on Texas and how some people ignored the warning signs last summer. But, I also heard they've had some people evaluiate the talent they have and the talent they have coming in and they say that Mack's going to have a loaded team.

They are always loaded. Have Mack not had a top 5 class since he has been there? Not to mention a couple of #1's. I mean think about it. They have had the pick of the state since the NC in 2005/6. So I have never thought it was or is a talent issue, but more of a talent management issue.

February 15, 2011  09:18 AM ET

*Has*

February 15, 2011  09:20 AM ET

Wow - didn't know that Akina's brother died. Sorry to hear that.

I don't see Mack as an AD either; he's a ball coach. He loves football. Couldn't see him interested in all the sports he'd have to oversee as the AD.

How many more years do you think he'll stick around before the broadcast switch FJJ?

February 15, 2011  09:26 AM ET

It also said that recruit evaluation was mostly miss in 06, 07 and 08 (they didn't say the years, but I read between the lines).

February 15, 2011  09:39 AM ET
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could be. We know it won't be Kansas.

Won't it be Texas?

February 15, 2011  09:51 AM ET
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It could be a talent mgmt issue. In fact that is certainly part of it. But if you go back and look at the 06, 07, 08 classes the numbers of busts or players that just disappeared.for example the 06 class. 25 commits. 7 never played a down at Tx. Grades, the law or transfer (snead). The only real stars of that group were Kindle and Houston. 8 provided some playing time.

I think it would be really interesting (if it hasn't been done already) to compile all the history of each class of commits over a 10 year period and see how many 4 & 5 stars wash out and how many walk-ons and non scholarship players end up being the ones who get significant PT.

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February 15, 2011  09:53 AM ET
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I think it would be really interesting (if it hasn't been done already) to compile all the history of each class of commits over a 10 year period and see how many 4 & 5 stars wash out and how many walk-ons and non scholarship players end up being the ones who get significant PT.

I think some one did that a couple weeks ago on the NCCAF board. There were a lot of busts listed. Then some one else provided an equally long list of 4's and 5's who were successful in the NFL. Don't know about the walk-ons and non-scholarship players?

February 15, 2011  09:54 AM ET
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It will depend on how things play out. He wants to be there for the turnaround so not to tarnish his legacy and what he has built. minimum 3 probably 5.He's only 59.

I thought is was a couple of years older. I understand him staying for at least another year now.

February 15, 2011  09:55 AM ET
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I like Akina returning. He's one of the best in the business. 3 Thorpe winners, 6 finalists, 23 DB's in the NFL and one h e l l of a recruiter.

AMEN!!!!!

February 15, 2011  09:56 AM ET
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they have to win first. when does the next poll come out?

Hell, they seem to be coming out daily, but if you mean one of the Big 2, no idea when that happens, nor even SI's official one.

February 15, 2011  09:57 AM ET
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I thought is was a couple of years older. I understand him staying for at least another year now.

That's because he kind of looks older, no offense intended. Saban is the same age and sometimes, I'll be honest, he looks like he's in his late 40s early 50s.

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February 15, 2011  10:00 AM ET
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That's because he kind of looks older, no offense intended. Saban is the same age and sometimes, I'll be honest, he looks like he's in his late 40s early 50s.

Dam. Nick takes care of himself.

February 15, 2011  10:03 AM ET
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I think Mack will be coaching til 2015/16.. Isnt that why WM took the UF gig, MB wasnt ready to step down... I think Dodd will move up and MB will step in his shoes..As for talent, UTx has plenty.. And there isnt much difference between the #1 ranked class and the #6/7 class... Out of the 25, @10 will not live up to their rankings... In the SEC, out of the 30, 15 wont...A lot of the 3*s who wasn't properly evaluated will play better than most of the 4/5*z

That would be surprising to me. Wasn't a big part of WM going to UF not only the situation in Austin but the fact that he grew up in Gainesville and has family there?

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