The beginning of any new leadership term is marked by one common denominator, hope. Hope that things will be better than they were before and hope that a change in leadership will lead to different results. This hope has become lit again with the hiring and arrival of new head football coach Jeff Traylor.
Coach Traylor was introduced in front of the gathered media, players, former coaches and of course, deranged SOSA members to a roaring welcome.
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The well-traveled coach has made stops at the University of Texas, SMU, the University of Arkansas and established himself as one of the most successful high school football coaches that Texas has ever seen. During his press conference, every speaker spoke about the importance of having a coach with deep connections with high school football in Texas. Traylor spent 15 of his 30 years in coaching leading Gilmer High School to three state championship victories and a 175-26 record. His energy could be felt the moment he took the podium.
“I am so excited and grateful for this opportunity, and thank Dr. Eighmy, Dr. Campos and the rest of the UTSA community for putting their trust in me,” said Traylor “I can’t wait to meet our student-athletes and the rest of the Roadrunner family, and I look forward to hitting the ground running. UTSA is a sleeping giant and I can’t wait to wake it up.”
Coach Traylor last stop at Arkansas did not well for anyone involved except seemingly Traylor. Arkansas ranked second to last in total yards, yards per game and points per game only behind Vanderbilt in the grueling SEC. Traylor coached the running backs at Arkansas and has warm clay to model with UTSA’s star running back, Sincere McCormick, seemingly returning for another year as the Roadrunners lead back.
The third head football coach in UTSA history has his work cut out for him as he tries to revive a program that has never had any success to write home about. Former head coach, and the man who holds the title as the worst football coach in its short history, Frank Wilson could not get to offense humming with any consistency. Traylor is supposed to be an offensive guru who will hopefully put his players in a position to succeed and score a lot of points. The hire has seemingly injected life into a beaten-down fan base but will he bring the results to keep fans interested?
An opening week matchup against potential defending national champions LSU awaits the Roadrunners but with some key graduations and subtraction of a key coaching staff has allowed UTSA a chance to have a shocking five-win season next year. Mason Fine and Lane Kiffin’s departures are massive for UTSA’s ability to compete next year. Coach Traylor will need to figure out who will lead the ‘Runners next year at Quarterback before any hopes and dreams of five-win seasons can be had.
Our first glimpse of how Coach Traylor will run things will be in the yet-to-be-announced Spring Game that has been an absolute mess under Wilson. Time will tell if Traylor is the savior the public has already convinced themselves he is but first he has to win the Spring Game.
Photos via Pub Sports Radio Intern Victor Rodriguez