You could make a case that there was no need for Texas Longhorns coach Charlie Strong to announce his starting quarterback yet. Obviously training camp has not started yet, and there is still time for the competition to continue.
And that is fine. There are different schools of thought on how announcing starters impacts practice but there is no obvious answer to that dilemma. But as far as the decision to make David Ash the starter goes, it looks like a good one.
When Strong left the Louisville Cardinals to join the Longhorns, he took over one of the most high-pressure jobs in sports. He wants to win now and Ash is the quarterback who gives him the best chance to do that. Ultimately, while Strong has to build this program for the future, he also has a limited amount of time to get things moving in the right direction. A few mediocre seasons might be enough to keep him around for three or four years, but a disastrous one could easily cost him in job in only two.
Ash is a solid quarterback when healthy. And Tyrone Swoopes, while talented, may need another year of development before being given the starting job. Swoopes will need to be ready to go off the bench given Ash’s concussion last season, but right now Ash’s experience should give the Longhorns a better chance to compete for a Big 12 title in 2014.