FOOTBALL LIFE UNDER TOM HERMAN
Let's take you inside the winter conditioning program of Tom Herman:
Typically when players arrive for workouts, they are divided into 12 teams and work out at six stations that are on the field at DKR. You'll have two teams per station.
The stations are agility drills aimed at increasing cardio and agility with things like the L Drill, Four-Cone Drill, pushing a blocking sled and running gassers. At the end of the drills at the six stations, players do 20 minutes of drills with their position coach.
At the end of the drills you're judged on three things:
1) your team winning the competition gives you a point ...
2) winning reps - if you did the drill wrong, you get a penalty point ...
3) if you let up before the drill is finished, you get a "loaf." For every loaf committed, the entire team does an up-down at the end of the conditioning (i.e. if there's a total of 28 loafs, there's 28 up-downs to be done).
If your team ends up winning the overall competition for that day's workout, you get things like cold Gatorade while the losers drink luke warm water from a hose ... or you get perks at breakfast like an omelet station while the losers get watery, powdered eggs and burnt biscuits
The losers also get extra work in addition to the up-downs that need to be done for "loafs."
For things like scrimmages and the spring game, if the offense wins, the defense has extra gassers to run and vice versa. For the spring game, the losers will have gassers and have to carry the pads in of the other side of the ball.
THE CHAMPIONS DINNER
Herman breaks up the year into quarters and puts a "Champions Dinner" on the line.
First Quarter - January through spring football
Second Quarter - End of spring football to the end of school
Third Quarter - June and July
Fourth Quarter - Fall camp and the season
If you're deemed a "champion" at the end of each quarter by putting out a championship effort on the field and off, you are part of the "champions dinner," which is an incredible meal that usually includes steak and all the trimmings, while those not invited to the champions dinner enjoy something like lukewarm hotdogs on crispy buns.
Tom Herman and the coaching staff will separate members of the team into three divisions with GOLD at the top. At UH, Herman had GOLD, RED and BLUE based on where someone is with their studies and behavior off the field. At Texas, the colors are GOLD, GREEN and CRIMSON.
If you're in GOLD, you have no study hall and are free to manage your schedule on your own.
If you're in GREEN, you have 6 hours of study hall per week.
If you're in CRIMSON, you have 8 or more hours of study hall per week.
If you're a newcomer - a freshman or JUCO transfer - you're likely to be in BLUE your entire first year while you show how you can manage your academics and off the field behavior.
Ideally, the GOLD group is your veteran leadership.
But if you're in GOLD and miss a class or show up late to see the trainer or to a meeting, you'll quickly find yourself back in GREEN or CRIMSON.
All of this is managed by the position coaches.
And you can take a wild guess why the lowest group has been classified as CRIMSON ...
TEVIN MACK NOT TAKING PART IN TEAM ACTIVITIES
As part of sophomore wing Tevin Mack's indefinite suspension, he is not taking part in team practices nor any team activities. He is expected to go to class (which I hear he is) while also meeting other demands laid down by Shaka Smart to prove he wants to be a part of the team with a new attitude.
It has not been missed by the coaches that the Longhorns have played more "connected" in losses to West Virginia and Baylor (without Mack).
We'll see if there can be more improvement as a "team" at Kansas Saturday. The Jayhawks' four-guard lineup is a better matchup for the Horns than Baylor's towering lineup - especially with Shaq Cleare and Jarrett Allen maybe playing their best basketball of the season right now. But Phog Allen Fieldhouse is probably the most difficult arena in college basketball (KU has won 49 in a row there).