All That and a Bag of Mail

Aug 30, 2014; Austin, TX, USA; Texas Longhorns head coach Charlie Strong during warm ups before the game against the North Texas Mean Green at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports Soobum Im

It’s Friday and we’re about to go live with the Outkick OddsShark weekend gambling extravaganza on Periscope and Facebook Live, but first I wanted to remind all of you who will be attending Alabama at Tennessee that I’ll be in Knoxville for the game tomorrow too. 

I’ll text out where we’re tailgating so you guys can swing by and say hi, but you need to be on Twitter to be able to find out where I’ll be. So you can follow me on Twitter here.

I’d also encourage you to go read the behind the scenes story of what went on with LSU and Florida’s canceled game and the decision to move it to Baton Rouge. I spent a ton of time working on this story and it’s the most detailed examination of the LSU-Florida mess that you’ll find anywhere. 

With that in mind, here we go with the mailbag.

Cory writes:

“Living in San Antonio, I’m flooded by media outlets calling for Charlie Strong’s firing and speculation about who the next coach would be.  These articles/sports radio discussions are usually prefaced by the disclaimer that “Texas is the best head coaching job in college football.”

That may have been true to a degree as recently as 10 years ago, but why would that still apply now?

Is it money?  Any successful head coach can ask for Saban-esque money if the university can afford it.  The University of Texas is not the only program with deep pockets so outbidding others for a certain coach is not a given.

Is it facilities? The perpetual “arms race” of athletics facilities has programs leap-frogging each other saying “Look at us! We have the nicest and newest!” I would guarantee that any claims of having the best facilities would be short-lived.

Is it location? Austin may be nice, but personal preferences of coaching candidates aren’t standard. Choosing to live and work there may not be ideal for some.

Is it recruiting advantages? The state of Texas has a lot of talent, but it also has a lot of places for that talent to go. Unlike the Mack Brown era, today’s Longhorns simply can’t cherry-pick who they want and leave the leftovers.

What has changed? Conferences. The Big XII is slowly dying and anyone – recruits and coaches in particular – would need to ask what kind of future will there be? What advantages are here that I can’t get elsewhere in a different, maybe less dysfunctional conference?

It may have been a top job before, but now it seems like it’s an average job with higher than average pay and astronomical expectations.”

You make a really strong case here and I think there’s a great deal of truth to it. Here’s the other thing you didn’t mention — the SEC has cut into the state of Texas and started to snag some of the top recruits in a big way. Clearly, part of that is Texas A&M’s increasing stature under Kevin Sumlin, but it’s also about the SEC’s brand growth in the state. 

Here’s CBS Sports’s Jon Solomon breaking down that recruiting change:

“In 2010, the Big 12 signed 41 of the top 50 recruits from Texas. The SEC got just three. By 2016, the scoreboard read 22 for the Big 12, 20 for the SEC.

That dramatic change can’t simply be explained by Texas A&M bringing its Texas prospects to the SEC. The Aggies had only six top-50 players from Texas in 2016, according to 247Sports. Meanwhile, the number of non-Texas A&M SEC schools to sign top-50 Texas players soared to 14 (up from three in 2010 and up from seven as recently as 2015).”

For generations Texas was able to recruit in the state without having to worry about the SEC. Now, look at those recruiting numbers — the SEC brand is taking over in Texas. We’ve seen it in Houston, which has become an SEC city in television ratings. (I certainly see it with Outkick readership. Houston is consistently a top five market for us.)

And we’re seeing it elsewhere in Texas too. 

The simple fact of the matter is this — if Texas has a really good coach they will win and if they don’t have a really good coach they will lose. That’s not unique to Texas, that’s true for all programs in the country. 

So I’m with you, I think the Texas job is overrated now, people aren’t factoring in how much the SEC has hit at Texas’s recruiting base. I think the impact has been seismic and will only continue to grow. But the entire concept of ranking jobs is, to me, secondary to ranking coaches.

It used to be that the job made the coach, now I think the coach makes the job.

How else can you explain Hugh Freeze turning down Florida to stay at Ole Miss? 

The rise of the SEC in Texas is going to be great for Texas A&M — which has a really dynamic coach in Kevin Sumlin — but it’s also going to be huge for the other SEC schools who are being introduced to Texas prospects through the massive games that A&M is playing. 

I said it at the time and I continue to say it today, joining the SEC was the smartest decision the Aggies have made in the history of their program. That decision alone cut into the Texas Longhorn program more than anything the Aggies had ever done.  

Jeff writes:

“Donald Trump’s use of the term “Locker Room Talk” got my co-workers and I talking about which sport, and which level of sport, has the worst “locker room talk.” Is it high school football locker rooms? College football? NFL? NBA? NHL? Some other sport only a gay muslim such as yourself knows of?

We were all pretty much in agreement that football players would be the worst, and the general feeling was that NFL locker rooms are more business-like than HS or college. But that’s where we differed. Some felt the immaturity of HS athletes would make them the worst, while others said that college kids in general are on worse behavior than HS kids, so it follows that college locker rooms are the worst.”

I think all men, by and large, talk in similar ways. Especially men in their twenties and thirties. For instance, I don’t think there would be that much difference in how NFL or NBA or NHL locker room guys talk and how, say, guys in the military of the same age talk.

In fact, locker room talk is really the wrong phrase here, it’s about the difference between how both men and women talk when they aren’t surrounded by members of the opposite sex. 

You can’t tell me that the average woman was offended by Donald Trump’s language when every page of “Fifty Shades of Grey” was more sexually salacious and that book sold tens of millions of copies.

Do I think Donald Trump is sexually assaulting women and was bragging about it to Billy Bush?

No, I don’t.

I think he was engaging in hyperbole and bragging about his sexual prowess just like Trump engages in hyperbole and brags about everything he does. If he’s bragging about his buildings and his wealth and his possessions, doesn’t it stand to reason to that he’d also brag about his appeal to women?

As I said months ago, Trump’s a rapper.

He’s talking in private exactly like your average rapper would talk in private; he’s building himself up and bragging about his conquests and riches. What’s amazing to me is how all these PC Bromanis clutching their pearls and screaming about how inappropriate this private conversation is have absolutely no issue with the lyrics of rap songs.

What Trump said to Billy Bush isn’t even in the top ten thousand most offensive comments in popular rap songs. And they play these songs every day in pro sports arenas? Your mom is dancing around to Superman that ho. That’s about a dude cumming on a woman’s back and having the sheet stick to her back like she’s Superman.

I mean, come on.

I don’t have any problem with rap lyrics and I don’t have any problem with Trump either. But that’s because I don’t focus on words, I focus on actions.

But evidently that makes me a rarity in today’s society.   

Moreover, I think this entire Donald Trump audio story is totally overblown. There are plenty of reasons not to vote for Trump, but a decade old tape recording of him sounding exactly like what you would expect Donald Trump to sound is suddenly the tipping point? 


Vote for Trump or don’t vote for Trump, but don’t be a pussy about these decade old comments.  

Shawn writes:

“So this morning I was working out with my wife, who is pregnant. At one point I was trying to get pumped up (it was 5:45 in the morning), and my wife hits me with a don’t be a pussy. She even followed it up with #dbap

Now, I don’t know whether to be immensely proud, or embarrassed that I got called out by a pregnant woman?”

You chose mates wisely. 

My wife is definitely tougher than me and in better shape. She’s also tougher on our kids than I am. I tend to be the nice guy and she’s the drill sergeant out here making sure they don’t grow up to be pussies.  

Also, is there anything more motivating than a girl telling you not to be a pussy while you’re working out?

If that girl calling you a pussy is also hot?

Jesus, that’s fantastic.  

Jacob writes:

“I was recently informed that my medical insurance provider will be allowing transgender surgery as part of my coverage. Transgender surgery is now considered medically necessary. Seeing as how I will not be utilizing these services I began to think about other surgeries that should be deemed as medically necessary. If I am depressed from my average sized penis, shouldn’t my insurance cover the surgery to add a couple extra inches to my penis size? If my wife is dissatisfied with her current boob size, shouldn’t the insurance step up to the plate? Think of all the marriages this may save.  I can think of no other gay Muslim who can champion this cause. Please spread this message to the masses and make America’s dicks and tits great again!”

How is changing your gender medically necessary?

Get the fuck out of here. 

No wonder my health insurance rates keep going up.

Honest question, what if you decided you wanted to change your race and there was an expensive melanin treatment that could make black people white and white people black? Would that treatment be considered medically necessary?

Of course not, right? And all that would require is changing your skin color, it’s a relatively easy process. 

In fact, black people would decide this was a horribly racist procedure and they’d be lining up outside clinics protesting the existence of this treatment. (Want to make a liberal’s head exploded, get him or her to explain to you why it’s perfectly acceptable and brave to change your gender, but totally unacceptable and offensive to change your race.) So why can you get your dick cut off or add a dick and that’s considered medically necessary?

I’m all for someone paying whatever they want for a medical treatment to make themselves happier — I’m definitely pro-boob jobs, for instance — but, to me, in order for something to be medically necessary and covered by insurance — which we’re all paying for — doesn’t that treatment have to be rooted in medical necessity rather than an individual choice that’s entirely a personal preference?

Otherwise, you’re right: Under this rational boob and dick jobs should be covered by medical insurance too. 

Look forward to hanging out with you guys in Knoxville tomorrow. 

Thanks for reading Outkick and go get rich on our gambling picks this weekend. 

Written by Clay Travis

OutKick founder, host and author. He's presently banned from appearing on both CNN and ESPN because he’s too honest for both.