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Nicco Martinez, an Austin native, started covering sports in 1979 and has not since slowed down his love affair with playing, coaching, and writing about sports. He has written articles on both the Cowboys and Longhorns spanning 5 decades. HOW BOUT DEM COWBOYS!!

Westerman’s Bad Move
Nicco’s Red Zone Blog
By Nicco Martinez
Featured author at Hook’em Report and Silver and Blue Report

I could understand it if . . . on a scale of 1-to-10, we had a 9.0 as our 2010 O-Line coach, such as Mike Munchak or Bruce Matthews, and then the coach moves on, therefore Westerman de-committs. But getting rid of Mac McWhorter to acquire Stacy Searles is upgrading from a 5.5 to a 8.0. Searles is a real SEC Auburn guy who has made stops at Div I-AA powerhouse Appalachian State [Mack Brown coached there, too], LSU and Georgia . . . he now brings his skills to Austin . . . . Westerman made a bad move.

The reality is without Cam Newton and Nick Fairley, Auburn reverts back to where they’ve been the past three years (which is being beat by Bama and LSU with records of 7-5, 5-7, and 8-4.)

Look at what Auburn loses to graduation: there top four offensive linemen are seniors: Ziemba, Pugh, Berry, and Isom are gone. Also gone is the top backup OL Eddins. Also gone are the top 2 WRs: Adams and Zachery. Their pass-catching TE, Kodi Burns, and back-up RB, Fannin are both gone. And I haven’t mentioned Cam Newton!

With all this to replace for 2011, do you think Michael Dyer is going to find picking up rushing yards next year to be as easy as they were this year??

It’s one thing to be young and ignorantly change your mind over the coaching changes at Texas, it’s another thing to not be informed of the college football landscape…

Meaning, that all the money and prestige could not keep Will Muschamp in Austin, and so I’m comfortable in saying that the likelihood of Gus Malzahn leaving Auburn during Westerman’s years is very high.

And if Malzahn takes some coaches with him, will o-line coach Jeff Grimes be one of them?

Did Westerman bother to consider Texas’ situation for the upcoming years (while he’s at Auburn) instead of just thinking about McWhorter stepping down.

READ: do you think that after taking the $300 million plunge with the dictators of college football—ESPN—that this new relationship will greatly decrease any chances of Texas going on probation? Why? Because ESPN will want to protect their investment, on the flip-side: Auburn is about to have a Reggie Bush-like investigation bite their ass maybe as soon as next year. Thank you, Cam Newton.

READ: The ESPN brass is not a bunch of bozos and they didn’t jump into bed with UT if there’s a chance that Mack Brown is leaving in the next 36 months or so. ESPN is going to protect their new embryotic-burnt-orange-test-tube-of-a-mad-science pet project just like a mama-queen Alien or daddy Predator . . . and do it with a Borg-like collectiveness.

ESPN/ABC rules college football and they get what they want. And what they want [near the top of their agenda] is to turn a $300 million investment venture into a profit.

And ultimately, those are just a few things that Westerman should have considered before heading to Auburn where changes will occur during his college days instead going somewhere where the changes of betterment occurred before his college years started.

I am comfortable saying that Mack Brown has just built and paid for a staff that wants to work hard at getting Texas back to 10-win seasons IMMEDIATELY. And the likelihood of Stacy Searles or Major Applewhite leaving in the next couple of years is not probable. Which should have gave Westerman comfort.

There’s an electricity coming from the Longhorns off-season mission statement that hasn’t been on campus since Vince Young left. It typically comes about when either a special leader commands a team, or when a new coaching staff arrives on campus. At Texas: the talent is always there, it just needs to be ignited.

When Mack Brown arrived at Texas, he and his new staff took over a 4-7 team and turned it into a 9-3 Cotton Bowl winner.

When Fred Akers arrived at Texas, he and his new staff took over a 5-5-1 team and turned it into a 11-1 conference champion.

The talent — amassed by some of Mack Brown’s best recruiting classes — is on campus and the new staff has arrived. It’s Westerman’s loss if he won’t get to experience the electricity.

Nicco Martinez

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