After a heartbreaking 53-45 loss on Saturday to rival Oklahoma in four overtimes, the Texas Longhorns fall out of the Top 25 rankings for the first time this season. The questions for Longhorns' faithful have turned from "Is Texas back?" to "Is Head Coach Tom Herman the right coach?"
Saturday, the Longhorns looked like the same undisciplined team that fans saw two weeks ago against Texas Christian University and voice their displeasure of the program on Twitter.
Charlie Strong was fired from Texas after three years, going 1-2 against Oklahoma. Tom Herman, in Year 4 at Texas,… https://t.co/Cz9J3Fm3Jd— RedditCFB (@RedditCFB) 1602362961.0
Does Herman have a buyout if he's fired for cause? Like cause he sucks and cause we want him gone? Asking for a few million friends.— Eric T (@Eric T) 1602432387.0
At Herman's weekly press conference on Monday, the head coach was questioned about a fan base that has seen a Longhorn program come up short back-to-back years, along with the impression of rejecting tradition by some players not participating in the "Eyes of Texas" song.
"We thank (the fans) for their support," Herman said. "We understand that at the University of Texas they've got tremendously high expectations, and I can assure you that our players are working there ever-living you-know-what off to achieve those very high standards and expectations; I can assure you that our guys hold themselves to the highest of standards."
The Longhorns tripped over themselves from opening kick to the last Sooner score on Saturday. Texas racked up 10 penalties, had a punt and field goal attempt blocked, and saw senior quarterback Sam Ehlinger throw two interceptions and junior running back Keaontay Ingram fumble the ball away.
Less than two years ago, Herman was riding high after a win against the Georgia Bulldogs in the Sugar Bowl, and now he's getting ranked in the top 10 of coaching hot seats. There is already a GoFundMe page dedicated to raising the money to buy out the coach's contract.
Texas fans are pounding the table for Urban Meyer. Tom Herman is on the books for $6 million in 2021, $6.5 million… https://t.co/Nfywf45MzU— Anwar Richardson (@Anwar Richardson) 1601818094.0
Herman cited that the Longhorns are still playing with effort and that even though the outcomes aren't what they hoped for so early into the season, that the team that went to New Orleans and won the Sugar Bowl against Georgia also had lost back to back games that season.
Herman shouldn't, and most likely can't, get fired now. Even for the University of Texas, $20 million is a bit steep of a price to pay someone to not show up for work. It is just another example, however, of the time it takes to build a program. In Ehlinger's final Red River Rivalry game, the quarterback will finish with similar stats as Longhorns greats like Colt McCoy and Vince Young, but will also finish with a 1-4 record against Texas' biggest (and only) true rival.
Herman is at a crossroads. With an unranked Texas team having a bye week this Saturday before playing Baylor at home, this is the time for Herman to return to the motivator that he was back at the University of Houston and go back to the creativity you can use when you have a dynamic playmaker like Ehlinger on your team.
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Communities are rallying together after an 18-year-old shot and killed 19 students and two teachers at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas.
Funds from organizations all around the state–including from Austin’s own Los Verdes–are being raised to support families affected by the tragedy. Here's how you can help.
If you are looking for ways to help, please consider donating blood. Your donation can help ensure we have supplies immediately available for the victims of this tragic shooting.— University Health (@UnivHealthSA) May 24, 2022
Our donor room has availability the rest of the week. Please schedule online: https://t.co/0F2lKDqYzO
Austin-area residents can donate blood with We Are Blood.
South Texas Blood & Tissue was able to send a total of 25 units of blood both to the school and local hospitals to support treatment. After an emergency blood drive on Wednesday, the blood center is hosting a Memorial Day blood drive and should have appointments opening the following week.
The largest blood transfuser in the San Antonio area, the University Health System, is also asking members of the community to donate blood. Appointments may be scarce due to demand.
The Los Verdes community is heartbroken at today's senseless act of gun violence in Uvalde that ended 15 lives too early. We are currently raising funds to support the families who lost loved ones today, and you can join by donating here. https://t.co/52L1ZtbSND— Los Verdes (@LosVerdesATX) May 24, 2022
There is a growing list of verified fundraisers through GoFundMe, where almost $2 million has been raised so far for families and victims of the tragedy.
- The VictimsFirst fundraiser is raising $2 million to provide “100% of what is collected” to the victims’ family members.
- Austin-based Los Verdes Supporter Group is raising $100,000 for the families “affected by the horrific school shooting at Robb Elementary.”
- Allison McCullough, the aunt of victim Makenna Lee Elrod, is raising $50,000 for her family.
- The Alithia Ramirez funeral fund is working on raising $8,000 for the young girl’s funeral.
- More are being added by the hour.
An official account with First State Bank has been set up for donations through UCISD to assist the families of this tragedy.— Uvalde CISD (@Uvalde_CISD) May 25, 2022
Please know that the FSB account, is the only verified location to make any monetary donations. No other source is currently recognized. pic.twitter.com/psQb6fD6Ls
Uvalde CISD has opened an account to support families of the victims with the First State Bank of Uvalde. Checks to donate should be made payable to the "Robb School Memorial Fund" or through Zelle at email@example.com.
The League of United Latin American Citizens has created a fund for victims, which it says will donate 100% to families and University Health has also organized the Uvalde Victims Relief Fund to help provide care for victims.H-E-B has also donated $500,000 to aid victims and is collecting donations for its Spirit of Giving Fund, which supports philanthropic efforts in the wake of Texas tragedies. Starting Wednesday, shoppers at H-E-B, Central Market, Joe V’s Smart Shop and Mi Tienda can donate at checkout or online.
By Patrick Svitek
Beto O'Rourke caused a dramatic scene on Wednesday when he angrily confronted Gov. Greg Abbott at his news conference about the Uvalde school shooting, yelling, "This is on you."
After Abbott was done giving his initial remarks, O'Rourke approached the stage and told Abbott he was "doing nothing" to combat gun violence. He said the Uvalde massacre, in which a gunman killed 19 children and two adults, was "totally predictable."
Some of the Republican officials onstage with Abbott quickly denounced O'Rourke, telling him to go away. Another man onstage used expletives to criticize O'Rourke for interrupting the event. O'Rourke was eventually escorted away amid the unruly scene.
“I can’t believe that you’re a sick son of a bitch that would come to a deal like this to make a political issue,” Uvalde Mayor Don McLaughlin told O'Rourke at one point.
.@BetoORourke just showed up and shook things up. @statesmanpic.twitter.com/Z1FtBwUEdJ
— Luz Moreno-Lozano 🦇 (@LuzMorenoLozano) May 25, 2022