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Money can't buy victories as University of Texas sports struggle

  • Very interesting story.

    Money doesn't buy wins for UT - San Antonio E

    AUSTIN — Atop a granite pedestal near the offices of the nation's wealthiest athletic department, a bronze statue stands inside the University of Texas' Royal-Memorial Stadium. According to a database compiled by the U.S. Education Department, the University of Texas led the country in sports revenue in 2012 for the fourth consecutive year. Without any student fees, school subsidies or state funds, UT's athletic department generated $163.3 million last year, $21.3 million more than second-place Ohio State. Rick Barnes' men's basketball team, which reached the NCAA Sweet 16 five times from 2002 to '08, hasn't returned since, and just completed its first losing season in 15 years. [...] Augie Garrido's baseball team, which made the College World Series a nation-best seven times from 2000-11, has missed the NCAA tournament two years in a row and just finished in last place of its conference for the first time since 1956. [...] each of the three has reasons to wonder if his run is over. [...] the reality of modern college athletics — in which even coaches of winning programs are fired on a regular basis — makes it clear that changes might take place if the Longhorns don't start winning. “The coaches who are there have earned their right to be there,” said McCombs, who's given UT $50 million to start a business school, $30 million for the MD Anderson Cancer Center, $6 million to renovate the football stadium and $3 million to build a softball field. Plagued by an emotional hangover from losing the previous season's national title game, a drop-off in talent and uninspired coaching, they finished with a 5-7 record, their worst mark since 1997. After showing moderate improvement the past two seasons, Brown created a player personnel department — something elite programs such as Alabama have had for years. [...] the past two Heisman Trophy winners — Baylor's Robert Griffin III and Texas AM's Johnny Manziel — showed interest in playing quarterback at UT, but the Longhorns didn't offer either player a scholarship at that position. “Sometimes things need to be exposed before you can fix them,” Brown said. We had to go through a process here of getting it back, and I think we are headed back in the right direction and we have shown that over the last two years. [...] I think we'll see more progress this year. Brown at least can point to more tangible reasons for hope than Barnes can. After coaching UT's men's basketball team to its best seven-year stretch in history, the Longhorns are trending indisputably downward. Despite the presence of five McDonald's high-school All-Americans and six eventual NBA draft picks, UT has won only one NCAA tournament game in the past five years. “We knew we had to look at some things we needed to change,” Barnes said. [...] the winningest program in college baseball history — led by the coach with more victories than anyone in the history of the sport — has missed its second consecutive NCAA tournament. The Longhorns also have a new sense of stability in the Big 12 and a 20-year, $300 million contract with ESPN for the Longhorn Network, and remain well positioned to stay atop the revenue heap. Dodds, who is due to receive a $1 million annuity if he's employed by UT in August 2014 and makes a base salary of $700,000 annually, said he has no intentions to walk away until the Longhorns meet his standards. [...] his standards are simple. “The expectations are to win 'em all,” Dodds said.
  • I don't care how fast your race car is. If the driver crashes into the wall every race, you ain't gonna win.

    This post was edited by WAREAGLE01 13 months ago

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