With the 2017 recruiting cycle now over, Texas is now in the process of filling the coaching positions on its staff.
Head coach Charlie Strong’s contract is up at the end of the year and while the Longhorns have the right to part ways with the head coach if they don’t make the playoffs, the program would be wise to do so as soon as possible.
In this case, the Longhorn Network would like to know if the former Texas AD could be hired back to a permanent position.
In an interview with ESPN College Football, former Longhorns AD Joe Walsh spoke with ESPN Clic about the process to hire Strong, his tenure with Texas and his thoughts on the state of Texas recruiting.
We are a long way from where we want to be, but the truth is that Joe Walsh’s time at Texas was not without controversy.
During his tenure at Texas, Walsh was fired for an apparent mismanagement of funds and a lack of leadership.
However, the former Longhorn head coach also took some criticism during his tenure due to the perception that he was an “elitist” coach.
He has since been criticized by former Texas offensive coordinator Todd Orlando, as well as former Texas defensive coordinator Todd Grantham, and many others.
I think Joe Walsh was a good man, but his tenure as Texas head coach was certainly not without its challenges.
We should not judge him solely on his tenure.
Joe Walsh left a very good impression at Texas.
Walsh has said that he wanted to build Texas to a state of national prominence, which is a lofty goal, but there were also a number of problems that led to the departure of Walsh from Texas.
The most notable one is the fact that Walsh never coached a game at Texas during his time there.
He left the Longhood Network after three seasons to take the head coaching job at Tennessee.
The Longhorns were forced to change their entire recruiting strategy after Walsh left Texas, which led to them losing a number top prospects, including two-time recruiting class of the class of 2017.
This may not be Walsh’s only coaching challenge.
Walsh has been accused of sexually harassing multiple women over the years.
He was eventually fired after his relationship with a female recruit became public, which he denied.
With Walsh at the helm, the Texas football program is on track to win 10-plus games in each of his two seasons in Austin.
With Walsh now in charge of the coaching staff, Texas has a chance to build a program with the caliber of Texas is currently lacking.
The Longhorns could go back to the recruiting process and try to bring in some top talent.
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