Taking over for recently retired coach Mike Montgomery, Cuonzo Martin (of Purdue playing fame and, then, of taking Tennessee to the Sweet 16 fame last season) has taken over the helm of the Cal-Berkeley squad this season. Here’s the UT-Cal preview.
Recruiting is heating up as winter draws near. We catch up with Cecil Cherry, Kendell Jones, Soso Jamabo, plus updates on Malik, Weathersby, and Stoops to Florida talk. We also talk to an area scout on D/FW running backs, and Shuttlesworth finishes with a practice report from this week. All in the Scoop.
The Longhorns turned a six point deficit at halftime into a 14-point win in an arena where they have struggled to even stay in games under Rick Barnes, yet the lead got stretched out wider and wider in the final stanza before the Longhorns truly running away after a deep Felix three with time running out on the shot clock.
Texas is 6-5. What a turnaround. What a statement. At halftime in Stillwater last Saturday, big Oklahoma State donor T Boone Pickens was asked by the president to speak and interviewed on the field concerning a fundraising effort. After acknowledging he was in favor of the efforts he smiled and said, “And my ass is cold.”
Since Texas has the weekend off in order to prepare for ruining TCU’s glorious season and ending the “Baylor or TCU” debate, we’re going to dive into some big picture topics provided by you, the readers.
We start in Central Texas with a few stops then head back to the Metroplex in search of some of the top junior and senior Texas targets in this edition of the Recruiting Notebook.
After two 30+ point blowouts, Texas gets their first test of the season (and it’s a significant one at that) when they take on the Iowa Hawkeyes in Madison Square Garden as part of the semifinal round in the 2K Classic.
Before the West Virginia game, how many of you thought Texas would become bowl eligible? Yeah, me either. The winds of momentum are now at Captain Strong’s back and he and his crew are the proud owners of something I haven’t seen from a Longhorn team in quite some time; genuine confidence.
In this edition of Mondays in the Humidor with the Big Cigar the Kool Aid is flowing especially vis a vis our biggest in state rivals—the Texas A&M Aggies. Perception from recruits and insiders in the great state have not only tilted to the Longhorns in recent weeks, but it has prompted the future powers-that-be to talk about facility enhancement and stadium expansion now that the worm seems to be turning. As we reported in recent weeks, some of the big money guys needed evidence that this Texas program was on a positive trend line before going all-in.
The bowl-eligible Longhorns have won three-of-four and are received votes in this week’s Top 25 Coaches Poll. Texas coach Charlie Strong identified the season’s turning point, addressed perceived recruiting difficulties within the state and provided injury updates during his weekly Monday press conference.