The Athletic Q&A re expectations for UT/A&M

Discussion in 'On The Field' started by Gladius&Pilum, May 6, 2022.

  1. Gladius&Pilum

    Gladius&Pilum 100+ Posts

    Fairly measured take.

     
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  2. ViperHorn

    ViperHorn 10,000+ Posts

    Both
     
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  3. n64ra

    n64ra 1,000+ Posts

    If I have to pick one, it's: Texas A&M failing to meet high expectations over the next few years.

    Aggy hasn't had back-to-back winning records in conference play since 1999 and 2000! They can restart that goal for 2022 and 2023 in September.

    Meanwhile, lowly Texas last had back-to-back winning records in conference play in 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020!
     
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  4. X Misn Tx

    X Misn Tx 2,500+ Posts

    I agree with the take. In terms of talent, we've proven we have less talent recently and a&m just hauled in monsters. makes it tougher for us to get monsters and easier for them.

    his logic is sound.
     
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  5. NRHorn

    NRHorn 1,000+ Posts

    My prediction- and to the Aggie lurking around, this isn’t intended to be a inflammatory statement.
    The “great recruiting class” has a dark side now.These 17 year old boys won’t start, get hurt, smoke ganja, etc and portal after year 1” or 2.
    Someone like Riley will get boosters to cherry pick with this NIL fiasco.
    And poof- there goes a strong bench. A QB goes down, see OU’s bench next year, and the entire situation changes.
    My Cristal Ball shows at least 5 of this Aggie record setting (in money paid) class will be gone in two years.
    I’d say 7-8 is a more accurate number.
     
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  6. Gladius&Pilum

    Gladius&Pilum 100+ Posts

    Not sure what about your take is inflammatory.

    If the free transfer rule remains in place all programs are going to see significant defections. The higher-rated the player, the more likely the player will be approached by other schools. A&M cannot help but have some big name defections in the future. But, as long as the staff can replenish, it's better than not reeling in the highly rated recruits at all.

    CFB really needs to go back to transfers losing a year of eligibility.
     
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  7. NRHorn

    NRHorn 1,000+ Posts

    I didn’t want the Ags to think I was sour grapping their highly compensated class.
    Exactly- the better the class, the more likely carpetbaggers will come calling in year 1 or 2.
    I was referring only to the original post regarding expectations, and Aggies record was meh last year and they think they are a lock for the NC in 3 years because of it.
    I don’t credit their 2 wins each year to Tarleton and Prarie View.

    PS I just looked.
    2022 they play Sam Houston, Appalachian St and UMass -wow. So an 8 win season is actually a 5 win season in my book. Disgusting
     
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  8. nashhorn

    nashhorn 5,000+ Posts

    True NR but winning is relevant, no matter the relevance of the wins when you sneak in a big one like Ala. I suspect the departures will be closely related to the wins and potential to compete on the playoff level.
     
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  9. Sangre Naranjada

    Sangre Naranjada 10,000+ Posts

    No exceptions other than Graduate transfers.
     
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  10. Gladius&Pilum

    Gladius&Pilum 100+ Posts

    Nah, need some exceptions. If a parent comes down with a serious/terminal illness and the player needed to go to school closer to home.

    Also, coaches should have to sit out a year if they choose not to fulfill their contract. Goose meet gander.
     
  11. Sangre Naranjada

    Sangre Naranjada 10,000+ Posts

    Nope. Those little loopholes get exploited and always grow into larger and larger loopholes until you might as well not have them at all. And you wind up right back where we are today.

    Transfer closer to home, spend a year not playing football so you can spend more time with your family, and then go play.
    OR
    Transfer closer to home to an FCS or even smaller school and play immediately.
     
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  12. Vol Horn 4 Life

    Vol Horn 4 Life 5,000+ Posts

    I hate the current transfer situation. It's out of control and with NIL the players have all the unlimited power.

    With that said I never understood the old way either. Each scholarship is a one year contract that is not a guaranteed renewal for the next year. Players could be cut at the end of the year and the player had no control at all if they were unhappy.

    There has to be a happy medium. There are also a LOT of players entering the portal not being picked up. They all think the grass is greener when in reality they need to slow their roll and do a better job of thinking through the situation.
     

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