ELIMINATING AN OBSTACLE?
I got a tip this week from someone who told me to look into whether the discrimination lawsuit filed by former Texas women’s track coach Bev Kearney against the school (naming Major Applewhite) was about to be settled.
I can usually get a call back or a text back from sources on both sides for a quick update on where the case is as its made its way through the appellate court system.
Currently, a motion to dismiss Kearney’s discrimination lawsuit is before the Texas Supreme Court, which asked each side to prepare briefs supporting their position.
Those briefs were supposed to be filed to the court on Nov. 28. But on Nov. 21, the attorneys for Kearney asked for an extension of the deadline until Dec. 12.
There is no logical reason for that extension to have been filed - by either side - unless there was talk of settling the case. And none of the attorneys - and I mean none - have so much as texted me back.
And speaking of settling cases, there’s no incentive for Texas to settle the Kearney case simply based on the merits of proceedings at this time. Texas had successfully tied up the case for three years in the appellate court and now had the Texas Supreme Court wanting to hear briefs on why to dismiss the case.
But, of course, there might be a very obvious reason Texas would want to settle the Kearney discrimination suit right now: the possible return of Major Applewhite as Tom Herman’s offensive coordinator.
School officials told me privately on several occasions there was no way Applewhite would be allowed back to Texas as an employee while serving as the key witness in Kearney’s lawsuit.
Kearney contends when it was discovered Applewhite had a sexual relationship with a graduate student trainer at a bowl game in 2008, Applewhite was allowed to keep his job.
Meanwhile, when it was discovered Kearney had a sexual relationship with one of her female student-athletes 10 years earlier, she was forced out.
Kearney is basically seeking the total of a contract extension women’s athletic director Chris Plonsky had recommended for Kearney totaling more than $1 million.
Applewhite and Houston defensive coordinator Todd Orlando are candidates to succeed Herman as the head coach at Houston.
Sources tell HD if neither Applewhite nor Orlando are selected as Houston’s head coach, they are expected to be the offensive and defensive coordinators for the Longhorns.
The only way Applewhite would be allowed back on campus to work, I’m told, is if the Kearney lawsuit went away.
So let’s see if indeed Kearney’s lawsuit is made to go away.
SPEAKING OF THE HOUSTON COACHING SEARCH …
Les Miles is definitely on the list of candidates being considered by Houston officials to replace Tom Herman.
I hear WVU coach Dana Holgorsen, who is a win over Baylor this weekend away from a 10-win season and who apparently lives in Houston during the off-season, has interest in the UH job.
But the rumblings about Holgorsen haven’t been expressed to UH officials in a way that would lead to the mutual interest already being shown between UH and Miles, who won a national title at LSU.
Over at Baylor, Cal coach Sonny Dykes has finally gotten to express to BU officials how much he wants the job. I’m told Dykes would like to bring Sonny Cumbie as his OC.
Speaking of OCs, I hear Sterlin Gilbert was getting a look from UCLA coach Jim Mora as a possible staff addition, a source said.
Baylor thinks UNC coach Larry Fedora would show interest in taking over BU only to get a pay raise out of UNC.
Chad Morris got an additional $1.5 million per year from SMU as well as assurances from SMU about a new indoor practice facility, improved academic support, etc., after flirting with Baylor.
I’m told Morris hasn’t signed his new deal with SMU, so don’t rule him out completely yet at Baylor.
NO BOWL GAME FOR TEXAS
Texas would turn down a bowl bid if one ended up being extended. Too much to teach the team a new offense and defense without coordinators even being on campus.
There has been a lot of recruiting news coming out of Texas since Tom Herman was announced as the Longhorns' new head football coach.
In an effort to ensure nobody missed an update, here's a complete list of some of the biggest recruiting stories since Herman took the job in Austin.
SAT. NOV. 27: Recruits React to Tom Herman's Hiring
Jason Higdon and Taylor Estes have been working the phones to hear how recruits feel about Tom Herman taking over the reins at Texas following Charlie Strong's dismissal.
We will update this thread as we continue to touch base with various 2017 and 2018 prospects.
Caught up with Damion Miller but he only wanted one word public
Damion Miller: "Solid."
JALEN PRESTON: "It's a great move, a very great move and they will most definitely be in my top ten."
J.K. DOBBINS: "I don't have any (comment) because I'm going to Ohio State."
SAM EHLINGER: "No comment."
JOSH THOMPSON: "Hook 'Em."
KOBE BOYCE: "It sucks. I came to Texas to play with Strong. He's a great man and I think he's gonna be successful wherever he lands. I think Herman would do good at Texas." When asked if the coaching change impacts his commitment, Boyce said, "It doesn't."
TAQUON GRAHAM: "I didn't want (Strong) to go but things have to keep going. And (Tom Herman is) a great get." When asked if Herman replacing Strong impacts his commitment status, Graham said, "It makes my commitment more comfy."
KARY VINCENT JR.: "That's big."
JORDAN MOORE: "Really good pick."
ATANZA VONGOR: "That's crazy. Good things coming for Texas."
ERIK EZUKANMA: "I think Charlie Strong is a good coach but it was probably just a wrong fit for him at UT. For who I hope they should replace him with, it's whoever they think can take Texas to being where they were in the past."
MON. NOV. 28: Taquon Graham
Defensive line coach Oscar Giles made an in-home visit with four-star Taquon Graham.
In briefly catching up with the Longhorns' pledge, Graham said, "Giles is that man, I'm ready to come in and play."
MON. NOV. 28: Five-star priority on Longhorns' radar
Texas has been working five-star running back J.K. Dobbins since Tom Herman and staff came to town. Dobbins is still verbally pledged to Ohio State.
MON. NOV. 28: Texas reaches out to verbal commits
HIGDON: Some of the commits recently, Damion Miller and Montrell Estell -- They are in the process of getting in touch with all the commits--oh by the way, Walker Little sent me a message saying he is still going to look at Texas so that is BIG news....Coach Derek Warehime has been reaching out to the commits.......They have also talked with Josh Thompson.
Coach Washington has reached out to Kobe Boyce as well. They will talk today at about 1230pm....
"Herman is a great coach and I am excited to be coached by him."
TUES. NOV. 29: HUGE FIVE-STAR NEWS
HUGE NEWS! Texas DL coach Oscar Giles is making an in-home visit with five-star LB Anthony Hines.
TUES. NOV. 29: Kobe Boyce
Texas dropped in on 2017 verbal pledge Kobe Boyce Tuesday. Cornerbacks coach Jason Washington made a solid impact on Boyce, who said he absolutely loved Coach Washington.
TUES. NOV. 29: Warehime, Washington see Josh Thompson
OL coach Derek Warehime and DBs coach Jason Washington are expected to visit DB Josh Thompson Wednesday.
TUES. NOV. 29: Higdon's One to Watch
HIGDON: A player who has potential is three-star OG Grant Polley.
TUES. NOV. 29: Tom Herman Meets His QB
Tom Herman met with 2017 QB commit Sam Ehlinger Tuesday. Ehlinger told Jason Higdon the meeting was great, and lasted around 45-minutes.
WED. NOV. 30: Anthony Hines Post Texas Update
GREG POWERS: Hey guys the in-home visit with Anthony Hines from coach Giles was "interesting" and "went very well" for Texas last night.
It went into the wee hours.
Coach Herman was not able to make it in, but they spent some time last night on a video call.
Giles offered Hines when he was at Louisiana Tech and there was a relationship in place there already or a familiarity.
Hines is set to announce still at 12pm on Friday.
Coach Herman is set to use his in-home with Hines next week...
WED. NOV. 30: Montrell Estell Update
Texas is headed to see verbal pledge Montrell Estelle Wednesday.
WED. NOV. 30: New 2017 Offer
Four-star Oklahoma WR commit Charleston Rambo announced the Longhorns have officially extended him a scholarship offer. The Cedar Hill standout has been verbally committed to the Sooners since mid-September.
WED. NOV. 30: Powers Tidbit
GREG POWERS: A couple weeks back we put Texas as the trend school on one of our national articles at Scout that we do once a month. The Scout 300 Trend Meter.
This was done in the face of the fact that the UT staff was possibly about to be let go.
We mentioned Herman as a possible UT choice in the write up and how that could play favorably for Chaisson as UH was already listed as one of his top three.
Now Chaisson is very quiet about recruiting, but still we had heard there was a good chance that UT was the trending school even if CS had remained as the head coach at UT and of course Herman being in may have bolstered that sentiment.
Behind the scenes there are more than a couple out there in the recruiting world who feel really good about UT here with Chaisson and the strong possibility that he lands in UT's class and have for a few weeks at least.
Just wanted to pass it along.
WED. NOV. 30: Higdon's Recruiting Whispers
Texas making in-home visits with Toneil Carter, Mannie Netherly, Lagaryonn Carson, as well as a few others.
WED. NOV. 30: Texas dropping in on Chevin Calloway
Texas dropped in on Chevin Calloway, who was impressed with the visit.