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08:27 AM ET 02.16 | Among the most disappointing teams of 2010, Texas opens as one of this spring's most interesting. The program's first losing season since 1997 caused Mack Brown to radically alter his coaching staff, and the new group has a decidedly SEC flavor. Brown hired Manny Diaz from Mississippi State to run the defense, Bo Davis from Alabama to coach the defensive line and Stacy Searels from Georgia to coach the offensive line. Brown also looked to the SEC for a strength and conditioning coach, nabbing Bennie Wylie from Tennessee. But Brown's most vital hire came from the WAC, as Bryan Harsin was hired away from Boise State to coordinate an offense that wants to become more physical.

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February 16, 2011  08:41 AM ET

Wow...I didn't realize he stole so many SEC coaches....

February 16, 2011  08:57 AM ET

If Harsen has enough leeway and can adapt to having more talented players than they did at BSU, the offense could be very good in the future. If that happens, I'd hate to be DCs for the opponents.

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February 16, 2011  09:15 AM ET
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if nothing else it will be fun to watch.

No doubt. Anxious to see.

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February 16, 2011  09:18 AM ET

Really? Fun to watch this spring? Who do they play this spring? Watching practice is fun? Think i can hold back 'til next fall.

February 16, 2011  09:27 AM ET
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I think Harsin will be fine, Just has to get the players that fit his style... Are they already on the roster...I would almost say he will see better Defenses than he did at Boyzee.. but then again the Big 12 doesnt play good D.. except for UTx and OU... lol... That was 4 you FJJ

Only one of those played at all last year LUS. UTx didn't play offense or defense...they were just out there with eleven...maybe they should have tried more ala the other UT!

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February 16, 2011  09:38 AM ET

Nothing against Texas and FJJ, but most people in Alabama felt like losing Bo Davis was a good thing. Our DL play last year and the year before was something we pointed to as where we were lacking.

In 09 we blitzed a lot with LBs because we weren't getting much pressure from the ends. In 10, we were pretty low in rankings for sacks and we should have been better.

I noticed Texas didn't have a lot of verbals yet, so maybe they have changed the way they recruit. Alabama has 8 verbals so far and it is looking to be another really good class.

February 16, 2011  09:39 AM ET

Does Texas use a 3-4 or a 4-3?

February 16, 2011  09:42 AM ET
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Expect Coach Harsin to throw in some signature gadget plays. The Longhorns are primed to shake up the FBS, IMO.

Absolutely - there's always a couple in his game plan.

TX is going to be a monster! After being embarrassed last year, they're out to prove it was a once-in-20-years thing. I'm really worried about playing them in early Sept., before there's much film.

February 16, 2011  09:44 AM ET
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Shhhhhhhhh. I like under the radar. Please do not jinx it. : )I am hopeful the kids figure out the O and D fast enough so Tx can surprise a few folks. But I agree theres a chance next season will be real good or at least much better than most are expecting.

FJJ - you can't fly under the radar when you have a HUGE $$ TV deal and are named Texas!

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February 16, 2011  10:03 AM ET
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Shhhhhhhhh. I like under the radar. Please do not jinx it. : )I am hopeful the kids figure out the O and D fast enough so Tx can surprise a few folks. But I agree theres a chance next season will be real good or at least much better than most are expecting.

I'm not looking to start anything (even though sometimes I like to) , but can any one name any coaches from BSU that have had a great amount of success elsewhere? Borges maybe but his only real outstanding accomplishment came with a loaded team and then he went downhill. (can't really knock what he did at SDSU either.)

I'm not saying that he won't be good or even great but as much as we remember all the trick plays, BSU wins because they flawlessly execute (and a lot of times against inferior competition). I think Texas will be better than people expect but it will be because the old MB is back.

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February 16, 2011  10:13 AM ET
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I'm not looking to start anything (even though sometimes I like to) , but can any one name any coaches from BSU that have had a great amount of success elsewhere? Borges maybe but his only real outstanding accomplishment came with a loaded team and then he went downhill. (can't really knock what he did at SDSU either.)I'm not saying that he won't be good or even great but as much as we remember all the trick plays, BSU wins because they flawlessly execute (and a lot of times against inferior competition). I think Texas will be better than people expect but it will be because the old MB is back.

LB, that is what I meant by Harsen adjusting to having more and different talent. From what I've seen, you can't exclusively take what you did one place and apply it totally at another unless the talent (and attitude) is very, very similar. That said, if the adjustment happens, look out...example Aubie and their OC.

 
February 16, 2011  10:15 AM ET
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If you provide a list of the coaches that left and the school they went too... I would think you could find your answer there..Hairsin will be an OC w/ a tEam that has major talent.. Not like he is going to Colorado to be the HC

That's a good point. most of the schools weren't necessarily prime choices.

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