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Barnes Blogs about... Jerry Gray's quick exit

Barnes Blogs about... Jerry Gray's quick exit

by Mike Barnes

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Posted on February 12, 2011 at 6:57 PM

Oh, Jerry Gray.  How quickly your star has faded.

It was less than a month ago when the former UT star was hired to be an assistant coach with the Longhorns.  I blogged at the time that I saw him on campus and he was so happy to be home.

Home.

Guess that word has a different definition for him.

Let's be truthful about this.  Lots of things could have happened in his less-than-a-month on the job that we don't know about.  But let's consider a couple of things:  First, how can you blame a guy for not wanting to take a job that's probably TRIPLE his current salary, and working with some old friends.  Admit it... who out there would turn down a job offer like that?

But... why was he even allowed to interview?  Don't coaches have contracts?  Shouldn't they be bound to the team for a year... or at least more than a month?  We have contracts in TV that do that.  Maybe Mack Brown and DeLoss Dodds should see the ones we sign and copy them.  

But you know who the biggest loser is in all this?  The ones I feel for the most?  The recruits.  I have a feeling that some of those defensive backs who just signed last week did so because of Jerry Gray being on the Texas staff.  They were as excited as all of the Longhorn fans to have Gray back on the UT sideline.  Now, they have to hope they like whomever Mack Brown hires next.

Those recruits are bound to their letters of intent to stay at Texas.  Transfer, and they can't play for a year.  And I'm guessing they all have high hopes of fitting in as freshmen on a team that lost so many starting defensive backs from last year.   So I'm betting they stick around and try to fit in on the UT campus.

And try to make Texas, home.

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