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The University of Texas at Austin has picked Tom Herman to takeover for Charlie Strong – making him the school’s 30th head football coach.
Strong was fired after Texas lost to TCU this past Friday.
Strong led the team for the last three years with a 16-21 win/loss record.
Herman has spent the last two seasons building the University of Houston football program.
His record with the Cougars during that time was 22 to 4.
He talked about Texas talent during a Sunday press conference.
“It’s important to me that the great players in this great state of Texas understand that we’re going to do everything we can to keep them home and I think that’s really important,” Herman said.
Herman vowed to win national championships at Texas.
Texas Sen. Ted Cruz didn’t just sound off on the death of Fidel Castro over the weekend, he also repeated a message he’s been honing since Donald Trump’s election – that he’s ready and willing to work with his administration in any capacity.
But Cruz did say Republicans could have hell to pay if they don’t keep campaign promises.
“If we’re given the White House and both Houses of Congress and we don’t deliver, I think there will be pitchforks and torches in the streets and I think quite rightly,” Cruz said. “I think people are so fed up with Washington. This election was a mandate with change and the most catastrophic thing Republicans could do is going back to business as usual.”
Then Martha Raddatz of ABC’s This Week jumped in.
She wanted to know if Cruz was concerned about statements Trump has made since being elected president. Things like keeping parts of Obamacare, conceding that human activity might cause climate change, and that he wouldn’t seek to have the Supreme Court’s ruling on same-sex marriage overturned.
Instead, Cruz sidestepped the question and praised the people Trump has been surrounding himself with.
Barbara Streisand performed in Houston over the weekend.
According to the Houston Chronicle, it wasn’t just her first time performing in H-Town – it was her first time in Texas ever.
She reportedly said she’d only seen the Lone Star State “in movies and on TV.” And she briefly donned a black cowboy hat before belting out hits like “Papa Can You Hear Me?” from Yentl.
Some top Texans made it to Houston to see her, including filmmaker Robert Rodriguez, former President George Bush and Barbara Bush.